If you have invested in buying, or building a cabin, the next step is to select the furnishings that will go inside. While the pieces that you select will depend upon your style and taste, there are some simple steps that you can take that will make the selection easier.
Look around your current living space and decide what you love about it. Most people will decorate with colors, fabrics and textures that appeal to them. If you find that you do not love anything about your current living space, visit furniture showrooms that have complete rooms designed. Wander around until you find a design and color that is pleasing to your eye.
Choose Your Colors
If you are furnishing your whole cabin, you will want to choose a color scheme that will flow throughout the house. Many people will choose something neutral as the base of their theme, and accent it with various colors. Choosing the right colors can create the right feeling, mood, and even the temperature of your room.
By choosing a basic color theme, you will be able to move the furniture pieces you choose from room to room, and the pieces will work wherever you put them.
Assign Your Space
Cabin living is about comfort and versatility. There is nothing wrong with a room having multiple functions, but before you can furnish the room you must know what those functions are. Think about how you are going to use the space. Is this where you and your family will gather to watch television? Will you be using the space to entertain? What are your storage needs in the room? All this will dictate the type of furnishing pieces that you place in a room.
Choose Your Scale
Too many people go shopping without truly knowing or understanding the size of their rooms. This leads to buying furniture that is too small for a space, or too large for a space. One can be just as bad as the other.
When you are home, look around the room and decide on some general pieces that you are shopping for. For example, in your living room will you choose to have multiple love seats, or one long sofa. While the love seats will give you more versatility to rearranging your furniture, the long sofa may be more of an impact piece.
Sketch Out Your Space
Once you decide on the type of pieces that you are shopping for, layout your space. You will need a sketch pad, measuring tape and painters tape.
- Use your measuring tape to measure the dimensions of your room.
- Transfer these measurements to your paper.
- Sketch where you want your furnishings to go.
- Make sure that you create adequate travel space around your pieces. Use your painters tape to mark the shape of your furnishings on your floor.
This will give you the ability to "see" where your pieces will go, as well as allow you to walk through the space to ensure that your walk space is wide enough.
If you are not comfortable doing this by hand, there are some really great free resources that are available online, which will allow you to create virtual rooms.
Shop For Your Furnishings
Once you are armed with your measurements, and your floor plan, you are ready to shop for your furnishings. Start by selecting your basic pieces in the room. These are usually your larger pieces. For example, in your dining room you will want to start with your table. The size, and design of your table will help you to choose your chairs.
Avoid trends, choose classic styles. These will date your room much less, and can easily be updated. Choose furniture for cabins that you love. If you love a piece you will keep it much longer. Look for good solid construction.
If you are using fabrics or materials, ask for samples that you can take back to your space. This will allow you to see them in your light, as well as mix and match them with the other fabrics that you choose.
Confirm The Width Of Your Entries
Nothing is worse than purchasing furniture only to discover that you are not able to get it in your house once it is delivered. Know how wide your doorways, hallways, stairwells are. Compare these measurements to the pieces that you choose in the store.