Castlery | Sep 30, 2020
We consider furniture buying to be an investment, and one which we’d spend a bit of dough on for pieces we adore. While we’re all about quality furniture designs that are accessible, it’s always a welcome to snag them at a steal, and that’s when you’ll want to start seeking out furniture sales.
But with all the major price drops and the heady rush that comes with seeing coveted items go for a fraction of their original prices, it’s easy to get caught up with the excitement. In our book, the best deals aren’t necessarily the lowest-priced items, but furniture that you love at great prices, and that are within your budget.
Before diving headfirst into the next furniture sale that comes along, here’s how to navigate it like a pro and score the best bargains.
With so many discounts on offer, it can be easy to splurge on decor that you don’t necessarily need or have space for. As fabulous as that vintage-style console appears, it’s not quite a bargain if it’s just going to sit awkwardly in your minimalist or contemporary home. Being clear about the aesthetics of your home and whether there’s adequate room will help you pin down items that are truly worth your time and money.
Can’t decide if a certain design will suit your space? Nifty augmented reality (AR) capabilities, like our Castlery iOS shopping app that’s outfitted with an AR functionality, could help. We’ve got a wide array of our best-selling furniture that you can virtually place in your home, to help you visualise how they’ll look like.
When you’re browsing shopping sites on non-sale days, it may help to add items that you’re lusting after to your shopping cart. But don’t whip out your credit card just yet. Leave them in your cart and step away for a couple of days - this could help you avoid purchasing items on a whim and give you time to research your picks.
Take this time to also do the necessary homework. Take measurements of your room, map out where you’ll want your new furniture to sit, and double check dimensions. Sale items often can’t be sent back, so you’ll want to make sure it fits your space as you envisioned.
Money-saving tip: Sales aside, multifunctional furniture designs, like our versatile Cliff shelf which can double as a horizontal console, can get you more bang for your buck.
It pays to be patient. If you have your heart set on a particular piece, but think it costs too much, mark your calendar for major furniture sale events like the Great Singapore Sale (GSS), Black Friday, Cyber Monday as well as special dates such like 10.10, 11.11 and 12.12 during the holiday shopping season, before making your purchase.
Hitting up your favourite sites during these periods could land you key pieces at a fab price. There’s just one caveat - be prepared that it may be out of stock by then, so it’s a risk you’ll have to take.
Got a favourite store? Stay on top of the latest news and furniture sale announcements by subscribing to the brand’s newsletters, and follow its Facebook and Instagram pages. Pay attention especially a week or two before seasonal sales are due to start.
It’s one of the best ways to get exclusive alerts, even before major media sites roll them out, and it’s definitely more efficient than searching on Google. Sign up for our newsletter to get updates on new arrivals and promotions!
Browse your favourite deals from the plush comfort of our Cammy armchair.
Once you get wind of sales, hit the site fast. From time to time, retailers can hold flash sales, where certain merchandise go on sale for a limited time. Plus, you never know when a fellow shopper will cart out the last piece of that coffee table design or armchair you’ve been eyeing.
If it’s a store that you trust (be assured of secure payment via Stripe on our site!), create accounts and save credit card information before the sale arrives so the checkout process is a breeze.
Even if there aren’t any seasonal sales going on, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a good bargain throughout the year.
For instance, make your way to our Clearance section where you’ll get to enjoy great furniture buys at marked-down prices. But of course, do note that such items usually aren’t applicable for exchanges, returns or cancellations.
Invest in solid wood pieces with a timeless style, like the Cupid coffee table. It boasts a unique geometric stand that’s functional and will complement a range of interior aesthetics.
So you’ve spotted a terrific bargain, but it’s still quite out of your current budget? Cash or credit aren’t your only payment options. Consider instalment plans that allow you to land that dream piece first without having to part with a hefty chunk of money at a go. We’ve partnered OCBC, UOB and American Express (for online purchases over $500), as well as Hoolah (for online purchases under $4,000 using any credit or debit card) to offer fuss-free and safe instalment payments that are interest-free.