Buying patio furniture online

Our gardens are now being used as areas where we can relax or entertain friends and family. To aid this outdoor relaxation time, it is vital you furnish your patio with the best possible furniture. You need to keep in mind that patio furniture should be chosen carefully, after all you want your guests to feel comfortable and rested at the same time. There are a multitude of websites selling the latest patio furniture sets, so it is important you do your research and review all of the various designs and materials that are now available. It can be a tricky decision… You’re trying to establish which type of patio furniture set is the right one for you. Its easy to get wrong and the end result is that you’ll need or want to replace a year or two down the road.

Buying patio furniture online

A great place to start is to have a look on one of the many home decorating websites and find out what other people are buying and why. The feedback and insight that is provided can really help you with making a decision on the right type of patio furniture you should get for your patio. Once you have an idea of the type of furniture you want, you can use the internet to look for the various websites that are selling the type of patio furniture you want and shop around for the perfect set.

To improve your search results use the name of the manufacturer – such as ‘Lazy Susan Garden Furniture’ for example – or broaden the search by type of patio furniture set – e.g. ‘Cast Aluminium Garden Furniture’ – as your search term. Once you’ve got the search results you can have a good look at what the prices are for the various sets, what materials have been used to construct the furniture, review customer testimonials and determine if there is a fee for shipping on top of the price you are paying etc. If the retailer is charging you for shipping you really need to be cautious, these costs can be higher than what you are paying for the patio set, especially if it is shipping to the UK from overseas.

Once you’ve found your perfect patio furniture set and a price that you’re happy to pay, it is important that you take the time to have a good look at the track record of the company, you need to make sure they are honest and that what’s delivered is what they’ve spec’d on their website. Read testimonials that have been made by other clients, a reputable website will always have them and the feedback that they provide will help you decide whether that particular retailer is a good one to buy your patio furniture set from.

Buying on the internet is the way to buy everything these days, from your weekly food shop and clothes to electronics and your next holiday, but there are some things that need to be taken into consideration before making a big purchase online. Garden patio furniture is no exception and at Lazy Susan we know. So this is our little guide of how you can find the perfect patio furniture online.

How to Buy Patio Furniture Online

To start with you need to know what you’re looking for in patio furniture. Make a list of all the things that you need. What do you use your outdoor space for? Is it an extension of your house? Do you entertain a lot or is it mostly for the family? Is it a quiet space or a place for entertaining? The answer to all these questions will help you decide what you need. If you never eat on the patio, you wouldn’t want to buy a table that takes up half of the patio. Consider what you use it for and buy accordingly.

  • Find your furniture
    Be patient and give yourself plenty of time to search. Use Google to search for the type of furniture you want – For example ‘Metal Garden Furniture’, ‘Aluminium Garden Furniture’, ‘Iron Garden Furniture’, ‘Traditional Garden Furniture’… And always bookmark any sites you like, save the URL/details of any products you like!
  • Plan ahead
    If you want to order new outdoor furniture for the summer, start looking in the late autumn and winter, when patio furniture is more likely to be on sale and will be delivered in plenty of time.
  • Take proper measurements
    There is nothing worse than buying an expensive, large piece of furniture online only to receive it and find that it doesn’t fit on your patio. Make sure to take accurate measurements for the area you want to put the furniture as well as any doorways and openings it must go through to get to its final destination. Patio doors, especially, are typically smaller than most doors, so take these measurements into consideration. You cannot take measurements too many times, so don’t be afraid to double check
  • Check if assembly is required
    Check the specifications of the furniture you are purchasing. If there is moderate to full assembly required, make sure you have the proper tools if not supplied. Assembly requirements will also determine whether you can get large pieces through smaller door openings.
  • Request color swatches/samples
    True colours are difficult to replicate with photographs and computer screens can distort further, so request colour swatches/samples for the pieces you like and have them sent to you before you buy.
  • Look for classic metal garden furniture
    And if there’s one final piece of Lazy Susan advice, it would be make sure you get the most for your money by purchasing pieces that will stand the test of time. Classic garden furniture will always be classic, so buy what you like, but buy what you know you’ll still like in five years time.

Important points to consider before you click ‘buy’

Once you’ve done all (or some) of the above and you still want to take the plunge and purchase some garden patio furniture online, please check the following six points before you press that ‘buy now’ button.

  1. Is it a secure site?
    Is the site secure? There are many companies that are getting hacked lately from unsavory people that are trying to steal your credit card information. You need look to see if the website has “https://” showing before you make your purchase. This indicates that the site you are purchasing from is secure. You don’t want to be the one that has to cancel all of your credit information and constantly have to deal with your bank due to unforeseen circumstances.
  2. What is the returns policy?
    What is the return policy of the company you are looking to purchase the patio furniture from? If they don’t list it on their site or say that they don’t offer any returns then you might want to look elsewhere. The company with the best return policy should be who you try to go with just in case the product you order doesn’t look anything like the picture you saw when it arrives.
  3. Check the shipping charges
    Many times companies may charge a very low price but after the shipping charges have been added it will cost the same amount to go to a local store. Patio furniture isn’t very expensive to begin with, so you don’t want to have a large sticker shock when you see the amount it takes to deliver the merchandise to your home.
  4. Check the delivery times
    How long will it take to deliver the product to you? Is this something that they have in stock? Is this a seasonal item or special sale? If this is during a holiday period you should expect a longer delivery time than normal. But for any regular time of the year you need to know when you should expect to receive it and when they are going to ship it. You will pay for the product prior to receiving it so if something will take three months you need to purchase it elsewhere.
  5. Look for testimonials and consumer product reviews
    Our site features real testimonials from satisfied customers, so you get an honest appraisal of the product. There’s also a myriad of product review sites such as www.ciao.co.uk that critically review and rate millions of products and services for the benefit of other consumers.
  6. Make sure you’ve got all the companies contact details
    Does the company in question provide detailed contact information? If you have any problems or concerns what is the best way to speak with customer service personnel? Do they provide an email, phone number or virtual assistant to help you? The more ways you can get in touch with them the better. You might not have a single problem when you order your patio furniture online. It might be simple, easy and painless. But, it is better to be safe than sorry when you are making any kind of large purchase on the internet. Here at Lazy Susan, Michael Scott the business owner always personally answer all enquiries and his mobile phone number is listed in our Contact Us section, so you know you’re getting first class customer service.

If you have any further questions about buying garden furniture online or Lazy Susan garden furniture, then please visit our About Us and FAQ sections or make use of the Live Chat facility featured on our Homepage.

About Lazy Susan

About Lazy Susan

Lazy Susan is a small family business that specialise exclusively in wicker, rattan and metal garden furniture, specifically cast aluminium. Visit www.lazysusanfurniture.co.uk to find out more and view our complete product range.

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