When buying furniture for the bedroom, it is easy for the eye to over-rule the head and fall into the style over substance trap. Given the wonderful presentations that furniture companies set up in their stores or even online, attention to the smallest of details should never be overlooked. An example is that an ornate iron bedstead can barely be noticed behind sumptuous, plump pillows and luxurious bedspreads. Is this the desired effect? A double bed with slide out drawers on both sides may be fantastic for storage but does it limit the furniture space now available around it?
Many stores will present the whole bedroom styled and complete, rather than just the bed standing alone. With wardrobes, dressers and drawers all arranged in such a delightful setting and the amazing bed positioned in the middle. Why? It all matches perfectly, but how many bedrooms are those exact dimensions and are all those accessories really necessary? Compare the display to your bedroom and remember it is easier to build the dream than it is to re-construct it.
Take note of the furniture material as the description of the furniture alone may not be enough to establish how well made it is.
Don’t be afraid to touch the display model. Check out the legs, check how convenient the drawer handles are and also make sure it is sturdy and well assembled.
A large amount of modern bedroom furniture is built from laminated wood, veneers or hardwood.
Plywood is a type of laminated wood and along with veneer furniture built from this is significantly less expensive than solid wood. Whilst it won’t stand the tests of time like solid wood furniture, it still should last many years and can be a fraction of the price.
Spending more money on solid, classic pieces of furniture that can last a lifetime do work out to be more cost effective in the long run, but they may not be as adaptable for room re-designs in the future.
If you do choose to buy modern furniture, check the finish of the item. A decent well-made piece of furniture will have been sanded down and sealed before being stained or varnished.
The finish is used to improve the quality of the wood, so the exterior should feel soft and smooth to the touch all over, without lumps, bumps or rough areas. It is simple to strip down wooden furniture and add a new shade of varnish, but to start with the work should look like it has come from a craftsman’s hands.
Dressers and drawers should be inspected for sliding mechanisms and hinges. Drawers must slide open and closed smoothly, with mechanisms running on wooden binders as opposed to modern and cheaper designs having plastic rollers. Both are fine, as long as they work properly and feel comfortable to the user. It’s these small details that really will ensure customer satisfaction over time.
Check that the sides of the drawers are fitted neatly and securely together. Pay particular attention to the bottom of each drawer; it needs to be strong enough to hold plenty of clothes without caving in!
Finally the most important feature: the bed. A bed is only as good as the mattress, so investing in a quality mattress will not only aid a rejuvenating night’s sleep, it will also last several more years. A quality bed frame can be seen in a show room and be given the once over, again checking for sturdiness and strong fittings. Most bed manufacturers will flat pack the bed, so enquire as to how easy it is to construct and whether additional tools are needed.
Bedstar have a wide range of designs, from beds that can be put up in minutes to those that are for the more for DIY enthusiasts! Bedstar beds provide a wide range of competitively priced beds, frames and mattresses as well as safety instructions and hygiene recommendations for anti allergy material.
No matter the taste in bedroom furniture, the old rule stands that ‘you get what you pay for’.
Always ask as many questions as necessary in the store to find out more about the quality and durability of any items you are thinking of buying, to check that it is right for you and your home.