Furniture Stores: As Varied As the Merchandise

If you are like most people, you don’t place furniture stores anywhere near the top of your ten favorite places to browse. When you enter a store, you usually have an idea of what you want to buy. From that idea, you generally narrow your options to the room for which the furniture is intended and the decorating style or look you want to project.Both full-service retail furniture stores and rent-to-own stores usually offer a variety of couches, chairs, tables, beds, dressers and accessories for every room in your house. You could choose to coordinate color, material and style, lending continuity from your living room to your dining room to the bedrooms. You could individualize each room, giving each a unique appearance, feel and personality.Specialty furniture stores provide a selection of specific furniture and nothing else. Futon stores, for instance, offer different types and styles of futons, but you probably won’t find an elegant dining room table there. Bedding stores supply a great selection of bedroom furniture and often in several different materials and styles, but they usually don’t offer any couches or stuffed chairs.Antique furniture stores specialize in furniture usually older than 25 years. Some stores, however, offer antique-looking furniture. Selections can be quite limited, and if you have any doubt if a piece in question is truly an antique, the proprietor should have on hand verification of its authenticity. When you find an original piece by a known master, you have reason to celebrate. The value of those pieces usually only increase over time-diametrically opposed to normal used-furniture values.If you want to carry a theme or a look throughout your house, you might consider shopping at a full-service furniture store for continuity. You may be able to complete the look you want by finding individual pieces at different stores, but with the convenience of all the room furniture under one roof, you can easily coordinate and confirm similar styles and shades as well as the uniform furniture material-oak, pine or maple, for instance-much more easily.Some people like the lower prices of furniture assembled at home instead of the fully assembled options in stores. Self-assembled furniture is rarely of the same material quality, but the convenience and cost savings are high incentives for their selection. Some stores provide self-assembled furniture and display a complete model on the showroom floor. Office supply stores, discount department stores and specialty furniture stores are the top merchant types to offer these lower cost items.You can order furniture online as well as from a brick-and-mortar store. Be sure to note the merchant’s damage policy and return policies before ordering, though. Delivery costs are often fairly high due to the weight of the furniture and sometimes the distance between the shipping and delivery points.Consider cost, furniture type and decorating needs when choose what furniture you choose as you decorate or redecorate your home. Consider possible assembly difficulties, time and effort, as well as delivery costs if included, before you automatically choose the lower price tags over well-made, fully assembled furniture. Whichever you choose, buy the best you can afford: Sturdy, attractive furniture can last a lifetime.

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