Furniture

Research big-ticket furniture purchases with care

During the COVID-19 outbreak, online furniture sales has skyrocketed. This increase likely reflects the home improvements many homeowners are making, parents shopping for desks for home school learning, and employees who have permanently switched to a work from home situation.

Convenience aside, making large purchases online should always be approached with care. The Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas offers the following tips for consumers to help select quality furniture at a reasonable price as well as avoid a few common online shopping pitfalls:

Only shop with reputable retailers. Research a retailer’s page before deciding to do business with them. Reputable sellers provide information about their company and always have valid contact information. Look for company reviews online. For example, on BBBHouston.org, shoppers can find out if an online retailer is BBB accredited, read consumer complaints and reviews.

Understand the store’s return and refund policy, especially during the current pandemic. Return shipping for heavy items, such as furniture, can get costly. Some retailers may have special restrictions for delivery and returns because of the coronavirus pandemic. Before placing an order, read carefully or call the retailer directly to find out upfront if a retailer has a return policy, if refunds are available, how refunds are issued, what the return process is, who pays for return shipping, and whether or not a restocking fee is charged. This information will often help decide whether or not you will complete the order.

Get to know the delivery options. Typically, there are three kinds of shipping offered by furniture retailers and each one may have a different cost.


Front door delivery: the packaged product will be shipped to your front door and no further.

Inside delivery: the delivery person will take the packaged furniture into your home, sometimes into the room

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Columbus Day Sales 2020: 13 Tech, Furniture, and Kitchenware Deals To Shop This Weekend

Columbus Day sales, unlike Labor Day sales or even Fourth of July sales, aren’t really a thing. If you consider it for a second—and remind yourself that Christopher Columbus was a monster who didn’t discover anything—you realize Columbus Day shouldn’t really even be a holiday. This year’s “holiday,” which we will now only refer to as Indigenous Peoples Day, is even stranger, thanks to its proximity to a delayed Amazon Prime Day. The mega-retailer will flex its muscle with an onslaught of discounts literally the day after the occasion. Based on our initial scans, it seems like most of the other tech and home goods retailers are holding their sale cards close to the chest, waiting to unleash their best deals until Prime Day begins in earnest. But for now, there’s still some decent price drops available on a range of gear, especially home tech and furniture upgrades. Here’s some of the best sales we could find, all available to shop this weekend. 

Looking for Columbus Day sales on menswear? Here you go! How about mattresses? Yes, we’ve got you covered.

Tech

Apple: Apple isn’t running its own fall sale, but if you’re a student or educator you can get free AirPods with the purchase of a new Mac or iPad through the company’s Back to School offer.

Best Buy: Best Buy’s sale section is stocked with decent TVs, laptops, and appliances.

Walmart: The big box retailer doesn’t have a headline grabbing sale going on right now, but it’s still a good place to check if you’re in the market for a new laptop or robot vacuum. 

Kitchen and Cookware

Sur La Table: Sur La Table’s sale section is stocked with cookware and kitchen tools, including a bunch of gear from the Le Creuset.

Williams Sonoma: Take an extra

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Should You Be Choosing Oak Bathroom Furniture For Your Home?

When it comes to choosing your bathroom furniture, choosing the right material is not an easy task. You look at all the different material options available from MDF finished with a gloss to the natural look of wood. If you choose wood, then is oak the right choice based on your overall bathroom design?

Here are a few advantages of choosing oak bathroom furniture, which may help you make up your mind and help you complete your bathroom design to your unique style requirements.

The first thing you need to bear in mind when choosing oak bathroom furniture is that it is a completely classic look. Wood has been used for bathroom furniture for centuries and whether you have a traditional or a modern bathroom design, you will find that when choosing wood, oak is the best choice to provide you with the versatility that you need.

Another reason to choose oak bathroom furniture is that it is completely natural. Wood is a natural product that brings that natural finish to any bathroom design. Ensure when making your selection that you choose an excellent quality oak veneer or solid wood cabinet, so that you get the natural finish that you are looking to achieve.

If you are looking for some character that you can blend into your bathroom design, then wood is definitely the right choice for you. Wood, especially oak, is very characterful. This particular wood species offers its own unique grain and knots, which makes it very natural, classic and rich in character which can enhance your bathroom design with ease and confidence.

Look at the overall finish of your bathroom design before deciding to add any wood to the space. Do you have a light and bright bathroom with ample natural light? Do you have a smaller, …

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