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How To Buy Furniture ^NEW^

Whether you're moving into a new place or you're just tired of your old décor, buying new furniture is an exciting prospect that can totally transform the look of your space. However, there is a bit of strategy involved in buying furniture beyond simply picking out what you like. Before you head to the furniture and start buying big piece, make note of a few important considerations.

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The stakes may not be as high if you buy an uncomfortable chair as if you buy a subpar house or a lemon car, but you're likely spending thousands of dollars on furniture as the years go by. So the next time you're buying furniture, keep these guidelines in mind.

"A lot of people, and even design professionals, have dealt with a piece of furniture not fitting in an elevator," says Alena Capra, an interior designer based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "Height, width and depth of the furniture piece are important to note when checking to see if it will fit in your elevator."

Jeffrey Weldler agrees. Welder is the marketing director and interior decorating expert at Vänt Wall Panels, a wall panel company headquartered in Spring Valley, New York. He says many people forget to measure furniture, which can cost you a ridiculous amount of money if you have to return a piece to the store.

Think about how the furniture will look with the rest of your furniture. No matter how well you think you know your home, it can sometimes be hard to be in a store and visualize how an item will work in a room.

Your furniture should fit your lifestyle. Cheryl Chase Mackenna, who has her own interior design firm in New York City, says many people don't think about the fact that maybe the furniture they want isn't right for the people and possibly pets using it.

But you may be rushing without even realizing it. When Kimberly and Jim Donahue, owners of the Inn at Round Barn Farm, a bed and breakfast in Waitsfield, Vermont, bought furniture for their first home, they scoured Manhattan, looking for the right pieces. They finally found a sofa and three chairs that they loved.

But when the furniture was delivered, everything not only seemed too small for the rooms, but worse, "they were the most uncomfortable seating known to mankind," Kimberly says. "They were even more uncomfortable than a subway seat."

For example, you likely spend a lot of time on your sofa relaxing. Sofas tend to be furniture that buyers splurge on quality construction techniques like hardwood frames, eight-way hand-tied springs, and durable fabric because they want it to last a long time and stay comfortable over the years.

Stay aware of the greenwashing tactics furniture manufacturers use to market their goods. Greenwashing is terminology or labeling used on the packaging or product descriptions that lead buyers to believe a piece is eco-friendly when in reality, it lacks genuine environmentally friendly materials and production.

Buying vintage and used furniture is one of the original tenants of the green movement; ask any college student. Family and friends have passed furniture around for decades, and thrifty shoppers have scoured vintage shops for years.

Customer reviews and pictures are an insight into the quality and characteristics of the product you want to buy. Reviews help you understand details like color, texture, and quality. Sometimes, you can leave a question, and a company representative or fellow purchaser will leave an answer. Take note of the star ratings, but dig into the comments about why it's a one or five-star review. Is it because of the furniture quality or based on delivery experience?

It takes time to thoughtfully furnish a home that matches your tastes and meets your immediate and long-term needs. So from the start, follow the advice of professional interior designers: only buy what you love. It's helpful to think of furniture shopping as a long-term project and set small purchasing goals along the way.

On, first complete the Buy Back & Resell form. This form will ask you questions about the condition of the IKEA furniture you would like to sell back. You need an IKEA Family member account number to complete the form. Once you complete the Buy Back & Resell form, you will receive an email with your quote. Please bring a copy of your quote and your fully assembled furniture to your participating IKEA, entering through Returns & Exchanges. To learn more about the IKEA Family program or to sign up for free, visit

You will need to fill out the online form and receive a quote in order to sell back your product prior to coming in store for the sell-back. You can only bring your sell-back furniture to a participating IKEA store.

The Buy Back & Resell service is available for personally-used IKEA furniture only. The furniture must be fully assembled and fully functional. IKEA cannot accept any products that have been hacked, modified or altered in any way.

The Buy Back & Resell service is available for personally-used IKEA furniture only. The furniture must be fully assembled and fully functional. IKEA cannot accept any products that have been hacked, modified or altered in any way. At this time, we are currently only accepting products listed on the Buy Back & Resell form.

Let your lifestyle determine what colors and fabrics you choose. For example, I have a large, hyper dog constantly climbing on the furniture. If I brought home a white suede couch, it would be torn apart and stained in minutes. If you have kids or pets, stick with dark colors and stain-resistant tough fabrics like linen or tweed.

Why it's great: It's probably the only furniture store to have achieved meme-level status. But all jokes aside, their stuff is still some of the easiest to assemble. In this magical Swedish wonderland, you'll find sleek, modern pieces, from minimalist furnishings to brightly colored ones. And you can get delicious meatballs while you're at it!

Why it's great: Like Ikea, Target is a store with a fan base. While you may be primarily obsessed with Targét because of their adorable clothes, killer beauty products, and all the random stuff you never knew you needed, their furniture is equally fun and well-priced.

Why it's great: Almost everything on this easy-to-navigate furniture site is available in a huge array of colors. They source everything directly, so their prices, unlike the existing decor in your house, can't be matched.

After a mattress, a sofa is likely the most-used piece of furniture in a home. The quality of the frame, supports, cushions, and upholstery will affect how long a sofa lasts; this is something we elaborate on in our companion piece, Sofa Buying Advice From the People Who Design and Make Them. In brief, this is what to look for.

At a minimum, all companies that sell furniture in the United States must follow domestic and international regulations that limit certain harmful chemical content, such as formaldehyde levels in wood, foams, and textiles. (You can read more about such requirements in our section on flame retardants.) Increasingly, companies are including sustainability claims, materials disclosures, and third-party certifications in their marketing materials.

Before I knew it, I had a fully furnished apartment, complete with stylish pieces sourced online and all delivered for free. And I did it all on a budget and without stepping foot inside a furniture showroom.

This is just one example that shows how millennials have reshaped how people shop for and buy furniture. The rise of the internet and ecommerce has had a massive effect on the furniture industry, and millennials have embraced those changes wholeheartedly.

Gen Z is up and coming, but for now, millennials are the age group that currently lead buying power. According to Money Inc., millennials account for $600 billion in purchasing power. Millennials also currently make up 37 percent of all households that buy furniture, and in 2014, millennials alone spent $27 billion on home furnishings.

Compared to past generations, millennials tend to have less disposable income, and tend to be more mobile, moving their households more often than Gen X or Boomers did. Because of that, they tend to look for furniture items that are smaller and less expensive, and treat furniture items as disposable rather than long-term investments, like generations before them.

Remember when furniture sellers used to market to past generations by sending giant catalogs to entice them to come into furniture showrooms? Those days may be gone, but creating an online catalog that includes plenty of content about the products you offer is still key to attracting all shoppers, but especially millennials.

Start by analyzing the shape and size of the outdoor area where you intend to place your new furniture. To create a proportional arrangement in an outdoor space, imagine it as you would any interior room. For example, if you place a long rectangular table across a tight square deck or balcony, the space will look cramped and awkward. And this setup can damage nearby garden or patio features as people move to and from the table. Conversely, placing a small, round dining set in a capacious, open setting can create the impression of furniture floating adrift, losing sight of the shores of communal intimacy that a dining area should aspire to convey.

After the first Farmhouse upgrade, Robin also offers the Furniture Catalogue for sale at the Carpenter's Shop. Once placed, "using" the furniture catalogue allows you to purchase furniture items for data-sort-value="0">0g in unlimited quantity. 041b061a72


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