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After moving into your new apartment, chances are, you may need to buy some new furniture. While you are on the hunt for new furniture at nearby stores, you will be surprised at how many options you have. Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your search and have a pleasant shopping experience:
Create a Game Plan for Your New Furniture
What type of furniture do you need for each room? Where will your new furniture go? How will you get the furniture into the apartment? These are all important questions to ask when shopping. Begin by looking at your new apartment’s floorplan. By doing so, you can plan rooms based on different arrangements of furniture. This will also be a huge time saver when the furniture arrives because you will know exactly where it goes. When it comes to planning, it also crucial that you plan how to get the furniture into your apartment. This needs to be planned well in advance because, in most apartments, there are strict rules. Before making arrangements for furniture delivery, check with the property owner to make sure you can bring furniture up in the elevator. You should also ask if the piece of furniture can be disassembled so it will be easier to carry up.
Decide on a Color Scheme
Many apartments have neutral colored walls so decide on a more vibrant color scheme for your furniture. This will add life to your room and will make up for the fact that in many apartments, there are rules against painting the walls. Coordinate the colors so everything goes well together and shop for furniture based on the colors you want for your room.
Buy Furniture with Built-in Storage
This will save a lot of space in your apartment, which is essential when it comes to apartment living. Be conscious of space-saving options, which will be extremely helpful in the long run. Options include beds with built-in shelves or storage under the bed or ottomans.
Bring Measuring Tape
One of the worse things that can happen is when you fall in love with a piece of furniture, buy it and then realize it does not fit in the space it was intended for. Avoid this problem by measuring the space beforehand, and then measuring the piece of furniture at the store to make sure that it will have no problem fitting in your home.
Try Samples Before Purchasing
Before you buy that bright orange couch, grab a sample swatch of the fabric. That shade may look good in the store, but make sure to bring the sample fabric home and see how that color looks in your home lighting. If you are satisfied with the result, go ahead and purchase it. If not, there are plenty of more options to choose from. Simply repeat the process until you find what you’re looking for.
Quality over Quantity
Always remember that quality is way more important than quantity. It is better to have one sturdy and reliable piece of furniture than to have a lot of furniture that will not last too long. Although you probably really need a table or couch as soon as you move in, take your time looking for the perfect one. You can start by buying the bare essentials – what you definitely cannot live without. Once you have the necessities, take the time to pick out everything else to ensure that you buy the best quality furniture.
Apartments in Dulles, VA
If you’re looking for a new apartment to furnish to your liking, look no further than Lerner Parc Dulles! Take a virtual tour today and call us at (703) 297-8594 if you have any questions.