Tips for Navigating the Pacific Design Center

Tips for Navigating the Pacific Design Center

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Marcia Prentice
Mar 21, 2011

This is WestWeek at the Pacific Design Center (PDC), the large, annual design industry event. As part of WestWeek, the Pacific Design Center welcomes all design enthusiasts this coming Saturday. But, because the design center is normally reserved for trade professionals, it can be intimidating to the average consumer.

We asked one of our favorite designers who is a veteran when it comes to shopping design centers, Sandra Espinet, to give us a few tips for shopping the PDC.

Things To Do:

  • Go prepared with your sizes and colors. The design center is huge and it is easy to get sidetracked.
  • Do take a tape measure with you. You should measure the pieces you like.
  • Do ask salespeople for "tear sheets" (photos of the furniture you are interested in)
  • Hire a "designer for the day" via the PDC services. They can walk around with you to answer design questions and help you navigate the showrooms.

Things Not To Do:

  • Do not assume the salespeople are designers.
  • Do not assume the salesperson knows the size and scale that is best for your house.
  • Do not take photos with your digital camera or phone. Ask first because most showrooms do not allow photography - it's considered a no-no!
  • Do not take fabric samples with you. Fabric "memo" samples need to be checked out and require permission from the salesperson you are working with.
  • Do not try and negotiate. Discounts are only available to the registered trade.

Image: Sandra Espinet

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