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Sometimes it's difficult to know how that fabulous mid-century armoire will look in your bedroom until it's actually there. An easier alternative to lugging the 300-pound thing back to the store: SnapShop, a new free iPhone and iPad app that lets you virtually see how furniture will look in a room.

Once you launch the app, begin by browsing SnapShop's ever-growing furniture catalog, which features items from Pier 1, CB2 and IKEA, to name a few. When you've settled on a piece of furniture, walk into the room in which you're thinking of putting your hypothetical new piece and the app will superimpose it onto whatever your phone is currently facing--to remarkably realistic effect.

Use your fingers to pinch and stretch items for proper fit and proportion. Tap the screen to flip orientation, try out alternate colors and fabrics or get brand and pricing information.

Happy with your selection? Buy the item with a single tap. Want a second opinion? Take a screenshot pic and send to a trusted friend or a skeptical spouse.

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