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Many rooms lend themselves to packaged furniture
Living room groups are a popular choice.
Usually, this consists of a sofa, loveseat, coffee/cocktail
table, and 2 end tables. Sometimes, lamps are also included.
Stores offer these packages to make it easy for the customer.
It also helps the store keep a balanced inventory. Sometimes
they offer more than one choice in a price point. Many stores
offer tiered pricing to fit various budgets.
The advantage to a good grouping is that it can convey a
consistent look to the room. Carefully thought out groupings
will put complimentary, or contrasting, items together that
make a statement about the room as you walk in. In reality,
however, most stores do not take the time to create such a
grouping. What you end up with looks to be random items
clustered together to meet a price.
If you are buying temporary furniture for limited time use,
these quick living room groupings can be an excellent value.
If, on the other hand, you are buying furniture for long term
use (some furniture can last through multiple generations),
Then work with a room consultant, or piece the room together
yourself. After all, you are the one that's going to be using
it, and looking at it for years to come.
While these living room packages are convenient (we also offer
them), you should consider separate choices in each type of
Dining rooms are also offered in groups. These groups can
consist of table and chairs, buffet and hutch and a side
server. Unlike upholstery/table/lamp/accessory groupings,
generally, the best way to buy a complete dining room, is as a
set. While you can interchange the servers and buffets, it is
very difficult to style/finish match to a specific table set,
using two different manufacturers. This is not to say that you
cannot do it. It is just simpler to go with the original
manufacturer's grouping. However, if you are looking to create
a contrast effect, that is certainly possible, and can be
Bedrooms are frequently offered and bought as complete sets.
However, it is much easier to blend bedroom pieces, than it is
dining room. I have seen bedrooms consisting of pieces from 7
different manufacturers, that look outstanding as a complete
room. The bedroom is the room most people do mix and match
purchases. However, complete bedrooms sets do represent
extensive design work to create a mood and effect. This does
require a larger budget in the beginning. Fortunately,
traditional bedroom styles do maintain a long lifespan. If a
primary manufacturer discontinues their group, likely a
competitor will still offer an equivalent product. So leaving
off a nightstand, or a chest from the group during the
original purchase in order to hit a budget, is not usually an
issue over the medium term
On the other hand, contemporary bedroom groups, by their very
nature, change much more frequently. They are more of a
fashion statement. Many times they are produced with the idea
in mind that it will be issued to see how well it is accepted
by the public. Other groups are done with the 'single
production run' concept. This means that once that run is
done, you may never see that specific group again. In this
case, it is a wise idea to get as much of the group as you can
in the beginning and perhaps put the pieces you cannot afford
upfront, on lay-a-way.