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Hidden costs when buying furniture

Hidden costs when buying furniture

Buying furniture is also an investment and requires as much research as in the case of a car, jewelry or a house. Each factor is counted and deeply analyzed, the user's choice is considered and then the final decision is taken. Buying furniture also involves various types of hidden costs.

Here are some other additional costs that one may have to pay while buying furniture:

  • Customization charges
    If you are getting the furniture customized according to your needs, you can add what you like and remove what you don't. If making any addition like extra cushioning on the base, using some different fabric for the upholstery or extra cushions, the supplier will charge an extra amount for it.
  • Delivery Charges
    Whether buying furniture online or offline, the sellers try to push the delivery charges to your side. Ask your dealer and get clarity on what all charges will you pay to get the furniture delivered to your home. In case of FabFurnish.com, the shipment charges are mentioned alongside.
  • Furniture Protection Plans
    Some sellers may offer to give insurance or protection plans on the furniture bought. These plans offer to repair or replace anything that goes wrong with the furniture within the covered time. Retailers will push you to buy protection plans for the furniture by charging an additional amount. Some people take it as an added advantage of buying furniture from a good store while others may think it to be unnecessary.
  • Assembling charges
    If the furniture is being delivered in an unassembled condition, you may have to pay an additional amount to get it assembled. Check with the dealer who will bear that cost. Always add delivery and assembling charges to your budget while buying furniture. If the dealer provides you the service free of cost, it would be an added advantage.
  • Fabric Protection Plans
    Especially in case of upholstered furniture, you may be recommended to buy fabric protection plan. These plans assure you of protection against any damage that is caused to the fabric. Just ask yourself whether the furniture requires that cover or insurance. It may be a cost that can be eliminated and avoided.
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  • VAT
    Value Added Tax(VAT) is an added tax on the total amount by which the value of an article has been increased at each stage of its production or distribution. Some furniture seller may disclose the VAT at the end and include it in the total amount that you need to pay. To avoid any confusion, ask the seller beforehand about the percentage of VAT. The prices mentioned on FabFurnish.com are inclusive of all taxes.


Always consider the above hidden costs when buying furniture so that you don't get surprised when these expenses come your way. Allot your budget accordingly and make sure you bargain where ever you can.