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Three Things You Should Do Before You Head To The Furniture Store

by Michelle West

If you've decided it's time to part with your old furniture, you're probably excited about heading to a furniture store, like AAA A-1 Appliance Salvage Warehouses, to check out all the new furnishings available. However, there are three things you should do before you head out the door.

Take some measurements

Nothing is more frustrating than getting your new living room sofa delivered and finding out it won't fit where you want it to go. Furnishings vary widely in width, length, and shape. Showrooms are typically large, which can make items appear smaller than they are.

Measure your current furnishings, and write them down. It's a good idea to measure your walls also. Having accurate measurements on hand while you are shopping will make it easier to rule out sofas or chairs that are not a good fit for your home.

Take some photos

Matching colors to your home décor can be quite challenging when it comes to purchasing new furniture. Looks can be deceiving. Relying on your memory often leads to disappointment, as each color has so many different tones and hues.

The fluorescent lighting in furniture showrooms can also distort the true color of the furniture. What appears to be a lovely shade of sky blue may turn out to be more of a teal color when you get it home. Snapping a few photos of the rooms in your home will make it easier to see if the new sofa you fell in love with will work well with the color scheme in your home.

Decide on a furniture budget

Determining how much you can afford to spend before you head to the furniture store will help you avoid pressure from sales people. It will also help you resist the temptation to look at pieces beyond your budget. It's easy to get caught up in seeing the lovely furniture and deciding to splurge on things you really can't afford.

Be realistic about your finances. Decide on a price and stick to it. Write it down. If you are financing your new furniture, compare financing options before you go to the store. Interest rates can vary. Having a finance plan in place will help you avoid the pressure of signing up for a high interest rate loan.

Shopping for new furniture is always fun and exciting, but it's easy to get caught up in the moment and overspend or purchase a piece that isn't right for your home. Taking some measurements, snapping a few photos, and having a firm budget in place before you leave the house will give you the confidence you need to make the best choice for your home and budget.