Things to consider when buying furniture in Melbourne

Shopping for new furniture can be a lot of fun, but going into it unprepared can result in a lot of stress and frustration. Will this table fit into the space I have available? Will this couch go with the coffee table I bought? How about this rug to go under the bed? Is it too small or too large? All of these questions are enough to make you want to tear your hair out!

Measuring is key

To make it easier for you to buy classy and modern furniture in Melbourne, we’ve compiled a list of things to consider when buying furniture. Read on to find out what they are:

Never assume you know the size of the space you’re working with. Empty rooms can look larger than they are, but once you start putting furniture in them, you realise you don’t really have as much space as you thought you did. This is why we recommend to new home buyers to come to our stores with a floor plan with exact measurements of the room they’re looking for furniture for to make it easier for them to find furniture that’ll fit perfectly. Ideally, your furniture should leave you ample space to move around the room without bumping into it while also not being dwarfed in a gigantic room.

Trendy or timeless?

Trends come and go. What’s in vogue today will look outdated just a few years down the line. When choosing furniture that you are likely to use for decades, it is best to choose timeless pieces that can stand the test of time rather than following whatever’s trendy at the moment. But just because you’re looking for timeless pieces doesn’t mean you should have to compromise on style! At Gainsville, we have mastered the balance between furniture that is trendy and that is timeless to offer you modern, designer furniture that is guaranteed to look en-vogue even a decade down the line.


There’s no point getting a velvet sofa or lounge in a house with rowdy children or pets as this is a delicate fabric that can get ruined very easily. When buying furniture for your home, always think about the people who will be using it and how well it will fit in with your lifestyle. If the family is tall, investing in low or floor beds might be a waste of money, as it will make getting in and out of the bed more difficult.

Doorways, Stairs and Lifts

Something very often forgotten is whether your furniture will even fit through the doors when it is delivered! While a lot of furniture today is of the self-assembly type and is delivered in flatpacks, many furniture stores may deliver it in already-assembled pieces which may or may not fit through the door, stairway or lift. Take accurate measurements of the height and width of any doors or spaces the furniture is likely to travel through and ask the manufacturer how it will be delivered.


Not all furniture material is made the same. Depending upon your lifestyle and the overall style you are looking for, the materials you choose for your furniture will change. For example, a ceramic coffee table might fit better in a more modern home than one that follows more of a Hampton-style. On the other hand, a rattan armchair may look out of place in a living room where the majority of the furniture is sleek, black leather and sharp edges. While you can certainly mix and match styles and furniture periods, the end result should look cohesive and like it’s part of the same house.


Finally, comfort trumps almost all of the other factors when buying furniture. Your house is a place for you to relax and be comfortable in, and thoughtfully buying furniture that you can spend hours in is always better than spending thousands of dollars on something that looks incredible but gives you a backache everytime you sit in it. Don’t compromise on comfort for style, at least for the most used pieces in the home like the couch, bed or dining chairs.

At Gainsville, we have found the perfect balance between style and comfort and present to you a range of designer, modern furniture in Melbourne that is designed to impress. From designer lounge furniture to bedroom and dining furniture, indoor roller blinds and contemporary TV units, we have it all under one roof.

Unsure of whether a piece of furniture will fit in or complement your space? Bring a copy of your floor plan and pictures of your room when you visit our showroom and our expert interior designers will help you make the right selection.