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10 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy Furniture Online

Whether you’ve just bought a new home and you need to furnish it, you’re ready for a decor change in your existing space, or you’re just looking to indulge in a little bit of retail therapy from the comfort of your own home, buying furniture online has never been simpler. 

With a huge range of options across all departments on our website, and the same expert advice and customer service you expect from in-store shopping, you can buy furniture online from Corcoran’s and enjoy delivery across Ireland. 

When you’re getting ready to buy furniture online, there are some questions you should ask yourself to make sure you find the perfect pieces for every room of your home. Here are 10 essential questions we recommend that you consider before you click ‘add to cart.’ 

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1. What do I really need? 

One thing about online shopping is that it is very easy to impulse buy. And while it can be fun to get a parcel in the mail, when you’re looking to buy furniture online that will bring long-lasting enjoyment it’s better to put some thought into what you’re really looking for and make choices that will enhance your home for years to come. 

2. How much space do I have? 

No matter where you are buying your furniture, getting the right measurements for both your space and for the items you want to buy is important. This is especially true when you buy furniture online because you can’t judge the size of the furniture simply by looking at it. Knowing the space you have available will help you choose the right furniture to fill it. 

3. What is my budget? 

Your budget is also an important consideration when buying furniture, whether it is in-store or online. And because online shopping makes impulse buying so easy, keeping your budget in mind while you shop is important. However, one convenient element of buying online is that you will always see your subtotal and be able to keep track of how much you are spending. 

4. Is it a good investment? 

One difficult element of shopping online is that sometimes a piece can look great, but the quality doesn’t match up to its appearance. While you can always trust Corcoran’s to deliver premium pieces, you should also read the product descriptions for details about construction, joinery, materials, and craftsmanship to be sure you are getting the best quality products for your home.

5. What item(s) should I buy first? 

In every room, there are key items of furniture that you should focus on when you are revamping your space. Obviously, if you are simply replacing an existing item then you know exactly what you should buy, but if you are furnishing a room from scratch it is good to keep in mind the primary pieces you need — such as the bed, the dining table, or the sofa — to ensure the rest of the furniture you choose will match it. 

6. What style do I want? 

One advantage of shopping for furniture in store is that our interior design specialists can always tell you which furniture items go well together, and our team have even created display rooms that will help inspire your own home decor. When you buy furniture online, you need to use your imagination to picture it in your home. Knowing what style you’re looking for will help you choose pieces that complement each other. 

7. When do I need it? 

Whether a business has their own delivery trucks or uses a courier company, getting your new furniture to your home requires more logistics than sending a letter or even a small accessory; you can’t just pop a sofa in the regular post! And sometimes furniture is made to order, which also extends the timeline. When you’re able to wait, you usually have more choices, but you can also shop in-stock items that will offer you the quickest delivery options. 

8. Do I have custom options? 

To build on the above, if you don’t need your furniture to arrive immediately, you may be able to customise it to your exact preferences. Many sofas and suites have an array of upholstery options, and you might also be able to choose a variety of details like stitching, leg colour, and scatter cushions. Browse our range of custom/made-to-order furniture to learn more! 

9. Do I need other items to go with it? 

Once you’ve chosen the main furniture for a room, you can consider all of the secondary pieces — the side tables to go with your sofa, or the chairs to go with your dining table. You can also think about accessories like cushions and rugs to accent a room. Plus, there are items like furniture care kits, mattress protectors, and more that will protect and maintain your purchases. 

10. Did I find exactly what I want? 

If the answer is yes, that’s great! Soon your new pieces will be on their way to you, wherever you live in Ireland. If not, never fear! We’re always adding new products to our site, but if you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for, get in touch with our team! Our furniture specialists will be delighted to give you advice and help you find the perfect furniture and accessories for every room in your home.

Lauren Mateer

Lauren Mateer

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