Friday, October 25, 2013

Ultimate guide to furnishing a condo

When shopping for your home, there are a few tiny details that people tend to overlook. Especially when what you’re shopping for has certain limitations, like say, shopping for furniture for a condominium unit.

Check online and get an idea of how you want your space to look.

Tip 1: Research

A lot of wrong things can happen if you go and buy your things without research, especially if you’re going into this without professional help. Check online and get an idea of how you want your space to look. Bring along some pictures that you can refer to when you’re out and about. This will save you from impulse buys that will just end up being sold online.

Tip 2: Measure

First of all, measure the whole condominium unit. See how much space you have and what you have to work with. Keep track of where the plugs and windows are and where the doorways are as well. You have to keep track of how much space you have allotted for each piece of furniture. After measuring the inside of your condominium unit, measure your doorway. Measure the width and the height of the opening of your door to see if whatever you’re going to purchase will even make it through your door. Afterwards, measure your elevator. Measure the opening of your elevator as well as the dimensions of the interior. These measurements are vital to save you from the hassles of bringing back a piece of furniture that won’t fit.

If your condominium unit is all filled up but still looks bland, then buy some accent pieces that take the least amount of space.

Tip 3: The 'right' kind of furniture

Condominium units typically have limited space so you have to look for furniture pieces that will stay within these limits but still works for the style of room that you had in mind. For your basic standard pieces like beds and desks, look for designs that maximize the storage space without taking too much room. Like drawers under beds or desks with clever storage systems. If you still lack storage spaces, add some hanging shelves. They take virtually no space at all but give you a place to put some of your things.

Tip 4: The 'right' kind of accent

If you have the luxury of space, then go on ahead and buy that hand-shaped accent chair. However, if your condominium unit is all filled up but still looks bland, then buy some accent pieces that take the least amount of space. You can choose between a funky colored rug, a printed throw pillow, bright bed sheets or maybe a modern painting to hang on the wall.

Keep these steps in mind when you go out to shop and you will surely end up with a home that reflects your style, which didn’t even cause you to 'break a sweat'. - Michelle Alyssa Tiu


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