Tipping Furniture Delivery

by Claire Valenty on April 9, 2010

in Tipping

tipping furniture etiquette

Tipping furniture delivery people falls into that weird area where we should tip someone who does a good job (lugging heavy furniture and appliances around is absolutely no fun), but, the custom in this category is not to tip. Most companies that do such deliveries have a no tipping furniture delivery personnel policy, which will make you feel pretty silly when the furniture delivery person turns down your tip.

Tipping furniture delivery people, however, is a much debated topic. If it is in your nature to tip regardless of what is the “norm”, contact the delivery company beforehand and ask what their policy is on tipping. If tipping is allowed and the delivery people do a good job (not just dump the box and leave, but, actually take the time to set everything up and make sure you like it AND, most importantly, stick to that lovely six hour delivery window the store provides), then probably $10 tip per delivery person would be a nice surprise to them. But, if you can not afford to tip or do not feel that it is appropriate, from my research, I have discovered, although they would be extremely thankful if they did receive a tip, most furniture delivery people do not expect one. Which is good news for me, because I have never tipped one, nor did it even enter my brain to do so!

Regardless of your view of tipping furniture delivery people, you should always have cold drinks on hand for them. They will be very appreciative!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul November 9, 2011 at 3:16 am

I do not know where you got this information from. Not only is it misleading, it is just not true. Here’s the point: Tipping comes form the heart; it is a gesture of appreciation for a job well done. Most retailers are in no position to dictate tipping policies as the delivery persons are Contracted, and NOT employed by them.

The main problem people have with tipping is they place different values on various services. Subsequently, a person will not tip the delivery man $20.00 but would gladly tip a Lawyer $100.00 for winning the case.

I have done deliveries and assemblies of many different household goods for more than ten years. From furniture and appliances to fitness and recreational equipment, I have done it all. I have received good tips and bad tips. However, not once have I refused one. I also tip for all good services as well: I tip the cable guy, the fuel attendant, the waitress and the tire repair man. NO SWEAT.

I really believe if people need to read an etiquette guide on how much to tip for services, they do not want to tip at all. As I said before, tipping comes from the heart. Most people do not need to be taught how to be affectionate. Tipping is just another affectionate gesture people should practice.

Blackjack September 9, 2016 at 4:31 am

Wow! Tip a lawyer for winning a case. What if the lawyer loses, do you not have to pay the fee? It’s nice to receive a tip – even if you do nothing at all. Like getting money from the government – so that you will vote for the crooks.

Elizabeth January 19, 2018 at 10:40 pm

I’m checking this, not because I don’t want to tip, but because I am going to ask the furniture delivery people I expect on Sunday to do a little something extra for me, and I want to make sure I am current on the customary tip, so they don’t feel taken advantage of.

My parents always tipped delivery people, landscape workers, handymen, hair stylists–just about any kind of service industry worker who sometimes receives tips from anybody else! Maybe that’s because my parents worked as a waitress and a cab driver, and they knew how the tip income supplements the hourly rate in many, many service sector jobs. And you better believe that companies that employ these workers factor the expectation of tipping into their own (usually low) pay scales!

My husband and I also worked as servers and bartenders, so we are not likely to forget this lesson. I find that people who balk a tipping are usually those who never had a blue-collar job and don’t appreciate the value of manual labor.

Tipping an attorney? I’ve never heard of that, except maybe on The Sopranos, and I am pretty sure that is illegal or at least unethical. Would you tip a doctor? An airline pilot? Every legal secretary I have ever asked has said their attorneys really want for their efforts is your recommendation to others. My friend who is married to an attorney says the same, but that if the firm does a lot of work for you or you see them socially, they do appreciate a fruit basket or nice bottle of something, as appropriate (wine, olive oil, fancy preserves).

Jack Sims November 16, 2018 at 7:41 pm

Here is a tip…if your attorney can get the job done without telling any lies…tip them. And don’t worry…you won’t be tipping. They collect in the form of fees that are often legislated…legislated by and for attorneys.

I am tipping my men 10 each for delivering an oversized recliner.

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