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Decorating 101: How to Shop for Furniture

Before you hit the stores, learn what furniture to get rid of, what to look for when buying, and how to avoid mistakes Full Story
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I was disappointed with this article. First, it starts out by saying get rid of any outdated furniture. That's just an opinion. Sometimes a piece that is "outdated" just needs to have some new upholstery or maybe just a new throw pillow. Second, to agree with many other comments, this article is geared toward people in MAJOR metropolitan areas where there are options for furniture stores outside the mediocre "big box" furniture warehouse store. That requires a 6 hour drive for me, and for many of my extended family, that time would be closer to 7-8 hours. Third, I've been to a designer showroom because I am a professional in the design industry and at that time, the general public was NOT allowed into trade-only showrooms unless they were there with their designer. There was even a front desk person who prevented you from going through without credentials. That was several years ago and perhaps that policy has changed, or is different in other cities. Fourth, this article seems geared toward the "upwardly mobile". All the tips seemed encourage you to buy the highest priced item you can. I agree, too many people buy the $99 item that really ends up being crap, BUT it's just a small percentage of the population who can actually afford $5000+ sofas, that's why they make versions that cost $899. I get that there's a quality difference and encourage people to inspect the quality of every product, but sometimes the highest priced is not the best choice for a client when all the factors are taken into consideration. A good designer will help get the most bang out of the client's budget, not require them to take out another mortgage to pay for their new accent tables.

I guess I was looking for more practical advice when I read the title of this article.

I'll agree with one thing, if you'd like some help, buy at least one hour of time from a professional interior designer to help point you on the right track if you're redoing an entire room or house. Your investment in their services will be well worth it. If you just want to change out your old recliner with something else, you're probably ok shopping on your own.

Fortunately there are a bunch of articles on houzz that talk about furniture and interior design, so anyone looking for articles on this site will probably read more than just this one and get a broader education on the subject.
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