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Online Shopping Furniture

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

When it comes to online shopping, there are the obvious pitfalls; but it sure beats driving around mindlessly looking for a parking space. It seems most people don’t know how to get started or don’t realize the vast information available to them. To help, I thought I’d create a simple how-to guide for the beginner online furniture shopper.

Be Informed

Today, the higher quality online stores have websites that give a great deal of information including pictures and graphics of great detail. You will also find dimensions and materials used that sometimes isn’t readily available at an offline store.

The first step to smart internet shopping would be to go through this information with a fine tooth comb; discarding the frills and gleaning genuine information. Treat it as you would a glib salesman. Look for real answers and make sure all your questions are answered before proceeding further.

When you have found exactly what you are looking for, compare prices with other similar websites to see if the price is right. A good shopping comparison website may come in handy here. Also, when comparing prices, make sure you include shipping in the cost. Some online furniture stores will say free shipping but the shipping cost is actually just added to the selling price.

Double check the actual dimensions of the product and make sure it is as tall or wide as the picture implies it is, and also that it will pass through all your doors comfortably to its final destination.

Gather as much information as you can about your furniture selections, and if you still have questions call up the store and clear all doubts. The most reputable online furniture stores will have a toll free number for you to call. If they don’t or it’s hard to get in touch with somebody, that’s not a good sign and you should probably stay away from that website.

Store Policies

Determine if it’s a secure site before typing in your credit card details. Don’t be put off by the lengthy small print, most of it is there to protect you, the consumer. Look for things such as a the store’s return policy. With these things in mind and a few clicks of the mouse, your furniture shopping is complete!


If not provided to you, ask for a valid phone number and address to contact if the company that will be delivering your new furniture. You may need to work with the shipper on a time that is convenient for you since you’ll need to be home to accept the delivery. Sometimes there is the option to track progressive stages of delivery online.

Find the policies and procedures section of the website for their policies regarding late delivery, damages, set up, and trash take-away. This way you will know exactly what to do in any situation that may arise.

Serenity Living Stores is one of the fastest growing online furniture retailers, servicing Canada and the United States from our headquarters in Richmond, British Columbia. Providing the highest quality discount furnishings for home and office from some of the world’s best furniture manufacturers, Serenity Living Stores strives to not only provide quality furnishings at affordable prices, but to include world-class customer care and support as part of every sale we make.

Bespoke Fitted Wardrobes

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

A bespoke fitted wardrobe is tailor-made for your room by taking measurements of even the most awkward spaces available – even around established features like eaves and chimney breasts. Amazingly, you can increase your storage space by 40-50% with a fitted robe as opposed to a generic, free-standing one. You can also add useful bespoke features like mirrors, shelving, safes, and even folding work tables to create a compact home office.

Another great benefit of fitted wardrobes is you can make the most of your floor space and not let any areas go to waste – whether it’s an attic room with sloping ceilings or an oddly shaped bedroom with lots of alcoves. However, fitted robes aren’t just for rooms with too many nooks and crannies. They also add a fantastic designer touch to master bedrooms, guest bedrooms and even childrens’ bedrooms…

Types of Bespoke Wardrobes

There are three types of bespoke wardrobes available: sliding doors, bi-fold doors and pivot doors to cater to your exact needs. Wardrobe designs range from wall-to-wall executive suites, to traditional two-door robes with mirror pannelling, to space-saving alcove closets.

You can choose from a range of natural wood colours like coffee, chocolate, caramel or pine – or go for bold statements like black and red geometric patterns or eye-catching primary colours for kid’s bedrooms. With bespoke wardrobes, the possibilities are limitless and you have the opportunity to create your own unique piece of designer furniture. Alternatively, if you don’t want to play the creative cat, you can choose from a fabulous range of existing designs which are then made to measure – giving you an excellent impression of what the final piece will look like.

The Cost of Fitted Wardrobes

The beauty of custom-built furniture is that you can decide how large or small your fitted wardrobe will be, what materials to use, and even what types of shelving, drawers and mirrors to place on the inside. This means the cost of fitted wardrobes can vary considerably – but generally you can expect to pay £1,000 to £1,500 for a two-door alcove wardrobe (depending on the size and specification, the internal layout and the materials used). Elaborate, full scale fitted wardrobe suites can cost thousands of pounds.

Adding Value with Fitted Furniture

If you’re into home improvement, installing fitted furniture is an excellent way to add value to your home. A fitted wardrobe looks impressive, adds considerable character and functionality, and helps the room retain its aesthetic appeal for years to come. It is particularly in modern, bijou apartments where storage space is at premium. Clever use of space will always add value to your property.

Based in London, Metro Wardrobes is a leading fitted wardrobes company with a market presence throughout much of the UK. In their decade-long existence, they have grown from a small company selling a limited set of fitted furniture to one that specializes in personalised bedroom designs, kitchen layouts, sliding doors, wardrobes, and home office furniture.