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The Best Time To Buy Furniture

“All you have to do is call in winter, spring, summer, or fall.”

Okay, now that I have a song spinning in your brain, let’s talk about furniture. Are you excited? I know. It’s not the most titillating topic in the world, but obviously, you’re thinking about it because you’re reading this. So let’s have some fun. Prepare yourself for a fabulous furniture adventure with a soundtrack.  

Wait. Put your Dora the Explorer persona on hold for a minute. I need to begin with a cautionary tale. Do NOT wait until your couch disintegrates before going shopping. If you’re sitting on more spring than cushion, you’ve lost all bargaining power to buy a new sofa. You can still come on this journey. Just make sure you learn from your mistakes. End rant.

Best Season to Buy Furniture

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

I love holiday music. Dean Martin’s version of Winter Wonderland always gets me in the spirit. So does Springsteen. You know the song. And who doesn’t love “Father Christmas” by the Kinks? Speaking of old St. Nick, how come Santa never brings new furniture? Maybe he knows what most consumers have come to understand: winter is a terrible time to shop for new furniture. 

No one wants to haul a mattress to their sleigh when snow is on the ground. December is a month to shop for presents, not patio furniture. Weathering the storms in January might be worthwhile because the prices are reasonable. Still, only desperate folks venture out to buy furniture in January. February is even worse. 

Furniture Shopping with Santa

It Happens Every Spring

One of the best times to buy furniture? Spring! Listen to Gogi Grant’s 1957 classic “It Happens Every Spring.” The song has nothing to do with furniture, but her voice is fantastic. Use it to center yourself before going to the furniture store. Springtime is when home furniture sales kick off, prices go down, and salespeople get more aggressive. You can find great deals, but showroom floors will be pretty crowded.

Don’t buy outdoor furniture in the spring. This is because prices for new outdoor furniture will be inflated as consumer demand is high. Timing is everything for getting the right price on the item you want.

Also, every piece of furniture has its season. So instead, buy indoor furniture in the spring. Living room furniture and dining room furniture sets are usually priced to move so stores can make room for lawn chairs and porch swings.   

Buy Indoor Furniture in Spring

Wake Me Up When September Ends

Summer has come and gone. By the time September ends, life is back to normal. The kids are back in school. Your vacation days are over. It’s time to go back to work. Lucky for you, Autumn is the best time to buy affordable office furniture. Store owners don’t lower prices for you, though. Instead, they’re fighting for a piece of the back-to-school sales pie. 

From a purely seasonal perspective, fall might be the best time to go furniture shopping. In addition to all the great deals many retailers offer, you can find office furniture; you’ll also get great prices on outdoor furniture. Backyard barbecue season is coming to a close. Everything must go. You know what was missing from your patio or yard this year. Fall is the time to buy it.  

Buy Office Furniture in the Fall

School Is Out for Summer

Another best time to buy furniture? Summer, of course. It’s hard to keep the kids from jumping on your bed. Take them to the furniture store and let them do it there. School’s out, and you’re looking for activities. Just kidding. Bring the little monsters if you want, but I wouldn’t recommend jumping. Summer is an excellent time for furniture buyers. July sales are slow. August is a big month for new models.  

July is also a clearance month and has the best deals. That makes it the single best time of the year to shop for any furniture. In August, stores are clearing out inventory to get ready for new furniture styles.

They’re giving items away. Did you hear that, couch potato? If that spring pops through in August, you missed the boat. An intelligent person would buy a new couch in July.  

July is Furniture Clearance Month

Knock on Wood for the Best Quality

Don’t be fooled by the box that says, “wood furniture.” It’s likely wood veneer or particleboard. When you knock on wood, you know if it’s real or not. So that should be your first test when browsing for a new desk or dresser.

Your next check should be assembly time. Original wood furniture is shipped intact. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come in a box with multi-language set-up instructions. 

Hand-crafted wood furniture is the most valuable and the most expensive furniture you can buy. It’s worth it. How many particleboard desks do you know of that are over one hundred years old?

The Resolute Desk in the White House was built in 1880 from the timbers of an abandoned ship. Furniture from a box will never give you that kind of longevity.  

Real Wood Furniture

Sweet Dreams With a New Mattress

I saved this piece for last because your bed and mattress are the essential furniture items in your home. If you’re looking for a night of sound sleep and sweet dreams, you do not want to skimp on this purchase. The average person spends a third of their life in bed. What happens during that time dictates how the rest of the hours in your day will go. 

Unlike traditional furniture stores that release new furniture in August, mattress retailers roll out their latest products in June. That means the month of May is the best time of year to buy a new mattress.

You can undoubtedly shop online, but you’ll be depriving yourself of the opportunity to lie down and test the mattress’ comfort level. Remember, not everything comes to you as advertised.

You can spend anywhere from $300 to as much as $4000 on a new mattress. It’s an investment, not a simple purchase. Don’t go low-end. With beds, you get what you pay for. Financing is usually available, and mattress sellers are generally willing to negotiate. Don’t be afraid to haggle. You’ll sleep better if you know you got a good deal. 

Hanging Bed with Mattress

Final Thoughts: The Best Time To Buy Furniture

Now you know the best time to buy furniture. There are quite a few good times to look into when buying furniture. Make sure to use this guide to find the best time and save the most money.

If you’re into finding the best times to buy home accessories, you may also enjoy our guide to the best time to buy appliances. So get your home in tip-top shape for the best price!

Kevin Flynn

Kevin D. Flynn is a former financial professional with over ten years of experience in the financial industry. He has consulted for financial advisors, online sales reps, and fintech startups. Kevin holds a degree in accounting and finance and continues to expand his knowledge by attending classes and seminars. He commits several hours a day to market research so he can stay on top of the latest news and trends in the financial industry. Kevin's experience in the industry has fueled his successful writing career, which he now focuses on full-time. He currently resides in Leominster, Massachusetts with his wife Evelyn, two cats, and nine wonderful grandchildren.

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