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Have You Ever Had Furniture Buyer's Remorse?

Have You Ever Had Furniture Buyer's Remorse?

CasaSugar Community member Zooey1118 recently asked the CasaSugar Q and A group, "Have you ever had buyer's remorse on a furniture purchase? I just bought two chairs today and now I'm wracked with remorse."

I once bought a coffee table that I'm not completely happy with. But it wasn't too expensive, and it filled the need I had at the time, so I wouldn't say I'm "wracked with remorse" over the purchase.

How about you? Have any of you regretted a furniture purchase? Have you ever returned a piece of furniture? Have any of you had trouble with return policies? Please tell me in the comments below.

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Maryline Maryline 6 years
I've never had buyer's remorse because I take my time when buying for my home. Another thing that I do as well before buying is to make sure that I could use the piece of furniture or accessory in different area of the house, and not just what I need it for at this moment.
LiliesandBiscuits LiliesandBiscuits 7 years
I did about a pair of chairs. I loved them in the store, absolutely hated them in our room. Luckily, they only delivered one and we wouldn't have gotten the other one for about 2 months (on back order, which we weren't informed about), so after a few days I decided it wasn't worth it and they let us return the one we did have, and since it fit in my car we weren't out any money except the delivery charge, which we would have paid anyway since we also bought our bed! Less than a week later I bought the perfect chairs for less than half the price. It worked out well :) I always worry that I will have buyers' remorse, but this is really the only time I have. I usually don't buy anything that will be difficult to return unless I LOVE it. Accessories, though, I change my mind about all the time and always keep receipts :)
zooey1118 zooey1118 7 years
thanks melinda, you are very right. and i woke up this morning and loved the chairs! i should just relax and go with my gut.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
With furniture, no, as I am VERY deliberate about my furniture selection. Generally, I already imagined in my head what I want, and I seek the piece. If the piece does not exist pre-fabricated, I would consider getting it custom-made to my specifications. Occasionally, I have buyer's remorse over accessories (candle holder, trinket box for the vanity, etc.), but not over large-scale pieces like furniture.
melinda19 melinda19 7 years
Zooey, Your home should be a reflection of you not a page from a catalog or a showroom. If you but what you love it will always work. Sounds like you loved the chairs when you saw them so go with your heart.
zooey1118 zooey1118 7 years
feeling a little better about the chairs today (perhaps "wracked with guilt" was a bit dramatic!) - they actually look pretty cool in the space. hoping once i get the rest of the room together, that i will love them as much as i did in the store. i do so much looking/researching/debating that when i finally pull the trigger and buy something, i think i just get stressed wondering if i made the "right" decision. (as if there are some "perfect" set of chairs out there that i might have missed by buying these!) hopefully, i won't have the same reaction when i finally find a new coffee table!
luv2blazy luv2blazy 7 years
Last November we were in a rush to buy a new entertainment center. We went to 10+ stores. We finally found one at a 'delivery same day store' but thankfully they could not deliver till 2 days later. When we got home I instantly knew the piece would not match my wall color or my sofa's and the style was off too. I was so stressed that we would be stuck with it or need to pay a 15% restocking fee. Thankfully it all worked out and we received a full refund. We found the perfect piece the next day. I think the key is to contact the seller ASAP if you are having any doubts. Also, if you purchase on a weekend and the piece needs to be ordered, it will probably not be ordered till Monday.
Sundown321 Sundown321 7 years
I used to get buyer's remorse after Ebay purchases. I would get caught up in the excitement of the bid and found myself over paying for an antique piece of furniture. Later, I learned not to get caught up in that... pick a price and stick to it. Also, research what you are buying, shop around as much as possible. Find out the manufacturer of the furniture you are interested in and make sure you are getting the best deal possible. If you put the time and work into it you are less likely to regret your purchase!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I hate the fact that the creepy kitty is the sigh emoticon. Anyway, on to the topic at hand. I've never had furniture buyer's remorse for a couple of reasons. The number one reason being that most of my furniture was handed down to me or bought pretty cheaply off Craigslist (and I still have some great pieces). The few pieces that I did buy, I considered very carefully and for a very long time. I actually do have some remorse over not buying some vintage pieces when I should have and some remorse over painting a dresser and tables that I wish I hadn't painted. Also, I did buy a bed from a friend that I only kept for a year, but I got the bed (headboard, footboard, frame), a nightstand, the mattress and box spring, and a kitchen table and chairs for only $200, so I didn't really have remorse over not keeping the bed long.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I have remorse over purchasing a loveseat for my condo. It's not great for lounging and the condo is tiny so there is no other option in my space. The fabric also pills. Plus I am moving to a house and although I will have the room for a new couch, I don't have the money right now so I am stuck with the loveseat for a little while longer. :sigh:
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