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Posted by TEAM Metrowest on 6/24/2020

Purchasing home furniture should be a quick, easy and, perhaps most important, inexpensive process. However, finding affordable chairs, couches and other home furniture sometimes can be difficult, particularly for those who recently bought a house and need to furnish their residence on a budget.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you discover top-notch home furniture at budget-friendly prices.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you furnish your residence without breaking your budget.

1. Keep an Eye Out for Sales

Furniture stores are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these shops generally offer sales at different times throughout the year. As such, you should plan a trip to various local furniture stores to find the best prices on furniture for your living room, dining room or other areas of your house.

In many instances, it pays to shop at furniture stores on weekends. These stores commonly provide weekend sales that may enable you to save hundreds or thousands of dollars on assorted home furniture.

Also, you may want to plan ahead for potential holiday sales. Furniture stores frequently offer significant discounts around Independence Day, Christmas and other major holidays. And if you capitalize on these holiday sales, you may be able to pick up deluxe furniture at bargain prices.

2. Look Online

Craigslist and other online classified sites make it easy to browse for furniture from any location, at any time. Meanwhile, these sites may enable you to locate high-quality preowned furniture at a fraction of the cost of brand-new items.

If you see furniture online that you like, don't hesitate to reach out to a seller. Because the longer that you wait to contact a seller, the more likely it becomes that he or she will sell the furniture that you want to a rival buyer.

3. Negotiate When Possible

Oftentimes, you may be able to negotiate the price of a sofa, ottoman or other furniture, regardless of whether you buy from a furniture store or independent seller. If you understand the art of negotiation, you may be better equipped than other buyers to acquire first-rate furniture without spending too much.

Perform research before you kick off your furniture search – you'll be glad you did. With furniture price data at your disposal, you can find out how much your dream bed, shelving unit or other furniture costs and budget accordingly.

Furthermore, if you need extra assistance as you search for home furniture, you may want to work with a real estate agent. In addition to helping you buy a new home, a real estate agent may be able to put you in touch with the top furniture retailers in your area. Or, in some instances, a real estate agent may be able to convince a home seller to include his or her furniture in your home purchase.

Ready to acquire outstanding furniture for your new home? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can increase the likelihood of discovering amazing furniture at prices that match your budget.





Posted by TEAM Metrowest on 5/31/2017

When people hear the term "modular" a few things come to mind. Standardized, easy to assemble, minimalist, and modern. When you hear the words "modular furniture" there's probably only one thing that comes to mind: Ikea. There are, however, a wide selection of stores (online and brick & mortar) that offer furniture to fit your minimalist lifestyle.

Reasons to go modular

Form follows function. This statement should be as true in the world of decorating as it is throughout the sciences. However, many times we buy items that are large and bulky; mistaking quantity for quality. In the world of modular furniture, form is everything. Here are some reasons you may want to start buying minimal furniture:
  • If you move often. Do you relocate for work every few years? Are you a student or young professional who does a lot of jumping around apartments? In a workforce that is increasingly freelance and online in nature, there are fewer bindings holding us back from moving.
  • If you like low-maintenance. Modular furniture is perfect the the person who likes to set something up easily out of the box. You won't have to worry about complicated maintenance or difficulty finding parts because modular furniture tends to be highly standardized.
  • If you're a space-saver. Are you the type to try to take advantage of every inch of free space in your home? Alternatively, do you like to give your home a spacious atmosphere through smart decorating? Modular furniture is intelligently designed to take advantage of space. Modular furniture pieces like sofas are often able to be reconfigured or rearranged in different pieces so you can place them in corners or sparsely around the room to open up space. Similarly, they often contain interior storage space for things like blankets and pillows.
  • If you have a refined taste for space. Modular furniture is at the cutting edge of home technology. Therefore it often boasts visually-appealing, minimalist form and modern color schemes. Like any industry, style varies between makers. But generally modular furniture companies tend to stay current with trends.

The biggest names, the best prices

Since modular furniture is an up-and-coming industry, there are a number of stores to choose from, some even with brick & mortal locations. Here are some of our favorites.
ikea
Not much needs to be said about IKEA. They started with one man in Sweden and now have locations in over 40 countries. IKEA is the standard by which all other modern furniture stores are weighed against.
vitsoe
Vitsoe keeps it simple with three basic modular "systems." Chairs, tables, and shelves. One of each system could easily fill a room. Their designs are minimalist and space-saving, which is evident by the "nesting" tables which fit into one another.
way basics
If you're looking for simple, lightweight and affordable storage and shelving, Way Basics is where you should start your search. They specialize in storage cubes and they take the humanitarian and environmentalist approach to doing business.
urban outfitters
They may seem like a strange addition to this list, but Urban Outfitters--the paragon of urban hipsterdom--has a surprisingly great selection of modular furniture items in their online shop. They do an excellent job of fusing vintage style with modern function.  





Posted by TEAM Metrowest on 11/16/2016

When you welcome guests into your home, you’re inviting them to explore your personality, as they take in the pictures on your walls, your window treatments and the size and type of your furniture. Don't opt for drab. Celebrate your guests by decorating your home with furniture that showcases the best of you. Create rooms that invite you and your guests to relax, feel cared for, energized, calm and inspired. Your feelings are excellent guideposts Start by focusing on furniture colors and texture. Colors, textures and styles of the furniture in your home have a positive or negative influence on your mood and energy. There are psychological color charts and emotional color wheels that explain the impact that different colors have on people. For example, purple generally represents mysterious, romantic and luxurious feelings. But, don't limit yourself to charts and color wheels. Trust your instincts. You may feel differently when you're around certain colors than other people do. For example, you might feel powerful and energized while sitting on a black, leather sofa or while reclining in a forest green indoor hammock. Stay open to combining and blending colors. A peach colored three-seat sofa might work well with a yellow or purple lounge chair. A good way to discover which types, textures and colors of furniture best align with your personality is to visit interior design stores. Pick a day when you’re schedule isn’t jammed with a list of to-dos. Check out different color pallets. Interior design stores may have color pallets at the front or center of their shops. Don’t be afraid to ask clerks to suggest different colors and furniture styles that may work well in your house. You could also let the clerk know more about your personality, so he can offer better furniture suggestions. Test drive furniture before you bring it home Sit on furniture. Lay across store beds. Pay attention to whether your feet hang off the edge of the mattress and how you feel while laying on your back and left and right sides on store beds. Is the sofa long enough to allow you to nap on a lazy weekend afternoon or does the end of the sofa create a nagging ache in your neck? Back to that leather sofa – does it look great in the showroom but stick to the backs of your legs each time you stand after sitting on it for a few minutes? Also, consider how well accessories at your house complement furniture you’re thinking about purchasing. Perhaps more importantly, consider how you feel while looking at and sitting on furniture. Some furniture may bring on a bout of nostalgia. Other furniture may find you feeling aggressive or even emotionally flat. Pay attention to these cues. Unless you’re an international concert performer who's in a different town three to four nights a week, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time at home. Choose furniture that works for you, furniture that puts your personality center stage.




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