Updated August 18, 2014

Best Time to Buy Furniture

Buy your next furniture only during these times
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The price of new furniture can place a major dent in your wallet. If you can't stomach the thought of the hefty cost, you'll have to live with the constant desire to replace your beat-up couch, give your daughter a bigger bureau that will actually hold all her clothes, or give your twins that bunk bed they've been requesting year after year.

Unless you can make furniture yourself or have the patience to do some upholstering, your other option is to get a handle on the best times to buy furniture. Throughout the year, there are opportune moments to get a deal – the only way to ease the pain of these pricey purchases.

CreditDonkey.com has outlined the best times to buy furniture below.

January and July
Why these two months? These are the two pockets of the year when retailers truly want to clear out their inventory. Not only are January and July notorious for being inactive for shopping activity in general, they are also the months leading up to when new furniture makes its way onto the showroom floors, in February and August, when the newest items will be available at full ticket price. And this means that older items will be available for 10 to 50 percent off their original price. Word of advice: pay close attention to the advertisements that go out for Independence Day and Christmas sales, and you could end up getting more bang for your buck.

Super Bowl
Planning to invite friends over for the big game? The weeks preceding Super Bowl (again, in January) are the perfect opportunity to completely furnish your viewing area for up to 25 percent off the suggested retail price. Take advantage of the discounts to purchase that enormous flat screen television along with the theater chairs.

Father’s Day
Is your dad in the market for a new recliner? Apparently, retailers think so, as a lot of Father’s Day advertisements from furniture retailers usually suggest it as a gift. And it is offered for up to 30 percent off the regular sales price to entice you to make a purchase. Even if you don’t plan to purchase one for dad, why not take advantage of the deal for your own home?

Back-to-School Time
Does your home office desperately need a facelift? A few pieces of new furniture should do the trick. Try shopping for desks and fixtures around late July or early August, which is known as the back-to-school period.

Tax Season
The day after Uncle Sam’s deadline is another window of opportunity to save on furniture. Many consumers use the proceeds from their tax refund to start a new business venture, so retailers try to catch their attention with promising offers.

Black Friday
Commonly known as the most popular shopping day of the year, Black Friday sales are also great for anyone in the market for new furniture. Since furniture is not usually at the top of one’s mind this time of year - when people are generally more gift-minded - retailers know they have to make a splash to get your attention. Just be sure to compare the promotional offer, which is sometimes up to 50 percent, against the original sales price to ensure that you are actually getting a hefty enough discount – one that will outweigh the cost of standing in a long line in the wee hours in the morning waiting for the doors to open. Also, be aware that the select retailers may only be offering items on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cyber Monday
Want to avoid the long lines and crazed shoppers that come out of the woodwork on Black Friday? Try shopping on Cyber Monday, when you can snag a great deal on everything from flat-screen televisions to dining room furniture and bedroom sets. And what’s even more convenient is that all your shopping can be done from the comfort of your own home (of course, factor in your shipping costs, if any, when going this route).

Thanksgiving
Are you having family over for Turkey Day and in desperate need of a new dining set? Furniture retailers understand how important it is for your home to be in top-notch shape for this time of year.


Whether you’re new to your home or wish to give it a makeover with a few accent pieces, shopping during these suggested time frames will give your wallet a break. You’ll have to test your patience for new furniture during the months of February, May, August, and December.

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