The biggest annual shopping event Black Friday is nearly here and we think it is the best time to pick up a bargain on bigger items such as a sofa or chest of drawers that you’ve been saving for.
Black Friday takes place the day after Thanksgiving and runs until Cyber Monday, however most major retailers begin their deals a week before. And in the case of Amazon last year, deals launch as much as a fortnight ahead of the main day.
But this year, the retailer has gone one further and started its sale already. Yes, a whole month early. To keep up with the best early Amazon Black Friday deals, read our guide. Other retailers including Currys PC World, Boots, O2, Superdrug and AO have also started their sales early too.
It’s ideal timing if you’re moving house, or have bought and need more furniture or to buy your own white goods, as no one likes spending money on a washing machine.
Leading up to the sale, and throughout it, we’ll be regularly updating our guides to the best deals, to help you navigate the many offers available.
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When is Black Friday?
The 2020 sale will take place on Friday 27 November and run through to Cyber Monday, 30 November.
While the main event lasts for four days, some retailers have already kicked off their Black Friday sales with early bird deals, with the likes of Amazon launching a pre-sale a whole month before the day itself, and Superdrug and Boots following suit. We’re expecting other brands to kick off their sales even earlier than last year, too.
The furniture Black Friday deals to expect
Shoppers had a huge selection of deals to enjoy last year, including Marks & Spencer who reduced its furniture prices by up to 50 per cent, across products like sofas, mattresses and beds, with a section dedicated to deals that would be delivered in time for Christmas.
Contemporary brand Swoon also gave customers 25 per cent of all its full price items on-site, applied automatically at checkout, while Made offered free delivery and 20 per cent of selected lines from its stylish line up of beds, sofas and coffee tables.
As for 2020, Wayfair has revealed that its Black Friday sale will run from 20 November to 4 December, meaning there will be two weeks worth of deals to enjoy. It will be offering free shipping on all orders between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with sofas from £249 and beds and mattresses from £99. Keep your eyes peeled for more details closer to the time.
ScS has also already announced its Black Friday 2020 sale. Running from 17 to 30 November, the brand will be offering up to 65 per cent off sofas and carpets, as well as an extra £25 off voucher which can be spent both online and in-store.
Further discounts will be available on Black Friday itself, with up to 30 per cent off brands such as Endurance, Pepe & Atlas and Inspire.
Sofa Workshop is offering 40 per cent off everything on its website for the whole of November, with some discounts of more than £1,000. All of its pieces are handmade in its own workshops, making each sofa bespoke.
Last year, Habitat also had an extensive line up of deals last year that were up for grabs until 2 December, including £150 off all sideboards and £75 off dressing tables.
Sofology took an environmentally conscious approach in 2019, planting a tree for every sofa sold between 29 November and 8 December.
Carpetright had up to 50 per cent off its carpets and flooring, while for soft furnishings and finishing touches of decor, Zara Home offered 20 per cent for customers on its app, and Oliver Bonas had 25 per cent discounts across selected lines.
How to get the best Black Friday furniture deals?
For some brands such as Oliver Bonas, customers can get early access to sales by signing up to its newsletter and creating an account ahead of Black Friday.
We think the key to making the most of this annual event is not getting sucked into discounts that look too good to be true.
Instead, come up with a list of products you're actually interested in before the big day. That way, you won’t buy things you don’t actually want, but look a good deal.
Shop around for the best price, and make sure you know the actual RRP of the product, so you’ll know a good deal when you see one.
When shopping for bulkier items, keep in mind too that delivery times will often be longer so keep your eyes peeled for details on whether or not your new sofa will arrive by Christmas.
Here at IndyBest, our team will also be handpicking the biggest savings to shop throughout Black Friday, so make sure you check back here regularly. We’ll also be covering TVs, laptops, fashion, beauty and kids toys.
How long will the Black Friday discounts last?
The main day is Friday 27 November, and for the majority of retailers and homewares brands, Cyber Monday is typically the last day to bag a bargain, but some do extend their offers into early December, such as Habitat did in 2019.
For a full list of stores expected to get involved, we’ve rounded up the retailers taking part in Black Friday, and they range from fashion, homewares, tech, beauty and gaming brands, such as Asos, AO, BT, John Lewis & Partners and M&S.
Read more on Black Friday 2020
How to get the best Black Friday deals this year – When the sale starts, how to get the best savings, and how to prepare
Best Amazon Black Friday deals – There will be millions of deals, so check in here for our pick of the best
Best John Lewis & Partners Black Friday deals – With great deals on quality fashion, beauty, tech, kids and homeware brands, it will be a go-to for many
Best Currys PC World Black Friday deals – For everything from TVs to laptops, and kettles to coffee machines
Best Argos Black Friday deals – Covering everything from kids to homewares and fitness to DIY
Best Apple Black Friday deals – The tech giant is notorious for not participating in Black Friday, so how can you find deals on Apple products? Find out in our guide
Best Black Friday tech deals – Whether it’s a new phone contract or noise-cancelling headphones, you’ll find the best deal here
Best Black Friday TV deals – Update your at-home cinema experience without paying full price with our featured deals
Best Black Friday laptop deals – There’s hundreds of pounds to be saved on laptops from big-name brands such as Apple, Microsoft and HP
Best Black Friday gaming deals – Struggling to choose which console to buy, or after a new controller or game? Here's our expert guide
Best Black Friday home appliances deals – Now’s the time to upgrade your vacuum cleaner or coffee machine
Best Black Friday fashion deals – Whether its a pair of boots or a coat, treat yourself to new season essentials
Best Black Friday beauty deals – Stock up on your favourites across make-up, skincare, haircare and fragrance
Best Black Friday kids’ toys deals – Get your Christmas shopping done and dusted, with deals from Disney, Lego, Playmobil and more
Best Black Friday mattress deals – Rest easy with big discounts for brands such as Emma, Eve Sleep and Simba
The stores taking part in Black Friday – Our predictions based on last year, which we’ll be updating as the deals begin