I like to tell my clients that Memorial Day is a great day to go furniture shopping (the sales can really save you money) unless you go in without a plan. Without a plan you are in danger of spending your money unwisely and saddling yourself with some unfortunate purchases.
Before you head out shopping the very least you need to do is take measurements of your space and of your existing furniture. When you are out in the department and big box stores the scale of the warehouses can really throw you off. If you aren’t armed with measurements it’s super-easy to come home with a whale of a sofa that looked like a harmless minnow in the store!
Shopping will be even more effective if you have swatches of your wall colors and any fabrics that might be on pieces of furniture you plan to keep. Getting a beige couch isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but if the color matches too closely to the wall color you may end up with a boring beige room when you really wanted more contrast. Don’t rely on your color memory – bring those swatches along.
Last, snap some quick pictures of your space before you venture out. In fact, if you skip both the other steps at least do this one – it’s so easy these days to grab a picture on your smart phone! That way you can sneak a peak at your living room and decide if that amazing hot pink HomeGoods chair really will be the perfect thing for your space, or if it’s actually going to feel really out of place.
Even if you aren’t going in with a full design and shopping plan, if you just arm yourself with a few pictures, basic measurements, and swatches, you’ll be a much savvier, and more successful, shopper.
Now go enjoy the sales!