Which Home Décor Online Stores are Trustworthy?

Home Decor Online Shopping

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How to Find the Best Online Home Décor Stores

Shopping for furniture and home décor items entails driving from store to store, usually during peak traffic times. Seeing, touching, feeling, smelling and even physically trying out items is considered the best way of going about choosing things for your home. After all, you will have to live with your decisions for a long time.

Some people really enjoy shopping. It's fun for them. They love the experience and it works. But what about handicapped people, people that hate to shop and people that want home delivery? Are there safe and trustworthy stores online? How do you find a good home décor online store?

If you live in a cave, you may not have heard of Google or online shopping, but most of us do use the internet daily. We know how to do searches that yield specific results. Although there are unscrupulous dealers out there on the net, there are many, many trustworthy stores that offer great shopping experiences. Best of all, online stores are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year!

What to Look for on a Trustworthy Online Store

Ask for referrals from friends that have had good experiences shopping online. Look for the BBB seal of approval stamp, or equivalent, on the store's web site. Read reviews of the products you wish to buy. Go to the site's privacy policy and customer service pages. Check out the shipping options. Figure out how hard it would be to return an item you are not satisfied with.

Be absolutely sure that the online store protects and safeguards your credit card information. Even well known sites have had hacker problems, so you may want to use a credit card specifically for online shopping. Some credit card companies offer a special coded card for online use. Check with the store you plan to use as well as your credit card company regarding the safety of your personal information.

Which comparison shopping search engine is best? According to Smart Money, a web site called PriceGrabber.com is the hands down favorite for comparing shopping sites for online home décor purchases. PriceGrabber allows the user to type in practically any item at all and it will return links for the best prices and stores.

Start with researching the item you want to buy and then give PriceGrabber a chance to find the best places to buy. Don't stop there, spend a few moments investigating each store for reliability and customer service. The cheapest price may not be the best price.

Home Decor Shopping on Unique and Hand Made Sites

Internet shopping is the preferred way to shop for unique, one of a kind and hand made items. Many well known and talented crafters offer their wares on trustworthy sites: Artwork is easily purchased and shipped via online shopping.

Explore Unique Items on:

  • Etsy.com - A shopping site specifically for quality hand made crafts and crafting supplies. Almost everything is OOAK (One of a Kind).

The Top Online Stores for Home Décor

There is a large selection of trustworthy home décor sites to buy from. These stores offer top notch customer service, good shipping rates and an astounding collection of furniture and decorative items to choose from.

Depending on your taste in home décor, you will want to start with the larger online stores like:

  • Ikea - A giant international store offering thousands of choices in home furnishings, kitchen items, appliances, rugs, and décor for every room in the home.
  • Amazon - The leading shopping site in the U.S.A. for just about anything you can imagine, but they are especially noted for their unlimited selection of books, movies and entertainment gear.
  • Overstock.com - A personal favorite, they buy lots of overstocked items from brick and mortar stores and sell them online at a discounted price. With a huge revolving inventory, there is something for everyone at this online store. They offer very attractive shipping rates too.
  • PotteryBarn - For great home décor ideas and products, no other online store is as trustworthy and popular as Pottery Barn. They even offer home design applications that help you decide what will look best in your home.
  • Wayfair.com - is a new web site that offers a "zillion things home". If you can't find what you are looking for here, it will be a minor miracle. They have everything furniture, home décor, home improvement, baby and kids, patio and garden and all things in between.
  • Brand Name Stores: The major brick and mortar stores have moved toward online shopping. Stores like Kohl's, Ethan Allen, Crate and Barrel, Rooms to Go, Broyhill and many others have 24/7/365 shopping on the net now. Search for your favorite home décor store and you will probably find it.

Bargain Home Décor Sites

Everyday home furnishings can be bought online via Target and Wal-Mart or even Amazon Prime which offers free two day shipping.

Other online shopping sites include eBay, CraigsList and local stores with an internet shopping set up. Special attention must be given to shopping on these sites. Local stores are easy to check out though, just give them a call or go and visit them.

eBay shopping includes some company offered safeguards, so be sure to sign up for those where indicated. You may want to pay for extra insurance with shipping to guarantee that you get your item and it is in good shape. eBay also offers arbitration between their sellers and buyers at no charge.

CraigsList is the equivalent of a yard sale and you must thoroughly check out the seller before offering to purchase an item. The advantage of CraigsList is that you can usually get your item immediately and at a greatly reduced price. Meeting at a public place to exchange cash for goods is a good idea.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

great read, austinstar. I have recently become a big fan of wayfair. It deals with a wide range from kid's school bags, their accessories and furniture and they also give you some discount for shopping the next time.

many votes and useful hub.

psstt...I am pretty sure Kelly will love shopping from the sites you mentioned and save on gas :)


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Thanks Ruchira, I recently learned about Wayfair and plan to shop there soon. Mostly I use Amazon because it's so user friendly.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

I am a big fan of Ikea. I buy all my home goods and furniture from there. You have a big list here. I will try some other store as well. Very useful and voted up!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have an Ashley one mile away. I always go there - I'm the touchy, feely, let's lie down on it first kind:) lol

I do shop overstocked and Amazon a lot!


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Wow. I have never shopped for home furnishings online but why not. As all my old favorites seem to be going out of business. I laughed at my friend who bought their refrigerator online from Home Depot. But it worked out just fine.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

I love having everything delivered right to my door. What with gas being so expensive I don't have to run around all day looking for that "perfect" thing.


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

I haven't shopped for any home décor online other than hitting the online sites for information. When it comes to home furnishings, we're pretty picky when checking things out. Taxes and gas in California? Yuck! Nothing like being taxed to death and having a major oil company bail on you. But we are surrounded by all kinds of discount and chain stores. By taking my truck and hauling furniture and appliances on our own, we save a big chunk on delivery and tips. Also, we don't need to wait around for the delivery.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

And they say all Texans drive pick up trucks :-)


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

LOL! I was told a long time ago that once you have a truck, everybody becomes a friend. Yeah, no kidding! But I was raised in the Sacramento River Delta, and a truck is a truck. No sissy stuff for my Ford, but I've seen some trucks here that have never seen mud. The owners spend their time at the Quick Quack Car Wash. The wax job on those babies actually hurts my eyes! LMAO! Unfortunately, my truck is mid-size and can't tow a horse trailer, but the cowgirls tell me that I can put two goats for the rodeo in the back of my 7-ft. bed. Where I come from, you don't baby a truck. I think the guys at the dealership think I live in the cab.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Your truck should be able to tow a single horse trailer, or at least a flat bed. I used to have a couple of El Caminos that I treated like cars. Couldn't haul much with those, but they had a lot of style :-)


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, very useful and informative. Buying home furnishing online will save a lot of exhausting trips to many stores.


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Most of my furniture was bought from a very good furniture store in the next street, but I have found Amazon to be great for any online shopping I needed to do, especially their express delivery.

Great hub. Voted up.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for sharing Lela. :) I just moved to the furniture capital of the world here in NC. Furniture is made here and there are several giant multi-story "malls" full of all the furniture a person can imagine. Before moving here, I loved Rooms to Go because they offer things that go together so I don't have to guess. Great hub with lots of fabulous suggestions!


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

I am really glad to see some other options. Ikea is great, i can't wait to have one near my city. Amazon, like ebay has individual sellers and their feedback from customers should help with trust. I have made many purchases on there. There is a lot more shipping costs for big items, so weighing the value of the item versus local item may help with the purchase decision too. Great list and hub!


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

I think the best tip of all is the one you mention about getting referrals. I forget to ask friends and family about recommendations. It makes a great start.

My absolute favorite top brand store is JC Penney's. The shopping experience is predictable. I always get exactly what I want in the shortest amout of time. I purchased a kitchen hutch online. It was delivered to my door in a matter of three days. I liked that. A good portion of my shopping is done online. Sometimes, I order online and then pick up the order from a local store.

All of your tips are excellent tips about online shopping.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thanks for the list, Lela. Ikea has long been one of my favorites not just for inexpensive home goods but the Swedish chocolate bars it stocks. The best!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Strange tidbit. I have never shopped at Ikea. Someday I will have to visit the one in Round Rock. It's only 26 miles away. I will most certainly get me a Swedish chocolate bar!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I am not usually a fan of buying online stuff unless I have seen it in person. However, I bought a ton of stuff from overstock..practically no shipping. Everything arrive safely and looked great. Thanks for sharing these great ideas....Voting up and sharing.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Overstock is a great online store. I have bought quite a bit of linens from there.

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