While designing the perfect room you no doubt have thought about the furniture to populate it. If you are short on time, or depending on where you live short of options, you may want to turn to the web to find stylish and functional furniture to give your new interior design the pièce de résistance.
Though the convenience of buying furniture online cannot be questioned, the disadvantage of not being able to physically see and in some cases try the furniture before you buy it can be considerable.
To help you make better online buying decisions here are a few tips to help.
Fabrics and Materials
The better online furniture shops make it clear what patterns, textures and materials are used in the construction of their pieces. For example, is real pine used in the construction of that bookcase, or is it some kind of veneer finish? Is the pattern of the sofa clear to see and can the images be enlarged to give you a better view, or are they a bit small and unclear?
All of these factors are important and will make or break your interior design. Ensure the site you buy from presents the information clearly. You do not want to have any doubt of what you are buying.
It is important that you know how big your soon to be delivered furniture is so that it will fit your space. When looking through sites, keep a tape measure handy so you can get an accurate picture of size to be sure the piece(s) you are interested in purchasing will work. Some furniture might not only be the wrong size, but also the wrong shape, especially if the room you are trying to furnish has an alcove or other unique feature that makes it hard to accommodate certain pieces.
Though colors are pretty obvious online, there is always some difference between photo colour and actual colour. If your design relies on subtle colours to complete it, you may want to think twice. Some better furniture sites are happy to provide a colour sample. It is always wise to be sure with your colours before you commit to buying.
Ensure you are familiar with the return policy of the company you are buying from online. These tend to differ slightly from site to site. Nasty surprises can arise if you are not familiar with the conditions of sale, especially if the cost of returning the furniture is at your expense.
Product reviews on the web are priceless. It is normally pretty clear if a testimonial is genuine and high ratings are a good sign of quality. Other good indicators for a quality company are videos showing how they make or source their furniture. Companies prepared to show their creative process have real faith in their products.
Buying online gives you access to so many fantastic furniture pieces sold online that aren’t available locally. Plus, you can often save big on items that you would normally pay handsomely for locally, in-store. So, if you have considered buying furniture online, but are hesitant to actually make a purchase, following these tips will help ease your uncertainty so you can make an informed decision.
About the Author
Richard Teahon writes content about interior design and furniture. To learn more about his inspirations, visit sofasofa.co.uk
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