For some of us shopping seems exciting, for others it seems daunting. Whatever your interests, at the end of the day it can get complicated and tiresome. Want to know how to get the shopping done without losing your mind or motivation? Keep Reading. We’ve got all the tips for you.

Furniture Shopping 101

Make a plan

Most popular furniture stores including Ikea have an online room planning tool. I encourage you to utalitize them. Even if you don’t go to that store, having a room layout idea is still useful. Another option is to use the blue painters tape to help you visualize how the item will fit in the room. Size and scale is everything. You don’t want to end up with a sofa that is too small in a large family room. Or a too big table in a small dining room.


Do some research

Know what you are looking for. Know what style and type of furniture you want. If you like traditional you shouldn’t be shopping in West Elm. Find the places that carry the type of furniture you like. This will save you time and energy.


Make a budget

Use a budget planner or simply write out your needs and what you are willing to spend on each item. You want to avoid impulse buying and this will keep you in line.

Furniture Shopping 101

Check for fit

Know what size and shape will fit in your home. Measure twice, purchase once, avoid restocking/ return fees and getting stuck with something that does work. You also need to make sure you will actually be able to fit the piece through the door and elevator.


Don’t buy sets!

You want your furniture to compliment each other and not be too matchy-matchy. Furniture stores love to sell those sets where you get a sofa, loveseat, chair, 2 matching end tables and a lamp. Please skip this deal. It is the fastest way to having furniture that does not fit and a dated looking room out of an old catalog. Don’t fall into this trap! Go for a balanced look.


Get Samples

Whether you are buying furniture online or in the store most places offer fabric samples. There is nothing worse than buy a great chair or sofa only to come home and it clashes with everything else in the room.


With these basic tips, you will be shopping like a pro. If furniture shopping still feels too overwhelming. No worries, Apt. 5 Interiors has got you covered. From start to finish we offer an array of design services to suit your needs and budget. This includes a Consultation, E-Design Package or a Full-Service Option. Each package can be customized to your specific project. Get in touch with us! We want to help you find your best interior design solution today!