Bedroom Furniture Store - Where to buy
Tips on getting the best deals
Bedroom furniture stores seem to fall into two categories: the bland and the frantic. The bland kind has soporific music and plenty of space to wander around. It's tempting to sit down on one of the beds and doze off. In the frantic kind of bedroom furniture store, there may well be music, but you won't hear it over the babble of voices, and it's a challenge to get near any of the furniture.
A bland store can instantly turn into one of the frantic kind when it offers a particularly good deal, while a store that's frantic on a Saturday may be pleasantly bland on a Tuesday morning.
Whichever description applies to your local bedroom furniture store, here are a few tips to help you get the best deals.
- Ask if there is a discount for buying a whole set of furniture. Many bedroom furniture retailers will offer financial incentives when you purchase a complete set, but they often won't advertise these discounts. You won't know unless you ask.
- Visit on a quiet day, if possible. You need to catch your bedroom furniture store in bland mode rather than frantic mode. It will be easier to see all the furniture and make unhurried judgments, and staff will have more time to help on a quiet day.
- Talk to the organ-grinder. There are usually a limited number of people in any store who have the authority to negotiate deals and discounts. This is another good reason for visiting on a quiet day; you're more likely to get to see the manager.
- If you can't get a discount on the retail price of the furniture, ask if you can have delivery for free. If you're spending more than a thousand dollars on furniture, it's not unreasonable to ask for free delivery.
- Think about what might qualify you for a discount. For example, if you're a senior citizen, ask if they do discounts for seniors. If you're disabled or live less than five miles away, ask for free delivery.
- Check out the after-sales service. Is there a number to call if something goes wrong with your bedroom furniture? Can you take the furniture back if you realize it looks awful in your bedroom? If you're paying for delivery, does that include help with moving the furniture into your bedroom, or do the delivery men just dump it on your doorstep?
- Look at safety standards. Are mattresses flame-resistant? Are chairs sturdy? Our page on kids' bunk beds gives some advice on safety relating to children's bedroom furniture.
- Ask, ask, and ask. There may not be discounts for buying a complete set, or for being a senior citizen, or for paying in cash, but it doesn't hurt to ask. You should also ask if there are discounts for buying the display version of the furniture, or for ordering furniture in advance before it's even reached the store.