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Module 1: Sourcing and Selecting Furniture

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Module Summary
Furniture is at the heart of every space and all interior designers need to understand how to make use of it. Each piece needs to serve a purpose and fit with the broader vision for a room. It also needs to be comfortable, easy to use and easy to clean and maintain. You can make use of popular interior design styles and colour schemes, when putting together a floor plan or design board. These tried-and-tested combinations can provide you with inspiration for any kind of room. There are many ways to source furniture and a designer may look in mainstream stores, specialist shops, online suppliers, furniture listings in their local newspaper and anywhere else that might yield the piece they need for a project. If the client’s budget allows, the best option may be to commission bespoke furniture, especially if the space is of unusual dimensions. Sometimes, it may not be possible to find a piece of furniture that is a client’s preferred colour or style. In these cases, customising an existing item might be a solution. There are several ways to transform second-hand or off-the-shelf furniture into a unique item that fits perfectly into a client’s desired design scheme. A coat of primer followed by a coat of paint is the most straightforward method, but there are numerous other approaches to try, including decoupage, repurposing and recovering.