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Furniture can impact your health

Because furniture can impact your health, your comfort, and your efficiency, it can literally change your life. While this realization can make buying furniture a bit challenging, it is essential. You want to buy furniture that fits, supports and enhances the way you live.

If you are new to buying furniture, or have discovered that the furniture you have isn’t helping you, here are some suggestions:

Furniture is essentially a functional commodity and is used for solving problems related to how your home functions for you. It is important to determine your needs before you buy furniture, and for that there are some important questions you need to ask yourself before buying any.

Along with your needs, there are also constraints when it comes to furnishing. These constraints could relate to space, health, budget, or any other special need. Knowing both your furniture needs and constraints, can help you explore furnishing possibilities better. Make this the first and most basic step of your buying process.

Knowing how to find your style will help you buy furniture that is truly your own.

Knowing your style gives you confidence to buy just the right piece. Furniture that is in keeping with your own style or complements it successfully, makes your space not just comfortable, but attractive as well.

Knowing your style also gives you greater flexibility because then you are likely to find it in even the unlikeliest pieces of furniture. You have the ability to tie in seemingly disparate pieces to create truly unique and personal spaces. You also have the ability to find other furnishings that complement your furniture in a way that is all yours.

Buying green furniture seems like the best thing to do to protect your own health and that of your home. With the raised awareness about the plight of our planet, buying green furniture seems even more important.

Along with the raised awareness, there are so many misconceptions about buying green that even the most well intentioned buyers can get confused. Sometimes it is the manufacturers who like to confuse through misleading advertising or greenwashing.

Quality is important for any discerning buyer of furniture. Sometimes two sofas can seem almost identical, but you will notice a huge price difference. When you explore further you will almost always find a great difference in quality, and the quality comes from what is inside, and how well it is constructed.

Quality determines how long your sofa will last after you buy it and how long it will be able to retain its looks. Quality also determines the level of comfort you can expect to get from your sofa. Make sure you know what to look for so you can buy the best sofa you can afford. You will not have to replace it in a hurry.

DIY Headboards That Stylish

When both space and money are tight, a headboard is one of those items that stays on your décor wish list. But thanks to the following DIYs, you don’t have to go without this stylish staple. Each of these small space friendly ideas will wake up a tired bedroom with unconventional style without busting your budget.

If you like to read before lights out, a cushy headboard, like the no-sew project shown here makes sitting up in bed super comfy. To make you’ll need two items you can find at many big box stores: a bench cushion with a washable cover and wall-mounted coat rack.

 

Want to make a bookish statement? One clever do-it-yourselfer upcycled old encyclopedias and atlases into a one-of-kind headboard. See the DIY.

Anyone can fake a headboard with paint. This mountainscape is easy to create with painter’s tape.

 

Fans of Scandi style love plywood décor for its warm and natural beauty. You’ll need one sheet to make this lovely headboard. Just mount to the wall and attach an IKEA RANARP clip light.

If you think nothing is duller than neutral colors, you can spice up your bedroom with this splashy headboard idea by Five Mile Factory.

 

To make, just map out your design on a pegboard with painter’s tape before painting.

You’ll find macramé wall hangings similar to this beauty by Macrame Forrest over many guest beds at the swanky Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

Create an expensive looking headboard using faux tin ceiling tiles. You can paint them, and they’re also easy to hang with double stick tape.

The Best Upholstery Fabric

The first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about buying upholstered furniture is usually what color to pick. It’s usually the single biggest factor in fabric selection. But while color is important, other factors are equally important.

 

Fabric Durability

The importance of fabric durability varies depending on the piece of furniture, which room it is used in and personal aspects of the family, such as if children and pets live in the house.

Your fabric selection should reflect those issues.

  • Woven patterns hold up longer than printed ones, as do higher thread counts and tight weaves. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric, and denser fabric lasts longer.
  • Choose a fabric based on who will be using your sofa. If your pets will be sharing your sofa with you, consider a microfiber fabric or leather because these can withstand extra wear and tear.
  • Fabric durability is important if your sofa or chair will get daily use.

 

Fabric Style

Choose a fabric that complements both the piece of furniture and the interior decor of your house.

  • Your fabric choice should be harmonious with the style and character of the piece it is covering. For example, a traditional fabric is the go-to choice for a traditional-style frame. That said, if you have an adventurous sense of style and know how to merge two seemingly different styles together, go for it. This approach adds originality to your space. An example of that unexpected choice might be a geometric design on a wing-back chair. This example works best in a room that is contemporary, with the wing-back chair an accent in itself, so that the print connects to the rest of the decor.
  • Some fabrics appear casual, while others look more formal. Choose a fabric that echoes your own style and the mood of the decor in that room.
  • Consider the scale of the pattern. It should be appropriate to the size of the furniture it is covering as well as the room size. A large bold, pattern might work better in a larger room, while a more muted or smaller one might be a better choice for a smaller space.

 

Fabric Color

Color of the fabric is very often the first choice you make when buying furniture, and it has significant impact on your decor, especially if the furniture piece is a large sofa that will dominate the room.

  • Make sure your color choice is one you can live with happily for a long time. For instance, it might be best to avoid a very bold color for a smaller room, especially if your sofa is also large. Neutrals are generally the safest route since they tend to satisfy over time.
  • Avoid delicately colored fabrics if you have children and/or pets.
  • To strike the right mood, consider the color temperature. Warm and cool colors affect the mood of the room and that aspect should be part of the decision.
  • Avoid trendy colors, unless you really like them. They can look dated long before the sofa or chair needs recovering.

 

Special Considerations

There are some other factors that you should consider before you make a selection. These have to do with the environment in which you’ll be placing your couch.

Does your room get a lot of sun or is there any dampness? Are there pets who share the furniture with you? Does anyone suffer from allergies?

  • Fade resistance: This factor is important if it will be placed in a room that gets plenty of sunlight or close to a window.
  • Mildew resistance: Look for fabric that is mildew-resistant if you live in a humid climate.
  • Allergies: Consider fabric such as microfiber for certain allergies because it is lint-free and does not attract dust.
  • Pets: If you have pets avoid using delicate fabric such as silk or any fabric with lots of texture. Select pet-friendly upholstery instead.