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Furniture is the essence of your home. When moving house or after a renovation project, your furniture will be what transforms your house into a home. Of course, you want your interiors to work with the pieces you have, but more often you’ll be on the hunt for new home furniture. And if that’s the case, read the following tips to help with your search:

How do I choose furniture?

If you’re looking for furniture that you’re going to be using daily, remember to look at how practical they are for the space and what you want to use them for. Too often we can be seduced by beautiful and unique designs, looking past the comfort, functionality and usability of the item. Some pieces can be multi-faceted – that storage unit could become a display feature, an ottoman can store away items inside or act as an extra seat, dining room chairs can be foldable and collapsible so it can be moved out of the way. Even if you don’t have plenty of space in your home, there will always be a way to make the furniture work with the space you have.

What furniture designs should I choose?

If you’re considering the sleekest and most contemporary designer furniture or a strong retro look for your living room, make sure you are confident that you’ll be happy with your design for many more years to come. We can all be influenced by fashion trends, and for some of us they really do cater to our own personal tastes, but try to look at furniture designs through the eyes of your future self and then decide if it will really stand the test of time. Has your bookcase been built to last? It’s also important to look at the material and craftsmanship. Generally, the more you pay, the higher the quality, but you can find home furniture from trusted brands and hardworking artisans that are very reasonably priced, too.

How do I find the right furniture for my home?

The most important part of choosing furniture is making sure you have the size right – make sure you have the exact measurements of your room and check your dimensions against this. There’s nothing worse than a living room over cluttered with a big couch or a bedroom with a bed that won’t even fit through the door. Next – is it the right size and material for its use? If you’re looking at designing a nursery you need to get the appropriate size of cot or bed and make sure the materials are safe for your baby. Finally, you can look at style. Pick something timeless that will work with the rest of the space, but make sure you really like to look at it. There’s no point having something practical in your home if you hate just the sight of it!

What furniture goes in a living room?

Generally, a living room needs somewhere to sit, somewhere to place things (i.e. coffee cups, magazines), and something to watch. Although this may not apply to every home, those are what most people consider to be living room furniture essentials. When it comes to buying furniture, it’s usually best to start with the largest items first, so begin by looking for a sofa or arm chairs, then move onto a coffee table or side tables, and then end with a TV and a stand to put it on.

What furniture goes in a bedroom?

For your bedroom furniture, you’ll want somewhere to sleep and somewhere to store things. Whilst a bed is the most important item in your room, you’ll most likely also want a wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables to keep all your clothes and other essentials neat and tidy, too.

Looking for other home furniture?

Have a look at our dedicated pages for each room in the house:

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