Buying new furniture can be expensive, so you want to make sure that you choose the right style to suit both your creative vision and your lifestyle. Here we have paired up with furniture experts, Robinson of England, to bring you five mistakes to avoid making the next time you’re shopping for new home interiors.

Not measuring

Before you start shopping for furniture, you need to measure the area. Imagine finding the sofa of your dreams only to find that it doesn’t come in a suitable size. Or, even worse ordering said sofa and finding it’s too big when it gets delivered. Save yourself this unnecessary heartache and always measure first. In fact, the more times you measure – the better!

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Choosing fashion over functionality

Whilst it’s tempting to jump on board with the latest interiors trend, remember that fashion is never permanent and what’s in style now might look dated in a few years’ time. When it comes to the design of your furnishings, it’s a better idea to choose something that you know you’ll love in the future, rather than picking something just because its trendy. You should also consider how your furniture will fit in with your lifestyle. For example, if you have children and pets, a leather sofa is more hardwearing than fabric.

Buying before trying

Online shopping is convenient, especially when you can find great deals without leaving the comfort of your home. But, furniture is one of those things that are best seen in person. The picture on the site might look great, but you don’t really know what you’re getting in terms of quality and size until you see it with your own eyes.

Buying cheap

Buying cheap flat-pack furniture might be a quick fix, but you’ll probably come to regret it in the long-run. It’s totally understandable that you might need to budget yourself when furnishing your first home, but if you’re endlessly replacing your furniture, it’s probably time to think about investing in higher quality items. While quality furnishings may be a little more expensive initially, they tend to last a lot longer, so you won’t have to change up your décor as regularly.

Not having a plan

Buying new furniture should be treat as a project. You wouldn’t renovate your bathroom without having a plan in place and nor should you redo your bedroom or living room without planning your vision first. Consider your colour scheme, what the room is for and the atmosphere you want to create, then choose furniture that reflects your vision.