With a few clicks, you can select and order your children’s furniture online. It’s not hard to understand why buying furniture online is popular, but is it really easier than driving out to a store? The old fashioned way of shopping still offers many advantages. Here are 10 reasons you should consider making your next kid’s furniture purchase in person:
1. See it Before You Buy It
Up to 30% of purchases made online are returned during peak shopping periods, while only 10% of in-store purchases are returned. The reason? If you can’t see something before you buy it, it may not be what you expected and you’ll end up having to return the item and start all over. And who wants to deal with a customer service department from an online retailer if there’s a problem?
When it comes to children’s furniture, it’s important to see the quality of the product first hand. Do the drawers slide easily or do they stick? How soft is the mattress? Will the color match the paint in your child’s bedroom? To answer all of these questions definitively, you have to see the item in person.
2. Get a Real Sense of the Size
Online shops often provide furniture dimensions, but it’s hard to get a real sense of the size without seeing the item first-hand. Pictures can be deceiving, making it difficult to calculate how high a bed is or whether a chair is the right size for your child. Shopping in person means your child can try out the furniture.
When in-store, comparing furniture is easy. You’ll quickly be able to eye-ball size differences and discern variations in quality without scouring customer reviews for clues as to which is better.
4. Free Delivery
If you live within 25 miles of our downtown Dublin showroom, you qualify for free delivery! You don’t have that guarantee when you shop online. Instead of spending money on shipping, put your money towards a quality piece of furniture.
5. White Glove Assembly and Installation
Many furniture stores offer “White Glove” service for assembly and installation. That way you won’t have to spend hours making sense of assembly instructions. In addition, with these services, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your furniture has been properly assembled and is safe to use.
6. Better Pricing
Brick and mortar stores often offer competitive pricing that is even better than what you’d find online – especially when you take shipping charges into account.
Online retailers may offer “free” shipping but sending heavy furniture to one customer long distance is expensive. For that reason, the cost of shipping is usually built into the sale price of the item.
Apples for apples, you won’t find a better deal!
7. Returning Furniture To An Online Retailer Is a Hassle
When you buy local, you eliminate the risk of having to pay return shipping if you don’t keep the item. You also won’t have to repack it for shipping, which is almost impossible. Local furniture dealers, like Mushroom Furniture, will cheerfully accept a return if there’s a problem.
8. Support a Local Business
When you purchase at a local store, you support your community. Local businesses provide jobs and support the local economy.
9. Get Questions Answered In Person
When you shop in a local store, you can speak directly with a knowledgeable sales associate and ask any questions you may have about the product. However, if you shop online, you often have to wait for responses to your questions, communicate by chat or get put on hold when you call the customer service line.
10. Make It a Family Event
Shopping in-store can be fun for the family! Bring the kids and make it a family event. Explore the various kid’s furniture options, snap some pictures, and make your decision to buy together. You might even add a stop for ice cream on the way home!
Shopping for kid’s furniture in-store vs. online is the smartest way to spend your time and money. Plan your family visit to Mushroom Furniture and enjoy the many advantages of buying from a local dealer.