Guest post by Jennifer Long, Furniture Bank Inbound Sales Associate (& Cottage Style Guru)

Furnishing your cottage is an opportunity to create a relaxing space that is a unique expression of your personal style. Because it’s a recreation property and not your everyday home, you can really get creative with your decorating choices to make the cottage a special getaway.

Depending on the size of your cottage, and the location, there are some considerations to keep in mind to make the experience as pain-free as possible:

  1. Size – knowing exactly the size of furniture that will work in your cottage is important. Furniture that is too large for a space can easily feel overwhelming, and detract from the relaxing atmosphere that you are trying to achieve. Further, you will want to keep in mind any size restrictions that doorways and staircases could pose, to make moving the furniture into the cottage as easy as possible.
  2. Transporting the furniture to your cottage – Depending on the location of your cottage, you might have to get creative with the delivery arrangements. For example, if your cottage is accessible by car, there may be limitations to the types of vehicles that are allowed on access roads. If your cottage is accessible only by water, a barge service will need to be arranged, so check with your local marina. Asking neighbouring cottagers about their experience getting furniture up to the cottage can be a great resource if you feel stuck (and a great way to make some friends at your new getaway)!
  3. Longevity of furniture – after taking the time and effort to get your new furniture up to the cottage, you will want it to last! You don’t want to be thinking “how am I ever going to get this furniture out of here?”

Some other things to keep in mind:

  • Design – you will want to choose furniture that will feel welcoming and relaxing to you for years to come. When looking for fun pieces for your cottage, ask yourself “Will I still love this in a few years from now, or will I want to change it out?”
  • Functionality – items like sofa beds that serve multiple functions are great for the cottage when space for guests is limited, and will be valuable pieces for many years.
  • Caring for your furniture – furniture that will easily look dirty, is made of a delicate fabric, or needs specialized products to clean will become an annoyance. Choose pieces that can stand up against many years of love, and do not require much attention. Afterall, you are at your cottage to relax, and worrying about the new white sofa should be the last thing on your mind!

Furnishing a cottage can initially seem like a daunting task, but with a bit of special planning, and a lot of love and creativity, your cottage will be the perfect destination for relaxation in no time!

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