Just who moves or sets up the apartment wants to make the new home very nice. Of course you could buy new and expensive designer furniture, but there are also cheaper ways to get a nice set up. However, one should beware of fraudulent machinations by so-called fake shops.
Of course, designer furniture is more than just a pragmatic and functional acquisition. They are also a kind of status symbol, with which one likes to set oneself off from its environment. The most popular and probably the cheapest are still the furniture stores that mass-produce.
Table: IKEA continues to be one of the most popular furniture stores in Germany. That is certainly due to the cheap offers. Nevertheless, there are now many alternatives, how to customize his home furnishings individually.
How can you customize your home without spending too much money?
It does not always buy the most expensive designer furniture to give your own four walls something individuality. One way to give your home or house that special something is, for example. so-called vintage furniture. These are easy and cheap to buy at the flea market or on eBay. The buyer can then additionally enrich this old piece of furniture with small and high-quality design pieces that fit in with it.
How to make vintage furniture look new
Of course, old furniture is not always in the best condition when you buy it. Often, minor or major repairs are necessary to make a fresh impression and not look rotten or worn. The good news is that with a bit of practice, every furniture buyer can now paint their furniture themselves or even renew small components such as handles and feet, and adapt them to a modern living environment.
Who buys designer furniture and why?
Both so-called vintage furniture It can be a rarity, even if it will be relatively rare. But if you want to have it especially exclusive, you have to dig a little deeper and spend more money. For the target group, who are looking for something unique and special, furniture designers address themselves with strict or bright colors, unusual shapes and their clear lines.
Old is modern
Ironically, it's just the vintage furniture that is currently in fashion. The so-called shabby chic (shabby) or used look furniture (used) have small blemishes and signs of aging, the either authentic or artificial produced during the manufacture of the piece of furniture. Thus, even a modern furnished home gets the Semblance of history , rustic charm and character.
How to be modern, but also sustainable
Sustainability and environmental protection have long since become part of the mainstream and are gradually finding their way into various industrial and economic sectors. So it is no wonder that the furniture industry is trying to jump on the bandwagon while doing something good for the environment:
1. Furniture and building materials are used, which consist of renewable materials, and also contain no toxins
2. Some companies not only provide for the manufacture and distribution, but also for the disposal of the furniture when they are no longer needed
3. The CO2 emissions should be reduced and as little garbage as possible produced
4. Here, too, vintage furniture can be used again, because the reuse of old furniture is part of the sustainability concept of this specific furniture industry
Handmade away from the mass product
The trend is increasingly turning away from mass production and traditional craftsmanship. It is becoming increasingly important for customers that their furniture is produced by means of genuine manual work. The handmade, lovingly and carefully processed is again in the foreground. But that does not mean that even modern mass-produced goods can not be appropriately decorated and processed in order to give the interior an individual touch anyway. In the end, the buyer has no creative limits.
Even further back in the past
The design lover and connoisseur of traditional craft and design art occasionally even goes back to the 18th century for its extravagant taste, where the style of rococo was very much in vogue. Plants, flowers and other floral ornaments, opulent carvings and ornaments with armchairs, tables, mirrors and consoles can be combined with bright, modern colors.
Beware of fake shops
Even when buying furniture you should feel free Beware of fake shops , These attract with cheap offers, require advance payment, but ultimately deliver little to nothing. At worst, the customer can stay at his own expense. On the Internet, there are lists that draw attention to such fake shops and every furniture seekers should carefully consult before buying.
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Fake shops are not easy to recognize and backers are not easy to grasp
Now it is much more difficult for furniture to recognize a dubious offer than at e.g. a new Iphone, which is already available for 200 euros. If a customer has already fallen for one of these shops, the first signs are quickly indicated: Requests will not be answered or there are always problems with the delivery. The backers often move abroad and use a fake imprint, which makes the tracking much more difficult.
How do you recognize fake shops?
Fake shops are often based on real shops in order to appear as authentic as possible. Therefore, one should pay close attention to the address bar: if in the top-level domain a ".com" suddenly appears instead of a ".de", the first suspicion is already justified. Other signs to watch out for are:
5. Dubious payment methods like Paysafe or Western Union, behind which the providers can hide themselves anonymously
6. Payment on account should always be an option
7. Safety and quality labels do not necessarily always have to be authentic, the fake shop can simply copy them, so it is always important to check against them, whether the shop in question is also listed or if the seal actually exists
8th User reviews are often very helpful - is found under the specified shop a large number of negative reviews, you should better keep your hands off this
9. Even browsers are getting smarter at detecting fake shops and dangerous websites, but you should not rely on them alone
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