While the thought of buying furniture online might have seemed absurd only a short decade ago, but in our new global online marketplace making these large purchases are becoming commonplace. Give it a try with ordering furniture for just one room to save hundreds on the rest of your interior design.
If you haven’t bought anything as expensive as furniture before, you want to know that you are protected when you do so. This brief guide will help you feel at ease while getting the best deals on furniture online.
Make sure you know who you are dealing with
Online scammers are tricky. They often employ the use of very similar URLs (web addresses) to legitimate companies in an attempt to trick you into thinking that you are dealing with a reputable company. Make sure that you are doing business with who you think you are by first making sure you have a secure connection. If you don’t see https:// at the front of a URL, it is not a secure site and should be avoided.
You should also look for signs indicating the location of the company, as well as basic company information. Websites that are mostly empty other than a bit of boilerplate text and catalogs of products should be considered with caution.
Before choosing any e-commerce furniture store, check reviews for their service, warranty claims, and brand durability. There are several consumer watchdog websites you can go to for checking on potential scams. You can also report these scams to the FBI.
Set a reasonable budget
You are going to get some of the best deals on furniture online, but you still need to have a reasonable budget in mind. Check around at your local furniture stores to get an idea of what you want, then look online for the best prices. You should do this before actually putting your new interior design plan into motion so that you can be sure you have allotted the right amount of money for your home furniture and décor.
When you set your budget for your home décor and furniture, pad it by a hundred or two at least just in case you end up going over. If you plan far in advance, changes might inflate over time. If you have money left over after decorating, you can use the money for a night out on the town or a movie night in.
Save on free shipping and affordable furniture shipping options
Like other e-commerce, offering free shipping on furniture and décor orders has become a common occurrence in today’s online marketplace. Even local furniture stores are beginning to offer free shipping or delivery depending on the amount of furniture you buy just to compete with the online furniture retailers.
If you would have a hard time handling the furniture once it arrives at your door, you should look into a white-glove delivery service. The online furniture store may be able to partner with someone in your area to receive and deliver the furniture. Alternatively, you could make such arrangements for yourself.
Thanks to 1stopbedrooms.com for consulting on this post.