The internet is surely one of the best places to look for interior design ideas, but is it the best place for buying furniture? Actually, shopping for furniture at real stores gives you the advantage of seeing and feeling the furniture in real. But online shopping gives you the advantage to choose from a wider range, ensuring you get the maximum amount of variety just at the tip of your hands.
Since buying furniture is a significant investment, you should keep the following tips in mind.
1- Make sure your computer has the necessary protection. For any type of online shopping, you should use a good anti-virus software with updated filters and a firewall to provide the highest security. Also check to see if it is possible to make a safe purchase from that specific website.
2- Do research about the seller. Make a web search to find out who the seller is, and if there are any records about the retail business. Check the seller’s website for seals from reputable organizations.
3- Check the website for things like names, contact address and telephone. If any problems occur with your purchase, you should be able to physically reach the store and/or sellers.
4- Read the terms carefully to see the total cost of the product, the handling charges and the shipping price. Read about the guarantees and warranties. Make sure the delivery time matches your plans. You should also check the return policies since furniture is a difficult choice, and if you realize the furniture does not suit your house, you should be able to return it easily.
5- If a certain piece of furniture and its price looks too good to be true (like a furniture that claims to be made of very expensive material but has an unusually low price), it probably is. If it looks suspicious to you, check it out further. Ask questions, and see if the seller is clear about all the information.
6- Check the size of the furniture in detail. The furniture may look small on the photograph online, but it might be too large for your room. Check the height, width, depth of the furniture and make sure it matches your space available.
7- Be careful about color. The color on your screen might not match with what you see in real life. Black, white and gray might be easy to match, but colors like purple and green can be very risky. If available, check the color names and color codes. In some cases, you might also want to ask for a small sample of fabric to make sure the color suits your needs.