How to get the most out of your trip to furniture stores

While it might not be your favourite way to spend your spare time, if you know how to handle yourself in furniture stores it's possible to get an awful lot out of the experience. So rather than dreading your next trip, why not take a look at some of the advice we've got for you...

Don't be afraid to ask questions

One of the main reasons that people don't tend to get as much out of their trips to furniture stores as they would like to is the fact that they don't ask enough questions. Whether you're in to look for something specific, or you're just browsing, don't be afraid to speak up and see what kind of input the store staff can offer you about the items on show.

Many stores don't have everything they stock on show at any given time, so if you find that you like an item, but think that it's missing that certain something for your home, find an assistant and tell them exactly what you're looking for. The chances are that they will be able to recommend a similar piece that you may have missed, or which may not be on display yet.

Always demand perfection - never settle

Since you're going to be purchasing furniture that will be in your home for years, it is essential that you are one hundred per cent satisfied with the item in question. Always check things thoroughly in store, for example sitting on display couches or lying on beds can be a great way to get a feel for how comfortable the item will be in your home.

Furniture is very expensive these days, so don't feel that you have to settle for something that isn't exactly what you had in mind. If in doubt, we recommend shopping around elsewhere rather than simply taking the first thing that you see.

Save money by thinking outside the box

If you're on a tight budget, then it's always worth enquiring about returns, B stock and old floor display models. Often furniture stores will offer you a considerable discount on the original item price for these units.

Before you pay for any furniture of this type though, we strongly recommend you thoroughly examine the product you will be buying. Most stores operate an "as is" policy for returns or ex-display products, so once you have paid for it they will refuse to entertain any complaints about product quality.

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