Purchasing a new full-length mirror should be an easy task. However it isn’t as easy as we like to believe. Just like purchasing furniture, purchasing mirrors takes a lot of time and consideration.  Before you finalize your choice, you should always do your research.

There are some things which you should keep in mind when buying a full length mirror:


1.  Type of Mirror:full length mirror

The first important point is what type of mirror do you want?  There are many types of mirror available. In full-length category, there are standalone mirrors, wall-mounted mirrors and lean mirrors. The choice also depends on what design you prefer.

2.  Space:

Space is a very important factor when it comes to deciding which mirror you should buy. For example, a standalone mirror wouldn’t blend in well in a small room. It would take a lot of space. On the other hand, a standalone mirror is a good choice if you have a large room or if you want to move your mirror occasionally.

3.  Budget:

Budget is another important point to consider. Mirrors have a wide price range. You need to work out how much you are willing to spend on a full length mirror for your room and then decide which one to buy accordingly. Don’t just drop in the shop otherwise you will be boggled by the wide range of choices available, both in design and price range.4.

4.  Patience:

Most importantly, you shouldn’t rush the buying process. Take some time to ponder upon these important points before you make a decision. Do your research and then go for a mirror which suits both your taste and your budget.full length mirror wall


As most full length mirrors come with a stand, they are also a great choice if cannot install them directly into a wall or door. Most full length mirrors are designed so that they blend in well with almost all types of décor themes and styles. Usually, full length large mirrors are 74 inches in length.

Full length mirrors come in various styles like cheval, wall-mounted or leaner mirrors. Full length mirrors which have their own stand are known as cheval mirrors. These stands can be oval or rectangle in shape and are commonly made of wood. These mirrors are also easily portable. Another type of mirror is the leaner category in which the mirrors are placed against the wall at a leaning angle. These mirrors are used for both practical and decorative purposes.



A sideboard is a piece of furniture which often goes unnoticed. However, it can be used as a perfect addition to almost any room in your house. An oak sideboard is a popular choice because the oak wood is very durable and is often reasonably priced. Oak wood furniture pieces are known to last for decades and even after long usage, they retain their classic look.

A sideboard is basically a piece of furniture with combined properties of a cabinet, a shelf and a table. Even though a sideboard is rarely the center of attention in any room, it is an elegant and functional piece of furniture which adds its own charm to the room.

There is a wide range of model types, shapes, designs etc. when it comes to oak sideboards. Commonly, these sideboards are often more long than wide and are put against the walls so that they do not obstruct the traffic flow in the room. Most sideboards have cabinets and drawers for storage purpose.

oak sideboardBut why should you an oak sideboard specifically? Some things which you should consider before buying an oak sideboard:

  • Sideboard Measurements: This is a very important point to consider before you go shopping. If you have decided where in your room you want to place the sideboard, you should take the area’s measurements and then purchase an oak sideboard which matches those measurements. There is a wide range of size options to choose from.


  • Drawers and Cupboards: Most oak sideboards offer storage space and have cupboards and drawers for the same. However, the number of cupboards and drawers vary according to the sideboard. For example, medium sized ones have 2 cupboards and drawers each. On the other hands, larger sideboards have 3 cupboards and drawers each. However, if you have something else in mind, many sellers offer the option of customization. You can customize the oak sideboard according to your preferences.


  • Style and Design: Just like any other popular piece of furniture, there are many styles and designs available in oak sideboards. If you have a preference or specific style in mind, you need not worry. There are various options available like traditional, contemporary, and modern. Many traditional sideboards have a rustic style, complete with iron handles and an aged appearance. On the other hand, modern designs of oak sideboards have clean lines with steel handles or sometimes even concealed handles.


  • Price: You must decide your budget before you go shopping for a sideboard. However, you would be surprised to know that many online retailers often offer oak sideboards at a cheaper price than the brick-and-mortar retail stores. Many of these online retailers offer free shipping option too. The best time to purchase such furniture pieces is during the sale season. Another good option to get a better price is by using discount coupons.

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Jewelry armoires are excellent at providing not only storage for your jewelry but also a beautiful addition to any room. But why should you buy a jewelry armoire and not a jewelry box instead?  There are many reasons. Jewelry armoires are larger and most models come with four legs so they can be placed independently on the floor. These armoires also have more storage areas, including spaces for specific jewelry items.

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Some advantages of a jewelry armoire:

Ease of access: You can keep all the jewelry in one place and there would be sufficient space so that they don’t get tangled in themselves bracelets, necklaces and ear rings generally do.

Safekeeping of your heirloom jewelry:  Most armoires come with a lock. Old jewelry pieces are often studded with a lot of jewels and these stones can get loose when they face regular contact with other jewelry pieces. Also, pearls are delicate and should be stored separately from other jewelry.

Here is a list of some important points which you should decide BEFORE buying a jewelry armoire:jewelry armoire2


A perfect jewelry armoire would match the style and theme of your home. This important point should be kept in mind when you plan to purchase an armoire. Most jewelry armoires are made of wood. But there are various options available like wood, metal, faux wood etc. Wooden ones also come with various types of furnishes to choose from like cherry, oak, mahogany, maple etc. Buy an armoire which blends in perfectly with the décor of your room.


There are many different types of armoires available in the market. Most basic jewelry armoires come with small drawer compartments which are used for storage of various types of jewelry. However, there are also some armoires which have special sections used for placing different jewelry like bracelets, earrings and rings separately.


Jewelry armoires come in various types of shapes and sizes. You will need to decide your requirements and then buy an armoire of suitable size. If you want security, make sure that you get one with lock. Before you buy it, make sure to check the lock. See whether it is sturdy and properly functioning.


Some important things to check for WHILE buying an armoire are:

  1. You should make sure that the interior of the jewelry armoire is lined.
  2. Confirm that the model of your choice has sufficient storage space to meet all your requirements. You should be able to keep all your jewelry in there without feeling like that the armoire is overstuffed.
  3. Everything works as it should. Check all the drawers. Check the lock.


1.  You know exactly what you are getting:

Many manufacturers hide the low quality of wood used and poor carpentry skills behind the finishing. Everything looks good when it is painted and polished. But when you buy it unfinished, you can really see the wood used and how well is the furniture made.  In unfinished wood furniture, there is no hiding the defects under stains or paints.

Furniture Fashion has some great unfinished pieces in their post.

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2.  It is customizable:

You can easily customize these unfinished pieces to suit your taste and home décor. Maybe the black painted furniture will go better with the color of your curtains, rugs and the wall paint, or maybe it’s white. But in the end, it will be whatever you want it to be. With unfinished furniture, you can choose the paint, the stains, the size, protective coatings etc. You can give it the full shabby chic furniture treatment!

Here is a great post with info on how to paint unfinished furniture from Painting Furniture.

3.  Made with love:

If you decide to finish it yourself, you can be sure that it is really made with love. Although sweat, cussing, tears and hard work may be involved too. But when you do finish it, you can be proud of something you made. It will be a proof of your hard work and persistence.  Finishing your own furniture gives you a sense of accomplishment and also saves you the time used in crafting, assembling and sanding the piece if you would have started from the scratch.

4.  It is cheaper than finished furniture:

When you buy your furniture unfinished, the manufacturer saves on labor, paint, polish etc. and this leads to a cheaper price for you. Quality solid wood furniture is made to last, so you get a piece that can be passed down for generations.

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