Now that the holidays are blessedly receding in our rearview mirrors, many of us may be surveying our homes and thinking, “Dang, why did I squander all that money on an Xbox One when we don’t even have a decent couch where we can sit and play “Call of Duty: Black Ops III” in style?”
If this lament rings a bell, you’re in luck. According to WCVB News in Boston, the best time to buy furniture is right after the holidays. The reason for this boils down to the fact that sofas, credenzas and coffee tables hog up a whole lot of floor space in a showroom—and January is the month when designers literally clean house to accommodate the latest styles and new models.
“Furniture makers release new models in February, so stores need to make room in advance,” Lindsay Sakraida at DealNews.com told WCVB. “Thus January is an excellent time to get good discounts.”
So how good a deal are we talking about? Well, according to theNational Retail Federation, savings can range from 30% to 60%. Given that a couch can easily cost $2,000, that’s an extra $600 to $1,200 in your pocket, all due to good timing!
Weather may also play a role. “In the north, the cold weather slows business, so we see plenty of sales to bring in traffic,” says Nancy Snyder, a Chicago-based interior designer at Bon Brise Design. After all, “no one wants to lug a heavy sofa or table into their home in the snow.”
As for where to go to score these deals, scan for “sample sale” signs, which mean a store is purging old inventory.
“These are usually floor pieces,” says Snyder, meaning they’re displayed so consumers can see, touch and sit on them to get a good feel for their comfort level. Of course, that also means they may have a few dings or dents or just not look as shiny new as they would straight out of the package. But for the price, they’re a steal.
And even if you miss this January window, don’t fret. Sample sales can crop up anytime. So when in doubt, it never hurts to ask.