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Furniture Buying Guide







The living room is freshly painted and the floors are laid with sparkling tiles. Now all that's left is to bring in the furniture. But before you go out and shop for the sofa set, coffee tables and everything else, here are a couple of things you might want to consider.

Size

Always remember that the size of your furniture must be in proportion to the size of your room. For example even though you have your heart set on that luxurious velvet sofa set it may not suit your living room.

If you have a small living room, opt for sleeker furniture without bulky upholstery and padded armrests. Also fewer large pieces of furniture would be a better option rather than many small pieces that crowd the room. A plush sofa set would fill up the place and be great in a larger living room.

Tip: Decide where exactly in the living room you want your furniture to go. After that, you can measure the area so you know approximately what furniture size will fit there. Also remember to take into account the space required between the wall and the furniture while measuring.

Material


Also see Types of Wood

Style


The furniture you pick up must go with the rest of your rooms.

So if you want to include embroidered cushions, block printed curtains, lots of Indian artefacts and curios etc., you might want to have a divan with bolsters and a couple of low armchairs. A mild steel sofa set with leather upholstery might look out of place, don't you think?

Also make sure the colours of your furniture match with the walls, curtains and other elements in the room.

Choose the minimalist furniture style if your living room is small because it tends to make it look more spacious. On the other hand, Victorian style furniture would look lovely in larger living rooms.

Tip: Picture your living room the way you want it to look once it is ready. Now that you have a clear idea of what you want, you won't need to waste any time at stores that don't have the kind of furniture you want.

Must Have Items

If you are working with a budget or with space constraints and want to restrict the furniture shopping, here are some of the must-have pieces of furniture for you living room.

A sofa set (a love seat with two single-seater armchairs) or two divans
A coffee table
A wall unit or showcase
A TV trolley

Maintenance

If you don't have time to clean your home everyday and once a week is about all you can manage. In such case it would be better to opt for easy wipe laminated or melamine furniture. But if you have a maid to help you out, you could go with fancier furniture that requires more maintenance.

Another important factor to consider is where you live. If you have a seaside apartment, wrought iron furniture may not be such a good idea because it may rust over time. Also if you live by a busy street, carved furniture might be a problem to clean.

If you have a centrally air-conditioned home, fixed upholstery is fine because the dust won't ruin it. But if you don't, try changeable upholstery so you can dry-clean it every once in a while.

Tip: Explore various options in furniture styles and materials. You never know, you may just find that mahogany or rosewood furniture sans the carving looks just as great as the carved pieces.

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