9 Easy Ways to Save Money When Buying Furniture0
Thinking of giving your home a new look – without busting your bank balance? Then check out our 9 easy ways to save money when buying furniture:
1. Do your research first
Remember that any furniture you buy is going to be hanging around for a pretty long time – so it’s important to know all the facts and research. Do you need a new sofa set? If so make sure to research things you need to know about buying a sofa before you part with any hard earned cash. Thinking about what you’re planning to do before you buy anything will mean you can avoid costly mistakes.
2. Keep an eye out for offers
Sure, there are the big sales and promotions around the holiday season – but furniture stores will also have other special deals going on through the year – with discounts on selected ranges. It’s a good idea to sign up to online mailing lists retailers such as Furniture Village and Joss & Main where you’ll get the scoop on special offers and exclusives that you might have otherwise missed!
3. Get online
There are lots of online furniture retailers now – and it’s easier than ever to buy from them, as many will offer free delivery and return services if you’re not happy. A great way to find a good deal is looking in stores to choose the size or style of an item you like, and then hitting the internet to see if you can find the similar thing for less. Chances are – you definitely will!
4. Choose used instead
Used furniture used to mean seriously battered and worn down looking pieces from the local jumble sale – but now there’s a lot more choice and far better quality on offer especially online at websites like Preloved.co.uk. Many retailers specialise in used or ‘seconds’ – rejects from the manufacturer with slight cosmetic faults. These are often much cheaper than a full price unit, and still look fantastic. If there are any faults, it’s important to check first if you can repair them – otherwise it’ll be an expensive buy!
5. Skip the brand names
Sure, big brand names are impressive – but you are often going to pay an inflated price just for the privilege. So if the name on the label isn’t quite so important to you – look around and you’ll find the same great style and designs on offer, from smaller, less well-known brands, or stores’ own-brand ranges. And these will be much more affordably priced too!
6. Choose neutrals and skip trends
Furniture is a long term investment – we want it to look and feel good for several years, and not just for a few months or a year! While trend-led designs might look tempting and impressive right now – before you hand over your credit card, think about whether you’ll still want the same quirky, trend look in a year or two from now. Neutrals, in simpler and less elaborate designs are often a better buy and work out more cost-effective in the long run, as they will retain their attractiveness for much longer.
7. Check the details
There can sometimes be hidden costs to be aware of when buying furniture. This is especially important if you’re buying online, or if you’re ordering custom options such as colours, patterns or sizes. While that initial price might have looked temptingly low – sometimes retailers might sneak in additional charges for these little extras! So check the small print before you commit, and find out if there are any other costs that you’re not aware of.
8. Do you really need protection?
It’s especially common for furniture retailers to offer to include extra protection cover for your sofa or dining set, “at a small extra fee”. Unfortunately, those little extras soon add up! Think about whether it’s a good deal or not. You’re just as capable of cleaning and maintaining your furniture yourself, and don’t always need to pay for extra cover to do this.
9. Ask for a deal
Ok, this one might seem a little cheeky – especially if you’re not used to bargaining, but there are certain techniques on how to haggle successfully. Most retailers are often more willing to consider a special deal more than you might think! Is it the last piece in store? Is there a minor blemish (that you can take care of afterwards?) Pointing out these little facts can often help the manager to consider giving you a little extra discount.