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What is some straightforward furniture buying advice?

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Some straightforward furniture buying advice is to invest in a few quality pieces with potential to last in the long term; investigate the details to make sure you're getting quality; and buy furniture that makes you happy. The four specific items of furniture that are often recommended to invest in are a sofa, a dining set, a bed frame and a mattress.

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While it's not necessary to buy the most expensive designer furniture, investing in a quality mattress or couch pays off in comfort over time. Buying a piece that does its job well for 20 years saves the hassle of replacing cheaper furniture every three or four years.

It's better to buy high-quality furniture second hand then to buy cheap furniture that's new. Quality furniture from any era has a solid frame, whether it's wood, metal or plastic. If this frame is in good condition, almost everything else about a piece of furniture can be changed. Reupholstering is one of the most popular methods of revamping a classic piece of furniture that's seen better days. A person should not be afraid to buy things with the intent to change them.

It is best to avoid buying trendy pieces that look dated in a few years. The buyer's comfort and aesthetic opinions can and should carry all the weight in the decision.

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