Furniture Buying Guide

Finding the right furniture, whether you are searching for a single piece or looking to fill your new home, is a difficult task. It’s a decision that involves practical restraints, such as your budget and space requirements, as well as emotional influences of style, taste and comfort. And it’s not just a decision for an idle Tuesday, but one you hope to be happy with for years to come. The right furniture helps you work more efficiently, gather together with your loved ones and rejuvenate for tomorrow. Follow these 3 simple tips to simplify your furniture shopping experience.

Where to Shop:
You can find furniture in all types of retail venues today, from huge mass marketed warehouses to small independent specialty stores. With so many choices, it’s important to make sure you’re looking in the right place for you. Alman’s Furniture is locally owned and operated and has been in the furniture business for over 70 years. We understand that when shopping for furniture, you are looking for the right balance between style, comfort, quality and price. We’re here to guide you through the choices to find the best value for your money; furniture you’ll love for years at a price you’re comfortable with. Come to our store to see the latest styles, touch and feel the fabrics and materials and be helped by our friendly staff in our low pressure environment.

Come Prepared:
Choosing the right furniture is a balancing act between price, quality, comfort and style. Before you begin shopping, sit down and gather your ideas. What pieces are you looking for? How much are you planning to spend? What space do you have available? What styles do you prefer? What features are important to you? Are there certain colors, fabrics, or shapes you want to use as part of a decorating theme? And how will your lifestyle, including whether or you not you have children and pets, influence your needs? It also helps to sketch out your available space and bring it with you to the store. If you come prepared, you’ll save yourself time and energy when confronted with all the choices available on the market today.

Match Your Furniture to Your Lifestyle:
It’s important to factor your lifestyle into your furniture decision in order to get the most of your money. Consider how often you plan on redecorating. If you are searching for furniture to last for years, plan to spend a little more time and money. If you like to add new pieces and redecorate often, try to find furniture that is more flexible. For example, look at neutral colors that match a variety of color schemes. If you love to entertain, it’s worth it to pay for the matching server. If you spend most evenings curled up with your family, don’t waste money on matching items you won’t use.

You may love the clean lines and refreshing style of that white linen sofa, but if you have a two year old who loves grape juice too, you could be in for a real heartbreaker. Consider how much wear and tear your furniture will be subjected to. And don’t forget to factor in how much money and time you are willing to put into the upkeep of your new furniture. Are you willing to have fabrics steam cleaned? Do you enjoy a weekend adventure with sandpaper and stain to freshen up your end tables? Would you ever take your furniture to a professional to be repainted or reupholstered? Most furniture can have its life extended with some extra TLC, if keeping the same pieces for many years is important to you.

Be careful not to sacrifice everything for functionality. There are so many brands and styles of furniture available today, you should be able to find a good compromise between personal style, comfort and durability. If you have a good idea of what qualities are important to you based on your lifestyle, it will be easy for us to help you find the right furniture for your unique needs.