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The ultimate furniture buying guide 2020

Why can’t furniture shopping be like buying a shoe, a top or a shirt? If you find yourself asking these questions, you have taken a step in the right direction. In this blog, we will discuss the basic things you need to know before buying furniture. Armed with knowledge, furniture shopping can be a fun and exciting process.

Now, let’s dive deeper, shall we?

Bedroom set

1. Identify your need

First things first, why are you buying new furniture? Are you moving in to your new house and looking to furnish it? Are you redecorating your house? Are you adding statement furniture for your room? Or are replacing your old furniture?


Completely new look

If you are redecorating or furnishing your new house, you are at an advantage, since you are essentially painting on a new canvas. Your options are aplenty - contemporary, elegant, chic, boho and so many more. Do your research to check what style appeals to you the most and buy furniture accordingly.


Complementing your existing look

 If you are looking to add a new piece of furniture, then you need to make sure that it complements your already existing furniture and does not stand out like a sore thumb. If you have a minimalist vibe going on, then adding the right edgy piece can elevate the whole look. You can also choose furniture in bold colours, but make sure it complements your walls, floors and the existing furniture.


White 8-seater dining table

2. It’s all about that room

Different rooms have different needs when you look at furnishing them. List out the pieces in each room, and decide which ones are essential and which ones can wait. For instance a sofa, a coffee table and TV unit would count as essentials in a living room



3. Material matters

Now that you know the style of furniture and which room the furniture goes in, the next hurdle is deciding the material. A lot of factors need to be considered, like comfort, style, design, durability and maintenance. A leather sofa or a recliner screams comfort and would be best suited for your living or entertainment room. A glass end table will look chic and sophisticated in a study or your home office. A wooden bookcase in the living room will look classic and is functional. If you have kids or pets, then look at furniture that is sturdy, durable and easy to maintain, like leather and vinyl.


4. Show me the money

calculating furniture costs


Buying furniture is a long-term investment. Buying a classy and comfortable piece of furniture, say a leather sectional or a velvet armchair, maybe a bit expensive, but it will pay for itself in the long run. While remodelling your house, it’s always best to sit down, decide and allocate the budget for each room. But if you are looking for statement pieces or replacing a piece of furniture, think about functionality and allocate the budget accordingly. If your budget is limited, online shopping is a good option, since there are lots of offers and competitive pricing to give you a bargain without breaking your bank.

5. Measure first, numbers don’t lie

The next thing to cross off on your list before you head out to buy furniture is to measure. Buying a bed that doesn’t fit in your doorway can be problematic and an unnecessary waste of time, money and effort. Measure the room or space where the furniture will be placed. Along with this, measure the doorways, elevators and corners. When measuring, remember to leave enough space for easy movement.

Couple measuring a room for furniture


6. Online or offline? 

In-store purchases are great for first-time buyers as you can check out the furniture before making the investment. If you shop online you’ll also find lots of sweet deals and sales plus benefits such as free assembly and more. Home Box offers a 30-day return policy if you are not happy with the purchase. We also offer a 2-year warranty on our furniture, and even 5-year warranties in some cases. Plus free assembly.

Online or offline, take your time to check if the furniture is worth the investment, if it complements your style, if it comes with a warranty and if free assembly is provided. Always be on the lookout for sales and offers to get the best deal.


Happy shopping!