If you're buying furniture for the first time (or, rather, buying non-DIY furniture for the first time), a big thing you'll want to consider is whether or not to consider buying a furniture set. A furniture set is, as the name suggests, furniture that comes in a set (like a couch and love seats, a table with matching chairs, a coffee table and a recliner, etc.) and matches itself in color, material, and style.
So when could this be a good thing and when might it be best to leave those sets alone or incomplete? If you're wondering about the pros and cons of furniture sets and want more information before you buy, then here's what you need to know.
Sets Are Best
There are many good qualities to furniture sets that make them a great choice for first-time furniture buyers:
- Matching. If you're not confident in your ability to choose furniture that pulls a room together, but really want that orderly and tidy look, then a furniture set is probably the way to go.
- Easy. Furniture shopping can be stressful, especially if it's drawn out over a long period of time. A set can be purchased all at once (and delivered all at once)
- Cost-Effective. Most furniture sets come with a slight discount, being cheaper than buying each individual piece one at a time. If you're tight on budget, a furniture set might be your best option.
Sets Don't Fit:
On the other hand, there are also reasons that furniture sets might not be for you as a first time buyer:
- Set Aesthetic. If you settle into your new house and realize that you don't actually like living with your chosen furniture aesthetic as much as you hoped, you have to replace everything, rather than just a table or some chairs, which can get very expensive and very time consuming.
- Missing Pieces. The set you love might come with a TV stand, couch, and love seat, but can also be missing a table or footrest. You may find that filling in the one or two missing pieces causes your furniture to look more uneven aesthetically or just plain odder than it would have if all the rest of your pieces didn't exactly match.
- De-Personalizing. Furniture sets means having furniture that anyone, anywhere could have, without any sort of input or originality from you. If you really like to personalize your space with convenient or aesthetic touches, a furniture set might feel like a limitation on your creativity and personality.