Shopping for furniture is always a fun and rewarding experience, especially in this age where everything can be found online. You can shop in the comfort of your own home, at your own time, without having to tire yourself out from walking around different stores. Oh, and the best part is, you can browse hundreds of items and compare their prices in a very short period of time. So, before you start looking, here are a few things to consider when shopping online.
Focus on what you need
Online shopping is like getting sucked into a vortex. You will see so many things that you like and you'll most likely want to buy them even when you don't need them. Do not give in to the ”Sale Monster” and lose the battle to ”Freebies.” Take this as a challenge and go furniture shopping with a goal in mind. Don't let cute accessories and other useless things distract you. Focus on what you need and stick to that.
View pictures carefully
Pictures can be deceiving. These photos are usually staged and most of them have an entire glam team to make the furniture look good. Some colors may appear differently, depending on your device or your monitor’s setting. Items may appear bigger or smaller in photos as compared to their actual size. Things aren't always what they seem online, so you need to be discerning. Some vendors may also have fabric swatches that you can request to view before making a purchase, so ask before purchasing.
Read descriptions thoroughly
The most common mistake people make when buying online is not checking the details. Information about the items like the size or dimensions are usually indicated, so before putting the items in your check out box, make sure you have the details and measurements that you need to avoid any issue. Most of the time, everything is already there. All you have to do is read and understand them.
Consider materials used
Some furniture are made of synthetic materials, while others are made of wood, metal or natural mediums. Regardless of the type of material, it is important to check for its quality. Again, read the details on the description and customer reviews, or check online forums to see if you can get any information about the manufacturer of the furniture you are buying.
Check for options
Online retailers don't always list every option available for the furniture. Some are customisable, and you can choose the material and color of the furniture you're buying. Feel free to ask if the one that you like comes in other variations.
Confirm shipping duration
When you buy furniture online, you need to find out exactly when it will ship, especially if you're in a rush. You can opt for express delivery if needed, subject to additional fee. Other items come from other countries, which means that these may not arrive until after a few weeks. Apart from the delivery time indicated, it doesn’t hurt to call or email just to make sure.
Anticipate delivery charges
Most of the time, the delivery rate is not included in the price of the furniture itself. Never assume that delivery is free unless indicated. Amount may vary depending on the delivery location and freight companies usually charge extra for the driver to handle the freight. You may inquire with the company before ordering or ask once the trucking company calls to make arrangements for delivery.
Review the Return and Refund Policy
Vendors have varying policies on returns or refunds. Some even charge a restocking fee and shipping if you want to return an item that you are not satisfied with. Check for this information when ordering your furniture.
Learn about furniture care
To make furniture last, make sure that you know how to care for them. Some pieces may require you to wax, reseal or do certain kind of maintenance to keep them in good condition. In addition, keep in mind that specific cleaning agents are required for certain surfaces.
Save yourself future troubles with your purchase by doing some research and asking the right questions. These will give you peace of mind while you shop for the furniture you need.