Buying DIY furniture online

I f you’ve just bought a new house or if you’re doing some redecorating, we agree that buying new furniture is an exciting activity. However, with the range of products available on the market – local and international – you can’t be blamed for feeling anxious about where to buy, what to buy, and what to consider before buying. If you decide to make a furniture purchase online, then perhaps it’s best to opt for something that requires assembly, since unassembled furniture transports better and cheaper than already-assembled furniture that still has a distance to travel.

Before you buy DIY furniture online, make sure you’ve read these tips:

Consider pricing

DIY furniture should be slightly cheaper than already assembled furniture, since you’re buying for economic and safety reasons and to be able to put the furniture together yourself. The benefit of buying online is that you can easily compare prices between online shops, which means online prices will be more competitive.

Read the description

Never make assumptions about an online product – always read the description, especially to make sure that you are in fact buying DIY furniture. Make sure the product comes with assembly tools so that you don’t have to specially go out and buy them, and that there aren’t any extra components that need to be bought separately.

Read customer reviews

In the spirit of the online market, customers are encouraged to review products and their service experience of the company they’re dealing with. Read the reviews of the furniture company to make sure the company can be trusted to deliver products intact, and that they offer good after-sales service.

Make sure you know who you are dealing with

Make sure there is a brick-and-mortar address behind the online company whose furniture you want to buy. That furniture has to come from and be stored somewhere. If there is a physical shop behind the online company and it’s within an acceptable radius, it would be worthwhile to go there and check out the furniture you want to buy. You can check the quality of the furniture and meet the owners in person.

Make sure you know the returns policy

With any durable online product, there should be an adequate returns policy that ensures you have the option of returning the product if it’s damaged or not the quality or item you were expecting. Be dubious of online companies who don’t have a comprehensive returns policy, or who are short-tempered when you ask for one.

Happy shopping and assembling!

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