Tuesday, August 13, 2013

3 Tips for Buying Outdoor Furniture Online

Three Tips for Making Buying Outdoor Furniture Online Simple and Easy

Buying patio or outdoor furniture online can be a little tricky and leave you wondering if you're better off buying it in a store.

But buying online has lots of huge benefits, such as lower cost, larger selection, and the furniture is delivered to your door! 

Use these 3 tips below to make your next online furniture shopping experience productive and easy.

Tip #1 - Check for Shipping Costs

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Big furniture may require
special shipping
When buying outdoor furniture online, you should always check if there are shipping costs. Some larger, or bulky furniture pieces require special shipping that may cost a bit extra.

So here is a tip to make sure you're still getting a good deal:

Factor in the shipping to the total price, and then check if the item is still cheaper than other options you are looking at. If it is a one-of-a-kind furniture piece, it may be harder to tell if the cost is reasonable.

Some websites, like Amazon, provide free shipping on certain items. This can be a big money saver, but look to see if there are any minimum purchase amounts or other details.

Tip #2 - Does the Product Come Assembled?

If you are fairly handy with tools and don't mind following directions to put your new patio or deck furniture together, then you don't need to worry too much about how assembled your furniture will come.

However, if you are looking to be able to use the furniture straight out of the box, take the time to read if the item comes fully assembled or not before buying it.

Manufacturers will almost always give clear indication of how much assembly is required, you just need to look for it. 

Furniture assembly is usually quite easy, even for those who have little experience in using tools and putting things together, so don't shy away from furniture that requires some assembly.

Tip #3 - Read the Customer Reviews

Our final tip is to read what others are saying about the furniture piece you are looking at. Are most of the reviews favorable, or is there a trend of poor reviews? You might also look to see what people are saying about customer service if they needed to use that, or if there are any parts of the patio furniture that don't match up to the description or pictures.

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Read the Reviews!
If you can't find reviews on the site you want to buy from, try entering the furniture information into a search engine and look for information on other websites.

It is important to note that you should take all reviews with some hesitation, because you never know if someone was just having a bad day, or got a defective product. Try to look for trends in the reviews, and if multiple reviewers are mentioning the same problem, it might be something to avoid.

These were 3 Tips for Buying Outdoor Furniture Online. If you have questions or comments, leave them in the section below. Share this with others who may find it useful.

If you are looking for great furniture, check out some of our recent reviews such as This Stack-able Vase Shaped Wicker Furniture Set or the very reasonably priced 6 piece complete dining set from Castlecreek.

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