Shopping Guide

RL Tips: Choosing the Right Furniture

The RL team together with guest designers answer your decorating queries and more!


From home basics to color queries, the RL team and a couple of guest designers answer your questions sent via social media. Keep the answers in mind as they may come in handy in the future.

Photos used in this feature by Paolo Feliciano (living room) and Miguel Nacianceno (bar/kitchen).

Read the original article ("50 Solutions to 50 Home Problems”) in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Home Basics

Q: What are the things I need to consider buying for our new house? It's just a small, two-storey house. —Krisna Zurbano via Facebook

A: Prioritize needs over wants. Survey your family's lifestyle, and the furniture you need. For the living area, you would probably need a couch, a coffee table and side tables. Other basics include a dining table with chairs for your dining area, kitchen supplements, racks, etc. for your kitchen. – Hannah Acab Faustino, interior designer

Dealing with Small Spaces

Q: We live in a 40sqm townhouse. Which should we choose: a customized bar that can be used as a dining table, or just an ordinary dining table since our house is small? —Leslie Montano-Navarra via Facebook

A: Customized items are a sure-fire way to get the most out of your small space. If you love entertaining, the bar would be best for you. It would double as your dining area as well. Also, the added height adds the illusion of dividing the space. —Maica Rivera, interior designer

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