10 Tips for choosing furniture

Ok my lovelies, i'm making things super easy for you today. Here are my 10 top tips for choosing furniture. These are great general tips that you can keep in the back of your mind while out sourcing furniture. 

1. DON’T CHEAP OUT

When it comes to the big items – bookcases, chests, sideboards, wardrobes, tall boys and consoles shop for quality not price. Ideally these are items you will buy once, so it’s worth the investment. This doesn’t mean that you can’t look for a bargain!

2. MIX N MATCH

Don’t fall for buying a set, in the bedroom or the living and dining room. The most interesting spaces have items that look like they go together but they don’t actually match. This is how you create a style. Go for combinations that look like friends not relatives.

3. GET THE RIGHT UPHOLSTERY

While silk and linen are beautiful they aren’t practical for years of use. Choose something that will last. Fabrics with a small amount of synthetic are more hardwearing. Consider patterned fabrics as they disguise stains more than plain fabrics. Remember that darker colours are more forgiving, and avoid white unless you want to be cleaning it weekly!

4. LEAVE ELBOW ROOM

When positioning your dining table near a wall you want to make it easy for people to walk behind a dining chair. So aim for a 90cm gap, but up to 150cm would be great.

5. PENDANTS - KNOW THE MAGIC NUMBERS

When installing a pendant light over a table the standard rule is 70-82cm above the table surface. The bigger the table the higher you should hang it so that the illumination can spread across the entire table. If the pendant you love is too small for a space then get a few more and cluster them together. When hanging pendants over an island bench, use 2 pendants for a smaller bench and 3 for a larger one, and hang them approx 55-70cm above bench height. When hanging pendants in a stairwell aim for a 45-60cm gap between head height and the bottom of the pendant fixture.

6. KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY

If you are ever offered a family heirloom like an antique dining set or writing desk – take it! As long as you have the space, it fits well and you like it, why not?! It will bring charm and personality to your home.

7. DO THE SCOOT TEST

When buying a chair or sofa make sure you give it a good test first. Scoot back and forward and side-to-side to get a good feel for the comfort, height (ergonomics), squeaks and wiggles. This will help you figure out the quality of the piece and how much it suits YOU.

8. DON’T BUY PLANNING TO RECOVER

It might seem cost effective but when you add up the time and materials you’re better off paying a little more for something in good condition. If it’s a small mark, it might clean up but if it’s badly stained just leave it.

9. ASK WHERE THE PIECE CAME FROM

It might have a story.

10. CHAIR-FUL CONSIDERATIONS

Avoid too many furniture legs in a room. For the ones you do have, pair them next to furniture without legs to ground them. Use fully up holstered Sofa’s, ottomans or chests to help create a visual barrier. Also you should find a common denominator to tie all your legged furniture together. Consider their shape, finish, style or texture and focus on one.

Happy shopping! :)

Sally xx