One of my friends recently commented about how brave I am because I order furniture online. She told me that she needed to actually see it before she would consider purchasing it. I didn’t think it had anything to do with my courage, so today I thought I would share my thought process on how I order furniture online!
So, there are some guidelines I follow when I place order on things.
There are probably very few furniture pieces I would not order online. Off the top of my head, I think the only thing I would not buy online is a couch. But, mostly because my husband would have to sit on it to meet his criteria of being comfortable, especially for lounging, etc.!
How much is it?
This is probably one of the biggest factors in whether or not I’ll just buy a piece of furniture online. Obviously budget is going to vary from person to person, but for us, we spend right about the middle. We don’t go with the cheapest option, but we’re not buying the most expensive item either. I still want to feel like I did better buying online than I would at a store, otherwise, I’d just go to the store.
What is it made of?
I don’t buy anything made of particleboard or MDF online. For example, though we shop at IKEA, we really look at an item’s materials to make sure that it can hold up at least several years with our little ones! So, while things like their Kallax units or desks are made of particleboard and fiberboard, I have the chance to touch it, shake it, and test it out to make sure it is sturdy enough for what we need. Since particleboard and those types of materials vary widely from company to company, or furniture piece to piece, I stick with real wood for online purchases.
What, if any, are the reviews?
Whether it’s a game or clothing, I always read the user reviews. Depending on the website, I sort it from either “most helpful”, or “lowest ranked” because this allows me to see what problems people might have encountered with their order. Sometimes there are zero reviews, and that might factor into whether or not I buy it.
Will it fit the space?
This is so important. Measure everything. Length, width, depth, how much room you have if a drawer is open, if there is enough room to walk, and so on. If you have to tape it out, draw a layout on graph paper, then do it! Don’t skimp or think a couple of inches won’t matter. Make sure you stick to your plan!
Have a backup plan. Sometimes things don’t work, whether you change your mind, or it doesn’t fit the space quite right. That’s why our entryway had to go through not one, or two, but three changes! I try to have at least a back-up plan of where I would put things if it doesn’t work on one space.
What your personal shipping and return policy?
So, retailers have different return policies, but I think you have to consider your own personal policy. For me, I hate paying for postage on items I am returning. So, I have to think about whether it’s worth it to me to pay more money to return it, and boxing it and mailing it, or find a solution of where I can live it in another space.
I’m happy to report that the office chairs I went ahead and ordered worked out just fine and we are enjoying them in our study space! I’ll share more of the space next week.
Do you have any rules about ordering furniture online? I love that technology makes it so easy to furnish my house without having to go out!