Have you ever bought a piece of furniture, got it home, and realise you hate it. Or it doesn’t fit?
Luckily, this has never happened to me. I like to think that I think things through properly, and measure properly. But sometimes, we get it wrong.
And what if you have bought something expensive that you hate. Do you take it back? Do you try to upcycle it by painting it, or changing the handles? Or do you wait too long, making your mind up, and then have to sell it on eBay because the shop won’t accept it? I’d genuinely love to know in the comments!
Either way, you can avoid buying the wrong furniture. If you take your time, choosing the right furniture isn’t too impossible. Here’s how to make sure you get it right nearly every time.
The first thing that you need to do is measure. I love measuring. I know this is weird, but it means I know exactly what shape and size furniture I can get away with in a certain space.
There have been many things I haven’t measured—taken the ‘hope for the best’ attitude—but ultimately this won’t end well.
Don’t just measure the space when the furniture is going, but measure the whole room. You never know when you might need these measurements.
Next you should try to make some sort of to-scale floor plan. If your room is 6 metres wide, then your piece of paper should scale it down. So 1 metre might be 5cm meaning 6 metres is 30cm in your drawing. Use grid or lined paper so it’s easier to measure it out.
Leave one metre gaps (so 5cm spaces if you’re sticking to my scale) between your furniture so you have a comfortable amount of space to walk around objects.
You’ll be able to see straightaway if your planned piece of furniture doesn’t fit.
Are you thinking about having a new dining table and chairs? If you are, then measure your doorways to prevent any problems with the delivery. The last thing you want is to order your furniture, only to find that you can’t actually get it in the house.
After you have a rough idea of how much space you need, you should mark out where your furniture is going to go by using tape on your floor. This is the best way for you to get a visual idea of how much room your furniture is going to take up. I did this with my rug in the dining room to make sure all the chairs fit comfortably on it!
Colours and Textures
Some people like to go all the same, some people like to go all different and mismatched. I quite like everything to mostly be the same, with a few different pieces.
Take a look at what you already own and the current style of your house. You don’t want to buy a really dark sideboard, if the rest of your house has light pine. You should aim for a mixture of half and half, and I prefer to go for similar styles and colours, e.g. a darkish walnut and oak might go together, so I’d mix these two.
Also consider your textures. If you have lots of high gloss in a modern home, an industrial, shabby chic cabinet might not go.
These are just some of the many things that you have to think about when purchasing your furniture. By taking your time, you can make the whole process much faster and much easier.
Have you ever bought something, got it home and instantly regretted it? What did you do in that situation?