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Shop Local for Furniture: What You Need to Know

by Kyle Timtson

From small shops to local restaurants, furniture stores to your favorite barber, locally owned and operated business is the lifeblood of a community. By shopping local, you’re investing in your town and the people who live there.

A study by Civic Economics* found that around 48% of each purchase made at local businesses is invested back into the community.

If that isn’t enough to go shop local, let’s go over a few other reasons to shop local for your furniture.

Shop Locally for Furniture  

 we’re open and shop local sign

Your small, local furniture store is the place to shop for all your furniture needs. Why, you ask? Unbeatable customer service, name brands, and affordability are the hallmarks of your local furniture store.

Delivery and installation/construction services make it even easier to find the furniture and furniture sets your home calls for.

Why We Love Furniture Sets 

Let’s talk about sets. No, we aren’t going to the gym. We’re talking bedroom furniture sets, dining sets, and living room furniture sets—and why they are a must.

Matching your table and chairs to your server and buffet turns any dining room into a hub of style and refreshments.

Bedroom sets with matching dressers, chests, and bedframes make for sweet dreams and even sweeter mornings. Surround yourself in the style you love without needing to hunt for matching furniture.

Sofa, sectional, recliner, and occasional table sets transform any living room from a space to sit to a space that you’ll never want to leave. With coordinated furniture sets, everything gets better, from weekends to all your big events. 

Our Favorite Versatile Furniture Designs

Whether you’re furnishing your first apartment or changing up your personal style, these are our picks for versatile furniture designs you should consider when shopping local.

Sideboards, Servers, and Buffets

Amp up your hosting skills with a sideboard, server, or buffet. These furniture pieces bring extra storage for your kitchen essentials and serving space for all your delicious appetizers and desserts.

You don’t have to host often to benefit from the beauty and function of a sideboard, either. If your dining room table feels a touch busy with all your serving platters and tableware, letting your family serve themselves from the sideboard will free up some prime tabletop real estate.


leather armchair with an ottoman and industrial style table

When relaxation is calling, there’s one answer we can’t get enough of: ottomans. An ottoman brings additional seating, a footrest, a cocktail table substitute, and if you buy the right one at your local furniture shop, extra storage.

Many ottomans come with discreet lift-tops so you can stow away blankets, throws, or anything else you care to keep out of sight.

Nesting Tables 

We love nesting tables. Inspired by traditional Russian nesting dolls, these space-saving tables come in sets that can be placed, one after the other, inside each other. Create an artistic display or give yourself more surfaces for décor with nesting tables.

How to Measure for New Furniture 

A couple measures a wall with a measuring tape

Up, down, sideways, and diagonally, measuring your space before you head to your local furniture store is a smart move. Whatever you’re looking for, from home office furniture to a brand-new bedframe, measure your entire space before you buy.

We recommend measuring wall to wall, accounting for other furniture like dressers and office chairs, as well as making sure you have space to maneuver easily and safely. Remember: You want to leave a few feet of space around a bed. Otherwise, you will have to squeeze in and out of your bedroom, and that’s a recipe for bruised shins and stubbed toes.

Don’t forget to measure doorways and stairwells, either. There’s nothing worse than buying a new sofa, only to find it won’t fit through the door or up your stairs.

Design Tips & Tricks for Small Rooms 

White dog with brown patch on its eye lays on a contemporary beige couch in a living room

Smaller spaces may seem more challenging to decorate, but here are a few tips to maximize the space and style of your home.

Round and square dining tables give you room for two to six people to dine comfortably, and square tables can be placed against a wall when not in use.

Before you buy an entertainment center or a new TV, measure the distance from your couch to where your TV will live so you don’t get a TV that’s too small or too big.

A mirror hung on a wall can make any space feel bigger, and lighting plays a large role in making a space feel open. Bright lighting is roomier and energetic while darker lighting is more intimate and cozier.

Neutral-colored curtains will also create a sense of openness in a room whereas darker curtains can make a room feel smaller.

Contact Us! 

If you’re looking for unbeatable deals, supreme customer service, and furniture that will last, shop your local furniture store! Give us a call or come by today; we’re ready and happy to help you with all your furniture questions and needs.

(*Civic Economics study cited in this infographic.)