In our second home improvement post, The Shelf picks up a theme echoed in many consumer forums of late. How can you best identify a quality furniture retailer?
Narrowing this down to fit into our newly created home improvement category, we narrow this down to furniture sector, and explore how you can be safe in the knowledge you are using a credible retailer with what tend to be larger online purchases.
It is true that some people avoid shopping in sectors such as these altogether due to this uncertainty, but by identifying those online furniture retailers that are established and hold a good reputation, you can be sure that you are safe in spending larger sum of money those e commerce channels.
For most people the purchase of your house will probably be the most expensive personal outlay of your entire life. It is also commonly accepted to be one of the most stressful. However, decorating your home can also be an utter chore, and finding yourself ripped off with inferior furniture and fittings is a hassle you don’t need.
Choosing furniture for your home will no doubt take up a lot of your time whilst decorating. With the advent of the internet, the amount of people wanting to sell you furniture has increased prodigiously. The problem with too much choice though is that there will always be inferior companies that offer varying degrees of quality for your money. So, how can you attempt to sift through the chaff and find the wheat, how to spot a good furniture retailer from a bad one?
Well, like many things, a lot of picking a furniture retailer comes down to simple common sense. In many cases, if a price appears too good to be true, it often is. It is false economy to buy the cheapest when for shelling out a little more you could get a piece of furniture that endures.
Our second piece of advice is to do your research! Jumping at the first option that appears good is a recipe for disaster. Browse multiple websites, assess prices and take the opinion of families and friends. If they have furniture you consider to be well made and at a reasonable price, ask them where they got it, would they buy from there again, what was the service like? Word-of-mouth recommendations are often the most reliable indicators as to whether a retailer is genuinely worth considering or not and as such forums such a moneysavingexpert.com can be invaluable.
Observing the furniture itself is also telling. Pine furniture, while cheap, is flimsy and will not take well to painting and staining. Also, chipboard and MDF constructs will often appear cheap, but will not endure for very long. On this point, oak wood furniture is often the way to go.