Interior Design

Radio: Buying Furniture

So you repainted the living room and now you can't stand your old furniture. Before you shop 'til you drop, do some research.

Listen to ON BUYING FURNITURE, or read the text below:

Search online to find out what pieces you like and locate showrooms where you can try them out in person. Bring paint chips and fabric samples along, so you know the new chairs will go with your new paint job. If you have kids, pets, or you like entertaining, be sure to find out how easy it's going to be to clean the pieces you're buying.

Measure your room to be sure that big sectional couch will fit where you want it, and check to make sure it'll fit through the door! If space is at a premium, look for multifunctional pieces like sofa beds, expandable tables, or drop-down desks that can move out of the way when you're not using them.

There are some great room planning tools online to help you visualize how furniture will work with your space.

Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to-or reading-Bob's 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on room planning, consider:

Planning Your Dream Kitchen
Planning Guide: Basement Remodeling
Creating Your Home Office Plan