Add to cart, cautiously: tips for buying furniture online on Black Friday

Follow this handy guide to ensure you make a wise buy

2020-11-24 11:43:00 AM

Follow this handy guide to ensure you make a wise buy

Follow this handy guide to ensure you make a wise buy

Don't let the special offers on Black Friday tempt you into making an impulse buy. Remember you'll have to live with the furniture you purchase for years to come, and this isn't the chance you'll have to buy something on sale.3.MEASURE AND REMEASURE

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Choosing what you need and like is one of the easiest steps in the process, but don’t let that cloud your judgment: furniture can look great online but whether it will fit into the space you'd like to place it — or even through the door — is another story.

To avoid buying something that ends up being too small or large, make sure to carefully measure the space you intend to put it, and then remeasure to make absolutely sure. You could even make a paper template of the piece to help you visualise what it'll look like in the room.

Another tip is to ensure the measurements provided by the supplier on their website are accurate; it might be worth confirming this with a sales consultant.4. SEE IT IN REAL LIFE IF POSSIBLEIt's an extremely good idea to try to see the furniture you've chosen in real life before clicking “add to cart”. Things don't always look exactly like they do online and it can be beneficial to feel the finish first hand, especially when it comes to upholstery.

Use the days leading up to Black Friday to visit retailers which stock the pieces you've had your eye on so you can check them out in person.If that's not an option, request as much information from the retailer as possible — extra images, additional measurements and anything else that could help you determine that you're making the right choice.

Some websites allow customers to upload photos of their purchases in the product review section of their website. Comparing these casual happy snaps with the retailer's professionally styled photos can be eye-opening.5. READ THE SMALL PRINTInvesting in a new piece of furniture is exciting, but make sure that you pay attention to that last bit of super important information: how much is delivery, and will they charge extra to professionally assemble the piece once it arrives? The fees will add to your overall costs so it's important to factor them in if you're on a tight budget.

Then there's always the chance that furniture you bought doesn't work in the intended space or isn't what you'd visualise so always make sure you are clear on the retailer's return policy and whether there are any added costs associated with this.

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