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Updated by DutchCrafters Amish Furniture on Jun 10, 2019
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Top Tips for Buying Furniture Online

It can be nerve-wracking to purchase furniture online since you don't get to see, touch, or test it out in person. However, as internet shopping continues to gain popularity and some unique furniture can only be found online, there are ways to ensure that tufted mid-century modern sofa you have fallen in love with is not only good quality but that the company that sells it is reputable. Here are DutchCrafters' tips for purchasing furniture online.

Source: https://www.dutchcrafters.com/blog/q-a-how-to-buy-furniture-online/

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Read Reviews

Read Reviews

Review sites like Google and Yelp can be great resources for gauging the reputation of a company and the quality of its products. Company websites and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are also good ways to get an idea of how customers feel about the retailer, the service they received, and the product(s) they purchased.

Other resources:
Better Business Bureau rating
About Us Pages on company websites
Physical location(s)

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Variety is the Spice of Life (and Could Save you Money)!

Variety is the Spice of Life (and Could Save you Money)!

If you're not sure of what furniture you're looking for, or you have your eye on a few different styles to complement your home, look for a site that offers a variety of furniture styles. For example, at DutchCrafters we offer furniture made in popular mission and Shaker styles to contemporary, mid-century modern, and rustic.

The other advantage of choosing to purchase from a website that offers a variety of styles is that you may save on shipping costs. At DutchCrafters, we charge a flat shipping rate no matter the amount of furniture you purchase, and many other online furniture retailers do the same.

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Features that Indicate Quality

Features that Indicate Quality

A well-done product page will break down features such as the materials used to make the furniture, information about construction and durability, and custom options available (if applicable) such as soft-close drawers and stain-resistant fabrics. Pay attention to these details. As an example, there are pros and cons to both furniture made from solid wood and furniture made from veneers. Your lifestyle will dictate the best options for you.

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Order Samples

Order Samples

A reputable company that offers solid wood and custom furniture will have samples available to send to customers. In example, DutchCrafters offers fabric, wood type, stain, finish, and poly furniture color samples to ensure that fabric colors and patterns, and wood color and finish are what the customer envisioned and matches their home.

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Do Your Part

Do Your Part

There are things you can do make the furniture research and buying process easier.

Measure:
Measure your space to ensure the furniture you are interested in purchasing will actually be able to make it through doors and halls, as well as the room you plan to place the furniture in. There's nothing worse than not being able to open the door to your bedroom because your new bed is just too big.

Assembly Instructions:
Pay attention to any assembly instructions on product pages to ensure that you have the tools you need for assembly and that you or someone you know will be able to assemble the furniture you are planning to purchase.

Terms and Conditions:
Read general information and terms and conditions pages. A reputable company will make sure that all terms and conditions are clear. Reading them will also ensure that payment policies, delivery options, and more work for you.

Ask Questions:
Don't be afraid to reach out to a company. A reputable company will offer a variety of ways for customers to reach out and ask questions.

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Subscribe/ Follow

Subscribe/ Follow

Keep up with the company or companies you wish to purchase from by subscribing to receive email newsletters and following their social media channels.

Joining a company's community allows you to stay up to date on sales, learn more information about the company, see if their values align with yours, interact, and more.