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Buying Furniture Online – The Ins & Outs

So you’re ready to buy furniture through the internet. Pretty simple, right? Nope, wrong. The sheer volume of furniture available at the click of a button creates panic and anxiety. You can spend hours agonizing over the perfect piece. An overabundance of choices can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction. You may begin to question if you truly made the right choice and feel buyers remorse if you see something else you love two weeks later. This can be incredibly discouraging. The good news is, you don’t have to feel this way! There are steps you can take to ensure that the pieces you buy are not only to your liking, but guaranteed to last for years to come. Don’t waste your money on pieces you settle for because of frustration or confusion. It’s truly possible to shop for furniture online without feeling like you’re drowning in a sea of options. Finding your perfect home furnishings can be easily navigated when you approach shopping in the right way. A few, easy steps will help you to stop and consider exactly what you’re looking for while shopping. You’ll be able to navigate the internet with ease and have no problem wading through the unnecessary noise to find your perfect pieces. These steps are easy and painless! So get excited, it’s time to build your dream home with the power of the internet!

What Do You Want?

Let’s discuss what makes the most sense for your life. We can’t determine where you should begin looking for furniture until you know what exactly you’re looking for. As we’ve talked about in previous blogs, breaking down your needs and wants is vital before beginning any redesign project. Look at the space you’re decorating. What spacial issues do they pose? What colors need to be implemented? What colors need to be avoided? What design style best suits your personality and home? How do you want to utilize the space? Begin by asking yourself these questions. You will find that they will help narrow down your wants from your needs. This will allow you to determine what things you can’t budge on, and what items you’ll have some leeway with. Additionally, you’ll know exactly what type and style of products you’re looking for and what is within your realistic budget. This fact alone will narrow down a great deal of sites to choose from.

What Is Everyone Saying?

Now that you know what design style and pieces you need, let’s look at the stores. Consider what stores offer the best selection of the particular item you’re shopping for. You’ll want to then look at reviews. The best way to know what works and what won’t is to go directly to those who have come before you. They’ll be the best source of knowledge on who to speak with if you have an issue, how fast shipping is, and does the quality described match the quality received. You’ll find it to be so beneficial to have this information before shopping. This can narrow down which online stores you shop from, since any stores with overwhelmingly negative reviews are not worth the risk. You’ll be able to further determine which stores best fit your personal needs based on these customer reviews. Try also looking into the Better Business Bureau for the company as well. You’ll find lots of useful information through this site.

Save That Money!

The terrific benefit of shopping online is the amount of money that can be saved. Many online stores offer deals that brick and mortar stores cannot afford to offer. Look for sales around January or July. According to furniture experts, many stores receive new shipments in February and August, so the month before is a great time to clear out the remaining inventory. Don’t be afraid to compare prices! If you come across a piece you truly love, look for it on other websites. You never know who might be having a huge sale and carry similar or identical pieces. Another resource you should take advantage of is coupons. Many websites exist online solely to find coupons for everything you can possibly imagine. So make sure to scour those sites before purchasing. Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount either! If you find a website selling the¬†perfect piece for less money¬†but you’re not so sure you trust the site, go to a website that you do trust and ask them for a price match. Many competitors will agree to this to ensure customer satisfaction.

How Is This Piece Getting To You?

Let’s talk shipping. Many people do not consider how the furniture will be delivered, which can lead to a lot of headache. Think about what works best for your lifestyle. If you’re absolutely unwilling to put the furniture together yourself, you need to make sure the company will assemble it for you. Additionally, you need to look into where they deliver the furniture. Is it front door delivery or in house? These are important to consider because you want to be sure your pieces will be delivered safely and securely. You’ll also need to consider the pricing of the shipping. This can put you over budget unexpectedly if you’re not careful. Don’t skip this step!

It’s In The Details

One step that people shopping for furniture frequently skip over is reading the description. While this may seem like an unimportant step for some, it is crucial when determining where you’ll be buying furniture from. Read over the details listed in the description very carefully. Make sure your desired measurements match those of the piece, you never want to purchase furniture that is too large or too small for a space. Look at the materials used as well. Knowing how this product is made will have a tremendous impact on your decision to purchase. For instance, if you love a dining room table but it’s made from cheap materials, you won’t be able to keep that piece for very long no matter how much you love it. Make sure the piece you’re shopping for is made with high quality fabrics, woods, and necessary materials. Also, check on the care listed in the description. You will want to make sure you are willing to maintain the upkeep and care of the piece.

Although many people allow the stress of online shopping to keep them from searching for their ideal pieces through the internet, the process doesn’t have to be so complicated. As we’ve discussed, finding decor that matches your life, design style, and home is easier than you might think. You simply need to take a few steps ahead of time to ensure you get the perfect item for you. Understanding that your search may take some time and care to find what you’re looking for is key. Although you may need to visit a few sites or the process may take longer than expected, don’t get discouraged. Your dream home decor is out there! Now that you’ve equipped yourself with this information, implement it into your search and you’ll find that furniture shopping online is easier than expected!

Mattie Lu

Imagine...furniture made to fit every aspect of your home - from style to size to color to design. At Mattie Lu, our artisan Amish craftsmen make imagination come to life for our customers every day. We are a lifestyle furnishings company owned by a mother and daughter duo. We're ready to help you create the interior furnishings of your dreams.

From the selection of wood to the first cuts to the final touches, every piece from Mattie Lu is lovingly created with your specifications in mind. We know you'll love the end result and will enjoy it for years to come!

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