Castlery | Aug 21, 2020
Home decorating has seen considerable shifts in recent years, with many homeowners shopping for their furniture online.
Skeptical about navigating the world of cyber shopping? Armed with thorough research and careful thought, making a successful online furniture purchase can be a smooth sailing process.
The first two things to pin down are your budget and interior aesthetics, so you won’t wind up with the buyer’s remorse you’ll kick yourself for later on. You may adore a particular piece, but will it fit your room or age gracefully?
If you have no clue where to begin, here’s our take: for major items, invest in neutral, timeless designs that’ll last through changing tastes and the years to come, or ones you will spend the most time on — like a quality sofa, if you often chill out in the living room.
Before browsing virtual aisles for the perfect dining table or entryway console, assess your space and nail down where each piece will go. Mark out and determine the dimensions of where the object will sit so you can visualise your layout - leave enough room to walk or for other furniture.
This applies to passageways, doorways, hallways, elevators and stairways, too. It’s easier to measure a couple of times than to return an item that‘s wayyy too big for your space, or can’t even fit through the door.
When buying furniture online, it may be hard to visualise exactly how it’ll match your decor. This is where the Castlery iOS shopping app comes in handy. Before committing to a purchase, you’ll get to envision your dream room with our app’s augmented reality (AR) capability.
Virtually decorate your personal space with true-to-scale 3D models from a wide range of our crowd favourites, right down to details such as fabric, wood and leather textures.
Other handy features: you’ll get to add multiple styles, browse through the rest of our catalogue, and it’s a breeze to check out and make payment, too.
Note: The app is compatible only with iOS, versions 11 and above.
The different furniture pieces you choose should complement each other, as well as the room’s architecture. For instance, furniture that sits near the ground creates the illusion of height in a low-ceilinged room.
Think about the practicalities and functions, too.
If you’re in the market for a sofa, a solid construction, a suitable depth and its firmness are key. But also consider its style - do you have a large family or entertain often? A modular sofa, like the Adams sofa collection offers the option of various seating configurations.
Every seasoned online shopper will know to check out the reviews. After all, who better to trust if a furniture delivers as it promises than a fellow shopper who has bought and taken it for a spin?
Head to our Reviews page to see what other shoppers have to say about that bed frame or coffee table you’re mulling over. Customer reviews aside, you can also pop by our Instagram page to for more real home inspiration!
Before hitting the ‘Checkout’ button, always read the product description, specifications and dimensions to save you from potential disappointment when your order arrives at the doorstep. It’ll also give you a better idea of the product you’re buying.
Even better, we offer product videos so you get a clearer picture of the furniture piece on your shortlist.
When it comes to upholstered furniture, the right fabric can make or break your decor. Plus, it can look different on the screen.
To help you get an actual sense of the fabrics, colours and textures that work for you, we provide complimentary swatches that’ll be delivered right to your doorstep. Simply select up to three of your favourite fabric samples (no payment details needed!) and add it to your shopping cart.
We’re talking delivery, return and exchange policies, and warranties. It’s also prudent to check that your retailer uses a reliable payment system (we’ve partnered Stripe for secure payment and protection against fraud).
Changing your mind or questioning your furniture choice after you bought it happens, and we totally get it. Always look out for online furniture stores that allow you adequate time to reconsider your purchase.
Should you have a change of heart, we have a 30-Days Return Policy for items in their original condition and packaging. And to save you the hassle of organising returns, we’ll arrange for the item to be sent back to us (within 30 days from the date you receive it). Terms and conditions, and a 20% restocking fee apply.
And don’t forget about delivery and shipping rates. An affordable dining set wouldn’t exactly be a steal with the addition of exorbitant delivery fees. Delivery starts from $6.99 and is free with orders above $300. For furniture items (excluding accessories and homeware items), we work with specialised furniture delivery partners, and the service includes moving of items into the room of choice in your home, unpacking, assembly, installation and rubbish removal.