Some Americans rent their living space while others are homeowners, and some families may be larger than others. But one thing is universal among households: the need for furniture. Whether a college dorm, a studio apartment, or a large suburban house, a living space is going to have couches, beds, tables and chairs, desks, drawer units, and more. Modern furniture stores may offer a huge selection of different furniture types for customers to suit anyone’s needs or tastes, and many online catalogs can offer more obscure furniture that local stores might not have. Custom furniture design may come from the Amish people, who often accept furniture construction commissions and build all sorts of wooden goods for their clients. Meanwhile, comfort sleepers and storage beds are unique modern furniture that can help save room, if need be.
The Quest for Furniture
Many studies are done every year to track how often Americans buy furniture, and for good reason. The numbers show that furniture ranks third among major purchases that adult Americans make, behind only cars and houses. More studies show that customers are careful to only spend that money on high quality furniture, and over 90% of furniture customers say that they demand durable goods. Typically, a buyer will want their new piece of furniture to last at least five to 10 years, and a good couch or bed may be expected to last as long as 15 years. It would be a costly hassle to keep replacing cheap, broken furniture, after all. Amish made goods in particular are known for their high quality and durability.
Where to find these durable goods? Outside of ordering wooden furniture from the Amish, most furniture buyers turn to modern furniture stores in the area, and there are some benefits to visiting a furniture store in person. A customer may look up some local modern furniture stores online if they have to, and once there, a customer can finds beds, couches, tables, and much more. While there, a customer can refer to store associates and ask them questions, to help them narrow down the selection and find quality goods to suit their needs. Many customers may be undecided when they first arrive, after all. As a bonus, most customers may be allowed to sit on or lay on furniture they find in the store, to test that furniture for comfort and durability.
If a customer cannot find what they are looking for at local modern furniture stores, or if they live in a remote area, that customer might turn to online catalogs. Online, a customer can find catalogs offering brand name furniture from a number of providers, and good catalogs will include photos, prices, dimensions, and features of all items in stock. This may help if the customer is looking for a fairly obscure type of furniture that local modern furniture stores don’t have.
In the Home
In a living space, a piece of furniture has two jobs: its actual function, and aesthetics. In fact, through both of those factors, a homeowner can use furniture to style their living space to match their own lifestyle and personal taste. Many Americans work hard to do just that, and they may update their interior decor every few years to match their changing tastes and lifestyle. A room may have its own theme, or a theme may be used throughout the house.
Furniture defines not only a room’s looks, but also its purpose. A bedroom will have a bed, dresser, armoire, and maybe a desk and chair, while the living room may have a couch and coffee table. Over time, a room’s function may change, and that means putting in new furniture. When an adult child moves out, their old bedroom could be made into a guest bedroom, by putting in aesthetically neutral bedding, dressers, a desk, and the like. Or, it could be made into a hobby room with a desk and chair, storage units, and more. If space is an issue, a homeowner may get a storage bed; that is, a large, wood-frame bed with drawers in its body to act as a dresser unit In the living room, a sleeper couch can unfold to form a bed, if there is no spare bedroom for overnight guests.