However, up-close inspections are still the best way to know you're getting value for the money, say the experts, and are best done in person - for sizing up tailoring on upholstery, leather quality, or wood veneers, and the general 'look' of a piece before you buy.
Furniture online - buyer beware?
Of course, nothing beats convenience of an online purchase, but when shopping for furniture it always pays to anticipate something going wrong with either the merchandise or the delivery (and then be pleasantly surprised when it doesn't.)
For example, what is the online company's refund policy? What happens if you inadvertently accept a delivery for damaged or mislabeled furniture?
Also carefully review the company's warranty so you know that your furniture can be easily replaced should it happen to fall apart in a few months time!
Having raised those questions, you can easily balance the risk with the virtual ease of online furniture shopping by becoming familiar with the brand and its reputation. Online comparison shopping, or browsing a few furniture review message boards before you make an online purchase, also helps to avoid a 'lemon' and steer you in the right direction toward a satisfied purchase.
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at the most popular furniture stores online along with consumer guides offering
furniture buying tips next time your out
shopping the outlets, or online, for the best furniture at the right price ...
More about buying furniture online around the Web:
tips on buying furniture - Check out this helpful guide from BankRate.com with inspection tips before buying upholstered furniture, wood drawers and veneering, and what to inspect from a manufacturer's warranty.
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