M’sian interior designer shares 5 mistakes to avoid when furnishing your home

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[This is a sponsored article with Kinsen Home.]

Furnishing a home is a stressful job.

You may worry that you may end up investing in the wrong item that doesn’t fit your overall design style or end up with too many choices later.

In partnership with Kinsen Home, we interviewed three Malaysian interior designers to learn common mistakes to avoid when furnishing your home.

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We also used The Sims 4 to explain some of the mistakes interviewees pointed out.

1. Ignoring Spatial Traffic Flow Without Proper Measurement

When it comes to buying furniture, it’s easy to get sidetracked by a giant sofa, a large-capacity refrigerator, or a fine dining set for ten.

But without the right dimensions, you can end up with a space that feels disproportionate.

“For example, the space in the dining area is designed to accommodate a rectangular table. [is chosen]There will be insufficient aisle space,” Ellie explained.

Choosing furniture that matches the size of the room improves flow

When measuring your space, be sure to include architectural features such as ceiling heights, walls, windows, doorways, columns and beams.

“For stucco ceilings or existing floor slabs, pay attention to the ceiling height,” added Zessy.

Creating a floor plan gives you a visual representation of your space and helps you decide where to place your furniture.

By planning your furniture placement in 2D (or 3D with The Sims 4 or other free apps), you can also approximate the size of furniture that will fit in your area.

Floor plans help you plan your space from a bird’s eye view

2. Excessive decoration and spatial clutter

Zessy pointed out that people often fill their homes with as much furniture and memorabilia as possible. Naturally, these could be heirlooms, sentimental items, and so on.

However, this can lead to over-decoration and a cluttered and cramped space.

No need to fill every nook and cranny of floor space

“Underestimating the importance of leaving space next to furniture can make the space feel smaller than it actually is,” adds Evonne.

For more space efficiency, consider multifunctional furniture.

did you know: Kinsen Home offers expandable and versatile space-saving furniture such as an extendable dining table and a lifttop coffee table with hidden storage.

Image credits: Kinsen Home

3. Choose cheap furniture that may not last long

You may be tempted to buy lower priced furniture to allocate more budget to other items. However, cheaper products may be of lower quality and less durable.

Ellie encountered a homeowner’s chipboard and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) table tops that had bubbled up on the surface due to frequent exposure to water and heat.

Wear and tear is inevitable, but you want durable furniture that can survive a few spills or a little heat.

He said homeowners should prioritize investing in furniture in frequently used areas such as living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.

did you know: Kinsen Home manufactures furniture using high-quality, sustainable materials, such as solid walnut veneer and marble for the table tops and thick leather upholstery on solid wood frames for the sofas. .

Additionally, the company’s foam mattresses are certified sustainable. CertiPUR-USthe textile products have the following certifications: Oeko-Tex. This means the materials are made without harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, mercury, lead and other heavy metals.

As a common practice, Zessie suggests allocating 10% to 20% of the renovation budget to furniture purchases.

It is also important to keep maintenance in mind when choosing items.

“Some light fixtures, for example, are beautiful, but replacing the bulbs can be labor intensive or difficult to find,” said Zessy.

So keep in mind that your furniture choices will have a long-term impact. Ask yourself, is this durable? Is this sofa comfortable for normal use? Can I continue to polish this leather seat?

4. DIY how to save money on professional assembly

Making your own furniture gives you a unique satisfaction when things go well.

However, all three interior designers strongly advised against assembling the furniture yourself.

“We generally only encourage handymen or experienced homeowners to build furniture and DIY,” Zessy said. Otherwise, you may get bad results.

Another reason is your own safety.

“I once had a homeowner accidentally injure her hand during assembly and had to be sent to the hospital for treatment,” she elaborated.

Sometimes we use the wrong tool for the job

did you know: Kinsen Home offers free delivery and installation when you shop at our online or offline store. You can also access our after-sales support team for furniture repair and maintenance.

Evonne said self-assembled furniture can come with defects, and some retailers may have complicated warranties and refund policies.

As Ellie sums it up, “Let the experts do their job. They’ll make sure things are assembled correctly, so you can save time learning how to assemble them, or risk assembling them incorrectly.” You can avoid it.”

If you do decide to assemble it yourself, Zessie suggests wearing safety gloves and reading all the instructions carefully before you begin.

5. Buying only trendy furniture makes you look inconsistent

While shopping, you might come across trendy items that you’ll want to add to your home, from wicker dining chairs to vintage and retro wardrobes.

However, they can look out of place when combined. Worse, it’s flashy, outdated, and incoherent.

Choosing furniture that stands out too much can disrupt the visual harmony of the space

“I would advise homeowners not to make the mistake of following trends,” says Evonne. “Choose furniture that is timeless, will stand the test of time, and will stand the test of time for years to come.”

One way is to choose a neutral color and texture for the anchor part.

Neutral items create a soothing and cohesive backdrop for the rest of the furniture, making the room feel larger and more open.

did you know: Kinsen Home offers a wide range of stylish, modern neutral tone furniture that fits most home design styles including Scandinavian, Japandi, Contemporary and Minimalist.

Zessie said using a neutral background makes it easier to add some personality later, like adding a unique, trendy, or antique item or two.

To create a more cohesive look, Ellie suggested choosing furniture with similar elements, such as the same wood color.


Giving one last piece of advice, Zessy said: “When you’re on a tight budget, don’t rush to furnish your entire home. Work piece by piece, covering key areas like the kitchen, dining room, and bedrooms with essentials. ”

“I encourage homeowners to always imagine themselves living in their space. An interior designer may be able to design a great space, but it depends on your lifestyle and your daily routine. Because it may not fit the flow of the industry,” Evonne said.

Image credits: Kinsen Home

One place where you can find inspiration and imagine yourself in a well-equipped environment is the Kinsen Home showroom.

Furniture stores in Malaysia offer a wide range of modern and affordable furniture including sofas, dining tables, chairs, beds, sideboards, TV stands and mattresses.

You can browse and buy branded products online or visit retail furniture showrooms to get a first feel for the products.

Kinsen Home just opened a new showroom in Ipoh, Perak. This brings the total number of retail outlets to 7, with the rest located in Klang, Bandar Utama, Cheras, Kuantan, Tebrau and Georgetown.

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Featured Image Credits: Ellie Hong, Studio H Interior Design Design Director / Evonne Wong, R&E Studio Founder and Interior Designer / Zessie Li, Yuan Design Director

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