There’s more to furniture shopping than sitting on a sofa and saying “I’ll take it!” The process involves a bit more thought and preparation.
If you don’t know where to start, then read on for our list of things to do before you go furniture shopping so you’ll be more than ready to hit the stores.
Do Some Research
Before you go furniture shopping, do some preliminary research on the piece(s) that you’re interested in. You’ll get an idea of price ranges as well as style and feature options.
You might also discover that you want something different or what you wanted isn’t available or financially feasible; these are especially important things to know.
Think About Your Lifestyle
Seriously think about your lifestyle and day-to-day activities. Sure, a formal dining set would be attractive in your dining room, but it’s of no real use to you if you have a small household or rarely have company.
You should also consider the members of your household. Do you have kids or pets? Then you may want to stay away from white and make sure cleanability is one of your top priorities.
Start Getting Ideas
Start getting product and design ideas online; you’ll find a ton of inspiration on websites of home and garden magazines, interior design blogs, and apps like Pinterest and Instagram.
Save all of the ideas you like in your phone, folder, or whatever is easiest for you to utilize. You can even make a vision board and take a picture of it before you go furniture shopping.
Set a Budget
After researching price and considering your finances, you should have some kind of budget in mind.
Even though you possibly might need to adjust your budget later, it’s important to set a budget because this will focus your selection and help ensure that you’re making a reasonable purchase.
Check Your Credit Score
If you’re considering financing your furniture and don’t already have a personal finance account, check your credit score before you go furniture shopping to see if you might qualify for in-store financing.
Avoid applying for financing if you’re in the process of buying a house because lenders don’t like to see hard inquires or large credit card purchases before closing.
Take Pictures of Your Space
Having pictures of your space comes in handy when you’re in a store and trying visualize how a sofa would look/fit in your living room.
After seeing a picture of your space, your salesperson can better help you find the right furniture plus make suggestions you hadn’t even considered.
Measure Your Space
If there’s one thing you do before you go furniture shopping, measure your room and existing furniture.
Having your measurements is important because there’s nothing worse than getting new furniture into your house and finding out that it doesn’t fit!
If color is a concern, bring swatches of your wall color, flooring, and any other accents or furniture that are in the space.
You can also take photos of these things; just make sure that you take higher-quality photos with proper lighting so that the photos aren’t misleading.
Make a Game Plan
If you haven’t gone furniture shopping in a while, you forget that the experience can feel overwhelming or nerve-wracking at times.
Minimize the stress factor by making some decisions in advance. What exactly are you looking for? Are you looking to buy today, or are you just looking? Is your budget firm, or do you have some wiggle room? Are you willing or able to haul the furniture yourself, or do you need delivery?
Plan to Bring Who’s Necessary
Sometimes, purchasing furniture is a team decision. For example, if you share your bed with someone, the two of you should try out mattress sets together.
Then there are times when only one person’s opinion truly matters. A common mistake people make is helping an elderly parent buy a recliner but not bringing Mom or Dad along to try out chairs.
As a furniture retailer, we definitely encourage customers to come shopping prepared so that the process is easier and they make the right purchase for their home.
Is there anything else you do before you go furniture shopping? Tell us in the comments!