5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Furniture
La-Z-Boy Southeast | December 17, 2019
Buying furniture can be overwhelming because you don’t want to make a costly mistake you’ll have to live with for a long time.
At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, we’ve helped thousands of furniture shoppers make the perfect purchase for their lifestyle and budget.
In this article, we’ll go over the most common furniture buying mistakes you need to avoid.
1) Measure Your Doorways
Measuring your room to make sure your new furniture will fit properly is an important first step in the buying process.
However, most people forget to measure their doorways to make sure they can get their new piece to its room.
You’ll also need to consider stairways or elevator dimensions if your furniture is going up a level.
For most furniture, the width of the entryway must be larger than your furniture’s depth, height, or diagonal depth.
Entryway Width > Furniture Depth or Height or Diagonal Depth
Your furniture will fit as long as one of these furniture measurements is less than the width of your entryway.
2) Consider Your Lifestyle
Another common mistake is buying furniture that doesn’t fit the needs of your lifestyle.
For example, households with pets or children will want to select durable fabrics that will resist spills, odors, and sharp claws.
You should also consider how many people will be using your furniture to make sure everyone has a comfortable place to sit.
3) Set Your Price Range
Giving yourself a price range and sticking to it will keep you from spending more than you expected.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some articles that will help you set your price range:
- How Much Does an Interior Designer Cost?
- How Much Does a La-Z-Boy Recliner Cost?
- How Much Does a La-Z-Boy Sofa Cost?
It’s also important to consider furniture delivery when you calculate your final price.
At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, your design consultant will use your price range to help you stay within your budget.
4) Try It Before You Buy It
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is deciding to purchase a piece of furniture before you see it in person.
Some online furniture companies will offer free returns with 365-day home trials.
However, they will not accept items they consider damaged, soiled, or excessively used.
This means you could be stuck with expensive furniture you don’t like if they deem it has been “excessively used” or damaged.
Plus, some online retailers will charge a 20% processing fee from your refund.
5) Get a Second Opinion
Seeking out the opinion of an interior design expert gives you an opportunity to ask questions and avoid mistakes.
At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, you can bring your dreams to life by working with a professional interior designer for free.
There is no project too big or too small. Plus, our free design service makes the entire process of styling your home fun and easy.
Check Out These Additional Resources
Avoiding these common furniture buying mistakes will save money and help you make the right purchase for your home.
Here are some additional online resources you may like to check out:
- 5 Reasons You Should Work with a La-Z-Boy Interior Designer
- 8 Best Furniture Stores with Free Design Services
- 10 Furniture Brands You’ll Love in 2019
We’d be happy to help you bring your dreams to life at any of our locations in NC, SC, or GA.