We’ve all been there: You’ve just moved into a new place, and you want to make it look fresh and fabulous, like, yesterday.
You’ve thumbed through all the West Elm catalogs and strolled through every Pottery Barn within a 50-mile radius. You. Are. Ready! Your living room will be the stuff of Pinterest dreams; your dining room will be a midcentury masterpiece.
Unless, that is, you make some all-too-common mistakes when buying your furniture. But we’re here to help you avoid falling prey to these blunders, and to ensure you end up with fabulous pieces that you’ll be happy with for years to come.
1. Not considering your lifestyle (or future plans)
Select pieces that suit your lifestyle, and consider how long you plan to keep a piece (especially if it’s a splurge). For example, a couple without children should consider how their family may grow over the next seven to 10 years—essentially, the lifespan of a couch.
Same goes for pet lovers: If Droolius Caesar loves to snuggle while you watch TV, maybe skip the velvet chaise and opt for a fabric that’s easy to clean and will maintain its look over time.