little planning and forethought can make your buying
experience a pleasant and successful one.
While each room is different, the
basic concepts can apply to all rooms
Several fundamental things need to be established:
1) What is the room for? (i.e. Bedroom, Living room, Dining
room, Kitchen, Study, Office, Den/Rec room)
2) What are the dimensions of the room?
3) How do the built in features of the room effect the usable
space? (Windows, Doors, Fireplaces, Counters or Bars, Sunken
4) What is the flooring in the room?
5) How is the room lit? (Is there ceiling lighting? What type
if there is? Recessed, Spot, Dome, Chandelier, Bare Bulb)
6) How many people do you want the room to accommodate?
Once you have determined the fundamentals for a specific room,
you can make sound choices about what type of furniture will
work within it. For example, a room that is 10x12 with 8'
ceilings would have a hard time accommodating a sectional, or
a king size bed, or an L-shaped executive desk, or a 10 seat
formal table. However, it would do very well with a moderate
sized sofa and love, or a queen sized bed, or a desk and small
credenza, or a 6 seat dining table.
The same can be true of a larger room, say an 11x14, that is
restricted by built in features. If there are two entry doors
and two closet doors, with a fireplace on one end, you have to
take these things into consideration. Careful consideration
will allow you to make solid decisions when choosing your
furniture. This will not in any way restrict you from getting
the results you want in the room.
Spur of the moment buying decisions can be very successful if
you go into the experience with knowledge of your space. You
need not have exact dimensions, just a logical ballpark will
do. Personal taste and instinct work in your favor here.
Choose furniture that will make you happy! If you want a
recliner in your bedroom, so be it. Just pick one that fits
with the space available.
The specific type of furniture you choose depends on you as an
individual, and of course your budget. Place more of your
budget where you will get the most benefit. For most people,
this will be in their sleeping area, principally, their
mattresses. For others, it will be their seating in their
entertainment area. For still others, it will be the entry
area where guests first see their space. All of these are
individual decisions only you can make.
Start with a good fundamental understanding, and you will
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