Furniture Orders Delayed? Here’s the Best Time to Buy

As summer comes to a close, your thoughts are likely turning to everything from decorating for fall to the upcoming holiday season. One thing you’re probably not thinking about? New patio furniture – but you should be! While we believe it’s always a good idea to plan ahead, pandemic-related delays mean it’s more important than ever.

Here’s a closer look at why there’s no better time than now to place your patio furniture order for next spring or summer:

Thinking About New Patio Furniture?

Your patio furniture probably got its fair share of use this past spring and summer. Hopefully, you made many fond memories – with more on the horizon for what’s left of 2021 and into 2022.

As you’re putting away your patio this fall, upgrading to new furniture may cross your mind. This could be because your current furniture is showing signs of wear and tear or because you want to incorporate more seating, shade, and other elements into your outdoor space. Or, maybe you just want to treat yourself to something new.

Whatever the reason, planning ahead is always the key to ensuring you’ll be able to get what you want and need – when you want and need it. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it’s especially important to be proactive about furniture shopping because of several factors impacting the furniture industry and causing furniture shipping delays.

How Long Will It Take to Get Your New Furniture?

For starters, demand for new furniture is booming. With people spending more time at home today than ever before, many homeowners are realizing the value of decorating their indoor and outdoor spaces with beautiful, comfortable furniture that expresses their personal taste while providing functionality.

Surging demand isn’t the only factor leading to furniture shipping delays. The additional issues of pandemic-related production slowdowns, factory closures, and supply chain disruptions have created a perfect storm resulting in major delays for furniture customers.

Currently, most new furniture orders have a three- to six-month delay, but CNN cautions that this number is likely to grow. According to Home Furnishings Association CEO Mark Schumacher, it may take as long as a year to get furniture that you order now.

While a lot of the problems originate overseas, the reality is that even domestically-made furniture will be impacted. “We’re caught in this cycle of disruption. Every time we take two steps forward, it’s two steps back,” asserts Schumacher.

Now Is the Time to Buy New Furniture

At Porch & Patio, we take great pride in getting your new outdoor furniture to you as quickly as possible. However, if COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that some things are out of our control. Our furniture lead time is currently around 20 weeks for new orders, although this is subject to change depending on the situation. Know that we will always do everything within our power to stay on schedule and keep you informed as things do change.

When you order from Porch & Patio, you can do so with the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll get the very best customer service. While some delays may be unavoidable, communication, quality, and commitment are not. These are things you can count on at Porch & Patio.

If you’re thinking of buying new patio furniture for next spring or summer, we urge you to start shopping now and place your order as early as possible to account for COVID shipping delays and accelerate your furniture delivery. Even without a pandemic underway, it’s smart to plan ahead when furniture shopping. Right now, your patio wants and needs are top-of-mind. But will they be six or nine months from now? The takeaway is clear: If you’re wondering when to buy furniture, the answer is now.
The Porch & Patio team is eager to help you find the perfect outdoor furniture for your porch, patio, pool, deck, or other space. To start planning your outdoor area for next spring or summer, contact us today.


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