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Tips On Optimising Off-The-Shelf Furniture For Your Home!

There’s a stereotype in this part of the world that off-the-shelf furniture pieces are unable to provide the visual impact that customised, built-in carpentry pieces do. It’s probably a cultural thing though, as there are other nations, the Nordics for example, that embrace the beauty and functionality of a well thought out set of furniture pieces for their interior spaces.

We aren’t Nordics obviously, but there are reasons other than personal preference and culture that may prohibit one from going down the built-in route. You may be living in what you’ve pre-determined to be a short term property, or have budgetary concerns. Perhaps you like the idea of being able to move all your pieces with you to your subsequent properties, and also have the added luxury of being able to rearrange your furniture pieces as and when you so desire in your existing space. 

But Before You Rush Out And Impulse Buy…

There are a couple of considerations you should keep in mind before committing to an all-loose furniture home. You’d want to keep your trunking to a minimum, as this will allow you to rearrange your pieces to your heart’s content, without unsightly trunking ruining your aesthetics, or them obstructing the placement of your furniture. Ensure that you have plenty of sockets around the house, and keep them flush mounted if possible. This means that regardless of where you decide to stick that buffet or that bulky sofa, you’ll still have enough free sockets around for practical usage. 

Made up your mind? Here are 4 basic tips we have for a clean and cohesive interior with off-the-shelf pieces!

4. Mixing And Matching

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Sometimes, the best results can be had from mixing and matching pieces from various furniture chains. You really don’t need to stick to one and compromise. Sure, purchasing everything from one vendor may work out to be more cost and time effective, but is it really worth saving that little bit of cash but having to live with pieces which you may not like or be practical daily? 

Though you shouldn’t really go wild with your choices though. Before you start shopping, do make sure you have a theme in mind, and try to stick to that theme for a cohesive look. Pinterest is your best friend for some truly insta-worthy spaces if you need some inspiration. Having said that, do attempt to keep an open mind whilst shopping. You may be able to find pieces in the store that may be superior to what you have shortlisted from their online catalogues!

3. Sticking To The Big Names

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Many famous industrial designers have used their expertise to great effect, creating truly stunning pieces of furniture that look timeless and can fit in a wide variety of interior spaces with no significant problem. Designer furniture is a surefire way to get that ‘aesthetic’ home with minimal effort, provided you shop within your theme. 

Be warned though, that these pieces can cost a pretty penny. That being said, you do not risk massive depreciation should you then decide to get rid of them, as they do hold their value fairly well. The not-insignificant price tag may lead you to consider replicas. These are the look of the name brand piece, but may not copy its build quality or its premium materials, and may, therefore, be less durable in the long run. 

If you’re after branded furniture that won’t burn a hole in your pocket, a good life hack is to buy the designer collaboration line of furniture at IKEA - the Swedish furniture giant often engages big names to help design some of their lines, and that could be your lowest barrier of entry to owning something penned by a famous designer!

2. Calculated Straying From Your Theme

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You’ll inevitably have pieces or areas of your home where nothing off-the-shelf would fit. There are 2 options here. You can sacrifice the look and feel of your home, by compromising and purchasing something that may fit visually but not be practical to use (vice versa), or use this as an opportunity to create a deliberate eclectic-style interior.

Eclectic-style interiors are very much on-trend. This bedroom-cum-home office proposal from the guys at ACUBE Creative is a good example. You will find cues of Scandinavian and Balinese in the choice of floorings and fixtures that they’ve gone with, but all the furniture is sourced from IKEA, and the office desk even functions as a dresser when the need arises! 

If you’d like to emulate that, consider purchasing pieces that do not stray all that far from what you originally intended! 

1. Decorative Pieces Are Your Friend

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Decorative pieces can make or break, your home. Furniture alone will make a space liveable, but sans the eye candy, it may seem sparse and feel like something is lacking. The right choice and combination of intricate decorative details will not only help tie in your interior space but act to reinforce your purposeful and deliberate choice to go with off-the-shelf furniture.

You can hang paintings, display sculptures, and even purchase electronics, carefully arranging it to not only fill up the space, but to improve overall visual cohesiveness, and make it look more lived-in and cosy. 

Here’s the thing - you don’t always need built-in carpentry. Sure, it has its use and is good in a lot of scenarios. Customised pieces can fill awkward corners or higher-than-average ceilings for better space optimisation and use. However, it can be a costly prospect if you don’t intend to live in a property for long. Off-The-Shelf pieces can be useful in such a use case. However, there are still limitations to them. As they intended for mass-market production (less applicable to the more upmarket pieces), materials may have been sacrificed in the pursuit of profit. Durability, therefore, isn’t guaranteed. Also, their designers would have designed it not for a specific interior setting, but as a standalone piece. Thus, minor design differences between all the pieces can make for an awkward and disjointed interior space if you don’t choose properly. 

If you’re after a properly optimised space, with quality materials, workmanship, and with an all-round cohesive design, consider engaging one of our interior designers! We have plenty of experience in the industry and have a fairly comprehensive portfolio to show for it. With one of our partners, you’ll definitely have an unforgettable (for all the right reasons obviously!), and stress-free renovation journey!