If you don’t know how to buy furniture, don’t sweat it! We’ve got a few simple buyers’ tips to help you out:
- Check the cushions — This may sound silly, but a couch’s cushions can speak a lot to its quality. The corners of the cushions should be neat and well-defined, with all the details securely attached and seams that are unobtrusive. If the cushion looks squashed, it means the filling is probably poor quality. You want nice, plump cushions!
- Look at the finish –– Is the wood of the couch covered with a thick layer of stain, lacquer, or, God forbid, paint? This thick coat could be hiding imperfections! If the finish is translucent, you should be able to see the grain through the even coat. For opaque finishes, there should be no bubbling, and it should be even without any hint of brush strokes. If you’re buying rattan or wicker, move on at the first sign of splinters, ends, or loose weaves.
- Turn it over –– Want to know if a piece of furniture is built for the long-term? Turn the couch or sofa over, remove the bottom, and take a look at the construction. Look for springs that aren’t protected or covered properly, loose screws, nails, insufficient support on the seat or back, and any other signs of flaws. You may not be an expert on furniture building, but you should be able to spot shoddy work fairly easily.
- Buy for your use, not for the looks –– If your sofa is going to sit in the living room under the bright daylight sun, is the material able to handle the light? Will it fade with regular use, or is it easily stained? Think about what you’re going to use it for, and purchase accordingly!
In Part 4, we’ve got a few more buying tips…
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