Cyber Monday isn't just for tech - how to bag some furniture and bedding bargains too

If Black Friday fell a little too early for payday, then Cyber Monday could be your second chance to nab a deal

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Cyber Monday is not as well-known a discount shopping event as Black Friday. To be honest, until last year many of our team were still asking what is Cyber Monday? 

So let us start by explaining that Cyber Monday is a digital-only discount shopping event that always takes place on the Monday following Black Friday. It started out as a tech-dominated event, however, in recent years we've seen homeware brands continue their Black Friday deals on to the Monday and rebranding it as 'Cyber Monday.' The term is very much a hangover from when IRL shopping was a bigger thing, as the offers were available online (hence the 'cyber' part), unlike Black Friday deals that could be shopped in-store.

This year, we've already seen that you'll be able to pick up the best mattress at low prices with the Simba Black Friday sale. Furniture brand La Redoute ignored the Black Friday terminology altogether calling their furniture deals part of 'Cyber Week.'
 

What is Cyber Monday?

A desk built into a blue-painted home library

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Cyber Monday, was introduced for the first time only in 2005 to encourage people to shop online. If only they knew what the future of Black Friday would hold! Now Black Friday has spread to the digital world too and becoming more than just a one-day event (more like one-week, if not month), the lines between Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events have become somewhat blurred in recent years. 

Here are some of the retailers participating in this year's Cyber Monday sale with their dedicated pages worth keeping an eye on:

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What is the difference between Cyber Monday and Black Friday?

Different retailers tackle the distinction between their Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers in various ways. 

Some brands combine the two, while others have different offers on Friday and Monday to differentiate between the two a bit more. Some just continue their existing offers from Black Friday but online only, not in-store. For example this year The White Company, actually calling there offer 'The White Weekend' is running its deal of 20% off sitewide until midnight on Monday.

Is it best to shop Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Waiting until Cyber Monday is like waiting for the tail end of the sales offering, retailers do occasionally drop prices even further, but you run the risk of the best items selling out. In our experience, the best deals are nearly always to be had on Black Friday itself, a.k.a today.

Also after last year's run on the air fryer deals, and what looks to be a similar situation with dehumidifier deals this year we know first-hand that the best deals nearly always sell out by Cyber Monday. We've already seen the lowest deal on the Ninja Dual zone 9.5L air fryer sell out at Amazon. The White Company and Argos have also been selling out fo some of their best-discounted pieces, so today is ideally your best shot to land the best discount prices. 

However, if you do miss the Black Friday sale we're keeping track of the best Cyber Monday deals to help you still pick up that air fryer for your gran or a new sofa for yourself before prices jump back up again. 

FAQs

How long does Cyber Monday last?

Originally, Cyber Monday offers would become available for one day only - the Monday after Thanksgiving. But these days, some retailers run their Cyber Monday deals from the weekend before, finishing on Monday.

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Does Amazon do Cyber Monday?

Amazon is currently running its Black Friday Week deals, which started this Monday 20th November and ends on Cyber Monday, the 27th November. So instead of calling the event Cyber Monday as such, the online retailer combined the Black Friday and Cyber Monday into one whole week of offers, discounts and bargains.

Happy online shopping! We’re off to peruse the deals on offer some more and probably spend some cash in the process.

News Writer

Sara Hesikova has been Ideal Home’s News Writer since July 2023, bringing the Ideal Home’s readership breaking news stories from the world of home decor and interiors, as well as trend-led pieces, shopping round-ups and more. Graduating from London College of Fashion with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism in 2016, she got her start in niche fashion and lifestyle magazines like Glass and Alvar as a writer and editor before making the leap into interiors, working with the likes of 91 Magazine and copywriting for luxury bed linen brand Yves Delorme among others. She feels that fashion and interiors are intrinsically connected – if someone puts an effort into what they wear, they most likely also care about what they surround themselves with.