Ask Jigs | Buying Furniture
Hi, Jigs. We’re about to move into a new home. Unfortunately, most of the furniture we own are either old or don’t fit the aesthetic we want. We’ve allotted enough budget for new furniture, but we don’t know where to start. Could you help us out in our hunt?
– Tomas Bingot, Cainta
Hi, Tomas. Nothing is more inspiring than decorating and furnishing a fresh new space. Seeing all that space kicks your imagination into high gear. Before you start buying random Lazyboys and coffee tables, ask the following questions to yourself to prevent hasty decisions:
- Style. What are you trying to go for? If you gravitate towards certain colors and patterns, make sure you’re buying furniture that fits your theme. Do you have artwork or other furniture in the room? Use them as a starting point. You may be buying the Platonic ideal of a chair, but if it doesn’t fit the rest of your furnishings, it will stick out like a sore thumb. Unless you’re going for a bohemian hodge-podge, pick a single style and run with it.
- Size. Picture this: you just bought the perfect couch. It was on sale, which is insane because this couch is amazing. It conforms to your curves and your weight like it was designed specifically for you. You are having it installed when you notice—it’s way too big. The couch is dominating the entire back wall. Nothing is more frustrating than buying furniture that does not physically fit.
Map out the possibilities of your furniture placement before you start breaking your bank. Measure the dimensions of your space. It may require a bit more work from you, but you will save yourself more than just the grief.
- Level of comfort. Furniture is long-term investment. Since you’ll be using them for more just a few years, make sure you can use them easily and without. Are the edges of your designer coffee table too sharp? Does your bespoke bed frame creak a little? Does your rug collect too much static? These might be tiny problems now, but the more you use your furniture, the more sensitive you’ll be to their flaws.
- Material and durability. This ties in with my previous point. Never sacrifice quality for cheaper alternatives. Buy from reputable sources with reasonable warranties. Search on Amazon or similar sites for reviews and seek testimonies about the product’s quality. Consider your cohabitants. Do you have pets or children? Choose materials that are hypoallergenic and/or scratch-resistant. Furniture won’t last forever, but they should last longer than a couple of weeks before a chair leg gives out.