Are you shopping for fitted bedroom furniture? Have you become confused by the plethora of different options and bedroom furniture designs? Have you been doing comparison shopping and become mired in a morass of conflicting data? Are you wondering what is the difference between Brand X bedroom furniture collection 123, Brand X bedroom furniture collection 124 and Brand Y bedroom furniture collection 999 – they look the same to you, the prices are in a similar range, and the detailed write-up also reads the same – so what’s the trick? Honestly, buying bedroom furniture is confusing and expensive, and sometimes you need someone to hold you by the hand. Here is an easy guide to help you choose the furniture you need.
Before you do any kind of price research on fitted bedroom furniture, ask yourself these four questions:
- When do you need this furniture?
- What level of quality do you need?
- What is your budget?
- Is your bedroom a regular shape with squared-off corners or are there odd-shaped obstructions in the way?
Now, at this point, many people like to do comparison shopping for bedroom furniture online. My advice is: Don’t bother unless you are looking for cheap standalone pieces of furniture which you intend to replace in a year or two. Buying fitted bedroom furniture online is not for the beginner, and you are better off shopping at your local bedroom furniture outlet even if you have to spend more. That said, if you want to protect yourself from the salesman, you still need a little bit of knowledge yourself before you step into the furniture shop.
Let’s start at the top. Bedroom furniture designs can be said to fall into three different categories:
- Flatpack furniture
- Fitted bedroom furniture
- Custom bedroom furniture
This is standalone furniture that you normally have to assemble yourself. You can safely buy cheap throw-away pieces online, but high-end bedroom furniture should be bought from local bedroom furniture outlets so that you can examine the real quality for yourself. There are pre-assembled bedroom furniture packages include the mattresses, but these will cost extra to ship to your home. Some bedroom furniture retailers will also assemble the furniture for you once it has been delivered to your home, but this will normally cost extra.
The main advantage of buying flat pack bedroom furniture is speed. Especially for pre-assembled furniture, you could have a fully-functional bedroom ready within a week. If you need it even faster, you may have to pay the furniture shop for express delivery services.
The second advantage is the price. You pay for the furniture and its delivery, and that is all. There are no hidden installation charges, etc. Flatpack bedroom furniture is easy to find in large retailers like Ikea, Targets, and Walmart.
Yet another advantage is the flexibility and ease of making minor customizations. For example, you can buy a cheap king-sized bed without a headboard and footboard, then add a king size headboard later on when you have spare cash. You can add a bookcase style headboard if you need more storage space, an upholstered headboard to give your bedroom more style, or a carved wooden headboard to add elegance.
Fitted bedroom furniture
This is furniture that is fitted to your bedroom. It maximizes the usage of your available space. Many master bedroom furniture sets are actually fitted bedroom furniture. For this kind of furniture, the centerpiece of your bedroom is usually the wardrobe – it almost always stretches from floor to ceiling, and may even stretch from wall to wall.
Your best choice for buying fitted bedroom furniture is to pay a visit to your local bedroom furniture outlets – the closer to your home, the better. Why? Because the furniture needs to be fitted to your home, and you want to find someone who has actually installed the same furniture set you chose in a house similar to yours. Generally speaking, this is not something you want to do yourself … definitely not the first time.
The main advantage of fitted bedroom furniture has already been stated – it optimizes the use of your bedroom space. The disadvantages are the increased expense and complication. You may also need to wait some time for the furniture company’s technicians to become available. When shopping for bedroom furniture packages of this kind, you really want to borrow the expertise of the salesman selling it. You need to show him photos of your bedroom and get his advice on what to buy.
Custom bedroom furniture
In some places, they call this bespoke bedroom furniture. The furniture is customized to your bedroom and some parts may even be built from scratch. In many parts of industrialized nations, custom bedroom furniture is the most expensive type of furniture to buy. It also takes the most time from purchase to final delivery and assembly.
Where can you buy custom bedroom furniture? That depends on where you stay. If you live in a rural area, you should probably get it built by a good local carpenter. On the other hand, if you live in the middle of London or New York, you may need to pay an arm and a leg to an upscale bedroom furniture retailer.
The two biggest advantages of custom bedroom furniture are that is pretty much unique to your home and it can make better use of your bedroom’s features than fitted bedroom furniture. If you live in a rural area where you can buy good cheap wood and hire skilled carpenters economically, this option can potentially save you the most money.
Buying fitted bedroom furniture, or any kind of bedroom furniture collections for that matter is often confusing experience for a beginner. Unless you are buying cheap single throw-away pieces of furniture, buying bedroom furniture direct from a warehouse or online is not a good idea. Especially when you are a first-time buyer, the experienced salesman at your local furniture shop is your best friend … at least, if you show him that you are a serious buyer and not just a window shopper.