OT: Where do you buy furniture?

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Submitted by all on November 4, 2009 - 3:01pm

I need a new set for the living room. I don't feel like shopping at Ikea again and I would like to keep it under $2,000 for sofa/loveseat/chair/coffee table/end table. This is something that we kind of like and fits the budget: http://www.jeromes.com/en/browse/living-...

So far I was told by several acquaintances not to shop at Mor and not to purchase the 'stain' insurance. Any additional advice would be highly appreciated.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on November 4, 2009 - 3:03pm.

yard sales

Submitted by SmellsFeeshy on November 4, 2009 - 3:10pm.

Interesting thread. I've been curious about this myself. The furniture that I currently have is all from Ikea. Eventually when I finally buy a place I'd like to upgrade to something nicer but I'm definitely not going to drop a few grand on a couch.

I went to Mor a while ago and was surprised how expensive their stuff was. I was expecting it to be slightly more than IKEA but it was definitely a fair amount more.

Submitted by desmond on November 4, 2009 - 3:17pm.

Furniture consignment, antique shops. You will be shocked how much is out there. Quality stuff and at least 50% below new furniture prices. I will never buy new again.And I hate to furniture shop.

Submitted by SmellsFeeshy on November 4, 2009 - 3:19pm.

If you don't mind used furniture Craigslist has tons of deals. But personally there are certain things where I would never buy anything used (a bed for instance). For a couch I would probably be ok with it as long as its in great condition.

Submitted by briansd1 on November 4, 2009 - 3:27pm.

If you like Jerome's you're hopeless... (joking here).

Ultra suede is way out of date. Don't do two-tone.

In that price range, try Plummers. Crate and Barrel is better but more expensive.

Realtors love to stage using West Elm.

Craigslist and yard sales are good too.

Submitted by CBad on November 4, 2009 - 3:28pm.

I swear I'm not snobby but that's a pretty low dollar amount for that much new furniture. I would think new your only chance of meeting that limit would be places like Jerome's or Ikea. And hey, nothing wrong with those options if you are OK with the quality and like it. But I wouldn't expect the pieces to last forever. If it were me, I'd spring for the good quality couches and go used on the occasional tables. If you get used, good quality wood occasional tables you could always refinish the pieces to match wood stains or get lucky and find a grouping for a good deal on Craigslist. Or go unfinished and do them yourself. Personally, I hate furniture shopping so I pick classic, good quality stuff that will last.

The one recommendation I would have is to get microfiber fabric on the couches, especially if you have kids.

Submitted by all on November 4, 2009 - 3:53pm.

CBad wrote:

The one recommendation I would have is to get microfiber fabric on the couches, especially if you have kids.

We do have kids. The set I linked seemed convenient. It is bright, but the pillows are microfiber, can be bought separately, they can be flipped and taken off and washed.
Ashley's, Jerome's, Mor and few other places carry the stuff that fits in the budget. I wish I could spend more, but we just bought this place and there are a few things asking for my attention.
I plan to get the dinning set through CL. I would prefer not to purchase used living room set.

Submitted by edna_mode on November 4, 2009 - 4:09pm.

If you go used, check the crevices really carefully for bedbugs:

http://www.myopenwallet.net/2006/09/bad-...

http://bedbugblog.blogspot.com/

Those suckers are really hard to get rid of. They can live in non-upholstered furniture too.

Submitted by davelj on November 4, 2009 - 4:52pm.

briansd1 wrote:

Realtors love to stage using West Elm.

Personally, I like EQ3. It's a bit more expensive and of better quality than IKEA, but definitely not "expensive." And a bit more consciously retro/mod than West Elm.

http://eq3.com/cat-eq3/index.html

Submitted by bearnanke on November 4, 2009 - 5:12pm.

Your price seems pretty craigslist... but here are some original ideas/places:

http://www.furniture-heaven.net/
(heard good things)

http://www.trappingsinc.com/
(used them, very happy, willing to work with you and build custom at a low price. have floor inventory that they sometimes want to unload)

Submitted by carli on November 4, 2009 - 5:30pm.

A couple more suggestions -

1) Try www.costco.com, which has way more furniture options than you see in the warehouses. I haven't personally bought furniture from them but I assume it's decent quality and they seem to have quite a few things that are sold in sets.

2) Try Home Goods, which is owned by the same company that owns Marshall's and TJ Maxx and has some decent furniture - not a lot of sofas but good selection of chairs, rugs, end/coffee tables, etc.

Good luck!

Submitted by jpinpb on November 4, 2009 - 5:44pm.

Z Gallerie has select furniture. Lawrance in Hillcrest is pricey. Legends Furniture is also another place that has a decent selection.

Submitted by PlnrBoy on November 4, 2009 - 5:35pm.

World Market is great and good quality. Bought a entertainment center there. Compared to Jeromes it is 100% better (real wood, not particle board). No sofas but tables and rugs, etc...

Submitted by fun4vnay2 on November 4, 2009 - 6:05pm.

Furniture is something I don't want to buy used unless I am absolutely sure of condition.
Rest most of the stuff: I prefer buying online barring electronics
I bought some from furniture warehouse found over craiglist

Submitted by bubble_contagion on November 4, 2009 - 6:56pm.

Two good brands that have stores in San Diego:

http://www.boconcept.us/

http://www.ligne-roset-usa.com/

These stores sell chairs and coffee tables for around $2,000. Expect to pay more for a sofa or loveseat.

Submitted by zzz on November 4, 2009 - 7:51pm.

Just my opinion, Jeromes has very poor quality furniture and I think you'll end up having to replace it in a couple of years. I think you're going to need to pay 2k just for a good couch set ( full couch, loveseat and chair). If you want a good set of chairs+ dining table, I echo the World Market suggestion. Real wood and they do a lot of sales so you could pick something up for around $600 for a dining set.

For the couches, I would go to Macy's and buy something on sale. You will find much higher quality designers, fabrics, etc. They do a lot of sales and have a decent selection. Years ago I bought a microfiber set, thick microfiber that wiped clean from any spills. 7 years of use and it still looked new, the cushions were still great and no one would even have guessed it was 7 years old. I finally sold it on craigslist as I wanted an Italian leather set, but I think I could have used the set for many more years.

I also really like BoConcept but I don't think that will fit your budget

Submitted by JerseyGrl on November 4, 2009 - 7:57pm.

We bought Mitchell Gold sofa/chairs; I think you can find some at Restoration or Z gallerie. Love it. No kids, so things last awhile for us.

I remember my mother saying she should have bought the cheap stuff when we were kids. My brother and I beat the stuffing out of her good stuff!

Submitted by sdduuuude on November 4, 2009 - 9:14pm.

Try Trappings in Cardiff.

They have a tiny "showroom." You basically shop out of their catalogs and they take a small markup. The prices are very good and they are very organized. Worth the drive from virtually anywhere in the county.

Submitted by briansd1 on November 5, 2009 - 9:52am.

davelj wrote:

Personally, I like EQ3. It's a bit more expensive and of better quality than IKEA, but definitely not "expensive." And a bit more consciously retro/mod than West Elm.

http://eq3.com/cat-eq3/index.html

www.cb2.com is similar also.

I like mid-century modern. Good for downtown apartments and small spaces.

My favorite of the big stores would be

www.dwr.com and

www.roomandboard.com

But they're out to OP's price range and the styling is much different also.

Submitted by cv2 on November 5, 2009 - 5:19pm.

What do you guys think of Ethan Allen? It is very expensive but I think the quality is really good.

Submitted by beatrix on November 5, 2009 - 9:33pm.

I have not bought furniture there but they have amazing deals on furniture that Costco sells, at two stores called "GTM" in Lemon Grove and Santee. (They are mainly an odd-lot store, but carry a bunch of products that Costco sells, including clothes and household stuff, for less than Costco actually sells it for.)

They do not have a great selection, usually one of a kind and just a few pieces, more reliably in the
Lemon Grove store -- but what I have seen there has been pretty attractive, ranging from leather chairs and couches to upholstered "La-Z-Boy" type stuff. I am sure it must be made in China, etc., because the prices are generally $300 for a chair and $400-700 for a sofa, but it looks comparable to what you would find in Macy's, and its quality is likely better than what you find at Jerome's.
If you have time to wait until something you like shows up there, it seems like a good option.

Submitted by equalizer on November 5, 2009 - 9:42pm.

carli wrote:
A couple more suggestions -

1) Try www.costco.com, which has way more furniture options than you see in the warehouses. I haven't personally bought furniture from them but I assume it's decent quality and they seem to have quite a few things that are sold in sets.

2) Try Home Goods, which is owned by the same company that owns Marshall's and TJ Maxx and has some decent furniture - not a lot of sofas but good selection of chairs, rugs, end/coffee tables, etc.

Good luck!


Costco is only place with return policy. Heard someone who complained about sofas sagging 6 month later and got full refund.

Submitted by Bitter Renter on November 5, 2009 - 10:18pm.

http://www.realdealfurniture.com

Check out the reviews on yelp, etc.

Submitted by Raybyrnes on November 5, 2009 - 10:31pm.

If you have a truck and time craigslist is the way to go .

If not, I would suggest opening up a Macy's card to waiting for a sale and buying a complete matching set. It is good furniture, they deliver right to your house and you will enjoy it.

They do not negotiate much but you can get them to throw in the delivery if you badger them a bit. I have owned my furniture for 2 years and have no regrets.

Submitted by propertysearcha... on January 7, 2010 - 9:42pm.

TRAPPINGS!!! TRAPPINGS!!! TRAPPINGS!!!

I bought both our living room and family room from trappings and LOVE it. There is NO comparison.
There are so many options. Our home looked like it was professionally designed because the ladies who work there are actual designers. I took in the measurements of our room and they were able to find couches, chairs and ottomans in the exact size and style that would work for the room. Then they go through hundreds of designer fabrics to match pillows, chairs etc. I ended up buying matching silk fabric for the window treatments and the rooms looked awesome.
I spent $2000 for a designer sofa, two chairs and ottoman in the living room.
I spent $2,200 for a 12 foot sectional, 2 chairs and another ottoman for the family room.
The only drawback is you have to wait 6 weeks for them to build the furniture. It is sooo worth it.
I just have to say as well. After living with Ikea and Jeromes etc there is no comparison in quality. It is nice stuff.

Submitted by svelte on April 30, 2010 - 6:13pm.

We buy whereever there is furniture exactly to our liking.

We don't necessarily care if it lasts forever - our taste is gonna change in 5-10 years anyway. As long as it lasts a few years, we're good to go.

Submitted by sreeb on April 30, 2010 - 8:01pm.

Craigs list.

Auctions.

Submitted by Nicole on April 30, 2010 - 10:16pm.

I like JC Penney for upholstery. I like to buy upholstery new, but my tastes and color choices change everyone 5-7 years so I don't like to spend too much.

Submitted by AK on May 1, 2010 - 12:33pm.

If you don't mind a bit of a drive, try Al's Woodcraft in Tustin.

Submitted by racer76 on May 2, 2010 - 10:35am.

You should warn people about clicking on that link to Jeromes.

I just threw up a little in my mouth!

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