In today’s high tech world, you can furnish your entire home with just a point and a click. Sure, it’s convenient enough, but there are both pros and cons of home décor online shopping that you should take into consideration before you press that “enter” key.

Let’s start with the pros. First, home décor online shopping opens up a world of shops and designers that you may not have access to in your city. Just Google “online furniture stores” or “home accessories” and watch as thousands of options appear.

Next, online shopping means you don’t have to fight traffic and crowds. You don’t even have to get dressed! You can shop in your pajamas, and after regular business hours, all from the comfort of your home.

Home décor online shopping can sometimes be less expensive when you consider that is easier to comparison shop. Simply by opening a few windows in your browser, you can compare and contrast several items at once, allowing you to make an informed choice and hopefully get the best deal. Plus, you save fuel by not having to drive from store to store to do your bargain hunting.

So, why would anyone choose to shop at a retailer? Well, for all the pros, there are a few cons to home décor online shopping as well. First, what if the item arrives and it’s nothing like you envisioned? Sometimes colors appear vastly different in photos than they do when you actually see them in person. Just a shade or two either lighter or darker can make a huge difference. Or what if it doesn’t fit the space in the way that you imagined it would? Sure you can take the measurements of your room or wall before ordering, but sometimes the shape of the actual item is just wrong for that space when it arrives. Then you have the hassle of shipping the item back and waiting for a refund. It is wise to check the online store’s return policy before ordering to make sure that they even offer refunds. It is not uncommon to find yourself stuck with an item you hate when you have ordered it online.

While small or inexpensive items might be wise online purchases, larger items like sofas, chairs, and especially mattresses really should be taken for a “test drive” prior to purchasing. In fact, most mattress stores actually advise customers to lie on their backs as well as both sides in order to get a feel for the firmness and comfort prior to purchasing.

Finally, home décor online shopping lacks the personal interaction of retail shopping. Stores have a team of experts on hand to answer any questions and assist you with your selections.

At Parklane Mattress, we invite you to browse our extensive online selection, but we encourage you to come in and let one of our experienced staff help you choose the mattresses that best meets your specific sleep needs. With 10 locations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington to serve you, mattress shopping really doesn’t get much easier.