As interior designers, the times we have to deal with clients’ previous impulse buying mistakes are uncountable. This really breaks our creative hearts, as interior design is not just about collecting beautiful pieces, it’s more about combining shapes, colors, and spaces in a practical and harmonious way. Here’s a list of things you need to do before going furniture shopping to avoid impulse buying and expensive mistakes.
1-Make a list
You know when you go to the supermarket without a list, and you start filling your cart with random items that will probably go to waste? Well, furniture stores can be the same, however, they’re much more expensive and exciting. The staging they put together will make you dream of the lifestyle you’ll have once you get a certain piece of furniture. Only to go home and find out that it neither fits in her designated space nor matches anything else, what a disaster! Make a list of what you need to buy for your home before going, make it as precise as you need, add notes, remarks, variations, comparisons, etc… The more you plan the better your furniture shopping experience will be.
Pictures go with the list, when you’ll start seeing different options, you’ll want to envision how the items would look like inside the room. And that’s when the pictures you took of your home come in handy. Photograph every single corner, with no exceptions, even the side that is already furnished, and try to keep the frame as wide and general as possible. Take pictures of the furniture you already have so you can match the new pieces with them, you can even take fabric, tile and wood samples with you for assistance.
3-Create a budget
Since impulse furniture shopping mostly affects your financials, you could try setting a budget based on how much you want to spend vs. what are the items on your list. Some research can help you out here to get an estimation of how much each element costs. When you do this, you avoid spending too much on a single sofa for example and not leaving enough money for the dining table or a nice carpet. Here‘s a link we found that will help you through this process.
4-Take all dimensions
Measure everything, start by taking general measurements including the width, length, and height of the room. Then you can locate the different elements and identify their dimensions. Remember that the space you need to fill is just as important as the empty space you must leave for walking around easily.
N.B: Don’t forget to take into consideration the dimensions of the openings in the rooms. Big pieces of furniture might not fit in your door or window in the first place.
5-Do your research
Most of us tend to enjoy different styles in different settings, and that’s normal. But it is important to choose the ambiance that you personally feel most comfortable and happy in. To avoid getting confused with all the options you will love, create a mood board of what style or vibe you want to put together. This will help you stay focused on one general theme so that everything feels harmonious.
Determine the colors that go well with the style you chose and the pieces you already have. Having a clear color palette in mind is essential but you can also leave a small margin for colors that might surprise you. This previous post explains more about how to choose the right color palette.
In conclusion, good space analysis and targeted research are your life-savers when it comes to buying furniture. After all, that’s what a professional would do. Remember that breaking the rules is only OK after you have done your homework.