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Whether a household lives in a house, a rented apartment, or anywhere else, one thing is for sure: there will be furniture. Everyone has need of furniture of all kinds, from comfort sleepers to queen or king sized beds to tables, chairs, desks, and more. In fact, the furniture in a person’s living space may not only define the decor, but also the room’s entire purpose. There is furniture available for nearly any need or sense of taste, and furniture for a small space may prove quite popular, such as for college students in a dorm. Storage beds are a good example of furniture for a small spaces, along with sleeper sofa beds or twin sized beds. When someone is going shopping for furniture, what should they keep in mind so that they make the best possible purchase? And how can furniture make for the perfect living space at home?

Going Shopping for Furniture

Furniture is a purchase that most American consumers, according to surveys, take very seriously. Over 90% surveyed consumers agree that quality and durability are a must when buying furniture, and a piece of furniture may be expected to last five to 10 years when in use. Beds or couches might be expected to last as long as 15 years or so. After all, it is a costly hassle to keep replacing cheap furniture that often breaks. Furniture, overall, ranks third among all major expenses that Americans have, right behind housing and cars.

When it comes to finding a large bed, furniture for a small space, or anything in between, a shopper may look for that furniture online or at local furniture stores. Looking online is the best option if the shopper is looking for a specific piece of furniture, but the local retailers do not stock it. Good online catalogs will have clear images of a piece of furniture, along with its dimensions, cost, material and color options, and other important information.

Otherwise, shopping for furniture at local retailers is a good idea. Many buyers are not yet fully sure of what they want to buy, so when they visit stores, these shoppers can consult the staff there for recommendations and ask questions. A store employee can help narrow down the options quite a bit, and in most cases, customers are also allowed to sit on or lay on furniture to test it for quality and comfort. Larger pieces of furniture may be loaded onto a truck and delivered to the buyer’s residence, while smaller item can be loaded into an SUV or a pickup truck’s bed.

Furniture for the Home

As mentioned earlier, furniture has two main jobs in a person’s living space: its actual function, and interior decor. A person can adjust the visual flair and style of a room or their entire living space this way, and the furniture can reflect their lifestyle. Interior decor experts recommend that a homeowner change their interior style and decor every five to 10 years, and many homeowners do exactly that. Furniture, along with rugs and wallpaper and lighting fixtures, can create themes such as Mission, art deco, and more.

Furniture can also define a room’s purpose, which may change over time. When a child is born or adopted, a room can be made into a nursery or a child’s bedroom, with the right bed, desk and chair, toy chest, dressers, and more. When an adult child moves out, furniture can transform that empty room into an arts and crafts room, a music studio, a home office, or anything of that sort. Storage units and a table an make an art room, and a bookshelf, desk, and filing cabinet can create a home office.

Some homeowners or apartment residents look for furniture for a small space, such as couch beds or storage beds. If there is no spare guest bedroom, then a couch sleeper can be unfolded to form a queen sized bed where one or two people may sleep, and fold back up during the day. A storage bed is a large, wooden frame bed with drawers in its body, to act as a bed and dresser combined into a single unit. That clears up the room a dresser would occupy.


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June 2024