The guide to estimating space when furniture shopping

When it comes to buying furniture, it is best to be prepared. While we are all prone to impulse buys every now and again, buying furniture that is the wrong shape or size can lead to major headaches down the road.

Not measuring properly is one of the most common mistakes made by people when it comes to furnishing their home. Buying furniture that is too large or too small for your living space can look unsightly and is often impractical. Here are five key tips to help you buy the right furnishings for your home.

Measure Your Space

The first thing to do when buying any piece of furniture or appliance is to measure the space it is intended for. Once you know the exact length, width or height available you can begin to plan the furnishings that will fit your available space. Be sure to measure any alcoves or nooks as well to ensure the perfect fit.

Doors and Stairs

While you may have ample space inside your home, remember that you have to get the furniture into the house in the first place. This can be an issue with prefabricated furniture and it is one that is easy to forget. Doors, windows and stairs are the most common “tight spots”, so be sure to measure these and any furniture you consider buying first. Also remember to take account of light fittings and ceiling fans to avoid any accidental damage.

Maximize Your Space

While it may be tempting to splash out on a spacious sofa or king size bed, you should only do so if they fit comfortably in your home. When it comes to buying furniture, it is best to consider all the factors. For example, will the sofa allow enough space for end tables? Will the coffee table make the room too cramped? Or will the bookcase block a window? Taking a holistic approach to furnishing you rooms will ensure a more comfortable living space.

Power Outlets

While most modern homes are fitted with plenty of intelligently placed power outlets, it is important to keep these in mind when buying furniture or planning the layout of any room. TV stands, desks, end tables, bedside tables and any piece of furniture that will have a lamp or electric appliance will need to be placed near a power outlet if you wish to avoid using unsightly extension cables. Also ensure that larger items like beds, sofas and bookcases will not block any power outlets.

Be Inventive With Your Storage Space

Storage can take up a surprising amount of space in any home and can quickly become an issue in smaller apartments and houses. Open and closed shelving on walls can help you clear up a lot of the clutter in your home. It is also worth considering multi-functional furniture, such as beds with storage drawers that can help you save on storage space.

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