What You Need to Know Before Buying Living Room Furniture

There's nothing quite as special as having a home that feels nice and makes you smile, because it is according to your taste. However, designing a home to your taste can be pricey, and there are some common mistakes people made. Here's some tips from a reader on how to get the most bang for your buck when designing your living room.

How Are You Making Your Space Your Own?

Whether you’ve recently made the move into a new home or are just looking to spice up your decor, it can be really difficult to know where to start.

Your living room is where your household will likely be spending the majority of their time and having the perfect backdrop to your forever memories, is the added cherry on top of fully enjoying your home.

However, there are few things you should consider about living room furniture before you make the vision in your head a reality.

Be Realistic

We all fantasize of one day creating a living space that looks like the photos we see in Architectural Digest, but the honest truth is - those living rooms aren’t realistic. Often, the styles we see in home magazines will quickly be outdated, leaving us with a need to redecorate after only a few years.

You want to create a more living space that can grow alongside you and your family. This especially applies to color. No one wants to regret buying the orange armchair they just had to have after only one year.

Neutral tones with slight pops of color are your friend when it comes to decorating a living room. Think ‘warm and welcoming.’

Pick Your Sofa Wisely

If we had to guess what piece of furniture you’ll be using the most, we’re going to say sofa - that’s why it’s important to choose one that meets your needs. If you’ve decided that a modern sofa is going to be the focal point of your space - make sure you test it out. Check for its comfort level, durability, and price.

Don’t feel like you need to break the bank for the perfect sofa, search around and be open to the possibility that the vision in your head is adaptable.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Used Furniture

Thrifting clothing is the new trend so why not furniture? Not only will it help lessen the pressure on your wallet, but it’s also sustainable. You’re helping the planet while you shop.

Not to mention a second-hand store is the perfect place to find timeless pieces that’ll give your space its unique personality.

Know Your Wood

If you’re planning on heading into the realm of wood furniture, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with.

There are a few types of wood:
  • Veneers
  • Solid Wood
  • Composite Wood

If you’re looking for an authentic piece of wood-looking furniture, solid wood is your go too. However, solid wood can also run your budget pretty high and requires a certain amount of care in order to keep it in pristine condition.

Veneer wood is made up of thinner and cheaper pieces of wood, overall costing you less. If you’re running your budget pretty thin but still want that rustic look you can always turn to composite wood - just know that the piece is made with not only wood but plastic and other materials that hold it together.


One of the biggest struggles homeowners have is lack of storage - but what some people fail to realize is that they can make their own storage by choosing the right furniture pieces

For instance, choosing a home entertainment center that includes cabinets, can not only work as storage but will keep your gadgets and gizmos hidden from view and keep your living space looking organized at all times.

There are also options for benches or sofas that have storage underneath its cushions. The most important thing is that you choose the options that work for you.

Test the furniture

Now that you’ve been given the tips and tricks on what furniture is best and where you can find the pieces, it’s time for the final step - testing the furniture.

Just like it’s recommended to test your sofa’s comfort level before purchasing, it’s important to make sure the rest of your pieces are also functioning as they should.

Are the drawers opening and closing smoothly? Is the coffee table scratch free? This will save you a lot of time on potential future problems that could arise later on after you’ve already purchased the item.

Time To Shop

Bringing your dream living room to life isn’t as easy as snapping your fingers - but by following these tips you can make the process as enjoyable as possible.

Don’t hesitate to make your vision a reality - but ensure you stay proactive by learning all there is to know about buying furniture. That way it’ll help you not only in the moment but in the years to come. Happy decorating!

Penniless Parenting

Mommy, wife, writer, baker, chef, crafter, sewer, teacher, babysitter, cleaning lady, penny pincher, frugal gal

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