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Furniture Shopping Tips

Furniture Shopping Tips

Local and national designers alike have been using Hickory Furniture Mart as their trusted furniture and design resource for over 50 years. These seasoned designers are able to find some of the best deals available at a fraction of the cost provided by other furniture retailers. Here are some helpful tips from designers who have visited Hickory Furniture Mart numerous times and want to make your shopping trip as rewarding as possible:

Planning Your Furniture Shopping Trip

Prepare in Advance

  • Create a list of all furniture and accessories you need; separated by each room in your home.
  • Make photocopies of your floor plans with exact dimensions of each room included. Utilize our online Room Planner to help you design individual rooms and bring copies to share with your designer and/or sales associate.
  • Request a copy of our newest Buying Guide and make note of any showrooms or manufacturers that have opened since your last visit or the ones that you prefer to visit first once you arrive.
  • Check for any current promotions, upcoming sales events or eligibility requirements for Special Incentive Programs provided to members of our active, inactive or retired military, victims of natural disasters and professional interior designers.
  • Browse our online Product Catalogs, featuring custom and clearance items available.
  • If you plan to spend a few nights in Hickory, do not forget to ask about our Shop & Stay Packages and Special Furniture Shopper Rates, available at all of our partner hotels.

Planning Your Furniture Shopping Trip

Day of Arrival

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. There are four levels of showrooms housed in a million square foot complex. You will be walking a lot. Elevators and manual wheelchairs are available in addition to handicap accessible entrances at the South and West entrances.
  • Bring a light sweater with you. Room temperatures fluctuate inside each showroom.
  • Pack your camera and a tape measure. You will be surprised how often you will need to use both.
  • Make sure your phone and/or tablet is charged before you leave so you are able to take photos and make any online references needed during your trip.
  • If you have any fabric swatches or paint chips to match, it is best to include them as well.
  • Bring a small notepad with you to record any information regarding photos taken or items seen in various showrooms.
  • Sit in all upholstered products that are available on the floor so that you are available to judge whether or not it will conform to your comfort level.
  • Upholstered furniture may be custom-ordered in a customer’s own material or personalized fabric. The industry term for this is COM. You may also custom-order trims, fringes and other similar details that complete the look of the piece.