What is the Best Month to Buy Furniture?
You can find furniture deals at almost all times of the year. But some months will bring steeper discounts than others.
End of Winter (January/February) and Late Summer (July and August)
“To be honest there's always a sale of some sort in the furniture and furnishings industry,” says Sherri Monte, founder of Seattle-based interior design firm Elegant Simplicity. “But when it comes to the interior of your home steepest sales often exist just before the launch of new furniture.”
So when do brands tend to introduce new furniture styles?
“The interior design world operates on a biannual launch of spring and fall which makes the months leading up to spring (January, February, and the first few weeks of March) and those leading up to fall (July, August, and the first few weeks of September) some of the best months to buy furniture for your home,” says Monte.
The months leading up to spring (January, February, and the first few weeks of March) and those leading up to fall (July, August, and the first few weeks of September) some of the best months to buy furniture for your home.
If you're looking to pick up some new living room or dining room furniture, Monte recommends keeping an eye on sales at the beginning of the year as brands start to clear out older lines before releasing new furniture items and styles.
July and December/January
“Starting in July, we see home furniture discounts ranging from 50% to 80% at the end-of-summer sales,” says consumer analyst Michael Bonebright of Dealnews.
“Furniture specials pop up again in December; these sales typically trickle into January. Those late winter sales happen because that's when new styles are coming in, so retailers will clearance-price the excess inventory,” explains Bonebright.
“Late winter sales happen because that's when new styles are coming in, so retailers will clearance-price the excess inventory.”
January to April
“The best time to shop for furniture would be between January to April,” says Albert Lee, founder of Home Living Lab.
“During this period, most furniture would see a reduction in prices due to heavy discounts or attractive promotions put up by the retailers. This is because most furniture buyers would have completed their home decor during the spring and summer prior to the holiday seasons in winter.”
Over the New Year and early-spring months, retailers need to give shoppers a reason to pay attention—low prices—so that they can shift last year’s inventory ahead of upcoming new products.
“Retailers often offer great discounts and deals to clear their existing inventory,” says Lee. “This is a real steal for homeowners who are just looking for good functional furniture and do not mind that the furniture may be out of season.”
What Holiday is the Best to Buy Furniture?
Early in the year, many retailers offer discounts on furniture when new styles are coming in. So sales offer a great way to move old stock as the new styles come in. This means that Presidents Day (in February) is often one of the best holiday weekends to shop the sales and buy discounted furniture.
“With over a decade as an interior designer, we are big believers in the President's Day sales,” says Monte.
“More often than not, as spring rolls around retailers have just pushed through the slowest of their seasons (post-holidays), and specifically, the interior home furnishings market is faced with a big challenge: everyone is ready for winter to be over. The buyer's mind is on spring or summer and how they want to get their deck or patio set up so the interior furnishings market needs to persuade buyers to stay focused inside on a new sofa, a new dining table, or a new rug.”
"The buyer's mind is on spring or summer and how they want to get their deck or patio set up so the interior furnishings market needs to persuade buyers to stay focused inside."
Bonebright also recommends keeping an eye on President’s Day sales but also advises to wait for seasonal sales for the biggest discounts.
“Furniture is a seasonal item, so you're better off shopping clearance sales than holiday events. We do see home furniture deals around Presidents' Day, but discounts are better in January,” he explains.
Other Holiday Furniture Buying Opportunities
Alongside President's Day, there are a number of major holidays throughout the year that are great for furniture shopping.
Furniture retailers often have big discounts for Memorial Day (the last Monday in May), with many stretching their sales over a full week.
Fourth of July
Fourth of July is another big holiday for sales and discounted furniture purchases. This holiday marks the middle of summer so it can be a great time to find a deal on outdoor furniture from brands like Outer and Yardbird.
If you're looking for home office furniture pieces like desks, chairs, filing cabinets, and bookshelves, the best time of year for savings is in August and September, when furniture stores are clearing our before new lines come into stock.
Labor Day is the first Monday in September and celebrates the social and economic achievements of American workers. Across Labor Day weekend, you'll often find furniture sales and great prices on all types of furniture.
The Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States is one of the biggest days of the year for sales — many brands will stretch deals over the weekend and into Cyber Monday.