These days, most people will do anything to avoid crowded shopping areas due to the current COVID-19 safe distancing measures.
Ordering many big-ticket items online like king-size bed frames and wooden dining tables are becoming the new normal for online shopping behavior. Without the added cost of physical storefronts and salespeople, pure online furniture shops are able to keep prices low and offer flexible return policies & deals to put customers at ease.
If you’re wary of splurging on an area rug you have never dug your toes into or have made regrettable online purchases in the past, follow these best practices before you order a whole new batch of furniture.
1. Consider your lifestyle when choosing fabric
Generally, we recommend a leather sofa in Singapore for dogs and kids because leather is tough, easy to clean, and puncture-resistant, but leather isn’t indestructible. The good news for your sofa and dog dilemma is that leather wears in, whereas fabrics wear out. If you can’t imagine taking an afternoon nap on a leather sofa, but your three-year-old is prone to spilling apple juice, opt for a synthetic or poly blend. These fabrics tend to be more forgiving when it comes to stains and wrinkles.
If you are set on a fabric sofa, look for something with a high rating. This means it will stand up to wear and tear and look pristine for many playdates to come. High-quality fabric sofas won’t pill and wear thin as quickly as lower quality sofas.
2. Don’t be swayed by trends when it comes to investment pieces
If you’re looking for investment pieces like a dining table or sofa, choose a neutral palette. It will allow you the freedom to change styles without having to swap out all of your furniture to match. If you can’t possibly live without green velvet or leopard print in your life, incorporate the trend of the moment into your design with accent pieces like a lounge chair, a coffee table, or sofa pillows that are less of an investment.
3. Measure twice, order once
Make use of the open floor plan, or make friends with your measuring tape because you’re going to need it. You should always measure your door frame, hallways, and elevator, anywhere the piece has to travel to ensure it will fit. The last thing you want is to have your new furniture piece arrive and not be able to fit through the front door.
While your dream sofa might look picture-perfect on Instagram, it can be difficult to determine whether or not it will work in your oddly-shaped living room. Green painter’s tape can be really helpful for visualizing how furniture will fit into a space. You can also cut butcher paper to size and move it around the room to figure out your layout.
4. Get smart about space planning
When it comes to spacing, you want to make sure that you measure to allow for at least 18 inches from the edge of your sofa to the edge of your coffee table, and also that you leave at least three feet for entryways into the space.
If you’re shopping online for an area rug, try to leave at least 12 inches from the wall to the edge of your rug on all sides. Another design mistake you’ll want to avoid is the floating, too-small-for-the-space area rug. Either the front legs of your furniture should sit on the rug, or all of the legs should sit on the rug.
5. Scour reviews on multiple platforms
While product reviews on an online furniture shop may be helpful, you should take them with a grain of salt. You should always do your own research before buying. For a well-rounded perspective, search brand hashtags on Instagram, watch unsponsored product reviews on YouTube or read press articles comparing brands and styles.
6. Budget for shipping and potential returns
Furniture can be a big investment, so you need to factor in the shipping costs and return policy into your decision. Ask yourself, ‘Is the size right for the space? Do I find it comfortable?’ but most importantly, make sure you keep the return time period at the top of mind.
This applies to online as well as in-person purchases. Quite often you’ll either have to pay a large restocking fee, which can be 20 to even 40 percent of the original price, or you’ll be unable to return it and have to sell or donate the item.
When in doubt, contact the marketing team
Don’t be shy about getting in touch with the retailer’s marketing team! Ask for their opinion about the sofas. A good marketing team should be able to share thoughts and detailed feedback on the sofa you have in mind. If you develop a relationship with the supplier over time, and then you feel more comfortable buying online.
If you are looking for an online furniture shop in Singapore that you can rely on, check out more on our website, talk to us, and let our experts help you with your needs today!