Looking to furnish your home but don’t have time to go into a physical furniture store? Take advantage of the convenience of online shopping! 

Here are some fool-proof tips on how you can shop for furniture from your favourite online store right from the comfort of your home.

Tip 1: Measure the Space

Before you start shopping around, ensure you know the size of furniture that can fit into the room. Measuring your space goes beyond just measuring the floor. You need to also measure the doors that the furniture will be going through, especially if it comes pre-assembled or in large parts. Take into account passages, stairways, fixtures and any other items around the house that might get in the way. Next, measure the length and width of the floor space that the furniture will be in as well as the height of the wall. This is particularly important for tall furniture such as bookshelves and chest of drawers. 

Tip 2: Choose an Online Store

You can run a quick Google search and find tons of online stores to choose from. When choosing a store you should consider how reliable they are based on customer reviews and ratings, the variety of products they offer, their shipping cost and return policy. While an overseas store like Ikea might offer cheaper options, living in Jamaica, you have to consider the markup from customs. It works out to be more cost-effective to use a local online store such as CoolMarket that also offers free two-day delivery on purchases over $5000.

Tip 3: Consider Your Budget

Your budget will be the most important factor in purchasing your furniture. Fortunately, stores often offer hire purchase or other forms of financing to help you purchase the items you need if you're in a tight spot. One of the great benefits of shopping online is the ease it offers you to compare prices so you can make the best decision for your pocket. Don’t be afraid to go for the more inexpensive options for certain items like your coffee table or desk - items that will not be holding much weight or frequently used. Pieces like bedroom sets or your couch will quite likely take up the bulk of your budget and it’s best not to skimp on those. 

Tip 4: Work with a Theme

You might be purchasing new furniture to freshen up the look of your home or to replace old ones but that’s no reason to ditch your old theme if you still like it. Find pieces that complement your wall colour or other accessories, dress up your bed with spreads that bring the look of the room together. Try to work these new pieces into the look of the space so it doesn’t look disjointed. 

Tip 5: Review Payment Options

If you’ve never used the site before you need to ensure that it is secure before making any payments online. This means ensuring the padlock icon is visible in the domain bar as well as “https” is in the web URL. Most stores offer the option of cash on delivery, bank transfer or payment through PayPal to add an additional level of security. CoolMarket offers an additional option called CPay that allows you to set up a virtual account and make deposits to it instead of using your credit card. 

Hopefully, this how-to has given you some insight into the ease of shopping for your furniture online.