The Five Furniture Shopping Mistakes Everyone Makes

I've worked with countless clients, and many come in with certain expectations or ideas that actually hinder them when they're shopping for furniture in High Point and elsewhere. What can you do to prepare yourself for a shopping experience that is fruitful, worthwhile, and even fun? Avoid these five ways of thinking!

1) Using price as the determining factor

Few of us have unlimited budgets, but that doesn't mean that price is the one and only element you should focus on when choosing your furniture. While it's definitely a factor (and often an important one!), it shouldn't necessarily top your list of priorities. You'll also want to consider style; you don't want to save a few hundred dollars but be stuck with a sofa that makes you cringe whenever you see it. And think about quality. If you're choosing between an inexpensive, poorly made dining table set that you have to replace in five years and a well-made set that costs twice the price but will last you fifteen years, the well-made set is the better deal in the long run.

2) Believing that cost equals quality

While better raw materials and craftsmanship tend to cost more, don't take it for granted that there is a direct correlation between a high price tag and high quality. Dozens of factors go into furniture pricing, and you may be paying extra for certain design details you don't care about, or just for the brand name. There are some incredible up-and-coming furniture companies out there that offer high-quality items for lower prices. Some major companies have moved their manufacturing abroad in recent years, so what was once a great product may have deteriorated.

3) Estimating measurements

More information is always better. If you have a floor plan or swatches of the fabrics in the room where your new item will be located, bring them along. If you don't, measure your spaces carefully and take note of the width, depth, and height measurements that can work for you. There's usually a range of dimensions that you can accommodate. Whatever you do, don't assume that when you get to the store you'll be able to "eyeball" it. Furniture size is difficult to judge in a showroom, and something that looks small on the floor of a warehouse may take up half of your living room. You don't want to have an item shipped and delivered only to find out that it won't fit!

4) Not going with your gut

If everyone in the room absolutely adores an item of furniture but it puts you off for some reason, don't buy it! It's easy to be swayed by others, particularly when they have design expertise, but they won't be living with the furniture for the next several years. Your idea of beautiful may be completely different from someone else's. Don't be afraid to state your opinion, even if it's vague. You may not even know why you don't like something, but if it's not for you, say so. A good shopping advisor or salesperson will respect that.

5) Not being open to something new

While you shouldn't purchase anything you dislike, you also don't want to be too narrow-minded. I've had clients who come in with a very specific idea of their prospective room design, only to find that they fall in love with a completely different look. There's nothing wrong with having a general idea of what you want, but if you're so intent on finding, for example, a tufted wingback chair with chartreuse upholstery and bun feet, you may miss out on other chair designs you'd like even more.

Shop with NC Furniture Advisor

When you shop with me, you can be confident that you won't make these mistakes. We'll discuss your vision for your home or room, your budget, and your taste and style preferences. I will work with you to find the items that perfectly fit your needs, so you don't waste hours in stores that won't have what you're looking for. After so many years in the industry, I know which brands are the best and who you may want to stay away from. And all of this information is available at no cost to you. Contact me today to talk about your needs!