New house? Our online furniture buying guide will help save time
How to never make a mistake buying furniture online
Believe it or not, it’s a lot easier to buy furniture online today than it’s ever been before.
Not only are there a lot of 100% reliable and reputable furniture companies focusing on their online e-commerce experience, but it’s cheaper for them to focus on their online retail outlets that don’t require a tremendous amount of overhead or floorspace (read expenses) – which allows them to pass along some pretty considerable savings to you!
However, there are still quite a few mistakes people make when buying furniture online that can really make this dream situation turn into a nightmare in record time.
Hopefully you will pay attention to these tips and tricks below to help make sure that your furniture buying experience goes off without a hitch!
Understand EXACTLY what you’re purchasing before you order
The most important thing you can do when you are buying furniture online is to understand EXACTLY what you’re purchasing before you ever click that order button.
Not only are you going to want to have some kind of game plan to work off of when it comes to finding the right furniture pieces for your space (understanding exactly what kinds of pieces you’re looking for, what kind of style you’re after, and what kind of budget you’re working with), but you’ll also want to make sure that everything in your online shopping cart is EXACTLY what you intended it to be.
This should only take a couple of seconds to verify, but it can often mean the difference between being overjoyed when your new furniture comes in and being absolutely beside yourself with rage when mistake after mistake ends up popping up at your door.
ALWAYS research furniture companies before you purchase from them
You need to make absolutely certain that you are only buying furniture online from 100% reliable and reputable companies.
Thanks to the power of the Internet (and Google in specific), checking up on a particular company or website is a lot easier than it used to be in the past. With one quick search you can get your hands on all kinds of “insider information” about just about any company out there, and you’ll also be able to find real customer reviews and testimonials that will help you know whether or not buying furniture online from a particular service is the right thing to do.
With the multitude of online review sites (like Gnarks.com!) be sure to do a quick search for the manufacturer, supplier or even the general product to read up on the everyone’s opinion before you start searching.
Make sure that online companies offer a solid return policy
Because you are going to be purchasing this furniture sight unseen, you’re going to want to make sure that you have at least a little bit of recourse in the form of a very friendly return policy in the event that you didn’t get exactly what you wanted.
High-resolution and high-definition photography and online video has taken a lot of the mystery out of buying furniture online, but there’s no replacement for actually being able to sit on a piece of furniture, run your hands along the fabric, and kind of just “know” that a piece is picture perfect for you when you have it sitting in front of you.
A return policy takes all of the worry out of this process.
Don’t forget about shipping costs!
Too terribly many people out there completely blank when it comes to remembering how much shipping can add to a total purchase price, which leaves them more than a little bit upset when they get the final bill for their furniture and realize that it is (sometimes) hundreds of dollars more expensive than they had anticipated.
Sometimes deals are just too good to be true, with a company making up the bulk of their profit margin on shipping costs that are sky high. On the flip side, there are a lot of companies out there that offer 100% free shipping, so you might want to look into buying furniture online from them before you go anywhere else.
Make sure you measure everything
Spotting dimensions online and thinking it’ll be fine can sometimes end in a disaster. Make sure you plan out the area you have and use something to “pretend” it’s there – sofas and lounges are perfect examples. Plan it out, walk around it, imagine it being there and try to get a true idea of how the furniture will fit into your space.
Don’t forget vertical dimensions and depth too! Washing machines can be deep with the space required for hoses and the door (make sure you’ll be able to open the door!). Make sure you have enough depth to comfortably put the appliance inside and operate.