The Best Time to Buy Furniture

by | May 16, 2020 | Personal Finance, Shopping

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call. 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. 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 couch. You can still come on this journey. Just make sure you learn from your mistake. 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 furniture shop. 

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 tables. Weathering the storms in January might be worthwhile because the prices are good, but typically only desperate folks like our couch potato friend above 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 absolutely nothing to do with furniture, but her voice is amazing. Use it to center yourself before going to the furniture store. Springtime is when home sales kick off. Prices go down. Salespeople get more aggressive. You can find great deals, but showroom floors will be pretty crowded.

Don’t buy outdoor furniture in the spring. Prices will be inflated because consumer demand is high. Timing is everything for getting the right price on the item you want. Every piece of furniture has its own season. Buy indoor furniture in the spring. Living and dining room 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 past. By the time September ends, life is back to normal. The kids are back in school. Your vacation days have been used up. 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. They’re fighting for a piece of the back-to-school pie. 

From a purely seasonal perspective, fall might be the best time to go furniture shopping. In addition to all the great deals you can find on 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

Schools 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. Schools out and you’re looking for activities, right? Just kidding. Bring the little monsters if want, but I wouldn’t recommend the jumping. Summer is actually a great time to buy furniture. July sales are slow. August is a big month for new models.  

July is also clearance month. That makes it the single best time of the year to shop for any type of furniture. Stores are clearing out inventory to get ready for new models in August. They’re literally giving items away. Did you hear that, couch potato? If that spring pops through in August, you missed the boat. A smart 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 particle board. When you knock on wood, you know if it’s real or not. That should be your first test when browsing for a new desk or dresser. Your next check should be assembly time. Real wood furniture is shipped intact. It doesn’t come in a box with multi-language set-up instructions. 

Hand crafted wood furniture is the most valuable, and therefore the most expensive furniture you can buy. It’s worth it. How many particle-board 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 most important items of furniture in your home. If you’re looking for a 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. 

Mattress retailers, unlike traditional furniture stores who do it in August, roll out their new products in June. That means the month of May is the best time of year to buy a new mattress. You can certainly buy them online anytime, but you’ll be depriving yourself of the opportunity to lie down and test the 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 mattresses, 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 furniture buying, 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. Get your home in tip-top shape for the best price!

<span style="font-size:12px;font-weight:500">Author</span><br><a href="" target="_self">Kevin</a>


Kevin is an ambitious entrepreneur that is obsessed with all things related to finance. From a young age, Kevin has always been involved with side hustles ranging from online selling to freelance work. Over the years, Kevin graduated from side hustles and started launching multiple online and offline businesses. Kevin is a serial entrepreneur who loves starting new businesses and exploring all things related to business and finance. He is constantly looking for new ways to save money, invest money, and create income streams.

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