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More companies than ever are selling furniture, and picking the right vendor is even more important than choosing between oak and walnut. Use our guide to research the best furniture store for you. We explain what to look for in furniture shops before you make a purchase. A quality furniture store can help you protect your investment and ensure you're satisfied with your purchase.

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Where to buy furniture

Some stores specialize in certain décors, such as modern or traditional furniture, and matching your preferences with the store can ensure you don't waste time while shopping. For instance, a high-end furniture manufacturer might have the coffee table designs you’re looking for but not carry the best furniture for small spaces. The best online furniture stores offer a wide selection that is easily sortable for comparing pieces.

Knowing what to expect before you walk into a store or start online furniture shopping can make your purchasing decision easier. Typically furniture stores can be described in one of five categories: specialty, warehouse membership, lifestyle, manufacturer branded and online.

  • Specialty furniture stores: These stores focus on one type of furniture, e.g. office or patio furniture.
    • Good for interior designers and customers who already know what they want.
  • Warehouse membership furniture stores: Get wholesale discounts for an upfront sign-up fee.
    • Good for utility and commodity shoppers.
  • Lifestyle furniture stores: One-stop shops where you can find everything from tables to linens and lamps and other décor.
    • Good for DIYers looking for easily "hackable" items like bookcases or dressers that can be used in nontraditional ways.
  • Manufacturer branded furniture stores: These stores specialize in just one brand of furniture and may offer extended warranties, cleaning or service plans.
    • Good for luxury buyers who consider their furniture an investment. Options are more limited, but it's easier to find exact matches in color or finish.
  • Online furniture stores: Furniture stores that only conduct sales online can often afford to sell items at lower prices because of the reduced overhead costs.
    • Good for cost-savvy shoppers always looking for a bargain (and always reviewing refund and exchange policies).

How to get the best price on furniture

Always look for discounts and special offers when you’re browsing furniture websites. Buying several pieces of quality furniture at once may qualify you for package discount. For example, when you buy a bedroom set, it might come with the bed frame, nightstand, dresser and chest of drawers, all at a single, lower price point than the items would be if you bought them separately. You may also see special offers during holidays and storewide sales.

Get more for less:

Look for package deals
Watch out for hidden fees
Shop during off-season

Watch out for hidden service fees, including delivery charges, shipping and handling fees or processing fees if you're applying for store credit. If you want to match existing upholstery or order replacement cushions, there could be a fee for this type of service.

The quality and materials used to manufacture furniture can play an important role in pricing. For instance, solid wood pieces tend to go for more than pressboard and plastic construction. How long you intend to keep your piece of furniture and how it will be used will determine when you want to invest in a better quality piece of furniture and when it is fine to spend less on a lesser quality piece.

Shop during off-seasons to find great deals on quality items. The best places to buy cheap furniture will have their own sales schedules, but a general guideline is that indoor furniture is least expensive during the late spring and early summer, while outdoor furniture is least expensive during the late summer and early fall seasons.

Where to buy cheap furniture

If you’re looking for the best places to buy furniture on a budget, you’re already on the right track—online discount furniture stores will often have the best furniture deals. Nice cheap furniture is only a few clicks away.

Stores like IKEA may have some great deals, but you could pay more for shipping and handling. Direct Buy has tons of cheap quality furniture available at wholesale if you join their membership. Hayneedle has lots of great options and runs frequent sales, promotions and discounts.

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Other tips to find affordable furniture

Try not to get too hung up on brand names. You could find something you love at cheap furniture stores with words like “discount” or “value” in their names. Sometimes the best furniture deals are found at thrift stores and garage sales, where you could find unique, one-of-a-kind items that you could never find for the same price at a more traditional furniture retailer.

If you’re a DIYer, you’re sure to find real treasures that just need a little crafty refurbishing to look great in your home. You might find a gorgeous armchair that only needs to be reupholstered, or turn a vintage trunk into a coffee table.

What matters most when furniture shopping?

Price, quality, selection and delivery services are the key features to consider when buying furniture. Even if a retailer has quality furniture in your budget, it still won’t be the best furniture store without a good selection of pieces and white-glove delivery services.

Furniture price

How much a piece of furniture costs has a critical influence on if most people will buy it. Keep in mind, though, that the price of a piece or set of furniture doesn't always correlate with the furniture's quality. The best “cheap” furniture stores still offer quality pieces of furniture and décor.

You may be able to find low prices on quality pieces of furniture by strategically planning when and where you will shop.

Furniture quality

The quality and materials used to manufacture furniture play a significant role in pricing. How long you intend to keep your piece of furniture and how it will be used should determine when you need to invest in a better quality piece of furniture and when it’s fine to spend less on a lesser-quality piece. For instance, solid wood pieces tend to be priced higher than pressboard and plastic construction, but you’re paying for quality that will last.

Furniture fabrics like cotton and linen tend to resist fading and piling, and wool fabric can be extremely durable. Some synthetic fabrics like microfiber, acrylic, olefin and rayon also make for great upholstery. How the fabric is created can affect the quality as well—velvet, for example, could look nice at first but will be difficult to clean and maintain.

You should also examine the stitching and hardware on a piece of furniture before you buy it. Chances are, if you notice problems or defects there, the whole piece will be of shoddy quality.

Leather furniture also ranges drastically in quality. In fact, only about a third of the world’s leather supply is suitable for upholstery. You should look for full-grain or top-grain leather and avoid bonded or bi-cast leather if you want your piece to look nice for years to come.

Furniture selection

Remember, you live with your furniture and interact with it every day. Find pieces that match your personality.

  • Color and finish: Sometimes a different finish can make all the difference, so look for a furniture store that carries multiple versions of pieces in-store or has samples of varying upholstery and furniture finishing options. Many furniture stores can custom order pieces of furniture to match particular shades if the color you want is not housed in their in-store inventory.
  • Upholstery fabrics: A different furniture fabric or pattern can also completely change a piece's look, and some stores let you pick from hundreds of fabric options so you can get just the right one.
  • Custom furniture: If you have an awkwardly shaped space or need to accommodate the basketball player in the family, furniture stores that offer customized sizing or custom-made furniture can be a decorating lifesaver. When ordering custom-built furniture, delivery is not just a matter or shipping times. Wait times can be considerable, and a delay at the factory could set an order back weeks, if not months.

Furniture delivery service

Having your furniture delivered can save you time and frustration, especially if you don’t have a large vehicle or the strength to move heavy furniture yourself. Understanding a store's delivery options can help you narrow down the store you choose to buy from. Here’s what to consider:

  • Time: Estimated shipping times can vary from a few days to a few weeks. Wait times on imported or hand-crafted furniture are measured in months, so you may have to decide whether or not an item is worth the wait.
  • Cost: Some stores offer free shipping with a minimum purchase, and some items might have an extra fee based on weight. It's not unusual for furniture stores to charge extra for delivery, but prices vary widely.
  • Delivery radius: If you are buying locally, this usually isn't a problem, although some stores might charge additional fees after going a certain amount of miles. If ordering online, check the delivery area before spending hours shopping—not all stores deliver nationwide.
  • Curbside delivery: In some cases, furniture is only delivered to the curb and you’re responsible for getting it into the house. Check the terms before you finalize your purchase. You may be able to add assembly service on to your delivery order.
  • White glove service: Some retailers offer white glove service, which includes delivery and assembly, though you may be charged extra. Ask about your options when placing an order, as you may not be able to add white glove service after your order has been processed.
  • Haul away: When your new furniture is delivered, you might need to figure out what to do with your old stuff. Some retailers might include free or low-cost haul-away services, where they take away the old stuff for you when they replace it with the new.

Furniture stores FAQ

Where can I find cheap furniture?
You can find cheap furniture online and at brick-and-mortar stores in your area. You may also want to consider buying furniture online from discount stores, which typically have reasonably priced furniture all year long.
How can I get discounted furniture?
You can get discounted furniture by looking for:
  • Seasonal and holiday sales
  • Outlet stores
  • Floor displays and returned items
  • Reconditioned or used items
  • Special savings for store cardholders
What month has the best furniture sales?
There are great furniture sales around Christmas and Thanksgiving, especially during Black Friday sales. February and March tend to be the slowest times for furniture stores, so you may be able to get better deals during those months.
How can you tell the quality of furniture?
You can determine the quality level of a piece of furniture by inspecting it closely. Poor-quality furniture will show defects in workmanship and creak, twist or wobble more. Look at areas where different pieces connect to spot any flaws.
Can you negotiate with furniture stores?
Yes, you can negotiate at furniture stores. The furniture market is notorious for its markups, so you have room to haggle. When it comes time to negotiate, try working another piece of furniture or free delivery into the deal.
What is the most durable sofa fabric?
Though it’s not a fabric, leather is the most durable sofa material. A leather sofa can last four to five times as long as a fabric sofa. If you want a less expensive sofa that’s still going to have a long life span, consider one made with microfiber or canvas, which are two strong fabrics.
What is the most popular sofa style?
Three-seat sofas are the most popular style of sofa. They come in a variety of fabric choices and colors. Sectional sofas, which are made from separate pieces and can be arranged in various ways, are also popular sofas for living rooms.
What is included in a bedroom suite?
A bedroom suite usually comes with:
  • One bed with headboard
  • One dresser
  • One mirror
  • Two nightstands

Not all bedroom sets come with two nightstands or a dresser, so be sure to read the product description’s listing of contents carefully so you know if it’s right for your bedroom.

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    Cymax Stores USA

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    Hayneedle

    Launched in 2002 as hammocks.com, this company has since expanded into one of the largest online retailers of home furnishings, décor and office furniture from over 3,000 brands, in addition to products by their in-house brand.

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    Arizona Leather Interiors

    The largest specialty leather furniture store in the U.S.A. offers over 100 distinct furniture designs, 40 different leathers and 400 color options. Shop online or in-store at locations in Arizona, New Mexico and California.

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    One Kings Lane

    Browse expertly curated collections of luxury home furnishings and décor online or at a flagship store in Manhattan. Membership is required for purchases. Collections are clearly organized and easy to navigate.

    • Services: Design specialists in-house for consultation services.
    • Shipping: Free standard shipping on orders over $100.
    • Delivery: White glove or to-the-door delivery services available in the continental United States.
    • Returns: If an item qualifies for a return, shipping and restocking fees will apply. Items marked Vintage are not eligible for refunds or exchanges.
    Jackson Furniture Industries

    Find quality sofas, recliners, sectionals, lift chairs, sleepers, accent chairs, cocktail ottomans exclusively at authorized retailers. Most items can be ordered in customized colors and fabrics.

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    GBS Warranty Services

    GBS provides mattress and furniture protection services to over 200 mattress and furniture retailers across the United States. The company also manufactures sleep products under the brand names of Healthy Sleep Cool-Tech and Healthy Sleep Ultra-Tech, which include temperature regulating blankets, pillows, sheets and mattress protectors. GBS offers three levels of furniture protection plans: premium, premium with power, and premium with power, mechanisms and frames.

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    DirectBuy

    DirectBuy is a membership online furniture store that uses concierge-style consultants to make sure you find exactly what you’re looking for.

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    Huffman Koos

    Online retailer with galleries in New York and New Jersey. Wide selection of quality furniture, with customizations available. Customizable upholstery. All major credit cards accepted.

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    Wayfair

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    Simplicity Sofas

    This retailer sells furniture directly to customers and specializes in furniture for small spaces. Popular items include couches, chaise sofas and sectionals. All frames are solid oak with 3 cushion construction options.

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    Jennifer Convertibles

    Shop living room, bedroom, dining and office furniture online or at Home Store locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Specializes in sofa beds.

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    IKEA

    Wide selection of designs that are both accessible and affordable. The company is continuing to franchise locations, and there are entire websites that are devoted to how to use their furniture in your home.

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    Ashley Furniture

    A large selection of affordable quality designs. Shop online or in one of their 600 stores across the United States.

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    Williams-Sonoma

    Browse indoor and outdoor home furnishings and décor online or at stores across the United States. Free design services and credit cards rewards are available.

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    Raymour & Flanigan Furniture

    Selections for dining rooms, home offices, and kids’ bedrooms, plus mattresses, home décor and rugs. Family owned and operated for more than 60 years.

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    American Signature Furniture

    American Signature Furniture stores are concentrated mainly in the Eastern half of the country. The company offers traditional furnishings, as well as home décor accessories and outdoor furniture.

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    Restoration Hardware

    Restoration Hardware prides itself on being at the cutting edge of trends and technology in the furniture industry. The company mainly caters to luxury buyers offering a curated collection of historical reproductions and updated classics.

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    Ethan Allen

    For over 80 years, this company has offered furnishings for living and dining rooms, bedrooms and offices, plus outdoor, lighting, rugs and décor.

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