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The War of the Sofas: Tips for Successfully Buying Furniture with a Spouse

Men and women often approach furniture buying with different goals. Learn how to work it out.
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The War of the Sofas: Tips for Successfully Buying Furniture with a Spouse

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Men and women often approach furniture buying with different goals. Learn how to work it out.

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times...the excitement of adding new furniture of your home is often tempered by the act of the purchase itself, especially when it comes to making joint decisions about what goes into your home. 

Without making too many generalizations, men and women often approach furniture buying with different goals. Women tend to think about how a piece will fit in with the rest of the decor and where it will go in the space. Men tend to focus more on the particular merits of an individual piece (does it look cool, is it comfortable, is the price a good deal) and not how it can integrate into an overall design plan. 

The keys to harmonious furniture shopping are simple, when you visit a furniture store or shop for furniture online. 

  • Keep each viewpoint in mind. By really trying to understand the reasons why your spouse likes or dislikes a piece, you may be able to see it in a new light.
  • Don’t win at all costs. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind, if the passion your spouse shows for a piece of furniture rubs off on you.
  • Be respectful of each other. It is okay to like different things, but avoid insults such as “You’d have to be crazy to pick that!” or “Did you grow up in a barn?” (Both of these statements have been overheard at a furniture store.)
  • Have an honest discussion before you make a purchase. Agreeing with buying something you don’t like can cause resentment later.
  • Keep an eye on the big picture. You are just buying furniture. The two of you are together because you compliment each other. Remember that and use it to your advantage.

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