It is often to the customer’s benefit to purchase large items such as furniture from a brick and mortar business (in-store) and not online.

The tug of war between online sales and in-store shopping continues. But, to the surprise of many, in-store shopping is holding its own despite the convenience features now available in a variety of online platforms. This is especially true in the furniture business.

Why do we say that? A recent article on RetailDive.com, Why Most Shoppers Still Choose Brick-and-Mortar Stores Over E-commerce stated the following reasons people still prefer to purchase many things in a brick and mortar:

 

“The ability to see, touch and feel products as well as take items home immediately rank highest among the reasons consumers choose to shop in stores versus online…”

“One in five consumers cites easy returns as a key reason for shopping in stores versus online.”

To those reasons, add:

  • The customer does not have to assemble the item
  • The item is inspected for damage before customer takes delivery – not  after
  • Store handles warranty issues if items are damaged
  • The customer does not have to handle repacking and shipping a large item if that becomes necessary

 

Before you walk into our store and touch or sit on a piece of furniture, we have to unpack, inspect, and assemble. And if a piece is damaged, we contact the manufacturer, we pack and ship the item. These are things you don’t have to deal with.

When you walk through our doors we have performed due diligence to make sure the piece you purchase is ready to go home with you and make you happy. Like a puppy. And again, if there is a defect we missed, we call the company and we handle the warranty issues. Not you.

So yes. We get it. Sometimes, ordering online saves money. Or does it? It depends. How is your blood pressure? And what is your time worth?

 
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We’re told not to cut corners.
Corners can be …complicated. Truth be told, we can’t cut them. Without them, the roof comes down. But from a decor point of view, they often do little more than gather dust. Or worse, that’s where a misbehaving child is docked. “Time out for you little guy. Go stand in the corner.”

Stop the madness.

Give the corners of your room new purpose in life. Let them contribute to the overall well-being of the room. Sure…without them, roofs would fall down. But sometimes, that’s not enough. Invite a neglected corner to the party.

With this corner piece at Maupin’s Home Furniture any corner can go from silent step sister to Cinderella.

 
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You found the perfect chair or couch! Almost. It’s so comfortable but the fabric is all wrong. Have you had that experience?

When looking for a specific style or design idea, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for when you choose from various custom fabrics that will accent your furniture to make it the unique piece you have always dreamed of.

This dual recliner was customized by a Maupin’s Home Furniture customer. They loved the end result and now have furniture that is not only comfortable, but fits perfectly in their home decor.

 
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Combining color in an eye-popping way takes talent, but that skill can make a room go from a 7 to a 10 on the scale of incredible in a single bound. Off-Whites, deep blues, and turquoise unite to create a drop dead georgeous combo in this vignette at Maupin’s Home Furniture. The white and off-white trend came back in with a bang when removable furniture covers arrived on the scene. And it  seems it’s not going away any time soon, and rightfully so. The versatility of off-white can’t be matched. You can upscale a room into a more elegant ambiance or dial it back to a more casual vibe simply by fine tuning accessories adding choice furnishings.

Cindy combined the beautiful colors of this vignette with interesting patterns such as abstract patterns in the rug and wall art and lettering patterns in the furniture. The end result is stunning and suitable for most rooms, most tastes, and most budgets.

 
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There’s a lot to say about this spot. Herringbone throw, something crocheted, swing arm lamp, shabby chic mantle flying solo with no fireplace, and a paisley chair (Or are those amoebas? Paisley? Amoebas? Amoebas? Paisley? Just wondering. Always have.)

But our eye goes to the sequined pillow. Monotoned … or as monotoned as something like a sequin that reflects light can be. And, because of that refracted light, the pillow manages to match all the other gray tones in the room. The chair. The crocheted foot rest. The scrapes on the solo mantle. The rug. That is it’s genius. If it weren’t for the pillow this room would be manic.

And, who knew you could get your bling on with pillows? But you can. Pillows are harmless. Seemingly. But these harmless swatches of fabric and stuffing can take room bubbling with chaos and sit all the players in a row and get them to raise their hands. Pillows can be the generals in a room where the battle is on for focus.

Cindy, resident pillow-ologist at Maupin’s, can tell you all about the power of pillows. Come down and visit.

 
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