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Everything You Need to Know About Choosing the Right Apartment Furniture

05 Jul

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing the Right Apartment Furniture


Yes, it’s obvious that you need to buy apartment furniture, but as space is often a constraint in apartments it’s something you should do with some forethought and planning. You can’t, and shouldn’t just buy any piece of furniture you find as you may end up cramming the apartment. On the contrary, choose furniture that befits your apartment, so that you can live life comfortably even in a small apartment.

1. Budget

Furniture isn’t cheap. In fact, even good-quality single sofas cost thousands. This is why it’s better to establish a budget you can afford before you go shopping. You should not only buy furniture you can afford but buy only furniture you will be using.

No point buying an attractive and affordable corner table if you won’t be making much use of it. In other words, you have to keep control of yourself and avoid impulse buying upon entering a furniture shop.

Make a list of the apartment furniture you require and go looking and buy only them. The chances of buying unnecessary furniture, or going on a furniture shopping spree, are reduced if you know precisely what furniture you are looking for.

2. Size

Size is important because you should buy furniture that fits perfectly into your apartment’s living room. The furniture should also be easily carried up the stairs and into your home. So measure the width and height of your hallways, stairwells, and doorways leading to your apartment.

Before you go shopping you first have to pull a measuring tape to measure your living room dimensions. Mark its length and breadth while taking into consideration all alcoves and recesses.

The right measurements help you buy the right piece of furniture that easily fits through your apartment doorway, and in your apartment, without any hassles. Besides, you also have to buy furniture that’s proportionate to the size of your living room like its ceiling height and floor space.

This means there’s no point investing in a sectional sofa if it will consume lots of floor space and leave you without space for accent tables, shelves, an entertainment center or any supplementary seats.

3. Chalk out a floor plan

With your measurements in hand, it’s time to get a pencil and paper to sketch a floor plan. A grid paper is better but plain notebook paper works just as well. Remember to maintain about a yard of space in between the larger furniture pieces while drawing a plan to ensure the room remains uncluttered.

The plan gives you an idea of what you should and can place in your room. It helps you decide between buying two loveseats or a sectional sofa with single sofas. It also helps decide if you can fit in some decorative pieces as well.

If you have the time and patience, you can also use some tape and newspaper to stage the living room and get a rough idea of how the living room will look like with all the furniture around.

4. Aesthetics

As expected, aesthetics is important as it decides the look of your living room. You want something that blends well with your interior décor. It’s generally safe to buy traditional apartment furniture that blends with traditional and contemporary features.

This includes furniture with more of straight lines, a few curves and some pointed or rounded corners. The upholstery should be something that accommodates your personal lifestyle and preferences.

Though a leather sofa is durable, timeless and classical befitting any décor, it needs regular maintenance to remain soft, supple and scratch-free. It’s also expensive so if you are looking for something budget-friendly, then microfiber upholstery is a good choice. It’s a durable choice if you have kids and pets around, and is available in various patterns and colors.  

5. Choose your colors wisely

Apartments, especially the rentals generally have neutral color schemes. So if your landlord won’t let you paint your apartment, you have to use your furniture and décor to add some color and style to the place.

Grey, black, white and dark brown are your best options for furniture that do not clash with the apartment’s colors. It is better to first take pictures of all the rooms as it helps you match furniture with the wall and carpet colors when you go shopping.

6. Dual purpose

If space is a constraint, look for furniture that serves dual purposes like an ottoman that is ideal for resting your feet, placing drinks and snacks, to use as a game table and to create either storage space or act as a pull-out sofa.

Or you can buy a sofa that has a pull-out sleeper to help you conveniently accommodate overnight guests. Another idea is a dining table that serves as a desk in the day and a dining area at night. Then, of course, tables with leaves provide extra table space if needed.

7. Set your priorities right

Buy your furniture in stages, starting with the basics and from the bedroom. Your bedroom furniture should comprise of a mattress, bed frame and a chest of drawers, and once you are done, you can move onto the kitchen and living room furniture.

Although decorative pieces are tempting, it’s better looking at them only after buying your necessary furniture. This is why it’s better to prioritize your furniture and your needs first, and not buy everything at once. Besides, it helps reduce the stress on your wallet.

8. Functionality and mobility

You most likely have minimal space to work within apartments when compared to a house. Or it’s possible that the space you have has a unique layout. It’s in these cases that it’s better to look for functional pieces of furniture that can help maintain a streamlined space.

Don’t forget to consider mobility while choosing your apartment furniture because legs with exposed legs and a light base are easier to move around if you want to change your furniture arrangement. Look for low-profile storage carts, coffee tables, seating and ottomans that have wheels.

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