Furniture Facts for Home Decorating - dummies

By Katharine Kaye McMillan, Patricia Hart McMillan

Part of Home Decorating For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A large part, literally, of your home decorating scheme is the furniture that populates the room(s). The following list offers definitions and tips to help you choose these large (and often large-ticket) items:

  • Furniture is marketed in three distinct price ranges: budget (affordable), moderate, and expensive.

  • To the trade means that only a decorator or designer can purchase these exclusive home furnishings.

  • Fully-assembled (or pre-assembled) furniture is ready to use right out of the crate.

  • RTA (ready-to-assemble) and KD (knock down) furniture come unassembled in flat boxes and must be put together by the buyer. RTA and KD items cost less than fully-assembled furniture.

  • Case goods are cabinets, tables, or any piece of furniture that has no upholstery.

  • Upholstered furniture is any furniture that is covered with upholstery, such as sofas and lounge chairs.

  • The manufacturer’s brochures and hang-tags provide information on whether furniture is fireproof or fire-retardant.

  • Quality furniture features good materials, careful construction techniques, and durable finishes.