Furniture Buying Guides And Tips
Cleaning and Care Guides
Determining Your Space Guides
Determine Your Space
Know the dimensions of your room so you can purchase furniture that’s the correct size for your space. If space is limited, which piece of furniture is absolutely essential, and which piece of furniture could you possibly live without? Have you considered furniture that serves a dual purpose? If your room is large, will the furniture you want look too small and scattered?
Determine the Primary Use for Your Furniture
Are you redecorating a home office that will occasionally be used as a guest room, or are you purchasing furniture for a living room that gets used every day? Should the furniture be stain-resistant or extra-plush? Will you need a sleeper sofa? Be sure to know the primary use for your furniture before purchasing it.
Determine the Fabric and Color
Your furniture should reflect your wants and needs in both fabric and color. Stronger, darker colored fabrics are best for rooms that see a lot of traffic or where eating takes place. Lighter colors are best in rooms with less usage. Always choose a color and fabric that makes you feel comfortable and happy. Never choose a color palette you aren’t particularly fond of just because it’s in style.
Determine Your Budget
Don’t purchase furniture you can’t afford. Decide ahead of time how much money you’re willing to spend and stick with it, and then take the time to ensure you’re purchasing the best furniture for your budget by following the guidelines above.
Furniture Care Guide
Your furniture’s beauty and longevity depend on proper care. Keep your investments looking their absolute best with these quick tips.
• Use coasters for beverages and glasses.
• Polish wood furniture on a weekly basis with a soft, lint-free cloth, and use polish that doesn’t have high alcohol content.
• Keep newspapers and magazines away from wood furniture as the ink from these items can damage wood.
• Always wipe up spills immediately.
• Use an ice cube to remove hard or sticky substances like candle wax or gum.
• Apply a fabric protector for added resistance to spills.
• Keep upholstered pieces out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.
• Vacuum weekly with a brush attachment to remove dust and small particles.
• Blot any spills as quickly as possible with a soft cloth. Don’t rub.
• Test any cleaning product on an inconspicuous area first, and only use cleaning products approved for use on upholstery.