Technology has essentially put the world at our fingertips. We can find out the answer to any question in a matter of seconds, and we’re no longer limited to only shopping at the stores located near us. We can buy almost anything online, and one of the top things people go online to buy is furniture.
If you love stylish, well-made furniture, the Internet affords the chance to access designers from around the world, and often find less expensive prices than you would at a brick and mortar store.
There’s just one major problem, and that’s the fact that it can be tough to visualize what a piece of furniture is going to look like online, potentially leading to buyer’s remorse.
Below are some tips to find the right furniture online, and avoid making a purchasing mistake.
Have you ever ordered a piece of furniture online and it was either far bigger or more often, far smaller than you expected? This is a common problem with shopping for items online. It’s tough to get a feel for what the true size is, and what the scale will be like in your room.
The first thing you should do is look at the specific dimensions on the website, and then get out a tape measure. Measure how much space the piece would take up in your room. If you have a tough time imagining scale, compare the size on the tape measure to existing pieces of furniture in your home.
Customer reviews are a fantastic tool for online shoppers, particularly when it comes to furniture. If you’re shopping on a site that doesn’t have reviews listed, you can search for the same item on a site like Amazon, where customer reviews are usually plentiful and very detailed.
If you’re lucky, you might even find reviews that include pictures from real customers’ homes once they’ve had the furniture delivered.
Request a Swatch
If you’re buying upholstered furniture online, you might want to ask for a swatch of the upholstery, particularly if it’s an expensive piece or you can’t return it. Most companies will send a sample of the fabric, which you can then put in the room where the furniture will be to see If the shade is right and how it looks in the light of the room.
It’s also a good idea because fabric details are often pretty difficult to see online, so a swatch can help you make sure not only the color but also the detailing of the upholstery are what you want.
Check Return Policies
If you’re ordering online, make sure you check out the site’s return policy before making a purchase. Returning furniture can be difficult, particularly if it’s a large item, but many companies will offer free returns including pickup service.
Be aware, however, that it’s not entirely uncommon for stores not to take returns at all on furniture, particularly if you choose custom upholstery.
There’s no reason to be intimidated by buying furniture online, as long as you take the time to research pieces and the company before buying them.