For most of us, our homes define our sense of style and comfort. We pay great attention to the interior designing including the furnishing, upholstery, wall colours and many other factors.
There are various styles and designs that are available for home furnishings including wardrobes, entertainment units and home office furniture. Before buying these furnishing products, you must consider various factors that would maximise the functionality and quality of the products.
Wardrobes: They enhance the look of the bedroom and act as a practical storage solution. Whether you buy a standard wardrobe or get it customised, you must ask the following questions to yourself in order to make the right decision-
1. Why you need the wardrobe?
Before you buy a wardrobe, you must consider the need of it. Do you want the wardrobe to store your clothes or you also want it to have space for your collection of footwear, your accessories or may be even the bedding.
2. What should be the size of the wardrobe, which can store in every item, without making the room look cramped up?
The size of the wardrobe is very important. You have to make sure that the wardrobe stores everything that you want it to store without being oversized or shrinking the size of the room. Its storage capacity is of utmost importance, so you should choose the wardrobe that can best store your clothes and other stuff in an organised manner.
3. What style and material should be used in the wardrobe?
Quality and design of the wardrobe decide its life. If poor quality material is used for making the wardrobe, it wouldn’t last for long. Also, if the wardrobe is designed in an impractical manner, it will be just a useless item holding up vital space in the room. Thus, make sure that the style of the wardrobe, the kind of shelves, drawers and hangers that are to be fitted into it and the material used for making the wardrobe are of superior quality and ensure proper functioning.
4. What should be the type of wardrobe?
Will the wardrobe be fixed into the wall or will it be movable or will it be a walk-in wardrobe? All this depends on the space available and your storage requirement. Each type of the wardrobe has its own pros and cons. Choose the one that has maximum pros with respect to your requirements.
5. Which wardrobe door style would match-up with the interiors of the room and the design of the wardrobe?
You have to choose between the different styles of wardrobe doors including simple wardrobe doors, hinged doors, sliding doors, bi-fold doors or shoji doors. This decision is again dependent on the room interiors, available space and storage requirements.
All these questions can help you in deciding what kind of wardrobe you should buy, depending on your budget.
Home Offices: While working from home adds flexibility and efficiency to your work, setting up a home office is a big undertaking. Your home office should be such that it allows you to remain productive, without causing any distractions and lets you focus on your work for the 8-10 hours that you have to give to your work.
Be patient, take your time and ask the following question to yourself before you get your home office designed-
1. Where will the home office be located within the house?
You want to work in the comfort of your home, but you still have to stay professional in your approach towards your work. When you work from home, you have to make sure that no distractions or obstructions hamper your work productivity and quality. Consider various factors such as the environment, space, approach and access to the washroom, while deciding the location selected for the home office.
2. How much are you willing to spend on the home office?
Before you begin with the designing of the home office, make sure that you have assigned a set amount of money for it. Create a line-by-line budget considering the cost of the office desk, the ergonomic chair, visitors’ chairs, storage units and other related items. Contact a reputed furniture company that can provide you with office furniture at affordable prices and high quality.
3. How much area should be devoted for storing critical office data?
Your home office will have a lot of business information contained in files, documents, discs and other media. Leaving them scattered on the desk is a bad idea as that would make the room look cluttered. In order to organise your data, you must devote enough space for cabinets or closets that can provide ample storage area without making the office space look congested. Taking professional help for storage solutions would be a wise thing.
4. How to style the office space?
Being located within your home, the office can look more like a personal room, if proper designing is not done. To give it a professional look you should either take help of a designer or browse through magazines and websites to get inspiration about the style and designing of the office.
Entertainment Units: These days, entertainment units are seen as a practical storage solution for the entertainment systems such as television, VCR, DVD player, videotapes, records etc. Like any other, home interior furniture, you need to give equal attention to the design and style of the entertainment unit.
Ask the following questions to yourself and decide the type and style of the entertainment unit suitable for your house-
1. How much space I have for the entertainment furniture in the house?
If you plan to store all your entertainment devices in an organised manner, you must first decide in which room and area you would like to set up the entertainment unit. Depending on the dimensions of the room and the items to be stocked in the entertainment unit, entertainment furniture must be designed.
2. How many units do you need?
While some people prefer to set up their entertainment units in the living room or family room, others prefer to keep it in their bedrooms as well. It is up to your requirements as to how many units should be designed for the entire house.
3. What design and colour scheme you should choose?
The entertainment units are an integral part of the room and their design and colour should be such that it integrates well with the interior of the room. The unit can be wall-mounted or standing; it may be of low height or high and it may have merging colours or contrasting- all this depends on your choice and your room’s interiors.
4. How much you can spend on the entertainment unit?
Decide a budget for the units and conduct a thorough survey of the different prices being offered by the manufacturers.
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