Getting the Best Out of Sofa Shops

As a potential sofa buyer, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to sofa shops. There are so many sofa outlets both on the high street and online catering for all requirements and budgets. With so much choice on offer, shopping for a new leather sofa can seem like a daunting task. So how do you make sure you choose the best seller and make the most out of what they have on offer?

Buying sofas on the high street.

High street sofa shops have the added advantage for the consumer of being able to try out the sofas before committing to buy. It is difficult to judge the comfort of a new leather suite without having the opportunity to sit on it first, in many cases sofas can look a little different ‘in the flesh’ in sofa shops to what you see on a computer screen. The disadvantage of buying on the high street is that prices can be more expensive when compared to those found in an online store. Sofa shop retailers will have much higher overheads than a purely online seller as they will have to cover costs such as rent and rates and pay a team of sales representatives. Online sofa shops who avoid these overheads are able to offer their products at better rates.

Buying sofas online

If you opt to buy sofas online over sofa shops, as previously mentioned, you can expect more competitive prices due to the lower overheads experienced by selling on the web. To overcome the problem of not being able to see or sit on the sofas beforehand, most online retailers will offer as much information through their website as possible including detailed dimension diagrams, lots of images, videos and swatch sample services. Try and take in as much information as possible and if there is any other details you require you can always call a sales representative to talk you through the information required. For most consumers, the ideal buying situation would be finding sofas on the high street and then sourcing them online so that you get the best of both worlds.

Review sites

Online review sites are a great way to gauge a sofa company based on previous customers experiences, there are many review web sites online to choose from each with independent reviews. Other than review sites, friends and family are another great source for recommendations on reputable sofa companies.

Its always a good idea to shop around so that you can compare the goods on offer and the prices of  different sofa sellers whether they be on the high street or online. Do your homework and don’t rush into a purchase and you should be able to find the best sofa shops to suit your furnishing needs.


How to Get the Best Out of a Sofa Sale Online

It may sometimes seem like retailers have their sofa sale running 12 months of the year, with massive discounts across the board, for many people it can be difficult to judge how much of a good  deal they are getting  and whether the discounts on offer are genuine. In more recent years the Office of Fair Trading have become much stricter in terms of how goods are advertised and priced which does make the practice of discounting much more transparent, however there are still a few key things to bear in mind when shopping in a sofa sale.

Check the original sofa price

Retailers must legally advertise the period of time for which certain items have been sold at their previous higher price. If you see a pre-sale price advertised always check to see when and for how long that price was in place. Some retailers will advertise a sofa at a high price for the minimum required period only to drop the price to show a huge reduction that is in line with the OFT’s guidelines and regulations.

Shop around for sofas

When a sofa is advertised with a huge discount it can sometimes be tempting to part with your cash there and then, however it is always wise to shop around to see if other retailers are offering the same products at an even better rate. It is often the case when you are shopping on the highstreet that you can find better deals online. Sellers who sell solely online will have much lower overheads than those sellers on the high street so always check to see if the same products are available in a sofa sale from an online retailer at a better rate.

Discontinued and end of line sofa sales

One of the best ways to get the best deal out of a sofa sale is to seek out end of line or discontinued ranges, these sales are usually the best places to find genuine discounts as many retailers will be keen to clear out old stock to make space for new lines. It is very common for retailers to introduce new sofa collections in line with the new year so this is the best time to look for these bargains, alternatively you can always ask the question as to when lines are to be ended and be the first in line for the bargain prices.

Never rush into buying a suite, it is always best to shop around and weigh up your options before committing to buy. Bear these few factors in mind so that you can get the best out of a sofa sale.