Dos and Don'ts of Furniture Shopping
Be a smart shopper with the help of these tips
How do you shop for furniture and accessories? Do you buy only when it's needed? Or are you the type who splurges on new furniture and decor when there's extra budget? Keep in mind that to be able to get your money's worth, you need to be practical and smart.
If you're shopping for furniture soon, here are helpful tips to guide you:
DO evaluate the things you need
Is the table beyond repair? Do you really need a new chair? Make a list of the items that you need and prioritize according to your budget. Make sure you buy the most important list and reserve the other pieces next payday.
DON'T buy a piece that you won't use
It's hard to resist bold letters announcing sales and huge discounts. But you should avoid impulse buying as the furniture or decor piece might just end up in the storage room. Consider how you can maximize the piece, who will use it, and where you can place it.
Circular Table, P7,500, Anna’s Antiques. Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.
DO research on budget-friendly deals
Be on the lookout for quality yet cheaper finds! Schedule a day for window shopping so you can drop by different stores and take note of price points. You may also go local and support small time furniture shops in Pampanga or Laguna to find rare and unique pieces within your budget. Schedule trips to Bangkal and Dapitan as well.
DON'T purchase a piece without measuring it
What if you fell in love with a sofa and then you realize it won't fit in your space—what would you do? Always bring the size of the space where you will add the furniture and a measuring tape so you can double check the dimensions of the furniture. To ensure a correct fit, go for the piece that has the same measurements or an item that slightly deviates from what is projected on the design or floor plan.
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