Read This Before Buying Your Furniture
Here in Singapore, there are a good variety furniture retail stores that are known to give great bargains and deals, but of course, along with merits, there are also demerits.
In this guide, learn the important things one should take note of when you shop for furniture.
Have a Game Plan Before You Shop
Furniture shopping is notoriously arduous and time consuming. It’s not uncommon where some home owners will indulge in impulse buying, usually ending up with items they don’t really need or ill-fitting.
Make an effort to do some homework and evaluating process before shopping for your furniture. Take the time to plan things out, take proper measurements and ask yourself important questions.
When you are armed with a game plan, not only will you avoid making the wrong buying decisions, but also get the best value for your money.
Here are some points to note -
- Measure the area carefully. Use a retractable measuring tape to carefully measure the length, width and height of the space where you want the furniture item to fit in.
- Write down those measurements so you won’t have to slap yourself silly in the event of any sudden amnesia – well, just in case.
- If necessary, take into consideration doors, windows, electrical outlets, other furniture pieces and architectural features of the space or area in your measurements.
- Snap a couple of pictures or take a short video of the space or surroundings with your cell phone. This would come in very handy if you get unexpected questions from the retail staff. Good visuals will be self-explanatory.
- Consider how the room’s colours, surroundings and theme etc. would complement the furniture piece.
- Make sure you also measure the width and height of the entrance or hallway. This is to ensure the furniture piece can fit through when they arrive. Exercise common sense.
Where to Shop For Furniture
Price does not always indicate quality when you buy furniture, whether you do so online or at a brick and mortar store. Seek out reputed stores so you’ll be assured that quality are not compromised just so you got a good bargain.
For the newbies, there are a few ‘Hubs’ in Singapore that you should visit if you are furniture hunting.
Sungei Kadut – An industrial estate at the north-west of Singapore and near to Choa Chu Kang Way, one will find many furniture manufacturers and retail fronts with large showrooms located there. Because of its nature, you can find some good bargains there.
The Furniture Mall – Easily accessible from the Jurong East MRT and next to IMM building, there are approximately 40 established mid-range furniture and furnishing stores inside the mall.
IKEA – This popular Swedish brand doesn’t need much introduction. Almost every Singaporean knows about them.
Other than these ‘Hubs’, there are also many other retail stores where one can find interesting and stylish furniture that have something in store for everyone’s taste.
You might want to consider online stores that offer reasonable prices on their furniture. To save time and money, we are seeing a change in consumer behaviours where more home owners in Singapore are shopping for their furniture online.
Lazada – One of the largest online retailer, shoppers are spoilt for choice with more than 10,000 products listed on their website.
Hipvan – A popular online retailer that stocks a wide array of stylish furniture items for the trendy.
Forty Two – Another large sized online retailer that’s been around since 2007, shoppers can choose from over 8,000 products on their website.
Getting What You Pay For
Wooden furniture can come in various price range. When deciding on your budget, try to acquaint yourself with some basics on their quality. In general, wooden furniture can be categorised into Hardwood, Softwood and Composites.
About 80% of all timber comes from softwood and they are found in many building components such as windows, doors, furniture and medium-density fibreboard (MDF).
Hardwood furniture are pricey, but they are also durable and last much longer than Softwood. Among all the hardwoods, cherry, maple, mahogany, oak, teak, and walnut are usually prized for their quality.
Then, there are the Composites, which are commonly used to make shelving and on the backs of furniture. Plywood and Particleboard are examples of composites used for some modern styles of furniture. Their price and quality vary but are usually affordable.
Make sure you read and be clear about returns policy. If a furniture retailer has an unfriendly policy or does not allow returns or worse, charges you for the returns, then you should avoid buying from them.