Furniture Buying Guide: Everything You Need To Know
La-Z-Boy Southeast | September 19, 2019
Are you looking for a furniture buying guide with everything you need to know before you get started on your living room?
At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners find the perfect furniture for their needs.
In this furniture buying guide, we will show you how to save money and make your purchasing experience fun and easy.
When’s The Best Time To Buy Furniture?
Most furniture companies will run year-round promotions to entice you to visit their stores.
This means you can get a great deal on furniture every day of the year by taking advantage of these promotions.
You’ll notice most advertisements for promotions are around the holidays.
However, many furniture stores will have a promotion running even if it isn’t advertised.
If you shop before the big holiday sales, you will have a better selection of inventory because the store hasn’t been picked over yet.
How Much Does Living Room Furniture Cost?
The final price of your furniture will be influenced by the fabrics, options, and upgrades you select.
At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, most of our living room furniture falls somewhere in-between the following price ranges:
- Sofas: $799 – $4,000
- Sectionals: $1,999 – $6,999
- Recliners/Chairs: $299 – $4,000
Your fabric selection is one of the biggest factors when determining the price.
For example, leather is generally more durable than fabric. However, it has a higher material cost.
Your sales consultant will be able to show you how all of these factors make up the final price.
How Much Does an Interior Designer Cost?
Working with an interior designer makes the process of furnishing your home fun and easy.
Most homeowners will spend around $5,000 on interior design services.
Interior designers will charge for their services in one of four ways:
- Cost Plus: Interior designers markup the final cost of furniture around 20% to pay for their services.
- Hourly Rate: Most interior designers charge anywhere from $50 – $200/hour.
- Fixed Rate: A single price to cover the work, materials, and other expenses.
- Square Footage: The price is determined based on the square footage of the space being furnished.
It’s also important to know most interior designers will charge $200 for a 1-2 hour consultation at the beginning of your project.
8 Best Furniture Stores with Free Design Services
Working with a free design service is a popular alternative to hiring an interior designer.
At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, we’ll help you bring your dreams to life by giving you access to a professional interior designer for free.
Your personal designer will help you bring all of your living room, dining room, and bedroom dreams to life. No project is too big or too small.
However, we understand you may want to see all of your options before you pick a free design service to work with.
That’s why we put together this list with 8 of the best furniture stores with free design services.
- Ethan Allen
- Pottery Barn
- West Elm
- Crate & Barrel
You can get started by booking an appointment online or visiting your nearest location.
How To Apply for Furniture Financing
Furniture financing allows you to style your entire room today and pay later. More than 33% of our customers finance their furniture purchases.
Many furniture companies offer interest-free financing for 6 to 72 months depending on your credit score.
Interest-free financing means you’ll be charged 0% interest on your furniture purchase.
However, if a balance remains after your monthly promotional period ends, you’ll pay a hefty fee on the remaining balance.
Thankfully, the Credit CARD Act requires you must be given the opportunity to pay off the balance before the promotional period expires. And most people are able to pay off their furniture without having to pay any interest.
At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, you can apply for financing at any of our locations in NC, SC, and GA.
Or you can apply online at your convenience. Once you complete your application, you’ll receive a response instantly.
Do Furniture Stores Have a Price Match Guarantee?
You’ll notice most furniture stores have some form of a price match guarantee along with a few conditions that apply.
Here’s how the La-Z-Boy Price Match Guarantee ensures you will pay the best price.
If within 30 days of purchase you find an identical item in new and good condition for a lower price from any local store (within a 50-mile radius of our store) or factory-authorized website (which delivers within a 50-mile radius of our store) La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor will match the price and refund the difference. Clearance and Hot Buy items do not apply.
These conditions apply to this policy:
- Does not include Clearance and Hot Buy items.
- Price match is only valid from stores within a 50-mile radius of the La-Z-Boy location where your purchase was made.
- Factory-authorized website price match is only valid from websites that deliver within a 50-mile radius of our store.
- Price matched items must be NEW and in GOOD condition.
You can learn more about our lowest price policy by contacting your nearest location.
Why Is Furniture Delivery So Expensive?
Paying an extra delivery charge after you’ve spent a lot of money on furniture can seem ridiculous.
Some companies offer free delivery that is a bare bones service where your furniture is dropped off in front of your house.
At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, we offer full-service delivery to all of our customers.
This service comes at an extra charge because the costs aren’t included in the price of our furniture.
Full-Service Delivery Includes:
- The exact time your furniture will be delivered. (Receive a call 1 hour before)
- Your furniture will be unboxed, put together, and placed in your room by professionals.
- Nothing will be left outside in the rain.
When you opt for free delivery, all of these factors are up in the air.
Plus, you’ll more than likely need to find someone to help you move large pieces of furniture.
Check Out These Additional Resources
We hope this furniture buying guide helps you bring your dreams to life.
At La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Décor, our design consultants are available to answer all of your questions.
Here are some additional online resources you may like to check out:
- 7 Best Selling La-Z-Boy Sofas
- 5 Questions to Ask Your Interior Designer
- 10 Best Selling La-Z-Boy Recliners
We’d be happy to help you get started at any of our locations in NC, SC, and GA.