It’s never been a better time to buy furniture, according to The New York Times. Imports from the Far East have cut costs dramatically and retailers are feeling the pinch. So, what’s bad for them is good for you. Also, furniture discount sales that were once only available in August, January, and February are now offered almost every day of the week.

Here are some essential things to keep in mind when buying furniture:

1. Researching brands and retailers. Use the Internet to search for big savings and increase your knowledge (that is, your leverage) in negotiations and decisions.
2. Making room plans. Using a service like FloorPlanner can help you layout your furniture before buying.
3. Paying a visit to the store. You never know how comfortable the piece you want will be until you sit in it. And it’s much easier to pick up on the piece’s quality in the showroom rather than from an online photo.
4. Paying in cash or using a credit card. Although always available, “layaway or other store-based financing is almost always a mistake,” according to James Hood, editor of

Following these tips can help you make the most out of buying furniture. Be sure to cash in.

The New York Times article