Don’t Forget to Consider Your Lifestyle
Depending on what phase of life you are in, the experience of buying furniture can extremely vary. In a home with children or pets you have to first consider the type of upholstery to pick. Indoor/Outdoor fabrics are recommended for especially heavy usage areas. For any family members with allergies, synthetic fibers work the best! Suede fabrics are also a good option because they do not collect dust like thicker ones do, yet they feel soft and plush.
Pay Attention to the Fabric
You should always look for furniture with natural fibers and fabrics, but know that most furniture will have some percentage of synthetics mixed in. Synthetics extend the life of your upholstery and are stain resistant. They also bring the overall cost down, but always stay away from buying furniture that has more than 50% synthetic content as it will take away from its natural look and feel.
If you are looking for the most durable fabrics for your upholstery, always go with tweed or velvet!
Pay Attention to the Color & Size
Color and Size are the two areas where consumers make the most mistakes when buying furniture. Do not, and I repeat DO NOT rely on a picture to decipher the correct color of the furniture! When accessible, always go and see it yourself or at least read the description to find the correct hue. Also read the description for product dimensions and measure your room well in advance to avoid returns and added shipping and handling costs.