We all love a bargain, especially when shopping for a major item of furniture like a new sofa, dining set or bed. With these useful tips and tricks below, you will be able to save time and save money when you buy any discount furniture for your home or garden from now on.
Know What You Need
Before heading off to shop online or visit a store, be sure you know exactly what item or items of furniture you need. It may look fabulous on Pinterest or the lifestyle pages of Ideal Home, but will this piece of furniture work for you in your real, every day surroundings.
Measure the space that is available to you for this item, and keep a note of these measurements for when you are perusing any furniture for sale. It’s also worth measuring and recording the height and width of door frames, hallways, stairs and any other obstacles that your new piece of furniture may need to successfully navigate past once you take it home.
A digital laser tape measure for taking down the furniture’s vital statistics will come in particularly handy if you are physically visiting a furniture shop. Whereas most online furniture retailers will feature the item’s dimensions somewhere on the product page.
If there are any doubts in your mind regarding the suitability of an item’s size or shape, why not place coloured tape where the furniture will eventually be placed? This will help you see how it work in the space available.
After all, what could be worse than spending your hard-earned money on a piece of furniture that can’t actually fit in your living room, bedroom or bathroom.
Stick To Your Shopping Budget
It’s very easy to be lured into spending more than you originally budgeted for, especially when you are being tempted by in-store promotions, money off coupons or a persistent sales person. Before you visit the furniture store or website, decide on the amount of money you are willing to spend there. Then stick to it.
Is There A Local Option?
Another neat trick to stay within your budget limits is to buy from a furniture store that is close to you. By visiting a local store, you will feel less pressure to make a purchase there and then. You can always come back later that day once you’ve had a chance to think about the item, look at alternatives elsewhere or discuss the pros and cons of this purchase with people you trust.
If you don’t like crowds, try shopping during a weekday rather than at the weekend. The shop is less likely to be busy then.
A local furniture shop may also offer added incentives for you to buy from them, like free delivery or interest free finance.
Buyer Be Aware
If the furniture stores located near you don’t offer furniture prices as cheap as you would like them to be, the same local shopping principles mentioned above can also be applied to online shopping. Just remember that the clear majority, if not all, of the online retailers offering ‘free’ shipping do so by already adding this extra cost to the original price of the product.
Never forget the “buy it once, buy it right” shopping mantra. Look for quality furniture that is made to last. Are there dovetail joints on the wooden chest of drawers you want? Is the metal garden chair made from rust-proof aluminium? Sure, that mattress is dirt cheap, but will it give you a painful backache after a night’s restless sleep?
Discount furniture often requires self-assembly, especially if it’s ordered from an online store. Unless the furniture comes with a huge tome of build instructions, you probably won’t need to be a DIY Ninja to fit a headboard to a bed or set of wheels to an armchair. However, it still may be something that you will need help with.
Prior to making any furniture purchase, it’s also wise for you to check out the retailer’s returns policy. Ask the sales assistant or read the website’s T&Cs for further details regarding making a return. It is better to know this information before you buy anything, rather than to find an unwelcome surprise in the small print if something unexpected happens to sour your shopping experience.
Don’t Always Believe The Sales Hype
Big furniture sales on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day may grab all the headlines in the news and dominate the subject lines of your email inbox every year, but they aren’t necessarily the cheapest way to buy the furniture you want. Before you hand over your cash or card, check the prices online from other stores. Is the ‘special’ sale price being offered on Black Friday really the lowest priced option available to you?
Rather than relying on limited special offers which are only available to consumers for a short amount of time, a furniture outlet store like ours will sell big brand furniture at hugely discounted prices throughout the year. By selling overstocked or end-of-season items, the furniture sold at an outlet is typically 50% cheaper than the original recommended retail price (RRP), so it’s definitely worth you looking at a furniture outlet when hunting for the best furnishing bargains.
Most important of all, choose the furniture carefully to ensure it enhances your home. Think about what the piece will bring your living space in the years to come. Shop smarter by only buying a single piece, or maybe two pieces of furniture, at a time. After all, there is no need to rush in and refurbish your entire room in one go.
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By following this easy to remember advice, you now have the knowledge and tools needed to be a savvy discount furniture shopper.
Do you have any of your own tips for buying new furniture at cheaper than normal prices? Please share them with us in the Comments section below.