Take your time as you consider furniture shopping. You need to do your research before setting foot outside your home. But what about after the purchase? How will you take care of your beloved piece of furniture so that it continues to give you years of useful pleasure? Reading this article will teach you not only how to shop for furniture the right way and save money, time, and hassle but just as importantly what to do about cleaning it properly (pro tip: savvy housewives consider Polish maids to be among the best, at least around New York City)…namely, getting yourself a professional housekeeper! Think about it: how much is your time worth to you, really? And if you’re located on Long Island or some similarly inaccessible area outside of a major metropolitan region, you can thank your lucky stars for any company to travel out to you and still be able to provide affordable prices!
But before we give some cleaning tips for folks living out in a place like Rockeville Centre, let’s take a look at how you get that dining set or bedroom set. When purchasing a piece of furniture, always open drawers and doors. You should not purchase a piece of furniture if the drawers do not open all the way and close evenly. Make sure the doors stay open and close properly. You should also check the knobs or handles to make sure they are properly attached. Before buying any furniture online, make sure that you read the reviews of the retailer online. There are many people out there that are more than willing to leave reviews after having good or bad experiences. Use this to your advantage when you are looking for a place to buy furniture from. If you measure twice or more, you only have to buy once. While it is likely you can return a piece of furniture that doesn’t fit, that means moving more furniture than you want to. Know the measurements of both your overall room and where a piece will specifically go. Take a measuring tape to the showroom, just to make sure the listed dimensions are accurate. Do not let a salesperson convince you to buy a piece of furniture you are not comfortable with. As most sales people do, those who sell furniture want to make the most commission, so they will try to convince you to purchase the most expensive item. Chances are, some cheaper items are better for your needs.
Try getting your furniture at a thrift store. Most of the time you can find gently used furniture for quite a bit less than if you were to buy it brand new. Even though it’s used, they aren’t going to sell things that are too beat up which is why it can be beneficial to you to look at a thrift store. You’re probably doing it already, just because you’re reading this tip, but make use of the Internet in furniture shopping. Retailers and manufacturers don’t always line up exactly. It’s possible to find the same piece of furniture in three or even more stores. Use websites the compare prices before heading out to brick and mortar locations. Ask around to locate a furniture warehouse, where staff are given a commission based on what they sell. Often these individuals have the ability to give you better deals to encourage you to complete a sale. For example, they may pair two pieces together and offer you a certain percentage off if you get both of them.
If you want to save money on furniture, consider alternatives to traditional shopping. Goodwill stores sometimes have pieces. Check out yard and garage sales. Also peruse Craiglist or local Freecycle options. Any community of some size has a secondary market of furniture not on showroom floors. Even consider going to storage locker auctions. If you see a piece you like, talk to the winning bidder for that locker.
When it comes to wood furniture, make sure to carefully read your manufacturer’s care directions carefully. The finishes, waxes, and other treatments differ by brand, type of furniture, type of wood, etc. Reading these instructions will help you keep your furniture in pristine shape for a long time and help you avoid damage from improper cleaning.
Depending on what kinds of pets you have, consider leather furniture. Often, fur, pet hair and dander just all goes down to the floor. There, you can easily sweep or vacuum it up. Furniture cleaning is then a breeze, as you often just have to gently wipe down your furniture.
Thoroughly check any cushions on the furniture you are buying. Cushions should be firm, and have a cover that can be removed for cleaning. Try to find ones that have the same fabric on both sides. It will cost a bit more than one-sided cushions with a backing, but they will last longer and wear more evenly because you can flip them over every few months.
If you have upholstery that needs a proper cleaning, consider going with a professional cleaning company. When you are choosing a cleaning company to take care of your upholstery furniture, make sure that they do not use products that are tetrachloride-based. These products may damage the integrity of your pieces.
When cleaning upholstery, try sticking with dry cleaners. Wet cleaners can dampen the fabric to the point of stretching or breaking. It can also cause mildew, mold, or rot in the fabric. Dry solutions can get rid of things like dust, dander, dirt, etc. while keeping your fabric in good shape.
If you shop online, these tips will help. If you shop locally, they will help you even more. Regardless of where you buy your furniture, you can use what you’ve learned to turn it into a more positive experience. Your home will be more comfortable and your wallet won’t be so depleted.