Shopping for furniture online has become very popular in recent years and will only become more popular as more consumers realise just how beneficial online furniture shopping can be. There are, however, a few important things to be aware of when shopping for attractive, high-quality Scandinavian furniture online, including the differences between the pictures on the website and the actual item of furniture that someone has delivered to the door of their home or office.

As many people have realised, the office, bedroom, dining room and lounge furniture that they see online and what they actually get delivered are often two very different things. Consequently, the following four common differences between online photos and the actual product are essential to be aware of when buying beautiful furniture online.

1. Colour

Chances are the colour won’t be that different, but as it’s often difficult to distinguish between different shades of certain colours, especially light creams and greys, it’s essential to make sure you’re getting the right colour. Leading online furniture retailers like Webber Furniture list the exact colour of the item of furniture and can always be relied on to answer any questions you have about the items of furniture that catch your eye.

2. Size

When items of furniture are pictured next to other items, or even if they’re photographed on their own, it can be difficult to discern the exact size of the sofa, lounge, dining table or coffee table. Always look at the measurements to get a proper understanding of the size, and consider using a tape measure at home to get a better idea of the size of the item of furniture. This helps to make sure it will fit perfectly in the space in which it is to be placed.

3. Texture

For many people, shopping in person is far more advantageous because they get to touch and feel the furniture before it’s purchased, something that can’t be done when buying furniture online. It can be difficult to get a proper understanding of the texture of an item of furniture, but if you think it’s important, get in touch with the retailer.

4. Firmness

Naturally, this isn’t an issue with all items of furniture, as with texture, but if you’re buying an armchair or a sofa, you want to be sure that it offers the right amount of firmness and support. In pictures that feature someone sitting on the chair or sofa, it can be difficult to get an exact idea of how firm and how much support the chair or sofa provides, so send the retailer an email or give them a call if in doubt.

To sum things up, shopping for furniture online has many advantages but we all must be aware of the differences between the photos on the website and the actual item of furniture, including these four common differences that have caused many consumers quite a headache. What’s more, don’t hesitate to contact the retailer if you’re unsure about something, for example, the size or the colour.