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Tips for choosing furniture that fits your home

The secret? A little preparation avoids a lot of headaches!

Test your measurements with masking tape

Finding the perfect piece of furniture and then realizing that it will not fit in the room is so disappointing! A piece of furniture can look one way in the store or online and be quite different once you bring it in your home. Recreate the shape and measurements of your piece of furniture on the floor and wall with masking tape to see if it fits beforehand.


Resist the urge to make everything match

Of course, we all want our furniture pieces to complement each other, but everything does not have to be the same to go well together. Sometimes people think that as long as it matches, it’s fine… but in fact it can be a little too much. Find your balance. For example, if your sofa is traditional in style, you can choose a coffee table with more modern lines to create an effect. Opposites attract!


Always use fabric samples (ALWAYS!)

Let us hammer this point home: a couch may look very different from what you saw on the screen or in store once placed in your decor, and this is particularly true about colour. Ask for fabric samples to see what the couch will look like once in your lighting. Some companies charge a bit for samples or shipping but spending $ 10 on a few samples is much better than being stuck with a $ 5,000 sofa of the wrong color.


Everything in proportion

Wanting your decor to have a big effect is natural, but that does not mean that each piece of furniture must be massive. When furnishing large rooms, people tend to choose big furniture. It is better to play with proportions to avoid everything becoming too heavy. The important thing is that your furniture creates a pleasant overall effect.


Plan how you will move your furniture in

This question is very important, especially if you live in an apartment: how will you get your new furniture into your home? Is there a lift or an elevator in your building? Can parts of the furniture be removed if your doors or corridors are narrow? It is important to plan this step to avoid ending up with a piece of furniture that will have to be sold… or become patio furniture.


Resist online impulse buying

The Internet makes shopping a lot easier, but can sometimes lead to impulse buying. Ending up with a piece of furniture that you will come to hate is a costly mistake. Take your time and invest in quality furniture that you will love for a long time.


Measure the furniture that is already in the room

Knowing the height you want beforehand can be the key to a great buy. For example, most people prefer that their coffee table be lower or at the same height as their sofa. However, if you like to eat in front of the TV, you may want a little higher. Same thing when it comes to choosing bedside tables if your bed is low. Take the time to choose the dimensions of the furniture you want compared to the furniture you own.


Do not forget about comfort!

This hyper-modern couch caught your eye? It may not be as comfortable as you would like or not fit the style of the room where you want to put it. Take the time to sit down, try out the springs and cushions. Most retailers sell sofas with a standard depth of 36 inches, but if you are tall, you might prefer buying one that is 40 to 42 inches deep. Ask yourself the following questions: What will this sofa be used for? Who will use it most? Where will it go?


Keep an open mind about layout

If you find a piece of furniture that you love, but that does not seem ideal for your living room, all is not lost! A brainstorming session could allow you to find another room where it would be perfect, such as the dining room or the master bedroom. Your house should be filled with furniture that makes you happy.


Consider cleaning and care

If you have pets, it would be best to avoid some fabrics for your new sofa, especially velvet. If you have young children, consider covering the sofa in a fabric normally used for outdoor furniture, it will be more resistant. If you do not want to oil your furniture every 6 months, avoid teak furniture. It all depends on your lifestyle.


Source: Elle Decor

Cover image: Beaudoin

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Tips & Advice
Oct. 17th, 2018
By Meuble du Québec