It’s easy to see the appeal of designer furniture. Boasting the highest quality craftsmanship, unique designs, and unmatched durability, designer furniture give your home a distinctive style and a sense of luxury while guaranteeing exceptional functionality.
Unfortunately, designer furniture is characterized by higher price tags. Whether a tailor-made sofa or a unique cabinet, the nit can cost hundreds of dollars more than a standard alternative.
Without further ado, let’s look at a few quick tips to help you buy designer furniture while avoiding future regrets.
1. Set a budget
As we’ve mentioned, the biggest challenge when buying designer furniture is cost. Even a tiny designer bedroom chair can cost a few thousand dollars. If you’re not prepared to blow your entire budget on a single chair, you should proceed with caution.
The best advice is to set a budget and stick to it. The fact that you’re buying a designer piece doesn’t mean you should spend everything you got on it. So, sit down and decide how much you’re prepared to splash on the new chair. Then stick to it.
Alternatively, save for a little longer. If you’ve come across a “must-have” designer dresser but don’t have enough money yet, it’s better to save for a few more weeks rather than misappropriate your monies.
2. Do your research
People make a common mistake when shopping for designer items by hopping on the first shiny thing they come across. Perhaps you stroll into a furniture store and come across a beautiful sofa. And now you feel you must have it.
That’s the wrong way to approach designer shopping. While it may work at thrift stores where you can get quality items for under $50, it’s impractical for designer items that may cost upwards of $2,000. Instead, you need to do your research and plan the entire process.
There are thousands of designer furniture around. Check the internet to discover the different options. Window shop at the top stores a few times to get familiar with available designs. Heck, you should even consider checking a few magazines before making a decision.
3. Make sure it’s functional
Designer furniture isn’t just supposed to be shiny and unique. You also want a practical unit that serves the intended purpose. For example, if you’re buying a bed, you want it to be sturdy enough to hold your weight and wide enough for your size.
However, even before you begin assessing its strength, size, and other qualities, ask yourself whether you need the piece of furniture in the first place. For example, maybe you’ve come across a stunningly beautiful designer bed. Yes, it’s gorgeous. But, do you even need a bed in the first place? Do you have a space for one?
The other thing to consider is durability. The best designer furniture is durable enough to last several years. Otherwise, it’s not worth the investment.
4. Does the style fit in?
The biggest quality of designer furniture pieces is that they are usually so beautiful that they will uplift any space. Whether it’s a designer TV stand or a classic kitchen cabinet, it can instantly transform the room and perhaps the feeling around the home.
However, this is only possible if it blends well into the rest of your décor. Otherwise, you’re in for a rude surprise. For instance, the color must blend in seamlessly. Also, the designer piece must fit into your décor style. If you have a classic décor, it must be a classic piece of furniture. If your overall theme is a contemporary style, the furniture piece must be modern.
This becomes even more important when you consider that returns on designer furniture aren’t as easy to process as standard pieces. You may not be allowed to return the item.
We’ve already mentioned the need for space for your new designer furniture. Unfortunately, the space may not always be enough. Alternatively, it’s possible to bring in furniture that’s too big or too small for the space. Oversized furniture can make the space feel cramped, whereas tiny furniture makes the room feel disjointed.
So, what can you do about it? Simple – measure! Get a tape measure and determine the amount of space available. Then, compare the measurements with the furniture’s dimensions to see if it would fit in well.
The rule of thumb is to leave at least three feet around freestanding furniture pieces so it’s easy to get around the house.
If you’re planning to buy designer furniture, go for it. Designer furniture has an unmatched ability to uplift a space. They also create a special, luxurious feel. However, make sure to plan in advance to avoid any future regrets.