Use a tape measure to measure areas where you plan to put furniture. For example, if you want to put a sofa along a particular wall in the front room, measure the length of the wall, so you’ll know exactly how long the sofa can be without overlapping over furniture. Make sure to measure doorways as well. It’s best to know ahead of time whether or not a new piece of apartment furniture will even fit through your doorway.
You want the furniture piece to feel solid and heavy. Avoid particleboard and light aluminum frames and stick with solid wood construction. Solid wood frames will generally last much longer and is the standard for fine furniture. However, make sure that the price is consistent with your expectations for how long the piece is going to last. The cushion is also an important point to consider when looking at construction. Before purchasing anything, give it the sit test. No matter how beautiful your new upholstery piece is you won’t enjoy it if it’s not comfortable.
3. Pick a style
Decide what furniture style you prefer. If your apartment is small, then simple and clean designs are usually best. (Large, bulky overstuffed furniture may look nice but can make a small area feel cramped.) Apartment furniture that features multiple functions, such as a storage ottoman or an entertainment center that doubles as bookshelves, is a good choice for small living spaces. The bigger your apartment is, the more decorative furniture you can invest in.
4. Decide on colors
Choose furniture that complements the color of your walls, floors and, of course, your own personal preferences. Many kinds of furniture, like ottomans, chairs, and sofas, come in a variety of colors. White walls and pale carpet gets boring quickly. Richly colored upholstery in blues, emerald greens or deep reds can liven up pale rooms. Darker rooms usually benefit from light-colored furniture.
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5. Match furniture to your other decor
Choose furniture colors that won’t clash with your artwork. If you own paintings that are alive with color, don’t hang them on the wall directly above a sofa that has a busy color pattern.
6. The Unexpected.
Look for furniture that has an element of the unexpected or has some personality. The overall shape of the piece could be a little unconventional, or maybe there’s some interesting tufting or nail head detail. Either way, your personal style should be reflected in the piece of furniture that you choose. (According to overstock & apartmenttherapy)