Hunting for huge Homewares-How to shop for large items online

Hunting for huge home wares: How to shop for large items online

Who wants to spend a weekend trolling through furniture shops? The world is rapidly changing; more people are finding the traditional shopping method inconveniencing, time consuming, expensive and sometimes end getting you items that don’t match your needs. The growth in online shopping appears unstoppable and the advantage it offers makes it more and more popular.

Online stores have also grown tremendously making it easier now to get an item you want right in the comfort of your living room. Many people still think it’s not possible to shop for large items, such as furniture, online but they couldn’t be more wrong. There are stores that specialise in every single item under the sun and they are completely online. Take things like coffee tables or bedside tables for example, traditionally you would have traipsed into a shopping centre or large complex along with every man and his son to view a small selection at one store. If you weren’t happy you would have to continue this soul sucking process until you found one you liked. Now, however, the internet allows us to search for almost anything and anything with just the click of a button. Take these two examples above, you can find a speciality store that only sells coffee tables or a store that specialises in bedside tables. These shops will have a huge range and are sure to know what they are talking about.

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Advantages of Shopping Online

Online shopping has never been more popular. But it’s also important that you know your online way round to be able to get the best of your shopping.

There are several advantages that are endearing shoppers to shopping online. Buying large items by the traditional shopping method sometimes is challenging because it is difficult to easily balance the factors such as colour, space, etc with the item you’re buying. In this case sometimes you end up with an item whose colour does not blend nicely with the colour of the room you intend to put it in. For example, we recently had to buy some bar stools and it was so much easier shopping from within the room they were intended for so we could easily colour match.

This is where online shopping is more attractive. It is much easier to shop for your homewares while sitting in the room it’s intended for. This is because:

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  • Colours: You can easily see the colour palette of the room, balance and match it with that of the item you intend to purchase before ordering for the item.
  • Space: When you’re buying online you have the opportunity of taking measurements of the space the item is intended for before ordering. In this case you are able to match the size of the item to the space you have available for it.
  • Convenience: You have the convenience of shopping at a time that suits you and not when you are able to fit in a visit to the shop or during hours that that particular shop operates.

Important Things to Remember When Shopping for Large Items Online

Like any shopping, shopping online also calls for care and vigilance. You should make sure that you remember the following things when shopping for large items online:

  • Shipping Policy: You must check on the online shopping store’s shipping policy. What are the conditions that govern, for instance the condition of the item at delivery, the timing and costs of shipping, etc.
  • SSL Certificate: Make sure that the online store you buy from has a SSL Certificate. This is important because the information you’ll be sending to the online store; such as your credit card number, passwords, etc could be at a risk and land in wrong hands if the store does not have an SSL to safeguard such information.
  • Returns Policy: Knowing the return policy of the store you’re buying from is crucial just in case you have to return the purchased item. Check out what is required from you in order to return the item; receipt, email confirmations, conditions of packaging, your identification, etc. Check out also what the exchange policy of the store is. Once you have returned the item what is needed for that item to be exchanged.

If you’re well armed with information you need to shop online, you’re able to enjoy the experience of getting your items right at the comfort of your living room.

Tips for buying lighting online

Buying lighting online can be a tricky business but it’s actually no tricker than buying an a physical store. I think the actual act of buying lighting is the tricky bit! There are so many different variables when it comes to lighting – the size, shape, colour, fixtures, wattage… the list goes on! But… lighting can have a dramatic effect on your home and so the best way to approach this task is to do your research and find out exactly what you need before you start shopping.

pendantsDifferent types of lighting
Lighting can be categorised by its uses; general lighting refers to overhead lighting that lights up an entire room, accent lighting draws attention to a certain area such as a lovely painting, many people use pendant lights such as these for this purpose and task lighting lights up a workspace so a specific task can be performed, floor lamps such as these make a great choice for task lighting.

So, first figure out what type of lighting you are going to be buying. This will narrow down your field and you can actually find stores that only sell that particular style of lighting.

Measure up

floorMeasuring your space is the single most important thing you can do before you start shopping online for your lighting. You need to get out the tape measure and write down exactly what size range your lighting needs to be in. If you are buying pendant lighting then you need to determine how low they will hang before you start shopping. You don;t want o buy some that are so low they wi;; hit your husband in the head every time he walks by!

Style

When deciding on the style of lighting to get you need to think about the existing style in the room and ensure that it is in line with this. That’s one of the reasons online shopping is such a good idea, you can sit in the room your lighting is intended for while you a browsing online. So, if you have a traditional styled room and you want to stick with this style and go for something that compliments it. An example of this can be taken from floor lamps. The modern styled arc lamps will not work with traditional styling, they are better suited to a minimalist style. Instead, a floor lamps with an actual lampshade is a much better choice and will really enhance the look and feel of the room.

If you have a modern or contemporary style room you want to stick with simple and streamlined designs. The aforementioned arc lamp is a wonderful example but you could also explore contemporary pendant lighting. Industrial pendant lighting with streamlined light fixtures will work excellently in a minimalist styled room.

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The store

Lastly, make sure you do your research on the store you will be buying from. It’s important that you only buy from a trusted retailer and there are a few things you can check to make sure you know your purchase will be safe. For more advice on this, check out this post.

 

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The way we shop and make purchases has changed significantly over the past few decades, and consumers need to be armed with an array of knowledge to keep themselves both protected and capable of choosing wisely.

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