Leather sofas are now a staple home furnishing, representing the perfect cross between comfort and style. Unlike their fabric counterparts, leather sofas are also easy to clean and maintain, making them ideal for family homes or for heavy traffic uses, which has helped bring leather to the forefront of contemporary sofa design. Traditionally, sofas have been bought in-store, where the buyer has a chance to handle the goods before purchasing – but for those willing to move into the online domain, the savings on a sofa purchase can significantly outweigh shop-bought prices.
Buying Leather Sofas Online
Of course, buying your sofa online does require a slightly different approach to ‘physical’ transacting, in order to make sure you’re buying the right thing and you’re getting good value for money. So what are the key factors you should take into consideration when buying your next leather sofa online?
While the Internet as a shopping medium allows for significant savings, buyers relinquish the ability to physically see and sit on their sofa before committing to the purchase. As a result, it’s important to make sure you know exactly what you’re buying before you enter your card details.
While photos provide an essential piece of the puzzle, they shouldn’t be relied upon as the sole factor in making up your mind – read through the descriptions provided as thoroughly as you can, and make sure to take a note of the dimensions and any other factors you might need to bear in mind. Too many online purchases are made without a full appreciation of the facts of purchase, and buying a sofa is far too important a purchase for making silly mistakes. If you can access previous customer reviews of what you’re buying, that’s even better – if your sofa is of a high quality, you’ll be able to tell virtually instantly from the general vibe of the comments.
You should also take care to ensure you understand the delivery and returns policies in place. In the UK, you will benefit from a cooling off period under the Distance Selling Regulations which will allow you to return the sofa if it doesn’t live up to your expectations in physical form, but you should ensure you understand how the deliveries work and who many be liable for the costs in either direction should you wish to send it back.
Finally, it’s crucial to make sure you are buying from a reputable sofa retailer. Look for evidence online of disgruntled previous customers, and take the time to read what they have to say – naturally, you should treat their opinions with a hefty pinch of salt, but this can still be a valuable exercise in getting a feel for their problems and the attitude of the retailer.