With online furniture shopping, styling your home is not easier than ever. Here’s virtually no end to the styles and types of furniture you can shop for online. From classic chesterfield sofas for your living room to modern study tables and office chairs, everything is a mere click away. That said, getting a good deal when shopping online is not always easy. Here are a few tips to help you out.
Furniture isn’t like a pair of shoes that you buy on a whim. It comes at a considerable price and if you give in to impulse purchases, you may not always get the best deal. If you’ve found something you like, bookmark the page and browse through other websites to compare designs and prices. You may also want to wait till the festive season when furniture retailers offer discounts and special offers. That said, don’t always pick the piece with the lowest price. Make sure you read the description and features before adding it to your cart.
The trouble with online shopping is that you can only see a picture. However, unlike a brick and mortar store, it’s easy to read customer reviews about a brand and its furniture online. Apart from the reviews listed on the website, check out the company’s Google reviews and customer posts on their social media pages. This will give you an idea of the quality and service you can expect as well as tell you how the company interacts with its customers.
When it comes to online furniture shopping, it can be confusing to differentiate between two identical pieces of furniture. This is where it becomes important to know your materials. Cheaper furniture is often made of engineered wood. This is nothing but wood fibers that have been compressed into boards. Engineered wood furniture is much cheaper than solid wood furniture but has a shorter lifespan and is not as durable. Within the solid wood category too, not all types of wood are the same. Teak and rosewood are considered the best types of wood for furniture. However, they are also amongst the most expensive. So, if a company offer you a teak wood table at the same price as a mangowood table, there’s probably something wrong and you should look elsewhere for your furniture.
Sizing is very important when shopping for furniture online. Furniture dimensions are typically mentioned in inches and feet. Use a tape measure to get an accurate visual idea of the amount of space the furniture will take in your home. Placing a stencil of the length and breadth of a piece of furniture in your home can help give you an idea of how it will fit your space. Make sure you always leave enough walking space around the furniture. Also, measure the doorways of your home to make sure the piece can be delivered to you.
Most known furniture brands offer a warranty of at least a few years on their furniture. It is safe to assume that the length of their warranty is directly proportional to the quality of their products. When making wooden furniture, it is important to treat the wood and dry it before it is used for anything. Furniture made from wood that has not been treated properly will develop issues in a year or two. Thus, if the company does not offer a warranty, you can assume that they do not treat their wood correctly. Some brands also offer additional warranties on termite proofing.
Though most e-commerce websites offer free delivery, you should read the fine print to ensure there are no hidden charges. In some cases, the furniture may need to be assembled and installed on site. In such cases, check to see if the installation will be managed by the brand or if you need to get a carpenter to do so. Ideally, shop from brands that will send someone to assemble and install the pieces for you.
Last but not the least, when it comes to online furniture shopping always shop from brands that you know about. As far as possible, avoid shopping from generic brands that simply source and repackage furniture.