How to Choose Bedroom Furniture

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Style and fit are key to choosing new bedroom furniture, and neither means you have to spend a lot of money. The size of your room will necessarily dictate the size of your bed and other furniture items, but you'll want to get something that you love to wake up to. Take the time to comparison shop before you commit to new bedroom furniture. Good furniture will last many years.

  • Consider what you'll be using your bedroom for. If you typically watch television before bed, you'll want an entertainment stand. If you read, you may want a bookshelf. If your room is small, you might want as little furniture as possible, leaving only a bed, night stand and optional clothing dresser.

  • List the colors of your room, wood paneling (if any) and existing furniture. Unless you're replacing all your bedroom furniture, you won't want to pair a white dresser with cherry wood headboard. Then list all of the items you're considering.

  • Think about your personal style. Bedroom furniture can be sleek and modern or garden cottage style. While you can accessorize your bed with sheets, you'll also want to get furniture that matches your personal style.

  • Set aside a maximum amount of money you can spend on new bedroom furniture before you start shopping to avoid overspending.

  • Measure your bedroom's length and width with a measuring tape. You'll want to make sure your furniture can fit.

  • Browse online retailers to get an idea of the styles and prices to expect in bedroom furniture. Note the names of designers and styles you enjoy, plus the prices.

  • Visit local furniture stores to see bedroom furniture in person. If you're interested in a particular style but not sure it's right for you, getting a look for yourself can help you decide. Ask about the prices, delivery and installation of any piece you like so you're not surprised if you later have to set up a piece of furniture yourself. Most furniture stores deliver for a fee.

  • Shop comparatively by visiting several retail stores and checking many online retailers. Also determine whether pieces you like come in other finishes than the one displayed (many do).

  • Purchase furniture when you've found pieces you like in a budget you can afford. Buy either online or from a local store, making sure you arrange delivery or setup, if necessary.

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