Buying online can be so easy! You don’t need to go out to get what you want and need. Your purchases come right to your door! But what about buying home decor online? Now that can be both easy and difficult! Today let’s talk about what you need to know to be a savvy home decor online shopper!
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There’s an old adage that says “THE BUYER BEWARE”! And a smart shopper pays attention to this wise saying! But you can purchase gorgeous home decor online without fear or second guesses with a few smart-shopper tips!
This post is long and has lots of smart and sage online decor shopping advice!
In the image above I purchased the table, head chairs, side chairs, rug, buffet, chandelier– (out of stock now but you can sign up to see it when it is in stock again) white pottery, and pillows online!
I’ve purchased the bulk of my home decor online for almost a decade! And I’ve had mostly fabulous experiences but I have also made horrible mistakes! So, today I’m sharing what I’ve learned so you can confidently shop for everything from accessories to sofas online!
Buying home decor is a bit different than buying a cute top or a new purse. It’s more like shopping online for a pair of jeans or shoes or a bathing suit. It takes a bit more know-how!
So here’s how you can be the best and most savvy shopper when you are shopping for home decor online!
BUYING ONLINE IS A BARGAIN SHOPPER’S DELIGHT
In the image above I purchased the bench, large pot holding the mums, tartan throw, pottery lantern/vase, wood round charger, copper pitcher, copper mugs, white platter, copper flatware, napkins and table and chairs online.
One of the biggest benefits of online shopping is the ability to bargain shop! Because of a company’s ability to sell to such a large audience, if you are smart, you can get fabulous quality products for a fabulous price!
And you can also shop online and ferret out sales from your favorite home decor stores right in the comfort of your home!
The key here is to be smart! Shop very reputable companies only!
GET ON A FAVORITE HOME DECOR COMPANY’S EMAIL LIST
If you are like me, my inbox is a mess! I get lots and lots of emails every day! I know it is a pain but if you want to get great bargains it’s smart to get on your favorite decor shop’s email list. And you will usually get some kind discount off on your first order.
They will let you know when there are sales! It takes me less than 10 minutes a day to scan these emails and delete them. And I’ve saved $$$ by knowing when something goes on sale that I need or want! I’m a BIG bargains shopper. And I’m not afraid to get more pricy items online especially because I could not afford them without the discounts!
MEASURE YOUR SPACE
The items in the above image that were purchased online are the bed, all bedding, pillows, curtains, sconces, dresser, and many accessories on the small bookshelf.
I’ve made the mistake of not measuring spaces in my home before I purchased a home decor item online for that space and… OUCH… what I bought did not fit!!!!
And I hate to say this, I made this mistake more than once.
A gorgeous, expensive (albeit on sale) rug for my living room was my biggest lesson! The rug was too wide! I thought I knew my livingrooms measurements but I was off by 2 feet.
To make matter’s worse the color was a bit off too and there was a $250.00 restocking fee to return it! YIKES!!!!!
Learn from me!!! This whole wrong fit problem could have been solved by JUST MEASURING! And do it twice. Here another great saying to live by, “measure twice and cut once”!
The bed in the guest room took exact measurements! There was really only one place we could put the bed in the room and it had to be nestled between the wall and a bump-out for the closet. We wanted to put a queen size bed in that room but when I measured the space a queen would not fit! But this cute double would! So glad I measured the space and did not just order a queen size bed!
Always, let me say it again sweet friend, ALWAYS measure! Know the dimensions of the item you are buying!
KNOW HOW TO READ A PRODUCT’S SALES PAGE
All of the important information about a product is on the sales page. Every company formats this page differently but they should have lots of information to help you know about the product you are shopping for.
Here are some basic, common things you should see on a sales page when buying online…
- item name
- image of item
- item number
- price (if on sale also the original price)
- colors available
- quantity desired
- product overview (materials, if it needs assembly etc)
- weight and dimensions
- specifications (materials, country of origin, etc)
- assembly requirement
- shipping and returns
Make sure you look over every part of this page!
KNOW RETURN AND REFUND POLICIES
The source for this post does not carry the Sanctuary Chest at this time.
This is such an important thing to know! Read the return policies and know how you will be refunded for your purchase.
If you need to return an item that has a brick and mortar store see if you can return it to the store instead of sending it back to the company. This is so so helpful! And it will probably save you mailing costs.
My favorite online furniture purchase is the mirrored armoire above! This piece was pricy. I’d had been saving for quite a while and looking for a pretty armoire just as long! The minute I saw the Sanctuary Armoire I knew it belonged at StoneGable!
BUT… this was not the first armoire I bought online! Trying to save $$$ I settled for another nice armoire but not my heart’s desire.
The first armoire was purchased from Wayfair and I bought their “white glove” delivery and set up for an additional $110.00. I knew it was money very well spent!
The kind men delivering the armoire arrived with armoire #1 and no sooner had they put it together and put it in place I realized it was all wrong!
Because of the extra service I purchased the kind men returned and cheerfully took apart armoire #1 and hauled it away FOR NO EXTRA COST! So worth it!
That day I ordered armoire #2, the one in my bedroom today! Happy ending!
Believe me, I don’t hesitate to get the “white glove” or “silver plan” or whatever a company calls it to assemble furniture!
As you can probably tell, one of my favorite online companies is Wayfair! They are so so easy to work with and the very few times I had a problem or return it was pretty seamless!
And of course, I love Amazon too! I have an Amazon Prime membership and ordering and returns are so easy! However, I do believe Amazon is going to take over the world! LOL!
Here’s another thing to know! Make sure you know if there is a restocking fee. These fees drive me crazy!!!!! So I try to avoid online companies with these added (silly) fees.
KEEP THE ORIGINAL PACKING MATERIAL
This is a biggie! Make sure to keep the original box and any packing material your home decor product comes in. So if you need to return what you purchased you can easily rebox it and return it!
I’ve thrown away a couple boxes and then regretted it! Now I just keep all the packing material in my garage until I know I’m happy with what I buy.
GET SAMPLES OF MATERIAL WHEN BUYING BIG TICKET SOFT FURNISHING ONLINE
Some great online companies offer samples to prospective buyers. If you are buying a more expensive item like a sofa or foundation chair it’s a good idea to get a sample of several materials sample materials.
The colors of fabrics and wood finishes are not always the same on a computer or phone as they are in real life!
I once purchased two wheat color barrel chairs for a bedroom and when they came they were gray-ish. Thankfully, I bought them from a great company and they took them back!
Saying all that, the bulk of my soft furnishings like curtains and accent chair and bedding and rugs have been spot on!
READ THE REVIEWS, THEY ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS!
Most companies encourage people who have purchased a product to write a review. Read these reviews! They are from real people (mostly) who purchased the item you are interested in! And they can be brutally honest!
You can get a very good idea about the quality, true-to-color images, durability, packaging, fabric, how easy something is to put together and more by reading the reviews!
Make sure you read the good, bad and ugly! The accent chair above had 2,334 reviews! Wow! And it got 4 and 3/4 stars out of 5! After reading the review I purchased two chairs and they are fabulous for the price! If these chairs were over $500.00 I would have expected them to have a reversible chair cushion! But for $189.00 they are perfect!
Here’s all the home decor I purchased online in the image above…
- side table
- lamp on side table, similar
- candle holders
- magazine files
- baskets, no good facimilie
- tall blue pottery urn
NEWBIE ONLINE SHOPPERS SHOULD START SMALL
It pains me when readers say they are afraid to shop online! So if you are new to online shopping for home decor and furnishings, start small.
Find that perfect pillow or big basket or tray and start there! Once you see how easy buying online is, especially when it comes to home decor then you might want to get a bit braver!
Find that bargain-of-an-accent chair or rug or lamp! Just follow these easy steps and you will soon find online shopping a very enjoyable and cost-saving activity!
Ready to shop? Perfect! Keep these tips in mind and give it a try!
Just so you know… I was not compensated by any company for this post.
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