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4 Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying New Furniture

By David S. Chang

Whether your new home has extra space to fill or that hand-me-down couch you’ve owned for years is looking shabby, you may be in the market for new furniture. While you may be excited to select some new pieces and make your house look more like a home, you most likely are limited by your budget.

As a result, you want to be super careful about the way you shop for new furniture, find the type and design you want, and able to keep your budget in mind. In order to make the experience of shopping for new furniture as positive and fun as possible, it’s important to keep the following considerations in mind:

1. Check for Delivery and Haul-Away Options

As you shop for new furniture, either online or in-person, be sure to check the delivery and haul-away service options for each store. For instance, if you’re in the market for a new mattress and are worried about having to rent a truck to haul off your old one, you might be pleased to learn retailer’s like Jerome’s Furniture offer a free mattress set removal service with the delivery of any new mattress. They will also take away one metal bed frame at no cost. 

These services will not only save you money but also time and hassle, so it’s definitely worth it to do some research as you shop. Some companies may be willing to offer these services if you ask, so don’t hesitate to do so.

2. Watch for Special Offers

Take some time to comparison shop. Check your local newspaper or if you don’t get the local newspaper or don’t have easy access to ads, no worries — most furniture stores post deals on their website. You can also check their social media pages for deals on the pieces you need. 

When comparing prices, be aware some retailers that offer free shipping may charge more for the furniture itself. If you own a large vehicle or can ask a friend with a pickup truck to help you, you might be able to find great pieces at lower prices that you can pick up on your own.

3. Carefully Measure the Room and Desired Furniture

As Curbed notes, catalog photos can be deceiving and may show the size and scale of furniture in an inaccurate manner. Check the catalog and/or website listing for the actual dimensions of the piece before ordering it; the same is true for furniture you are buying in person. 

You should also be aware of the size of your room and width of your doors; after all, you don’t want to find out the hard way the sectional couch that will fit in your family room won’t make it through any of your doorways.

4. Test the ‘Sit’ and ‘Lay Down’ on Potential Pieces

Some furniture looks amazing on the showroom floor, but once you test it, you may discover it’s rock hard and/or is upholstered with itchy fabric. With this in mind, strive to try out any furniture in-person before buying it.

In general, when selecting new couches or chairs, the more ample the size and the more seating space it offers, the better off it will be. The same advice goes for mattresses; don’t be bashful about lying down on various models, and take your time choosing one that you find the most supportive and comfortable.

Have a Great Time Shopping!

Selecting new furniture is a fun and exciting experience, and one where you can let your personality and taste shine through with the different styles, colors and finishes that are available. At the same time, by keeping these suggestions in mind, you can rest assured you’re getting new pieces that are budget-friendly, will fit your space and won’t have to be returned, and will be comfortable for years to come.

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David S. Chang

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Wealth Manager and CEO | Chief Editor, Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant ArtofThinkingSmart.com | Political Consultant | Army Officer National Guard | Living To Fulfill Needs, Solve Problems, and Live Passionately!

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