At the dining table, the study table, in the bedroom or even in the kitchen, there really isn’t a room in your home where a chair would be out of place. Chairs are one of the most functional pieces of furniture needed in every home. You want your chairs to last a lifetime and hence, it is always advisable to buy solid wood chairs. Today, you don’t have to walk through the markets to find the perfect chair, you can shop for wooden chairs online. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Educate yourself on the different types of wood

To a layman, there may appear no difference in the look of different types of wood but in terms of strength, durability, price points and workability, each type of wood has its own pros and cons. For example, pine wood is probably one of the most budget friendly types of wood used for furniture. On the other hand, teak is expensive. However, teak has a much longer lifespan as compared to pine wood. Before you start looking at furniture, it is best to educate yourself a little on the different types of wood used to make furniture available in your area. For example, ebony is a very strong wood but it’s rarely found in India. Many furniture manufacturers in India use mango wood to make furniture. It’s strong, durable and budget friendly.

Ask for recommendations

Every city has countless furniture retailers. Now, when you’re shopping online, your options are multiplied ten-fold over. One of the reasons people hesitate about shopping online is because you don’t get to meet the seller or see the pieces in person before they are delivered home to you. While most of the online furniture retailers are quality conscious, some may try to fool their customers. You need to stay away from such retailers. One way to lower your risk of shopping from fraudsters is to shop from brands that come recommended by your friends and family. Avoid shopping from unknown brands or local companies that you have not heard about before chancing on their website.

Check store policies

When you’re shopping for wooden chairs online, you probably start browsing through designs directly. But, this is not where you should start. Instead, you should start by reading the webpage on information about the company and its policies on sales, shipping, returns and warranties. You need to know things such as, whether the price mentioned on the product page is inclusive of delivery and installation, whether the store accepts returns and how long you have before you return the chairs. Some brands also charge a restocking fee. This is a small fee for picking up the returns. The fee is typically calculated as a percentage of the sales price. You also need to check the type of after sales service offered by the brand.

Keep your options open

Once you’re shortlisted brands and gone through their policies, you can start browsing through the designs offered. You may find some great designs at the beginning of your search but don’t jump into buying them instantly. Instead, bookmark the designs you like and keep browsing. You want to buy chairs that will last a lifetime not just in terms of durability but also aesthetics. If you’re shopping on a budget, waiting a little while until the festive season when the brands offer sales is a good idea.

Check the details

The photograph you see on the product page cannot be the deciding factor. As mentioned above, the type of wood used also matters. You also need to check out the details of the design such as its dimensions. Whether you’re looking at dining chairs or chairs for the study room, not all chairs are the same size. Armless chairs have  a seat size of usually just about 20” x 20”. Others can be as wide as 24” x 24”. You also need to consider the height of the chair. In terms of height, there’s the seat height and back height to be considered. Compare the seat height mentioned on the website to the height of other chairs and stools you have at home to see what is most comfortable for you.

Shopping for wooden chairs online is easy and convenient. You don’t need to step out of your home and get the best quality and best designs delivered to your doorstep. There are plenty of options to choose from and you are not limited to designs from local brands. You can shop from wooden furniture store across the country and even those overseas. In most cases, choosing to shop online gives you a chance to get deals that are much better than those you would get in a brick and mortar store. So, are you ready to find your new favourite chair?