Tips For Smart Furniture Shopping

Furniture Shopping Tips

Fresh, modern features. Wide-open space. Your taste and style. Now that you’ve bought your colorful new home in beautiful Lady Lake, there’s nothing more fun than filling it with your personality! The furniture in your home not only reflects your preferences, it determines how you enjoy the comfort and coziness of your space. 

Welcoming New Furniture

Although shopping for your beautiful new home is an exciting process, it can also be a difficult one. We know that parting with furniture you may have had for years isn’t always easy — and we don’t blame you. After all, so many of your life’s great moments are tied to your possessions. 

But the best thing to keep in mind is this: letting go of an item doesn’t mean letting go of the memories associated with it. You’ll remember those movie nights on your couch and family dinners around your table forever, even if you don’t have the furniture anymore. 

Best of all, with the chance to buy new furniture, you’ll be able to fulfill certain needs that your old furniture can’t accommodate. Do you need lower pieces for your grandchildren? How about a longer couch to fit more friends for get-togethers and happy hours? There’s nothing more freeing than feeling grateful for your old items while welcoming new ones that complement your beautiful new home and lifestyle perfectly!

Furniture Shopping Tips

With a “blank canvas” in front of you, you can finally explore new tastes and styles you may have adopted, and design your space to look like that dream magazine spread. And no matter what, you can be sure that your new home will be filled with both old memories and new… along with more luxury, more style, and more comfort! Take a look at a few of our favorite tips when furniture shopping for your gorgeous new home:

Have a budget. We recommend setting definitive parameters for how much you can and should spend on all of your furniture. This way, you’ll go into a showroom with a confident plan in mind, and save yourself time by looking at only the right pieces for you and your home.

Measure. Knowing exactly how big your rooms are, and how much space you have for each piece, will make the process a breeze. You can even create “mock furniture” with masking tape to get a good sense of where and how furniture will fit into a room. Pro tip: don’t forget to measure doorways and stairways!

Conditions matter. Think about how and where you’ll be using each furniture piece. If you need a general-use table that the grandkids will be using regularly, make sure the finish is tough and the construction is sturdy. There’s no need to worry about fabric in front of a window fading overtime. One of the perks of a Green Key Village home is the high quality windows that allow light to come through while also reflecting heat back out. It provides for better energy efficiency all while significantly reducing fading of furniture.

Know the lingo. If you’re buying something expensive like leather, know the terminology before you start. Grades, kinds of dye, treatments, textures, and finishes matter when it comes to what you like and what you can afford. And of course, don’t be afraid to ask any questions!

Get up close and personal. As convenient as it is to shop online, buying furniture in person is your best bet. It’s important to see colors and textures up close, as well as sit on sofas or chairs, touch the legs of a table, etc. Better quality furniture is heavy, so being able to pick it up to check sturdiness will help you make decisions.

Judge the book by its cover. The paint or stain on the surface of a piece should be smooth — no bubbles or streaks. You should be able to see the grain clearly though stain, but should not be able to see anything through an opaque finish. Wicker or rattan should not have splinters or frayed sections. Ends should be smooth and the woven sections should not be clogged with paint.

Pay for delivery. Finally, save yourself the headache — and backache. Struggling to get heavy pieces of furniture into your new home is no one’s idea of fun. Instead, let the experts take care of it. Trust us when we say it’s money well spent! You’ll be able to enjoy your brand new home that much quicker.

From all of us at Green Key Village, enjoy the fun of styling your home with beautiful new furniture!