Shopping for furniture is not always the easiest task, no matter what type of furniture you are searching for. There are many stores to visit, showrooms to walk and sales people to talk to. Then there's the due diligence on your part to make sure your time is not wasted at each store. Taking proper measurements of your space, remember design genres and having at least an inkling of an idea of what you're looking for. Yikes! We have seen the good, the bad and the ugly at our stores, so we decided to create a nice list of dos and don'ts to help you navigate the fickle seas of furniture shopping and remind our customers to relax and have a little fun with it!
Do- measure your space before looking at furniture, that way you don't have to make multiple trips to and from the store to or take a guesses as to what fits!
Do- Have an approximate budget in mind that you're willing to spend.
Don't- argue with your spouse or significant other in the store, (we recommend coming to an agreement beforehand so you aren't hashing out disagreements in the store in front of an audience) sometimes it's unavoidable and don't worry we completely understand, believe us you won't be the first!
Do- try to find a compromise if you and your significant other want different things. For example if you absolutely can't come to an agreement on a specific style or fabric color let one party select the dining table and the other the sofa etc. Your designer should be able to help you make cohesive choices.
Do- know your priorities, you don't need to know exactly what pieces you need (that's what we are here for!) but it does help if you have an idea of how you want your patio furniture to be used, ie seating for 8, conversation focused, lounge area, outdoor dining etc.
Do- bring photos of your space if you can, it helps the designer know what configuration and style will work best for your outdoor space.
Don't-worry if you have no clue what you want, we're here to help!
Don't- be unrealistic with expectations. If you're looking for a grey powder coated aluminium extendable dining table with seating for 12 , slats, and an umbrella hole which you will need delivered before your party on Saturday and it's Thursday, please prepare to be a bit flexible. We will absolutely do our best to find you the best possible products but even our design magic has its limitations.
Do- Eat something before you go furniture shopping. Trust us.
Do- Bring entertainment for children, most kids aren't thrilled to be furniture shopping and it helps the time go by faster for them. Plus furniture store tends to have sharp corners and generally aren't the most ideal locations for indoor track meets.
Do- if possible, also bring along pictures of items or rooms you like or are drawn to. It helps the designer get an idea of your personal style and the look you are trying to achieve. Just like when you bring a photo of Halle Berry to your hair stylist, we can give you the haircut but we can't make you look like Halle Berry.
Do- Acknowledge the sales person even if you are just looking. The majority of sales people have feelings too and we're just doing our best to help!
Don't- Place too much emphasis on the advice of well meaning friends or neighbors. It's your home, style it how you like! Neighbor Barb may mean well but she doesn't have to live with an 8ft fire engine red leather sectional- you do!
Do- Have fun! Shopping for furniture may not be your idea of a perfect weekend activity, but a home generally needs furnished and personalizing your space can be as much of an enjoyable experience as you make it!
Don't- Stress too much, it's only furniture!
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