How do I Choose the Best Rustic Living Room Furniture?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

One of the most important aspects of choosing rustic living room furniture is making sure to choose pieces that are the right size. The reason for this is that rustic living room furniture is often oversized, which is one of the reasons that people like it so much. This can be a bit of a problem, however, for people who want to create a rustic living room but don't have a large living room. It is also important, as most of this kind of furniture has a good amount of exposed wood to consider the stain on rustic living room furniture, especially if the stain must match or approximate the stain on other woods in the living room.

Making decorating decisions can be easier with samples of fabric called swatches.
Making decorating decisions can be easier with samples of fabric called swatches.

In order to deal with the issue of size, it is important to take very accurate measurements of the living room. For each piece of rustic living room furniture that is to be purchased, measure the amount of space that it may occupy in the living room. For tall items like entertainment consoles and book cases, be sure to also measure ceiling height, especially for living rooms with low ceilings. In order to match the wood stains, bring photographs of other pieces of wood in the living room or, if possible, stained chips for reference.

Although there is a great deal of wood in rustic living room furniture, there are also some designs that incorporate textiles. In these cases, it is important to make sure to choose fabrics that will fit in well with the rest of the living room. It is very useful to bring fabric swatches and paint chips for reference. Some savvy home owners keep files of fabrics, paint chips, and stained wood chips to use while shopping. Included in these files can be measurements for each room and tear sheets from design and home furnishing catalogs to be used as inspiration.

Another important consideration when purchasing rustic living room furniture is price. People who are more focused on finding the right piece of furniture than price may be able to shop anywhere they want and even consider options such as having the pieces custom made. Other, more budget-conscious shoppers might have to find a company that produces rustic living room furniture in their price range. One way to get great rustic living room furniture at a good price is to consider purchasing pieces second hand.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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