The average person who buys furniture from a retail store or interior
designer spends over $25,000 to buy furniture for an entire home.
They all paid 2-3 times what they should have.
Virtually any major brand of furniture can be purchased at 50% to
80% off the prices charged by retailers without sacrificing quality or
settling for anything other than the exact brand and product you
Check out Kimberly's advice on how to get the best bargains and the
best quality on any brand of furniture:
Find out how to get the best quality furniture, whether you're buying upholstery, case goods, or furniture for kids.
Save 60% to 80% off retail on new, first-quality furniture at
factory-owned factory outlets. These are the *real* factory outlets
for furniture--frequently located next to or even inside the furniture
factory itself. Almost every major brand has a factory outlet, so you
never have to pay retail for furniture!
If traveling to North Carolina isn't practical for you, you can still
save 40%-50% off retail on almost any brand of furniture by ordering
it over the phone. Although they aren't allowed to advertise outside
of North Carolina, there are legitimate companies that will take your
order over the phone and ship your furniture at big discounts.
There are also some scam artists lurking out there, so be sure to
read Kimberly's guide to making sure you're dealing with a reputable
order by phone company.
You can be your own decorator. It's just like being your own building
contractor when you arrange to have your own home built. You get your
decorator credentials (usually for less than $100), and then you can
buy your furnishings directly from manufacturers and make your own
direct arrangements with custom laborers, such as custom window
treatment workrooms and upholsterers.
In most cases, half of the money you pay to an interior designer or
decorator goes right in her pocket as a commission. The standard
commission charged by interior designers is a whopping 100%. That's
not good value for money. Check out Kimberly's guide to being your own
How can you tell if the furniture you want to buy is well manufactured?
What woods are the best? How can you inspect a piece of furniture like the
pros do? Find out how to recognize quality furniture when you see it,
and spot shoddy furniture you'd be better off without.
While Kimberly never recommends that you buy your furniture or home
furnishings through an interior designer, some consumers would benefit
from hiring a designer to give them advice on furniture placement,
room design, color schemes, and other design issues.
If you do decide to hire a designer, be sure to read Kimberly's tips
on working with them. Avoid scams, rip-offs, and common mistakes that
cause consumers to waste money. Make sure that any designer you hire
is properly licensed and accredited. If you go to the expense of
hiring a designer, be sure you are hiring them for the right reasons
and you get all the services and expertise you are paying for.
Every year, tens of thousands of consumers are ripped off by furniture retailers
and interior designers. It's gotten so bad that one major furniture
store chain was recently sued for false advertising by the attorney
general of California. Find out what pitfalls you need to watch out