When furnishing one’s own home there are of course so many decisions to make and an abundance of variables to think about & options to consider. All the thought that needs to go into the challenge of furnishing a home can leave a person feeling overwhelmed and dizzy, even though the real tough part of going and purchasing all the items has not even started. Some items and units are not as important as others though and actually when getting stuck into the whole process of planning, searching and buying all the pieces to your home furniture puzzle, you will usually find that so much of the home and all the rooms were actually quite simple and easy to fill out with nicely fitting and great looking furniture. There is little point in ever worrying about these kinds of things, or actually anything in life anyway, as we all know that worrying about something is never going to help the matter, so it is best to do away with procrastination and just start ‘doing’.
One particular item that always leaves me a little stumped, and takes usually a little while longer to decide upon, is the living room coffee table. Perhaps you are sitting there thinking ‘why would such a simple item leave anyone confused?’ or maybe you are like me, and completely understand the difficulty I find myself in when trying to choose the coffee table to invest in. The reason why I find this home furniture unit a difficult one to purchase, is because for me the coffee table in my living room is such an important piece for the entire home; it ties together the rest of the furniture in the living room, it gets used probably more than any other item in the house and there are so many choices to choose from.
The coffee table needs to be the right height, the right depth, solid & sturdy, made to last and aesthetically pleasing on the eye. It also of course, has to fit in with the rest of the furniture items and decorative pieces that have been purchased for the same room. The choice between having a glass or wooden topped coffee table is also another difficult choice I always have to face. I think for my next living room furnishing challenge, I am going to opt for a modern styled coffee table to multiple levels, and might even select one that has internal storage space too. When looking around online recently, I noticed many new, contemporary modern styled coffee tables that look absolutely fantastic.
As we slowly but surely move into summers graceful end period, with autumn becoming just round the corner, you may have already noticed a growing number of sales popping up, pretty much all over the place. Everywhere I glance and everywhere I go I am faced with discounts on all, and while this is of course not a bad thing, it make it very tricky to actually come to a final decision and make up my mind on actually what it is that I need. I don’t know about you, but for me when I am targeted with this great volume of sales, sales in abundance and with percentages reaching into the 70’s, I start to consider buying a whole bunch of things that I totally do not need. Everything from clothes to perfumes, to gadgets and furniture; I just want it all while the prices are at a point where the items being presented to me seem too good to pass by. So there needs to be a certain level of constraint and a great deal of will power to keep from doing what many will do, and eventually waste their savings on discounted products that ultimately will just gather dust. One needs to be wise, make a plan and stick to it; think about the products that you can gain the most from buying at heavily discounted prices, and think about the products that you need, and if possible will even add value to your property. If you are calculated enough you can end up with a collection of great products that will perhaps gain in value by the time we reach the summer of 2019.
Of course what I am leaning towards with my comments above is that now is a good time to have a think about the home furniture units that you need or that can raise the level of comfort or style of your home or any of the rooms within, and then following you putting pen to paper and making a list of the handful or essentials you are going to focus your search on, only then should you go forth and out into the jungle that is the Summer Sale! Remember that you need to be checking each sale item you are considering to purchase to make sure that it is not on sale for a reason, and that reason being because it is either poor quality, poorly crafted or broken in any way, no matter how small the breakage might seem – don’t go for it unless it is perfect as you would expect a new and expensive unit of furniture to be. You should be able to get yourself from really great bargains and afford some exceptionally nice furniture for a fraction of what you would usually have to spend on it. If you then take care of those units over the next 10-12 months, I am almost certain you could get the same amount of money or near enough at a second hand furniture sale in 2019! Try it, you will be pleasantly surprised, and also by doing this you can always enjoy the latest designed and models for your home, always keeping the freshest, most stylish look in the neighborhood.
After renovating a room, or a home or even moving into a new home, you are next faced with furnishing that room, or home (unless you have purchased a fully furnished property), and this can be an extremely expensive experience, coming just after you have already gone through an extremely expensive experience. So it is no wonder that home furniture sales are so popular and so frequent and also second hand furniture forums, websites and blog for example are so active. I am not sure if you have noticed, like I have, the large number of Facebook groups that have been and are still consistently being created to accommodate the vast amount of furniture that is sold online, and especially second hand. With furniture though, you need to be careful when spending your money on discounted or second hand furniture, as it can so often end up costing you more; buying something that breaks or wears and looks terrible after a short amount of time, meaning you then have to go out and buy the same items again.
So, is it a wise thing to be doing – buying second hand furniture? Well as with nearly all things in life, you will come across good options and bad ones, so you just need to know what to look out for, and ensure you take your time to look out for those things so as to avoid buying someone else’s polished rubbish. Actually there are certain furniture items that I would say are safe to buy second hand, and then other certain furniture items that I would recommend to always buy as brand new, never to entertain the thought of buying second hand – no matter how well the seller sells it to you. For example, if buying dining room tables, dining chairs, study desks, bookshelves, TV Cabinets and things similar to these, I would expect you to be able to get a good deal from a second hand site, store or forum. However, if you are in the market looking for a new mattress, living room sofa, washing machine, or fridge, then I would recommend going for brand new items.
The brand new washing machine and fridge will come with a warranty to cover you for many years to come, and these two items tend to be the ones that people are most commonly tricked with by the seller. There are many working parts to both these units and they can be fixed up to work for a short amount of time, so as to pass any inspection by the unknowing buyer, only to break soon after fitting into their home.
Everybody loves a sale and the feeling of acquiring something for a fraction of the price that it would usually cost you on any other day. It is no different when it comes to buying furniture for one’s home, and when it comes to furnishing a home, finding the right sale or shopping at the right time of year can be the difference of literally hundreds of hard earned pounds. It is also important when searching out the best sales that you are careful to avoid the cheap, poorly made furniture found at some low-end stores. Even if the furniture unit might look the part, you should inspect its fine details, fittings and joinery and ensure that what you are buying is not just going to fall apart after a little usage at home.
So, it is one thing being successful with finding the stores or websites that generally offer the best discounts during their sales, but the second challenge is timing your home furniture shopping just right so that it coincides with one of the seasonal sales that we have across the year in the UK. Everyone will be familiar with Winter Sales, Xmas Sales, New Year’s Sales, Autumn Sales, Spring Sales & Summer Sales, but which of these opportunities will offer the heaviest discounts? Well if you haven’t already guessed, then I will enlighten you, and actually it is one that I did not mention in the list above; the End of Year Sales. In my experience, and I have a lot of experience when it comes to home renovations and buying top quality items of home furniture, the end of year sales almost always will the occasions where you will find almost too good to be true prices on units that would usually be well outside of my budget. The reason being is because the shops need to make room for the new product ranges that will be coming in to stock and sale in the new year, so they will eventually drop the pricing of their left over units from the year before down to just slightly over their cost price (so they are not making a lose).
Now that you know the secret to finding the best deals, you should time your home renovation to be just between Christmas and New Year’s, this will also be during your time off of work, so it makes the whole process that little bit more convenient and makes sense.
Anyone that has had to face the challenge of furnishing an entire property or even a large percentage of a property will understand just how costly the whole experience can be. Of course it depends on the size of your property for how expensive the furnishing of it will be, however even the smallest of apartments, if purchased or rented as totally unfurnished, will ultimately cause a big dent in your finances. Another obvious factor in all of this, that will determine the overall cost of getting the job done, is related to the style and quality of furniture that you plan to invest in for your home. I would strongly recommend that you stay away from the cheaper styled furniture ranges and only consider items and units that have been developed and designed to last, and if looked after & maintained properly, will look good in your home for many years to come.
For many people facing this expensive challenge of furnishing their property, it will be especially daunting due to the fact that they may have just invested almost all of their savings to purchase the property in the first place. So this is why so many people end up making the mistake of buying furniture for their home that doesn’t last, and starts to look cheap and broken only after a few years, with the result being that they have to go through the whole process again, just a few years later. There are so many sales going on within the furniture market all the time, so where is best to find good deals for top quality units? In my experience, the ideal place to look is within forums for expats living in the location where you have invested in your home. Within these forums you will always find a section that is set up for people who need to quickly get rid of their home furniture before leaving the country and these are the people that will sell at bargain basements prices for top quality products.
When you are furnishing your home, or renovating a room in your property, actually any room and in any property, you will of course be tempted to do your shopping at the numerous discount furniture or outlet furniture stores. You will always find a wide variety of these discounted furniture options both within the online and offline market place, & while some of the furniture sales are genuinely selling good quality furniture at a discounted rate, the majority of the cheap furniture being offered is cheap for a reason. So many people fall victim to these misleading sales that ultimately turn out to be hidden expenses. So you need to be diligent and aware, and do your research and thorough checking on any furniture you are considering to invest your savings on, to ensure you are buying furniture that will last. The very common mistake that furniture bargain hunters make is focusing too much on the price tags and not enough on the workmanship and materials being used in the furniture they choose to invest in. What happens is the furniture that is purchased and fitted into the new home soon starts to fall apart, joints become loose, fabrics ware and tare and very soon the newly furnished property starts to look more like a student’s home. Ultimately the person who was initially so proud of themselves for finding so many ‘great deals’ and fitting out the entire property for a fraction of what they had been expecting, end us up having to put their tail between their legs, swallow a very bitter pill and begin renovating the same property all over again.
It is actually the vast amount of people in the UK who have relatively recently started to think of themselves as property developers during the housing booms and bubbles that are the ones who have been all too often finding themselves in these types of expensive situations. They find run down houses, quickly re-paint and decorate them, and re-furnish them so that they can quickly find some buyers and make a decent earning in the process. So when they find that they have just fitted out their buy to sell house or flats with the cheapest, worst made furniture on this planet they realize that they have also just lost most of their expected profits and wasted a great deal of time.
So, be careful when buying your home furniture and only buy discounted furniture from trusted sellers. Always check the materials being used in each item of furniture you are considering to buy. Make sure that those materials are durable, solid and fitted well together with whatever else the unit of furniture might consist of. Make sure you only buy quality furniture and if this means having to spend quite a bit more, you will actually nearly always be saving yourself a small fortune in the long term.
It is always tempting while out shopping for new home furnishings to look for ways that you can save a little money here and there by choosing to purchase the items that perhaps had not been your favourite items, but had the less expensive prices tags; looking for discounted/on sale furniture or going to the cheaper shops, buying second hand etc. However when you are buying these cheaper items and thinking you are saving yourself a nice amount of money, what might actually be doing is costing yourself a great deal more in the long-term. There is a reason why some ranges of furniture are more expensive than others, and while sometimes it can just be because of the brand name and not the quality, he majority of the time, when it comes to furniture it tends to be the quality.
When you are out looking for and buying your home furniture, you should actually see the money you are using as an investment rather that a big expense, because sometimes furniture can actually appreciate in value over time instead of depreciate, and although it is unlikely, you would find yourself making some money in the long-run by purchasing the more expensive pieces that you find while our on your search.
The risk that you are taking when opting to buy the cheaper items is one that could result in you having to buy those items all over again in the not so distant future! Those cheaper less well made pieces of furniture could potentially break relatively easily, otherwise they often just become unusable via wear and tear and need to be replaced. Even if those discounted, bargain type furniture pieces stand the terms of time, they will nearly always be in a bad enough state by the time you are moving to your next location that you will rather leave them behind or take them to the skip instead of packing them up and lugging them along to the next home.
Ultimately you want to be proud of your own home, and want to feel confident about having visitors, so my advice is to invest wisely in your home furniture items, and if this means that you have to be purchasing 1 piece at a time and this results in it taking many months to fully furnish you home, then so be it – you will be very grateful and extremely pleased when all is completed and you will perhaps never have to buy any furniture again; a well-made, solid home furniture item should really last you a lifetime.