Some people like to buy their fitted bedroom furniture online. They feel that they can find bargain bedroom furniture more easily. While this may be true for standalone bedroom furniture packages, fitted furniture often requires a certain amount of customization to be done by the manufacturer’s technicians. This is especially the case if you live in older homes or in the countryside, where you rarely encounter the cookie-cutter architecture commonly found in urban apartments.
So the first shopping tip for buying fitted bedroom furniture is don’t buy online. Mind you, window shopping for ideas and inspiration is fine. So is comparison shopping for bedroom furniture online to get an idea of the prices in the market? But when it is time to choose the bedroom furniture designs you want, it is best to do some real footwork and visit your local bedroom furniture outlets.
Good bedroom furniture retailers have experienced salesmen and staff on hand who can give you advice on the fitted bedroom furniture they sell. They know the right questions to ask you to determine if a particular bedroom furniture collection is a good fit for your bedroom. Even better, some of them may have helped install the furniture package or design you have shortlisted into a house that has a similar design to your home. They can tell you if they ran into any problems and suggest an alternative fitted bedroom furniture package.
If this is not your first time buying fitted bedroom furniture and you have a handyman in the house, you can get great savings by visiting a bedroom furniture warehouse. While most of them do not often open their doors to the public, there are times when they put their discontinued bedroom furniture on sale. If you know what you are doing, you can find some high-quality bedroom furniture for a steal and pay a nominal additional price to get it shipped home. After that, you can perform your own customizations and fit for free.
Some people who live in more rural areas find that they can get cheaper custom bedroom furniture than buying from their local bedroom furniture outlet. This is something you should seriously consider if you know of some skilled carpenters or furniture craftsmen who have local workshops. By cutting out all the middlemen and buying the required wood yourself, you can get your own fitted solid wood bedroom furniture built at an affordable price. This can be a very attractive option when you consider that most discount bedroom furniture is made from fibreboard which is less hardy than real good quality wood.
Many people go to a bedroom furniture sale with the intention of buying something if they find something that looks nice and fits their budget. However, more than a few of them end up regretting their haste when they receive their new furniture and discover that it does not fit. When you go shopping for fitted bedroom furniture, you need to go prepared. Look at your bedroom and determine where you are missing something important piece of furniture. Take copious photos of your bedroom, concentrating on the areas where you want the new piece of furniture to go. Take measurements and jot them down on the backs of the more relevant photos. When you finally visit the showroom, bring your measuring tape and the photos along with you.
If you really find something you like, look through your photos and try to imagine how the furniture in the showroom would look in your bedroom. If you still like what you see, pull out your measuring tape and measure the size of the furniture. Compare these measurements to the notes you jotted down at the back of your photos. Will they really fit?
Is this a lot of work? You bet it is. But then buying fine bedroom furniture is an investment. Fitted high-end mattress and bedroom furniture is something that can last you for many decades. Don’t you think it is worth spending a little more time and effort to do it right your first attempt? Even if you are only buying cheap fibreboard furniture, how many of you can afford to go back and correct your mistakes? Do you really have so much free time after work to return your newly bought furniture and get a new set of bedroom furniture? Do you have the spare cash to pay for the return? Do you have the time (and maybe money) to get the replacement furniture delivered and installed?
Buying fitted bedroom furniture is a lot of hard work. It needs a certain amount of knowledge, experience, and skill. If you do not personally have this expertise, buying bedroom furniture direct is not a good choice. Sometimes, paying for other people’s expertise can be cheaper in the long run.
How you can spend less to buy fitted bedroom furniture
Do you think long term or do you think short term? Is saving $100 today more important to you than saving $500 over 10 years? These are important questions you need to ask yourself when you buy fitted bedroom furniture. The answer to this question determines what is truly bargain bedroom furniture for you.
Generally speaking, finding a short-term bargain requires different strategies than finding a long-term bargain. A short-term bargain is much cheaper today but may not last more than a year or two. On the other hand, a long-term bargain is usually more expensive but should last you five to ten years of careful use.
Do you say that you are always careful with your belongings and there is no reason why even cheap fitted bedroom furniture should not last you quite a number of years? You might be right, but you would be surprised at how flimsy some cheap furniture can be. Not only that, but no one can be careful all the time. All it needs is one careless mistake and you could badly damage your furniture, especially if it is not made in a robust manner.
Even more importantly, bedroom furniture can see surprisingly hard use. For example, let’s take a look at your bed. How often do you get on and off your bed? Do you take an afternoon nap? Do you occupy that bed alone or does your significant other (or child) share that bed? Do you read a book in bed before going to sleep? Do you wake up in the middle of the night to get a drink of water or visit the washroom? Do you sleep peacefully or do you thrash around in your sleep? Every time some activity occurs (e.g. getting into bed, getting out of bed or thrashing violently because of a nightmare), you cause extra stress to the joints of your bed.
The same goes for the wardrobe of your fitted bedroom furniture. How often do you use your wardrobe? Most people answer that they only use it twice a day – when they dress for work and when they wash up after getting home. But is this really true? If other family members have access to your bedroom and are able to open and close the doors of your wardrobe, this could be much more often than you think. This is especially the case if you have kids and they play hide-and-seek. Even if there are no children in your home, do you only keep your clothes in your wardrobe, or do you keep the entire family’s bed linen, replacement blankets, and bath towels, etc. in there as well? Many people are surprised at how much wear and tear their wardrobes actually see in their daily lives.
This is not to say cheap fitted bedroom furniture will not last you a long time. But many people greatly underestimate how much they use their bedroom furniture. Many people will visit their local bedroom furniture outlet and gloss over the impact of some flimsy parts if the price is right. If you have carefully looked at how much you actually use your bedroom furniture before deciding to ignore a few poorly made parts, then that is a reasonable calculated risk. But if you have underestimated how much wear and tear you put your furniture through every day, your bargain bedroom furniture may fall apart much sooner than you expected.
This is one major reason I cannot recommend buying bedroom furniture online. There is no way for you to evaluate the quality of the fitted bedroom furniture you intend to buy, so how do you judge whether or not it will survive the kind of abuse you will put it through? This is especially important when buying fitted bedroom furniture because you cannot easily replace a broken piece. This is even more important when you consider that most bedroom furniture on sale is being sold at a steep discount because the line has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
So where are the best places to look for bargain fitted bedroom furniture? This largely depends on where you stay. In some places, for example, many rural locations, you can easily find cheap, good-quality wood as well as skilled carpenters willing to work cheap. In these places, getting custom bedroom furniture built might well be cheaper than buying fitted bedroom furniture from a retailer.
Of course, if you live in the city, this is extremely unlikely. In this case, you would need to wait for a clearance bedroom furniture sale from your nearby bedroom furniture retailers. If you need the furniture in a hurry, you may need to give up the idea of buying fitted bedroom furniture. The furniture company (whether it is the retailer or the manufacturer itself) is not going to give you priority when sending their people over to deliver and fit your new bedroom furniture.
As you can see, buying fitted bedroom furniture at a bargain is more complicated than most people think. Unlike single small items like a nightstand or an extra storage chest, buying bedroom furniture direct from the factory or from the bedroom furniture warehouse is usually not a viable option.