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10 Do's and Dont's of furniture shopping

October 9th, 2019

Category: WB Jamieson

Author: Darren Seymour

Do ask questions.

The best way to make sure you are buying the right product, for you, is to ask as many questions as you can. The salesperson should have the knowledge of the product to help and advise you on the options available to you. The more you know about a piece of furniture the more informed your decision will be.

Don't leave without trying it out.

While it may sound like common sense, very often we see customers just looking at a piece of furniture, almost afraid to make use of it as they would at home. Our pieces of furniture in the showroom are there to be sat on, and tested. You'll be amazed how much more sitting on a sofa will tell you as opposed to just looking at it. 

Don't forget to measure spaces and doorways.

Before you go furniture shopping, it always helps to have a good idea of the space it will be going in. Measure the entire area, measure the dimensions of current furniture or the area of the available space for an item of furniture. Lastly, don't forget to measure the door frames if its something large like a sofa!

Do be willing to buy display models.

When furniture shopping, it's worth remembering that the display models will probably be for sale also. If you don't get offered, considered asking the question of whether the display model is available. This can usually result in far quicker delivery times and more often than not, a nice little discount applied at the checkout. Just be sure to check over the item thoroughly for piece of mind before buying.

Don't forget to consider your lifestyle.

That textured, woven upholstery might look fantastic, but how will it look after the cat has been pawing away at it? Conversely, those clean contemporary lines of that sofa might be suited to a corporate waiting room, but will it still be comfortable when snuggling down to watch Netflix? Consider how you will use the furniture sometimes we have to make a compromise between what we love and what is practical.

Do consider the fabric options.

With a plethora of colours, textures and qualities available, it is important to see how the fabric options stack up in price and how durable they will be. Also, when choosing a colour, is it something you can live with for a while? That bold red sofa might be a good idea now, but what if you want to redecorate your room in a few years?

Do buy the best quality your budget will allow.

We believe in buying better but less often. By investing in quality you can be sure that your piece of furniture will last longer and wear better. Buy changing our spending habits to buying better products we also reduce the impact of the wasteful cycle 'Fast-furniture' brings.

Do a bit of research before shopping.

You don't have to have a doctorate in dining tables or a certificate in chairs. However, it does make sense to have a little bit of knowledge on what you're going to be parting cash with. This way you can have peace of mind that the item of furniture is the right choice for you.

Don't be afraid to ask for a price match.

Not all furniture stores will oblige, but at WB Jamieson we want our customer's to leave having had a great experience and that includes not feeling like they overpaid for something. If you have found an identical piece of furniture for less elsewhere, then let us know! We aim to match every like-for-like item on price, quality and customer service from any of our competitors. Shopping for furniture should be a stress-free and pleasurable experience.

Don't just go for style.

The last 'Don't' doesn't really apply to the WB Jamieson furniture curation. That's because we only supply timeless designer furniture which will outlast whimsical trends. It is something to consider before dropping your hard-earned on a new piece of furniture though. Ask yourself: 'Will this trendy piece of furniture still be relevant in a year or two? How about longer term?". If the answer is "No." consider the alternatives. You don't want to be stuck with something that you no longer like!



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