You can buy a whole house worth of furniture online these days and there are many benefits to doing so — especially when you’re stuck inside! Click a few buttons and hey presto a new sofa appears on your doorstep just a couple of days later. But what if the color is all wrong or it does not fit? An ungainly piece of furniture cannot be squirreled away in your handbag to drop off at the post office the next day.
Read on for our advice on buying furniture online.
What should you look for in an online furniture retailer?
- Returns policy: a trustworthy online furniture retailer will be confident about the quality of their goods and have a return policy that gives confidence to the consumer.
- Strong customer reviews.
- Engaging and helpful customer service staff both on the website and phone if you dial in.
What are the advantages of buying online furniture?
- No Sales-Person Pressure: there is no one there trying to talk you into buying something you don’t want or need.
- Quick Price Comparison: you can hop from site to site – easily comparing prices and value for money.
What are some common mistakes people make?
Not checking the material, color, and size of the furniture. It can be hard to see these finer details on pieces of furniture online. Get a measuring tape out and measuring the space, so that you can make sure it works perfectly in your home!
How can I be sure about the accuracy of colors and quality finishes?
Order fabric swatches so you can see exactly what you will be getting. Many places offer free swatches which you can order online so there are no surprises when your product reaches you!
What about shipping delays?
Due to the nature of international shipping, there can sometimes be delays. Check that the retailer’s website has a contact email and number that work and estimated shopping time. Many websites have a filter feature to check the dispatch time of different products. This helps to ensure that the furniture you want is available by the date you need it.
How difficult is it to return?
Always check the warranty and return policy on any big purchase. Compare the return policy on other websites to see what your safest option is. Most places offer a full refund on all our products for up to 14 days. Returns are easy as furniture will be collected from your home for just a small charge.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love