The demand for online shopping has surged currently, considering the lockdown situation. We cannot go out and shop before the lockdown ceases. Staying at home will be more comfortable with an essential piece of furniture – a sofa.
How about finding the best sofa for your home online?
Shop hopping is not possible right now so online shopping is at your rescue. However, there are certain things you need to keep in mind before considering online sofa shopping. Here are they.
1. Check for Security of Site
Online shopping scams are all over the place. So ensure that the site you are shopping from has the SSL certification. This means the site should have ‘https’ and not ‘http’ in the link.
2. Check for the Company Credentials
Go to the company’s ‘About us’ section and check for the company’s whereabouts. It is recommended to shop from a company that has been in existence for a long time.
3. Check Sofa Dimensions & Space Available
You know the available space at your home so keeping that in mind, check for the sofa dimensions which would fit in that area. You can choose from three types of sofas depending upon the space:
- Grand L Shape
4. Check for your Style
Everyone has a unique taste. It’s best to find out which style suits you the most. There are three types of styles in sofas:
- Vintage & Imperial
5. Check for Customisation Options
We all have our favourite colours and choices in terms of the furniture we want. Most of us want unique furniture which is not found anywhere else. So check if the company provides for customisation in terms of:
6. Check for Functionality
A sofa can have several add-on features. Check if you want any of these for you:
- Click-clack mechanism
- Availability of USB for charging
- Adjustable headrest
- Adjustable backrest
- Adjustable armrest
7. Check Hygiene Factors
Hygiene is of utmost importance, especially in these times. So check if the material of the sofa provides extra features like:
- Anti-microbial upholstery
- Protection from pathogens & germs
8. Check Ratings & Reviews Online
Always read what others have written about the products you want to buy. If there are majority of reasonable-sounding negative reviews, then you have your answer.
9. Check Sales/Offers & Compare Prices
Find out if the online retailer is rolling out offers or announcing clearance sales. If yes, you’ll find something that you can comfortably afford. Shopping for furniture in March and October is more likely to get you the best deals because furniture manufacturers drop new furniture shipments twice a year – in April and November.
Always compare the prices of sofas provided by different companies and see the features they offer. That will broaden your exposure to the market rates and help you make a better decision.
10. Check Hidden Charges & Company’s Shopping Policy
Do check the delivery charges, shipping costs, installation charges and other costs involved before purchasing the product. Also go through the shopping policy and return policy thoroughly before buying.
11. Pay from Credit Card/PayPal
In order to avoid risks, it’s best to pay from Credit Cards or PayPal Account. Credit cards have a limit to the amount that can be credited along with safety authentications to enable a safe transaction.
You could also use PayPal which doesn’t need your bank details to make a transaction.
All the above factors will help you shop safely online and also enable you to find the best sofa for your home. We hope it helps you.
If you need any assistance for sofa shopping, Durian provides a plethora of choices. You may visit here to know about our sofa collection.