When is the Best Time to Shop for Furniture?

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Posted 10/10/20 11:00am by Prim

Buying new home furniture or outdoor furniture for your property usually involves a significant investment, particularly if you want high-quality furniture that’s made to last. The good news is that you never have to commit to buying your furniture at full price. This article will give you some tips on the best time of the year to shop for furniture.

Deals and offers exist throughout the year. If you know when and where to look, you can bring down the cost of your furniture purchases significantly. The issue is knowing when to strike, because not all sales are created equal.

The type of furniture you want will determine when you can get the best price. Here are some additional information on how to get those great deals on furniture.

The Best Time to Go Furniture Shopping

No matter what you want, there will be a point in the year when it’s at its cheapest. It’s a matter of playing the waiting game until it’s time.

Thankfully, furniture deals follow a typical trend throughout the year. Let’s take a closer look at how to spot deals.

Indoor Furniture: Best Time to Shop Furniture

Living room furniture, bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, sofas, couches, sectional sofa sets, and home decor all get a facelift every spring and fall. This means that new designs and styles hit the shop floors as soon as summer and winter end.

To make way for the new pieces, retailers need to move the older stock.

For this reason, you will see great deals on indoor furniture in the months just before spring and fall.

Best times to shop for indoor furniture:

  • January and February
  • August and September

Holiday sales to watch out for:

  • Labor day weekend
  • Presidents day weekend

Outdoor Furniture: Best Time to Shop Furniture

New designs of patio furniture, dining sets, patio dining sets, swing sets, outdoor sectional sofas, and inflatable bouncers hit the shop floors in March and April.

This means that March and April are the worst times to buy outdoor furniture.

However, come the end of summer, retailers will be looking to clear the stock to make room for fall products.

Best times to shop for outdoor furniture:

  • August and September

Holiday sales to watch out for:

  • Fourth of July
  • Labor day weekend

What About Custom Furniture?

Since custom furniture is made especially for the customer on request, the retailers have no stock to clear out of the way. Typically, this means that there are no specific points throughout the year where you will find a sale for custom furniture.

You can find discounts and coupons, however, if you sign up to custom retailers’ mailing lists or follow them on social media.

Make a Note of Major Retailer Sales

Major retailers have significant sales at regular points throughout the year. For example, Amazon has it’s Prime day, on which you can pick up a great bargain online. Wayfair also has their Way Day sale once a year where you can find great deals online. Other major retailers will have similar sales, so if you have a favorite store, make a note of when these are and watch to see if the furniture you want becomes discounted.

Black Friday is another huge countrywide sale, but it can be extremely stressful to participate in as the stores are overrun with people. Our best tip for dealing with Black Friday is to find what you want beforehand, try it out in the store, then buy it online on Black Friday.

Compare Prices Before You Commit

All deals are different, so if you have a specific piece of furniture in mind, it’s always a great idea to compare prices between retailers. Depending on what you want to buy, sometimes the price difference can be several hundred dollars, so it’s worth checking – even if you only compare the major retailers.

Best Overall Time of Year to Buy Furniture

If you lead a busy lifestyle, we understand that it may not be convenient to watch for sales throughout the year.

If your time is limited, we recommend that you do your furniture shopping in July.


There are several reasons for this:

  • Furniture sales dip in the summer months, which means discounts and deals are more plentiful and more significant
  • There are fewer people in the stores, which can make for a more pleasant shopping experience
  • This is the sweet spot just before the new designs and styles are released in fall
  • Your wallet has recovered from the big December holiday spend
  • It’s always easier to transport furniture in the summer months than in the winter
  • If you buy outdoor furniture, you’ve still got a couple of summer months to enjoy it

With patience, you can find your dream furniture at a fraction of the full retail price. Once you know how to shop for a bargain, it becomes second nature, and you’ll never pay full price again!


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