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How to Use Your Furniture Store Sales Rep as a Resource

Some furniture retailers employ sales consultants that are highly skilled at closing deals but are clueless when it comes to interior design and decorating trends. This isn’t the case at Baer’s Furniture.

Whether you know the exact piece of furniture you’re looking for or are just shopping for decorating ideas, the knowledgeable and trained floor staff at Baer’s is ready to help.

5 Ways to Use the Baer’s Staff as a Resource

With over five decades in the Florida market, the Baer’s team is intimately familiar with how our brands and styles fit into various décors. This article will help you get the most out of your Baer’s visit and to take advantage of our vast body of interior design and furniture knowledge.

1. Tell the Sales Consultant Why You’re There

Whether you’ve stopped in because you want to purchase a piece or set, want to see a particular item in person before deciding, or just browsing our hundreds of showroom pieces for inspiration, feel free to let the floor professional know why you’re there.

Even if you don’t want to make a purchase that day, the sales rep may be able to steer your journey to the types of pieces you’re looking for — and you can establish a point of contact for when you are ready to make a purchase.

2. Ask Your Sales Professional About Your Decorative Vision

In order to remain on top of the competitive Florida furniture market, we stay up to date on the latest design trends while maintaining our knowledge of more traditional designs. For instance, if you were to ask a furniture consultant about Cottage Grove bedroom sets — a relatively new decorative theme —  they might show you something like the Royal Louvered Bed from Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Breeze Collection, which would fit in nicely with Cottage Grove, as well as Coastal and several other styles.

A white bed with a louvered headboard in a bedroom setting.

3. Show the Sales Professional Your Color Palette

Color coordination may be one of the biggest challenges for DIY decorators. Many members of our sales staff often comment on how useful it is when customers show them their color palettes during visits.

By establishing the base colors and advising the rep whether you’re looking for complementary or contrasting pieces, they can help match you with the furniture pieces that will compliment your color scheme. Additionally, they can tell you about pieces that may come in different colors than what we have on display.

For instance, the popular Stressless Recliners by Ekornes come in multiple shades, so you can find the right ones for your living room space.

A leather cream colored recliner with a matching ottoman.

4. Ask For a Measuring Tape

As fundamental as this sounds, you don’t want to buy a piece that doesn’t fit in your space, and we don’t expect you to guess about sizing.

That’s why we ordered piles of measuring tapes for our stores. If you left your measuring tape at home, we have your back.

Pro Tip: Measure your space before you go furniture shopping. It doesn’t help to know the width of a sofa if you don’t know how big your living room space is. 

If you’re pre-shopping online, you can find the measurements below the display images on our webpage, as with this Natuzzi Editions Leather Sofa.

Living room with gray Natuzzi leather furniture.

The dimensions appear to the side of the schematic.

A schematic diagram of a sofa.

5. Show Us Your Home

From a decorating standpoint, it’s extremely helpful to know about the space you’re working in. Mobile phones and tablets have made it much more practical to carry images of your rooms and floor plans with you.

With that in mind, showing your sales reps a few photos of the room or rooms that you want to furnish can help direct you to the ideal furniture pieces for your space. Snap a few photos of your place (in good light) to show the salesperson.

Furniture Shopping Checklist

Here’s a little pre-shopping checklist for your next trip to Baer’s Furniture:

  • Measure your floor space

  • Take pictures of your room(s)

  • Pack color samples from your palette

  • Make a list of any furniture you would like to see or inquire about

  • Give yourself enough time so that you don’t feel rushed

With over a dozen retail locations, Baer’s Furniture is proud of our relationship with the Florida residential community. We look forward to assisting you with your shopping and decorating.