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We’re all there at some point ~ it’s time for out with the old, and in with the new! Buying furniture is an investment, and it’s so unfortunate if we’re disappointed with our decision once we’ve got it home. Whether it’s a sofa, club chair or dining chairs, there are several things to consider when narrowing down your options.

  • Test Drive ~ You wouldn’t buy a car without driving it first, and I don’t recommend buying a piece of furniture that you’ll be sitting on without actually sitting on it first! Though style, color and fabric are all very important, you want the piece to be comfortable as well, and people have different ideas of what’s comfortable to them. When thinking about dining chairs, consider how you entertain. Do you tend to linger at the table for 3 hours over several courses? A chair that’s comfortable for 2 minutes in the showroom, may not be for longer lengths of time.
  • Quality Check ~ There are a few ways to recognize quality vs. poorly constructed upholstered pieces. As with all things, you usually get what you pay for, and I recommend buying the best you can afford for the core pieces in your home.  Check for quality construction by looking under cushions and in the crevices (for example, where the arm meets the back of a sofa).  Look for full coverage with the fabric and a tightly sewn construction.  Look for pattern matching on the fabrics as one clue to a better quality construction.  When fabrics are a print (vs. solid), it takes more yardage of fabric to get the pattern to match up, so a company that’s less concerned about quality and details won’t invest in that extra fabric, or the time to carefully cut pieces so they’ll align correctly. For example, if you chose a vertically striped fabric on a chair, the pattern should be lined up from the top, down and across the seat, and down to the floor. The chairs shown here are from Ballard Designs, and they obviously care about pattern matching.

These are just a few things to consider when looking for upholstered furniture, but there are more! Check back weekly for more home improvement and decorating tips. If I can give you any assistance with your design and decorating needs, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. Many times a single consultation is all that’s needed to pull your project together!

Everyone deserves a home they love ~ Inside and Out!