Tips for Buying Outdoor Furniture

Posted by on Oct 24, 2015 in Furniture |

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Having comfortable, durable furniture that can withstand various elements can help transform your backyard into a usable outdoor space where you can relax with your closest friends and family. However, not just any furniture will do; you need to choose furniture that is not only stylish, but that is also capable of withstanding whatever Mother Nature throws at it.

The following tips for buying outdoor furniture should help you select the best furniture for your needs:

  1. Start by planning your outdoor space

  2. Before you begin shopping for furniture, spend some time thinking about which pieces will add the most functionality to your yard. Do you want a patio table with an umbrella where you and your family can enjoy casual barbecues, or do you prefer a wicker sofa and matching chairs to create more of an outdoor room?

    You may find it helpful to sketch out several different furniture layouts on a piece of paper before deciding which one is best. If you run out of ideas, don’t hesitate to go online and look for pegs. There are plenty of websites dedicated to outdoor design that can provide the perfect inspiration for your space.

  3. Look for low-maintenance furniture

  4. Unless you want to spend your whole summer covering and uncovering your furniture to protect it from the weather, it is important to look for pieces that can withstand the weather without having to look after it every now and then. Generally, metal furniture is a good choice, as those pieces made from hearty wood such as teak. If you have any doubts, ask a sales associate about what type of care is required for a particular piece of furniture before purchasing it.

  5. Put comfort before looks

  6. As hard as it may be, you need to make style your second priority. Your main concern should be to find furniture that is extremely comfortable to sit on. It doesn’t matter how pretty the furniture is if it is too uncomfortable to use. Try using the furniture before buying it. Imagine how it would feel to be seated for an entire meal or an outdoor gathering. Is the height of the seating right? Does the furniture have boards or straps that press uncomfortably into your skin? Only choose the most comfortable pieces for your back yard.

  7. Think about the off-season

  8. Do you live in a climate where you have to store your furniture for the winter? If so, you may want to choose pieces that can be folded or collapsed to reduce their size. This can make them easier to store, and is a particularly good idea if you have limited space.

  9. Choose pieces that fit within your budget

  10. Ideally, you should try to buy your patio furniture outright rather than finance it. You should, however, consider buying the highest quality pieces that fit comfortably within your budget. In general, furniture that is more expensive will last longer than furniture that is cheaply made. However, you should never spend more than you can afford.

Choosing the right outdoor furniture for your yard or patio can help you create a welcoming space where you will enjoy kicking off your shoes and relaxing after a hard day at work. Just be sure to carefully think about factors such as maintenance, storage and comfort when choosing the pieces that will match your space.

Additionally, try to avoid the temptation to spend more than you can afford. It is generally a good idea to start with a few high quality pieces that fit within your budget and build your furniture collection from there.

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Tips for Buying Furniture Online

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Furniture |

Furniture and Home Accessories - Set of design elements, including chest of drawers, bookshelf, stylized chairs, armchair, vintage chandeliers and home decoration

Are planning to hit the market for new furniture? If so, you may want to take your search online. There are countless online stores offering furniture in just about every shape, size, colour and style that you can imagine, making it easy to find whatever you need for your home.

The following tips for buying furniture online will help you select the perfect pieces while still leaving plenty of money in your pocket:

Measure Your Space

Start by measuring your space so that you don’t choose furniture that is too large or too small. It is important to know the exact width, length and depth of the space that you are trying to fill so that you only choose pieces that will perfectly fit.

Ask for Swatches

Ask if the seller is willing to send you a swatch of the fabric of the furniture of your choice. This can be a great way to tell if it will match the other pieces in your house. It can also give you a good idea of the texture and durability of the fabric so you can judge how well the piece could withstand everyday use.

Check the Shipping Costs

Furniture is bulky and difficult to ship. In some cases, you may wind up paying so much for shipping that it makes buying online impractical. However, there are some furniture stores that offer amazing deals on shipping. You just need to shop around and compare delivery costs to find a store that’s within your budget.

Read the store’s return policy

What if the piece of furniture arrives at your home and is of the wrong colour? That will definitely be inconvenient for you as a customer especially if it doesn’t complement the other pieces in your space. You need to be given the option of returning it to the store. Most reputable stores will accept returns. You may be required to pay the cost of the return shipping, so it is also a wise move to factor that in prior to making a purchase.

Choose pieces that fit within your budget

Set a budget before you start shopping and stick with it. With so many options available, it is easy to overspend. By knowing how much you can comfortably afford up front, you can avoid the temptation to stretch your budget.

Confirm the Furniture Store’s Reputation

Make sure the furniture store has a good reputation. Try to find reviews of the store online. You can also check with business organisations such as the Better Business Bureau to see whether or not anyone has filed a complaint against them. Before ordering something as expensive as a piece of furniture, you need to make sure that the store is trustworthy.

Shopping online is a great way to save money and get the furniture that you love at the same time. By looking for stores that offer affordable shipping and that accept returns, you can take some of the risk of buying online out of the equation. Additionally, by asking to see a swatch of the fabric ahead of time you can help ensure that the piece matches your decor before it arrives at your door.

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Designing your own furniture

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Furniture, Furniture Design, Home Improvement |

02-bedroom-furnitureMany people believe that making furniture is quite easy. They may not be that wrong, seeing how everything gets done automatically on a conveyer belt nowadays; however there are still people who like to do things with their hands. These people are like artists; they can take a piece of wood, and turn it into a wonderful piece of furniture. However, not everyone can do that, and even the ones who think they can have to complete a couple of steps in order to become furniture designer, and we are now going to tell you what it takes to become one.

The simplest thing you can do is to go to a local furniture shop and tell them exactly what you want. Perhaps they already have a piece of furniture that will match your wisher, and perhaps they don’t, so they’ll have to make it especially for you. However, there is always a good chance that these people might not truly understand what it is you really want. Versatile-furniture-design-for-narrow-room-522x367That is why it is of utmost importance for you to make a drawing of the piece of furniture that you want. That way, no one can get anything wrong, as long as they follow your drawings and instructions. If you’re not that good at drawing, you could hire a guy to draw it for you; however, if you do this, than you won’t exactly be a furniture designer, but just a furniture inventor, right?

So, as we have seen, you will have to draw everything up, and in order to do that, you will need to know the exact measurements of this future piece of furniture, and that is why it is extremely important to measure everything at least two times. For that, you will first need to know where exactly will you place that piece of furniture. Also, the placement of this furniture is important because of all the furniture that will be surrounding it. If you want this new piece of furniture to stick out, you’ll need to make it out of a different material than the rest of the furniture, and color it in different color.astonishing-furniture-designs-for-small-spaces

And apart from the measurements, materials and the color of the new piece of furniture, you will need to know for what will it exactly be used for, in order to know how to make it more functional and how to make the things that will be placed in it more accessible (if you are planning to design a wardrobe, a cupboard, a shelf, etc.).

vmWJCAnVrwT5dItFxJEKag5uVvgT7XUTSo, in order to start designing your own furniture, you will first have to have some of the issues covered, such as the size of it, the color of it, the material out of which it will be made, the functionality of it, the accessibility, etc. If you’ve found an answer to each of these questions, you are well on your way to become a furniture designer who can start designing his own furniture for his own house.

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