Bedroom Furniture Buying Guide
Choosing new bedroom furniture can seem a daunting process, but at Fairway Furniture our highly trained sales personnel can help you select the right range for your needs from our large selection.
This simple guide will take you through some of the most important factors in choosing new bedroom furniture.
Planning & Space Constraints
Perhaps the most important consideration when selecting bedroom furniture is making sure you know the dimensions of the area in which you are planning to place the furniture.. Why not sketch a plan with the dimensions – it will prove invaluable when looking at ranges in our stores, where items can appear much smaller.
It is also important to think about how the furniture is going to be delivered to the room where it will be used. Use our measuring guide available on this website to check the entry dimensions of your home, so that when looking at possible ranges, you can check they will fit. Some of our ranges feature larger pieces (wardrobes for example) that can be delivered in parts (or in some cases flat packed) to allow access through smaller entrances.
One of the most important things to remember when selecting furniture for a bedroom is making sure that you allow for the bed itself – usually the largest item in the room. Make sure that you leave enough space to move around the bed comfortably, as well as to open any drawers in the bed, chests of drawers or the doors of wardrobes.
It is useful to have an idea of the amount and type of storage you require – for example, how much wardrobe space do you think you will need compared to drawer space. This will help you in narrowing down your choice, while also making sure you select the correct pieces.
Where you intend to situate your new furniture can have an impact on what ranges you can choose. Solid wood for example is affected greatly by its environment, so very dry rooms such as south facing bedrooms, can cause the wood to dry out and warp, causing gaps around doors and drawers.
Our selectors make sure that where possible the ranges we sell are made from high quality raw materials, hopefully minimising the possibilities for any problems, but if you are very concerned about the temperature
and dryness of your preferred room for you new furniture, ask one of our sales personnel for advice.
The range of finishes available on furniture has increased greatly in the past 5 years, offering you the opportunity to style your home in virtually any way.
Ranges are usually referred to as being produced in one of four main ways:
- Solid wood
- Veneered wood
- Foiled finishes
- Glass, stone or marble finishes
As the term implies, solid wood ranges are made from solid timber sourced from sustainable forests. Typically, solid wood ranges would be made of oak, ash, pine or tropical hardwoods such as acacia.
Where wood is simply too expensive or unsuitable to use in solid form, such as mahogany or teak, it is very often used in veneer format. A veneer is created by cutting solid timber into very thin sheets, which are then bonded to other woods or manmade substances. Using veneers offers the luxury and beauty of more exotic woods at a reasonable price.
Sometimes, in order to present finishes which are uniform and that can be provided at lower cost, manufacturers use foiled finishes. Using digital real wood grain patterns, a thin foil is printed and bonded to a manmade substance such as MDF (medium density fibreboard) and then assembled as if it were real wood. Ranges featuring foil effects are normally offered at the budget end of our selection, but offer the beauty of real wood at a fraction of the cost.
Stone, Glass & Marble Finishes
If a wood or wood effect finish is not what you are looking for, we offer several ranges that feature glass, stone or marble finishes, as well as ranges that use marble, glass and stone inlays. These finishes can offer a refreshingly different look, lending themselves to modern and contemporary styling.