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Furniture Buying Guide 2021 - What Should I Look For When Buying Furniture?

Furniture Buying Guide 2021 - What Should I Look For When Buying Furniture?

Furnishing a house in 2021 is no easy task.

We have come a long way from the simplistic days of simple furnishings for simple houses.

Now, furniture selection and placement is so crucial to defining the style and character of a home and with so many varieties in every possible type of furniture the saying, “no two homes are the same” has never been truer.

And frankly, we here at SK Designer Living could not be more thrilled about it!

However, we know that with so much choice at our fingertips, finding the right pieces can be a daunting task.

Thankfully for you, our expert team at SK Designer Living is committed to helping you find the perfect pieces for your property.

Whether you are buying for the home you and your family live in or an investment property you are looking to furnish to maximise your returns, we have an exciting and vibrant range of furniture to choose from.

The question now is, how do you know what is right for you?

In our 2021 Furniture Buying Guide, we run you through the crucial elements in any furniture selection process.

These factors are equally important whether you are buying a dining table or an armchair and will help you narrow down your search – no matter what specific piece you are looking for.


No matter what area of a property you are furnishing, space is perhaps the number one factor that is going to influence what is right and what is wrong for your space.

But even then, it’s no simple equation.

It is possible to make even the largest, most expansive spaces look cluttered, and claustrophobic.

And just because you have small space, does not mean you can’t achieve a sense of scale with the right piece.

Of course, common sense should still apply.

The furniture should fit comfortably in your home and leave ample room for movement.

If you buy a seven-seater sofa and your living room is tiny, you and your family will be unable to walk about easily.

It's worth remembering that furniture that restricts mobility, even though it's attractive, can make a space feel claustrophobic.

If there’s one simple principle to apply when it comes to managing your property’s space, it’s that you should plan for real life when choosing your furniture.

Will you and your family be able to function in the space you have with the furniture you intend to buy?

At SK Designer Living, we strive to offer designer furniture at every day prices, meaning you can browse our extensive range of chairs, tables, stools, sofas and home décor to find the perfect match for your space.


This one leads on from our last principle.

If managing the space in your home through furniture selection is all about making life practical and liveable, then comfort is going to be an important factor when choosing furniture.

When purchasing furniture online, it is important to remember the comfort factor. It's pointless to spend money on furniture that looks nice but isn't comfortable. Experts advise that you look for furniture that has been designed with ergonomics in mind.

Wherever possible, we recommend customers come into our store at 94 Malcolm Road Braeside, VIC, 3195 to try out our furniture first-hand and ensure their bodies love the furniture as much as their eyes do.

Comfort does not necessarily have to mean how nice a piece is to sit on, either.

It might mean how comfortable are you with having to look at or use that piece every day?

Does it work for the rest of the family?

Can you see yourself loving that piece for years to come?

These are all important questions to think about when deciding on the comfort factor for individual pieces.

Furniture Cost

There is no point denying the fact that when it comes to buying furniture, knowing your budget is key.

You should be able to afford the money you're giving up.

This does not imply that you go out and buy the cheapest furniture you can find.

In most cases, you'll see that the materials used to construct the furniture have a big impact on the price.

The cheapest furniture on the market is made of inferior materials.

So be prepared to spend, but don’t break the bank.

You will save yourself a lot of heartache by being realistic about how much you have to spend and how many different pieces you need to fit into that budget.

Of course, at SK Designer Living, you won’t have to worry about paying exorbitant prices.

Whilst we stock an extensive range of first-class furniture, we work hard to ensure we can provide you access to designer-quality furniture at prices you can afford.

If you need a bit of breathing room, then there’s always AfterPay or Zip Pay options via our online store or in our Braeside store.

Furniture Colour

Colour is undeniably a crucial factor when it comes to choosing furniture.

If you have a particular theme of colours or style that you are designing your home with, then it’s important to factor in the colours of the furniture you are buying.

Consider the colour of the furniture to ensure that it matches the mood of the room as well as the decorations.

Choosing a colour that contrasts with your room's decor will make it unappealing.

Even if the furniture is well-designed, it will appear unattractive if the colour scheme does not complement that of your house.

SK Designer Living’s extensive range of home furniture comes in a wide array of colours, meaning that this should not be an issue when shopping at our store.

Furniture Type

Regardless of the category or type of furniture you are after, chances are there are so many different types available.

When it comes to buying a sofa, for example, there are so many different types to choose from.

In our online store, you can shop for the following types of sofas:

  • 1-seater
  • 2-seater
  • 3-seater
  • Ottomans

Our tables range includes:

  • Wood dining tables
  • Glass dining tables
  • Wood bedside tables
  • Glass bedside tables
  • Plastic bedside tables
  • Wood coffee tables
  • Glass coffee tables

Carefully consider the style, layout and space availability of your home before deciding on your type of furniture.


Furniture can be expensive, so you want to make sure it’s durable.

Typically speaking, the more expensive a piece of furniture is, the better the quality of materials used and therefore the more durable it should be.

However, it’s important to remember that furniture needs to be looked after.

Once again, purchase furniture for your home that is going to work with your real life.

You should always think about the quality of the furniture you want to buy because if you buy non-durable furniture, you will be wasting your money.

You must be able to distinguish between durable and nondurable furniture. Look for furniture from companies that are recognised for making high-quality products.

Time is Money: Shop where the biggest range is

We live busy lives and time is of the essence.

So why bother running between 15 different stores when you can find everything you need at SK Designer Living?

You can browse our extensive range online right from your home.

Of course, if you prefer to touch and feel before you commit, then you can always visit us instore as well.

We are always happy to have a chat and help you find the perfect furniture for you so whatever your needs are you can get them looked after with SK Designer Living.