When consumers walk into a furniture dealer showroom, they are often met by sales associates, who can guide the consumer through the experience. They should be warm, courteous, good-natured, sincere, and convincing, but not too overbearing.
Sales associates and managers don't need a degree to get into this line of work, but excellent communication and sales skills are necessary. Tenacity, determination, and outgoing personalities are all pluses as well. Wholesalers can offer bulk discounts on large amounts of furniture purchased at once, whereas retailers often operate in department stores, in malls, or as a separate facility. They offer regular sales and promotions to get customers in the door.
Virtual furniture showrooms are another animal altogether. These websites give the consumer complete control over their buying experience, where everything can be done online. They can browse categories of couches, dining room sets, bedroom sets, desks, and office chairs. They can experiment with various colors and arrangements to come up with the best look for them. Choosing from a variety of materials is easy, whether they want oak, teak, wicker, or leather collections. Consumers can place orders over the web, for delivery to the home or pick-up in store.
Other services offered by furniture dealer showrooms include in home design consultations, factory outlet merchandise and pricing, cheap gently used products, affordable financing options, and delivery. Some of the larger ones may offer room planners online, where consumers can create a custom room plan for their home office, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or dining room.
Buying in a store or outlet can be easy with assistance from associates, if that's the experience consumers prefer. Sales personnel can help customers pick out the right antiques, home décor, and furniture, such as dressers, coffee tables, bars, and nightstands, to complete the look they want to achieve.