Tips on Buying High-Quality Furniture For Your Little Rock ApartmentMay 9th, 2019
It isn’t easy for the untrained eye to spot poor-quality furniture. So, when it is time to shop for furniture for your new apartment, don’t go browsing without doing some research first.
Since we can’t all be experts, here are a few tips.
The Sofa: Look at stuffing, springs, and framing.
Your sofa or loveseat is a large piece of decor in your living room. Make sure it matches your style. Like any upholstered furniture, sofas have a shorter lifespan than most furniture pieces. It will also see plenty of use. Need a good place to cry after a setback? Sofa. Need to pull an all-nighter studying? Sofa. Need to look for loose change that will maybe add up to be enough to order a pizza? You guessed it, sofa.
The experts of the internet are handing out advice that could save you thousands of dollars — yes, thousands — like candy.
On upholstered pieces, rap the center of the sides and back with your knuckles. You’re feeling to see if the piece is framed in. You may feel nothing (bad news) or even cardboard (still no). You want a solid piece. It’ll make a huge difference. In your seat cushions, try to find cushions that have coils inside (like an innerspring mattress). It will keep your cushion from developing that butt dip from sitting in your favorite spot. In your back cushions, you’ll want “bags and baffles”. The foam in the back cushions should be in a bag (bagged) and have horizontal seams running across it to keep the foam higher up in the cushion (baffled). This will prevent all the foam from settling to the bottom of the cushion, giving you too much lower back support and not enough shoulder support.
Don’t forget about style.
If you don’t absolutely love the piece, wait for something else. Remember that the lighting in the showroom is probably much different than the lighting in the space you’ll be placing your new furniture.
Take home a swatch to see how it matches with the decor pieces you already have in that room.
Wood Furniture: Sturdy, smooth, old?
Some of the best, long-lasting pieces you’ll buy for your home will be wooden. You might not even have to shop for these. Wooden pieces are often handed down through generations, they last that long!
Got a family heirloom that doesn’t match the vibe you are creating? Check out this blog from Kaufman by Design (these guys are pretty handy at fixing up a space): 4 Creative Ways to Make Sentimental Home Decor Fit Your Personal Style
Sure the piece is sturdy, but is it smooth? To determine the quality of a wooden piece of furniture, check for smooth-ness — Ask for it’s best pick-up line. You’ll want to run your hand across the surface to make sure there are no rough patches — this applies to distressed furniture too. Make sure all the drawers and doors open and close properly. This is a key sign the piece was built well.