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Essential Shopping Checklist

When you're shopping for furniture, it's easy to get overwhelmed. From choosing the styles and colors you want, to determining the designs and sizes you need, there's a lot to consider. We've created this checklist to lead you to what truly fits your space. Follow these steps, and you'll feel confident about every piece you bring home.

Measure Your Room

measure square footage
Measure the square footage of your space, as well as the dimensions of existing items that are staying put.
measure wall
Don't forget to measure your walls and windows, as well as any doorways your furniture will have to fit through.

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Take Pictures of Your Room

take pictures of room
Snap photos of every nook and cranny in your space to visualize how everything will come together.
photos of important details of room space
Collect photos of important details in your space, i.e. fabrics, paint swatches and additional materials.

Gather Inspiration

gather inspiration
Collect images of spaces that capture the look and feel you want to create. You can refer to these throughout the shopping process and ensure you stick to your vision.
  • Start a Pinterest board and pin rooms you want to emulate
  • Save inspiring images from your Instagram feed
  • Start an Ideabook on Houzz
  • Flip through our catalogs for design ideas
  • Subscribe to our emails for a personalized shopping experience

Gather Information

product info
gather information
Get to know the products you're considering bringing home.

Create Your Wish List + Share It

wish list
Discuss which items you like and add them to your Liked page, aka your new wish list.
share it
Click on any product's button to build your wish list, then share it with your family.
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