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7 tips to getting the right furniture for your home

Whether you are moving existing items around or looking to choose a new large piece of furniture you want to make sure you get it right. From getting things through doorways without arguments to preventing a broken back when you're left holding the sofa (literally) these tips may help.

I am often asked to help with getting layouts to work for clients and usually that also involves thinking about furniture in the space. So here are some key things to think about that to help you make an informed decision before you start hauling things around:

1: How much space do you have?

Before you start shopping for furniture, measure your space and create a floor plan. This will help you determine the right size and scale of furniture for your space. One simple, visual trick is to cut out some cardboard (we all have those Amazon boxes left around don't we?) and lay out the item on the floor. That way you can actually see it in the space and move it around to check your options.

2: What happens in the room?

Is it a busy room like a kitchen with lots of to and froing for example? In which case you want to make sure you have lots of space around your items of furniture to move about easily. Or is it a chill out space that is for lounging? You then might want to think about optimal viewing spots from the sofa to the tv so no-one is craning their necks to see.

3: What's your style?

Now hopefully you are drawn to the same thing as your partner here so you can choose in blissful union. If not then try to look at what you have already chosen in the room and find items that complement that. If you prefer a minimalist aesthetic, choose simple, clean-lined furniture. If you prefer a more traditional style, choose furniture with classic silhouettes from that era. Think about the shapes too. For example if you have a round dining table then you may want to go with a round rug and circular style wall lights to reflect those shapes further in the room.

4: Is it comfortable? Will it last?

There is no point buying a sofa that looks good but you cannot lounge on. That's what a sofa's for right? And in a world where we need to make sustainable choices then durability is also really important. So look for pieces with high-quality materials and construction that will stand up to regular use too. And if you can find items that have multi purpose uses then even better in my book!

5: Mix and match

Don't be afraid to mix and match furniture styles, materials, and finishes to create a unique and personal look. Just be sure to choose pieces that complement each other and create a cohesive overall look. So that may mean similar shapes, tones and colours and textures. A mix of handed down items with a history and modern classics can really add character to a space.

6: Don't forget storage

Where you can then choose furniture that offers storage solutions to help keep your space organized and clutter-free. Look for pieces with built-in storage or consider adding shelving or cabinets. It's no good having a great piece of furniture arrive and it be hidden under piles of papers or washing!

7: Set your budget

We've all been there! Champagne taste but lemonade budget right? But it's really important to set a realistic budget for yourselves. I'm all for stretching to get the best you can for your budget but always set a budget for your furniture purchases and stick to it. There are plenty of affordable options available that will still meet your style and functional needs - you might just need to research a little more.

Happy hunting! And if you need any support on getting the right piece of furniture then I am here to help.

Photo credits: AnnaMarieHay, SarahShermanSamuel. SixPenny, ShopLTK, SLF24, PotteryBarn, MeandMrJones, Homary UK, SohoHome, ByPinceBerga, eeleven, EtsyLiveEdge, AlbanyPark, SustainableKitchens, TheRoomStudio, TurnerArchitects

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