6 Questions to Ask Before Buying Bedroom Furniture
Buying bedroom furniture may seem an easy task as you just have to buy a bed and perhaps a sofa or coffee table. However, it’s only when you actually get to look around that you realize there’s more to buying your furniture!
The experience can also get scary and risky as you may end up paying for too large or too small pieces. As furniture is so important in your bedroom, and you can’t afford to waste money on things you may not like or use, it’s always better to ask these questions before hunting for your furniture
Where do you plan to place it?
This is important as you need different sized and types of furniture for your master bedroom, a child’s room, a teenager’s room and for the guest room. Besides you have to make sure the pieces you buy fits into the particular rooms.
The best way to do this is by taking into account the room’s wall lengths, windows and ceiling heights. Take measurements of places where you plan to place your furniture, and the doorway to ensure you can carry the bedroom furniture inside.
How much can you spend on it?
Always fix a budget before heading out to buy your expensive bedroom furniture. Be honest with yourself in this aspect, and in case you cannot afford something, you can buy only one piece now, and buy complementing pieces later on when you can afford it. Create a fund for your furniture, and set aside some money every week for it until you are ready to buy it.
You can also opt to buy second-hand furniture as there are some pretty good pieces out there. Another option is to opt for lower quality and lower priced furniture in case you are furnishing your child’s room or guest bedroom.
Sometimes you may not actually have to buy brand new furniture. Some items look practically brand new with just a fresh coat of paint or by changing its upholstery. Not only do you save money, but you also have a fun weekend task if you are a DIY person!
How good is the quality of the furniture?
Quality is important as you don’t want to invest in furniture that may end up falling apart in a few months’ time. This doesn’t imply that you have to buy something top-of-the-line, just make sure you buy something that’s within your budget and fits its intended use.
People generally buy better quality furniture for the master bedroom and something a level or two lower for the child’s room. Master bedroom furniture is more ‘permanent’ as you may not have to change it for some time. However, you have to change the bed and other furniture in a child’s bedroom as your child grows after a few years’ time.
What is the room’s size?
The room size is a very important aspect to remember while looking for bedroom furniture. There’s no point in buying a huge bed if you are decorating a small bedroom. And in the case of a large room, undersized or too few pieces of furniture will not complement the bedroom.
You basically have to buy your bedroom furniture that perfectly balances and complements the bedroom size. Don’t forget to make sure that whichever furniture you buy will end up in its designated room.
Don’t make assumptions as sometimes even a relatively small looking dresser may not make it around the corner in the hallway or even through the bedroom doorway because of its mirror.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry by checking and double checking that the furniture you buy fits into the room. You may have to spend some time and effort taking measurements, its well worth it as you know that the furniture will eventually reach its respective places.
What are your requirements?
It doesn’t matter if you are replacing old, existing bedroom furniture, or if you are buying furniture for your first, own apartment or if you just want to add some pieces to your existing set, you have to decide what and why you are buying furniture based on your requirements and lifestyle.
Though vanities look exquisite in the bedroom, it’s not worth buying if you have a habit of applying makeup in the bathroom. And if you or your partner are tall, then it’s better to either customize a bed to your unique measurements or if you don’t have the time to do that, at least buy a bed that doesn’t have a foot stand. This way the toes don’t end up cramped through the night.
A nightstand would be worth buying if you need space for your alarm clock, book or spectacles because you share your bed with your partner. Similarly, don’t buy a dresser because it’s cute but has insufficient drawer space as it may not hold all your clothes. You may also need a bigger bed for more sleeping space if your kids are in your bed with you every night, or if your pet dog shares your bed with you.
How do you plan to decorate the room?
If you are particular about your style, then there’s no point buying anything rustic or country if you love contemporary furniture. However, instead of sticking to just one type of furniture, it’s basically better if you buy bedroom furniture that’s transitional in style, or rather something that’s both traditional and modern in appeal. This type of furniture blends with most decorating themes and looks great anywhere.
If you sleep with your partner, you have to keep both of your preferences in mind too. Like some people like a little chaos in their home, while others need things to be more orderly. You have to decide what type of furniture you will both agree to use in the bedroom so that you get a good night’s sleep.
It could be something sleek and minimal or something a little more homely and comforting. Whatever the choice may be, the decision should be made before buying the furniture, and not fight over any aspect of it after buying it.
Remember the bedroom is where you head to get a good night’s sleep at the end of a long day. So it goes without saying that you should have the right and best furniture in it. Instead of making mistakes you end up repenting, later on, it’s better to get a pen and writing pad to write these questions and answer them so that you get a good idea of how you want your bedroom to look.