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What Should I Consider When Buying Bedroom Furniture?

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There are many points of consideration before buying bedroom furniture. First among these may be price range, but lower price ranges don’t necessarily mean a person can’t get unique or beautiful pieces. Some people are also under the impression that every piece of furniture in a bedroom must match, but this is not true, and an eclectic grouping of furniture can be just as attractive as a set of pieces that were all made at the same time.

The biggest consideration is probably degree of comfort in bedroom furniture. A shopper may find the perfect queen sized sleigh bed, but if what they really need is a king-sized bed, looks are not that important. Comfort has to come before looks, and fortunately the varied types of bedroom furniture available make it possible to get both comfortable and good-looking pieces, though it can take a little more searching.

Another important factor is size of the bedroom. Lots of people are attracted by furniture sales that offer beds, dressers, night tables and armoires for a single discounted price. Yet there’s little point in having furniture crowd a bedroom. Measure carefully, and determine what sized pieces are most appropriate and that will still give people opportunities to walk around the bedroom with ease.

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Though people often think of bedroom furniture as dressers, beds, tables and the like, there are many different uses for bedrooms. A bedroom could function as an office or sewing room in addition to being a sleeping area. It makes sense to consider function of furniture and choose pieces of bedroom furniture that will serve this function. Maybe a person will require a TV stand, a computer table or a sewing machine table (and assorted chairs). Think about how the bedroom will be used before heading out to purchase furniture.

Price is obviously a matter of thought, and it isn’t always necessary to buy new pieces. The only time when new pieces may be more preferable is when furnishing kid’s bedrooms. Then primary concern should focus on any older furniture meeting safety standards and especially containing no lead paint. Avoiding lead paint in furniture for adults is important too, but children are much more susceptible to lead poisoning.

For most adults though, purchasing used or antique furniture is a good option and a great way to save money. It’s important to remember that look of the furniture in terms of finishing or paint can change with a little work. Pieces already owned or newly purchased used pieces can be refinished or repainted to reflect an overall theme, and this can save quite a bit of money.

Durability is another vital part of selecting bedroom furniture. People generally don’t want to refurnish every few years. Check the durability of any pieces purchased and make sure they’ll hold up over the years to come. If items seem flimsy, keep looking for sturdier bedroom furniture.

On the issue of whether all pieces must match, this is decidedly untrue. It’s okay to mix materials and to mix colors in a bedroom. Think about how these colors or materials might blend with lighting, wall paint, and any fabrics. Note that new fabrics can always be purchased to coordinate a few colors together. Changing paint on walls or changing lighting can also have a dramatic effect on how furniture coordinates together.

Plan to spend some time looking for the perfect bedroom furniture, and realize it’s fine to acquire furniture one piece at a time. It can also help to read design magazines to get some ideas on overall look or décor schemes. These can aid people in deciding what styles are most attractive to them. Note that some styles are trendy and will quickly fade while more classic looks can be suitable for years to come.

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sunshined
Post 3

I think the size of your room is the first thing to consider when deciding on the type of bedroom furniture to buy. If you have kids that are sharing a room, going with bunk beds can be a good way to go. One nice thing about bunk beds, is when you need to upgrade to teenage bedroom furniture, you can still use each bunk bed as an individual bed.

Most bedroom furniture that is well built will last for many years and you should not have to replace it very often. Because of this I would suggest buying something that will not go out of style very fast. Many classic pieces of furniture stay in style for a long time.

bagley79
Post 2

Some bedrooms are not very big, and you may not have room for much more than a bed, nightstand and dresser. This is often the case for kids bedroom furniture. I would not spend a lot of money on much more than this for a kids room, especially if you are limited on space.

It is nice to have a nightstand for an alarm clock and to place to keep books and a light. A dresser is important so you have a place to keep your folded clothes, but you might be able to use the closet space for this, or even put a small set of drawers inside the closet if you don't have much room.

John57
Post 1

I think the most important piece of furniture in a bedroom set is the bed. This is where you are going to get a good night of sleep or not. Before you purchase your bed, I would know what kind of mattress you are going to use. Make sure it will fit correctly with your bed, and is one that will be comfortable for you for many years.

It is true that you do not need to spend a lot of money on nice looking bedroom furniture. There are many furniture stores that have good sales, and many of them have clearance rooms where they are closing out certain models. This is a great way to get a good price on bedroom furniture sets.

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