Tips for Choosing Furniture for Your Living Room

by Dick Stoner 06/09/2019

Your living room is an essential space in your home. It is where your friends and family spend more time having fun and enjoying entertainment. When you have guests, they probably spend the whole of their time with you in your living room. All these factors point out the necessity for having a pleasant living room with the required details to make it stand out.

Furniture is one crucial component of the living room because it aids the relaxation of those in it and adds to the beauty and luxury of the space. Whether you are confused about the right type of furniture for your living room or you want to get ideas on selecting plush furniture, this post is for you. Here are some of the best ways of finding the perfect furniture for your living room:

  • Measure the space: Before thinking of getting any furniture, you should measure your living room first to know how long and how wide it spans. You wouldn't want to have oversized sofas obstructing movement and making the sitting area seem very compact.
  • Draw a floor plan: After knowing the dimensions of the space, the next step is to create a scaled, accurate visual representation of what you want the living room to look like on paper. Creating a plan helps you place furniture and other accessories in the right places. When creating a floor plan, ensure you leave good space between furniture, so you don't have to squeeze to get between them.
  • Know your purpose: Determining the essential uses your living room will affect the positioning of the furniture and other accessories and which materials work best. If you are hanging out often with your family, opt for stain-resistant furniture, so the kids don't make a significant mess. Also, take note of the structure of your room. Inbuilt structures attract certain pieces of furniture. For example, a room with a great view of the city's skyline may require more modern/sparse furniture to keep the window unobstructed.
  • Make the floor plan a reality: In this step, mark out on the floor with chalk those spots you initially drew on paper. It will help in ensuring you stick to a specific size to better accommodate your living room. Also, check how wide your doorway is. It would be devastating to buy furniture and have it delivered only to discover that you can't move it into your home.
  • Go for quality pieces: The consequences of purchasing furniture made with inferior materials are pretty much abundant. When you need to get a furniture set, choose sturdy pieces with hardwood frames. They last longer and are the best value for your money.

Before investing in furniture to stage your home for a sale, talk to your realtor about other less expensive staging options.

About the Author
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Dick Stoner

Reist Corporation was incorporated in 1994 to renovate and restore commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Working from a 200+ year old farm in Washington County, MD , we have restored barns, warehouses, and even WWII Army buildings in Central MD. We maintain expertise in zoning and land use issues, and we stay abreast of market conditions and changing market statistics. We welcome the opportunity to work with buyers and tenants who wish to take advantage of current market conditions to lock in long term deals at favorable rates. Those able to sign 5 - 10 year leases in commercial transactions right now, are able to obtain the best rates in over 10 years, and those able to purchase are able to get pre-2005 prices on many types of buildings and land. On residential transactions, we continue to help buyers of bank-owned and short sale properties. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on your challenges, and we pay generous referral fees to agents from other areas who wish to utilize our services on Maryland property transactions

Certifications

Since 2002, I have worked on some of the largest real estate database systems in America. I have introduced online marketplace products to areas that were using residential MLS products for commercial real estate information, and I have worked on the expansion of some of America's largest real estate data systems in some of the largest MSA's in the country. Research is key to many commercial real estate valuation projects, and our firms' knowledge about how these systems work can help you reach the best information about other transactions in your area. We are active in Land Preservation programs and environmental offsets which can sometimes bring additional revenue that is crucial to making a transaction work. Nutrient offset credits in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed have become a new component in the valuation of active farmland and for many rural properties which involve environmental features like streams, woodlands, pastureland, etc. We've partnered with the experts at Blueline Conservation Incentives, LLC in Northern Virginia on nutrient offset and land preservation programs and together we are part of a team with expertise in all of the Middle Atlantic States as they strive to meet WIP - Watershed Improvement Plans in order to meet the 2017 and 2025 water quality goals that were set by the 2010 Chesapeake Bay Plan. 

Awards

2009 -MD Historical Trust -Award for Project Excellence in the Restoration of Frieda's Cottage at Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, MD