This is the second of a three-part series of blog posts meant to show you how to safely buy furniture online. The first post covered the important process of finding the right, safe furniture website to do your shopping.
Now that you have managed to narrow down your options to a few secure sites, it is time to find out how you should select and buy your furniture.
1. Take a look at a few photos
You first have to just scroll through their website to get an idea of its layout and the types of furniture they have to offer. Once you take a look at their variety, it is time to check each online listing carefully to make your final choice.
Most of the online furniture stores exhibit pictures of their furniture. They usually have pictures showing their furniture in a decorated room, arranged the way you want to.
You are then shown links that lead you to side angles of the furniture, and perhaps more photos without any props. All this is done to make the furniture look all the more appealing, and for you to get a better idea of how they actually look.
Do not just take a look at these photos on the websites. You can usually find additional photos in other sites just by conducting searches based on the brand and name.
Take a look at various sites and pictures to get a good idea of how a specific piece of furniture may look in your home. There are even some sites that let users post their own photos along with the reviews. This can help you choose better because you get a better idea of how the pieces look in an actual home environment.
2. Go through the product descriptions
Do not just look at photos. Also, make sure that you read the descriptions. Not just scan through them; you have to actually read them thoroughly. This is important because furniture companies are really good at using the right, manipulative words in their descriptions.
They word their descriptions perfectly so that you cannot blame them if you find some fault in the furniture’s construction or durability. For example, descriptions mentioning furniture made using veneer or composite woods are generally lower in quality than furniture made using solid wood.
This is because they are built using wood pulp or some synthetic material and not solid wood. Look for any links to read the unit’s specifications. This gives you more information about the furniture’s durability, constructions and cleaning instructions.
3. Check its measurements
You also have to carefully check the measurements and their units. This is important because photos can be deceiving to the eyes. Some chairs or sofas may not fit into the spaces you assume they will fit into.
You not only have to check the width and length of the furniture, but you also have to check the room measurements. The last thing you want to happen after spending so much time and research on your furniture are buying something too big or too small for your room.
Don’t forget to measure, and check your doorways and hallways too. Remember that you have to bring your furniture into the room, which will be possible only if it fits into them. You also do not want to end up buying furniture that does not fit into the doorway!
If you are not so sure about this, it is always better to confirm and ask for a second opinion, especially if you live on the second or third floor and there is no lift to your home. Do not worry if the site does not offer any measurements. Just call up their customer support and ask them.
4. Go through customers reviews
You will notice that most furniture websites let their customers post reviews of the furniture they had bought on the website. It is okay if there are one or two bad reviews amongst them because mistakes and problems do happen.
However stay away from websites having more negative reviews than positive ones. It is usually a sign of poor quality furniture that is not built using durable materials and may not be strong in construction.
5. Check colors
Websites obviously post colored photos of their furniture. However, you have to be careful while looking at these photos. This is because sometimes the true colors can get distorted in the photos. The chances are higher in case of darker furniture which tends to look lighter in color on the websites.
The best way to gauge the color of the furniture is by taking a look at the websites on different computers. This helps because some computers tend to alter the photographs’ colors.
Reviews can also help when it comes to colors. There will be some people who have posted reviews mentioning that the furniture they had received ended up to be darker or lighter than it was in the pictures.
6. Compare different websites
Do not forget to visit a few of the secure sites you had located. There usually is a huge difference in the variety and rates of the furniture offered in different stores. Take a look to find out which site has a bigger variety to choose from, and which is more affordably priced to suit your budget. Do not just take a look at the merchandise in one website.
You will by now have picked out a few types of probable furniture you will want to buy for your home or office in these few websites. Now is the time to compare rates. There are lots of things to consider while checking rates, which is why it will all be covered in the third and final part of this three-part series on choosing online furniture. Don’t worry, you just have to wait a short while and you will know how to finally choose and buy your desired furniture based on its rates.