Lifestyles Report…Before you order

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After many years, I finally put together my version of a home theater. I love theater- movies, television and all things associated with it. I’ve been saving movie posters and movie memorabilia for a while and now I have a spot to display it properly. I have just put the finishing touches on the room that is painted in a color called burnt toast. I wanted chairs that had a retro feel and something that reminded me of the lobby of a beautiful movie house.

I couldn’t find the chairs locally but I did find them on the Internet. A Google search of “home theater” brought up tons of things to choose from. I found a company called Home Cinema.com and found these great black velvet chairs with a tufted back, trimmed in nail heads. I had never purchased anything online bigger than a pair of shoes; this was going to be interesting. What if the company was not real or the furniture never comes? I read all the reviews from past clients and felt like I could take a chance. Although, some did tell stories of putting the furniture together and what a struggle it was, in some cases they had to actually build the furniture. Look out for that fine print that says some assembly required and then read closely at exactly what you will have to do. If you cannot follow instructions this type of purchase might not be for you.

Once the chairs were ordered I received a tracking number so I could see the delivery progress of my purchase. An email told me what day the chairs would come and when I called the delivery company to double check they told me the deliveryman would only deliver curbside. It is a good thing I didn’t order a big couch. The truck arrived and just like the lady on the phone said this driver, who was working alone, had plans to leave my chairs at the curb. What if it was raining? I asked him could he bring them down the driveway. He had a dolly that allowed him to do that without too much effort, but that was a far as he could go. He informed me that the majority of furniture bought on line is not brought inside the house. I’m so lucky I had a friend to help me get them inside.

I did have to attach the legs, which was easy. The chairs look great and along with the framed movie posters, nostalgic popcorn machine and antique movie camera replicas, the room is taking shape.

Before you order any furniture online or even if you buy it locally, please measure your doors first and have a plan on how you will get the item into the house. Depending on when your house was built, your doors and stairwell could be very narrow. Sending furniture back that is bought online is expensive and the person who brings it will not take it back. I felt even better about my purchase when I saw a chair almost identical to the one I bought at HomeGoods for about $150 more.

If you are looking for modern and interesting furniture try Overstock.com they have great pieces and remember to have help bringing it inside.

(Email the columnist at debbie­norrell@aol.com)

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