Get the most out of your visit to furniture stores by fully utilizing the five natural senses. Most furniture pieces carry a hefty price which tends to account for its longevity as well. Explore ways in which you can make an informed decision when buying your next mattress or living room set with thorough observations.
1. Get A Full Furniture Experience
Don't go shopping on an empty stomach, even if it is for an inedible dining room table. Hunger disrupts focus and encourages impulse purchases. In an attempt to rush and make lunch, you cut the shopping experience short. Furniture is intended to be used for several years with the potential of becoming heirloom pieces; the selection process shouldn't be a hasty venture.
2. Listen for the Lingering Sounds
Pay attention to noises when testing out your new furniture piece. Do the springs squeak when sitting or lying down? Do the dresser drawers slide in and out without sounds of friction? Perhaps you've never owned a leather couch, but consider whether or not the constant rubbing sound of the leather will annoy you in the long run.
3. Feel With Your Fingers and Feet
Most people simply glide a hand along the arms of a couch or across an area rug. That's the initial step of testing, but in order to get a true sensation of your desired furniture piece's feel, you must show a little extra skin. If the weather is appropriate, plan to wear shorts so that you can get a sense of a fabric's texture against your legs. Take off your shoes and allow your toes to be the judge of how soft that huge rug actually is.
4. See to Believe
Use your eyes to investigate every detail of the piece of furniture you're on the quest for. What does the back of that grand sofa look like? Would it be appealing facing an open space or will it need to stay stuck against a wall at all times?
Be mindful that display items may have had their share of testing and traffic; however, that state of wear can attest to how the mattress or sofa holds up over time in your home.
5. Having a Nose for Furniture Fumes
When exploring the appearance of wood furniture, note the material it's made of as well. Composite wood and particleboard pieces are often sealed with chemicals such as formaldehyde. This chemical omits a strong odor in a process known as off-gasing. The smell typically dissipates when the furniture piece is left exposed in open air. If you or your family suffers from allergies or upper respiratory illnesses, the smell of this type of furniture could be bothersome and pose problems over time.