Posted on December 4, 2016
There is no doubt that online stores stoke a great deal of good furniture. However, just like buying things online, it has its challenges. Below are tips to help you discover amazing furniture when shopping online.
Read the description
Don’t just scan through the furniture descriptions but rather read them thoroughly. Keep in mind that online stores choose the wording in their descriptions very carefully which can sometimes keep the focus away from the actual materials, especially when it comes to ‘cheap’ furniture. Composite or veneer woods can look very much like solid wood, especially in photographs so be sure to read the specifications as well as care and cleaning instructions so that you know exactly what you buy.
Check the measurements
Instead of assuming that the furniture piece will fit in the space that you have allocated for it, make sure you check the measurements as photos can be deceiving.
Ensure you get the color you want
While most furniture shops will do their utmost to provide photos that are a true reflection of the actual furniture item, sometimes photos can distort the true colors. Especially darker furniture such as the popular ‘espresso’ color that are very popular at the moment, often tends to look lighter online than it is. Take special care when you order items in a particular color from different online stores.
Be smart when it comes to price comparisons
Many online furniture stores sell items that other stores stock as well, which makes price comparisons a breeze. Take additional costs such as VAT and shipping costs into consideration as well when you make a decision. Some furniture stores offer free shipping services; either as a standard service or as a promotion. Keep in mind. However, that free shipping does not always mean free shipping. To recoup costs, shipping fees are sometimes worked into the price of the item.
Browse for specials
One of the advantages of purchasing furniture online is pricing. Online businesses have fewer overheads compared to their brick and mortar counterparts, allowing them to sell products at competitive prices. Online home décor shops often have special deals as well, so if you see a piece that you like but which is a little out of your budget, the chances are that it will go on sale at some point. This only works to your advantage, however, if you are patient and willing to wait for the right moment.
While shopping for furniture online can save you time and money, extensive research to find the best deals is a must. Make sure you shop at a site that is trustworthy and before you spend your heard-earned cash, compare, compare, compare; factoring in shipping costs and other possible fees.