That includes sofas, armchairs, and even dining chairs. This rule is one I never break unless I’ve seen and tested the exact piece of furniture before making the purchase. When it comes to upholstery, you’re looking for comfort and comfort varies greatly from seat to seat. Yes, you can get lucky, but why take the chance? It can’t be easy to return a couch once it’s in your home and you realize that it feels like you’re sitting on cardboard.
RULE 2: Check dimensions.
Pictures can be deceiving. For example; you see a lamp that you like online and you can just picture it in your living room, until you receive it and realize that it’s about half the size that you were expecting and not even close to what you want. Save yourself the headache and never rely on the display pictures, measure everything.
RULE 3: If you’re looking for something in a specific colour, don’t buy it online.
If you think dimensions can be deceiving in an image, colour is a lot worst. If I’m buying something online where the colour matters, ie. a rug, throw pillows or a headboard, I try to make that my first purchase for the room to make sure that it coordinates with everything that I will place in the room after it. If a project is complete, and all I’m missing a rug, there’s no way I’m going to buy it online because colours will not be the same on my screen as on your screen, which means you really don’t know what you’re getting. The chance of that rug fitting perfectly in with all of the existing pieces are slim. Sometimes you get lucky when purchasing a rug and the Pantone colours codes are listed (Surya rugs have Pantone colour codes), that way you can be sure you know what you’re getting, otherwise, it’s a bad idea!
RULE 4: Buy from a reputable source.
I think this is a given, but try to stay away from sketchy websites that you’ve never heard of. Check return policies, shipping rates and duties before you hit the check out button. Read client reviews also, see how their customer service measures before having to use it. Still unsure? Give them a call to discuss your concerns. Any good online store will have a contact number with qualified reps to answer all of your questions. If you can’t get a hold of them now, you definitely won’t be able to get a hold of them when you have a problem.
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