8 Questions to Ask Before Buying Furniture

Before purchasing furniture, asking yourself specific questions may prevent fast decisions. It would be familiar to spend a lot of money, only to be overcome by the buyer’s regret as soon as the eagerly awaited purchase is delivered.


At that point, there are two bothersome choices: the trouble with returning or replacing your custom furniture or use to live with it even though it doesn’t feel right.

In other words, thought buying when it comes to furniture is entirely avoided as it can wreak havoc with your pocketbook and sanity.

It is easier to figure out what you need by asking yourself these simple questions:

1. How much space do I have?

Space is valuable because it determines the scale and number of pieces to buy. What would you consider essential in a small area? Could something serve a dual purpose? Would color or a specific finish make a bit less overwhelming?

Furnishing a Small Space

An ample space might mean that your furniture has to be scaled accordingly, as small pieces tend to look scattered and without an anchor in larger areas. Learn how to use your space effectively.

2. Who uses that space?

You have more leeway in choosing a fabric or a style if only you are going to use that space. However, if others are sharing it, their preferences and needs have to be addressed as well.


This is essential in determining the kind of furniture you need, its width, height, and even the depth of a seat. It should be a factor in choosing colors, finishes, fabrics, and material. For example, a delicate fabric or color would not work well in a room where small children play.

3. What is the space used for?

Your furniture should always serve as the framework for your life, and as it is meant to improve and complement it, it should not be a support nightmare.

Is it the place where the family watches unwinds and TV? Then cozy seating and a coffee table with a durable finish should be between the pieces you choose. Maybe you need fabric shelter if your family likes to snack while watching TV.


If it is a bedroom or a dining room will it also serve as a home office? Or will your home office double as a guest room?

4. Which colors do I find attractive?

Do you find yourself approaching towards specific colors? It would be intelligent to consider them because your favorite colors tend to make you feel happy and comfortable. Are there any colors that you definitely, positively hate? Avoid them even if they occur to be in fashion at the moment. What about the power of the color? Decide on colors that make you feel better and evoke the class of mood you want in that room.

5. Is there other furniture or artwork in the room already?

Any furniture, artwork or rugs that you already have can serve as a good starting point. It’s a good plan to consider pre-existing pieces, or your room could end up looking a mess and uninvite even if all the parts are lovely individually. You should also think if your new article is going to be the focal point in the room, or play a secondary role.

6. How do I start from scratch?

While this can be hard, it can also be fascinating. What can be more exciting than furnishing your space the way you want to?


If it is hard to get started, go through magazines, websites, and catalogs, to collect pictures that interest you. It will soon help you discover your style if you don’t know it already. Take a look at this fun exercise to learn your style:


Find Your Style


Going through websites and magazines may also provide you with manufacturer’s names and furniture retail stores where you can buy what you need.

7. How long do I plan to use it?

How long you plan to use a part of furniture defines how much you should spend on it, or whether you’d be convinced of making a compromise. If you think to use something for just a couple of years or like to improve your surroundings regularly, then it might not be a good idea to buy costly furniture. However when you want something to last it makes sense to look for quality.

8. And finally, but most essential, what kind of a budget do I have?

Is money no purpose or do you have a poor budget? Even if it is the latter, you can find a kind of furniture to fit any taste, need or budget. Look around before you buy, do some analysis on websites, and compare stores for prices. You should end up with something that you love. Don’t order out used furniture that you can re-purpose or refurbish if your budget is limiting you from buying quality furniture.

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