Homes
How to Shop for Your Home Decor Online
Save yourself the time and trouble of waiting in line.

There's no denying the appeal of online shopping. It's quick and easy, and doesn't require you to get out of bed. Shopping for furniture on the web, however, isn't as popular as shopping for, say, bags and makeup. Here are some tips for your first online purchase for the home:

1. Identify where to place the piece of furniture or decor.

Before you commit to a purchase, make sure you'll be able to use it. Perhaps it goes with the colors of your bathroom, or is in line with your bedroom's theme. If you simply love how the piece looks but don't know where to put it, it might be a good idea to look for something else.

2. Shop on brands' official websites or retailers.

This will guarantee that the product you'll be receiving is authentic and brand new. You can also try online department stores if you can't shop on the brand's site.

3. If you're shopping for secondhand items, make sure you do it on a website that protects its customers from fraudulent transactions and knock-offs.

Some websites clearly state if the products are authentic, while others have a user-review system. Though there is always a risk of getting scammed, these features help reduce your chances.

4. Choose a reputable courier service.

This will ensure that the item arrives on time and in one piece. If you need an item shipped from the U.S. to the Philippines, try Shipping Cart, the country's fastest-growing cross-border delivery service. It offers express shipping, repacking, and consolidation services for a fuss-free shopping experience, and its easy-to-use system and affordability have made it a trusted brand.

5. Don't limit yourself to popular brands.

To find the ideal piece for your home, you should consider checking other lesser known brands, or those that aren't as known for their furniture. If you like the aesthetic of certain designers, you may also want to explore their home line. To add, you can find more of these brands in the Ship Your Finds webzine.

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Shipping Cart.

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