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With a new year on the horizon, a list of new wants and needs for your home are sure to arise. A new budget is sure to emerge as well. According to bankrate.com and credit counselors, women are typically the ones who handle the household budget. They pay the bills and spend the money on necessary and discretionary items, and they are also the ones who find the best bargains. In almost every society, women are seen as the primary caregivers.
As the gateway to others, women are often purchasing items not for themselves, but for their families. Furniture is among one of the costliest purchases. With the holidays being in the winter, why would it be a good time to buy big furniture items? We've conducted some research and found that the winter months may just be the best time to make your home cozy and aesthetically pleasing at a great price!
Discounts and Clearance
While you can always expect discounts on furniture if you look in the right places, it's best to research all end-of-the-year clearance sales. Even stores that normally don't participate in sales throughout the year will have huge clearance mark-downs on one-of-a-kind pieces, floor samples, and discounted furniture.
New styles of furniture debut twice a year; one of those months happens to be February. Starting in January, stores will begin to clear out older models at discounted prices. New styles of sofas and dining sets are often popular around this time for promotional prices. The best deals are found at the "as is" floor samples that retailers mark down beforehand to make room for the new spring and summer market stock.
While different types of furniture will go on sale at different times of the year, most stores are willing to haggle. Don’t hesitate to ask furniture stores to sweeten the deal with a discount of a freebie.
You want more than a discounted price; you also need a good quality piece that will last. Here are some tips to look for when furniture shopping:
Know Your Wood Types
Wood furniture falls into three categories, solid wood, veneers, and particle board. Solid wood looks great but can be more susceptible to scratches and cost more. Veneers have an inexpensive wood base covered by several thin layers of better-quality wood. Particle board is the cheapest type of wood made from a combination of wood pulp, plastic, and resin. The look of particle board can be nice, but its quality will not last and can damage easily.
Check Drawers, Cabinets, and Hardware
Open all the drawers or cabinets if the piece has them to make sure they pull out all the way and they shut evenly. You want to make sure all the latches are correctly installed, and that the handles and knobs fit tightly.
Look at the Legs
The legs of a sofa or chair should be made of dense wood and jointed to the frame. Plastic, rubber, or metal legs can ruin floors and will not hold up as well. If the wood legs are nailed in, you're also risking the same damage. If a sofa costs more than $1,000, a fifth leg should be in the middle to provide extra support.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Do you have kids or animals? If so, a white suede couch may not work well in your home. A darker color and stain-resistant tough fabric like linen or tweed would work perfectly!
Be Realistic About Color Choices
For bigger, more expensive pieces of furniture, try sticking to a neutral color. Who is to say you will love the bright blue sofa or the orange ottoman ten years from now? The bold colors will look great for décor and statement pieces.
Test the Cushions
Firm cushions with a removable cover matching on both sides will last longer and save you more money. They may cost more in the beginning, but by flipping them over every few months, they can wear evenly.
Before throwing in the cash or card for a piece of furniture, ask yourself if you truly love the piece and if you'll love it five years from now. Make sure the quality is well worth the price and that it's well-constructed.
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