Post # 1
My fiance’ and I will be moving in together at the end of the summer. Right now I’m in a furnished apartment (I have a little furniture) and he’s at his parents house. He has some furniture.
We’re going to need a couch and a dining room table.
Should we buy something cheap from Target, or save up for pieces that’ll last eons?
Also, I’ve read that Rooms to Go is poor quality and to spring for Ethan Allen or Pottery Barn. What do you think?
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s one or the other. Since it’s your first house, maybe you can find something used or midpriced until you decide on how you would like to decorate a home for the long run.
Post # 4
i would think about how many times you will be moving this furniture. we waited to buyer nicer stuff until we had a house, so we wouldnt have to move it as much and it didnt get dinged up.
anyway, if you go pottery barn, read reviews online and look for stuff on clearance in the store.
some ikea furniture is made of real wood and longer lasting than others. i try to buy higher quality items if i’m sitting or sleeping on them, and go cheaper for less used items like dressers, end tables, etc.
Post # 5
@kerensa: Ideally, we won’t be moving unless a career forces us to move.
It makes sense to buy cheaper on less often used items. I hadn’t thought of that. I certainly won’t buy anything until we have the keys to the house; I don’t want to buy a big table and we only have an eat-in kitchen.
Post # 6
I am a huge fan of Ethan Allen furniture. It’s beautiful, well designed, and very well made, and I have a lot of it in my house. Another huge benefit of buying from EA is that they have professional interior designers who can help you plan your entire room, even if you’re only buying a few pieces from them. They’ll give you expert advice on selecting pieces that will coordinate with each other and help you avoid making costly mistakes when selecting upholstery.
Another thing I will recommend is that you pay attention to when EA has its floor sample or warehouse sales. I’ve been able to get some fabulous deals on their floor samples or warehouse merchandise over the years.
Post # 7
@louanneandmike: We got our dining room table from Target and I love it, we’ve always gotten compliments about how high quality it is, and we’ve had it for about 3 years
Post # 8
I see you are in Charlotte. So am I. Because we live so close to Hickory and High Point, we are lucky that we can get quality furniture for a lot less than others can get it. For example, Pottery Barn actually uses Mitchell Gold to make their sofas and chairs. There is a Mitchell Gold outlet up Hwy 321. 321 also has several other outlets. Thomasville makes outstanding furniture, and there are numerous Thomasville outlets around the area. Also, there are some great furniture stores selling good quality furniture for much less than you would find anywhere else behind the Pepsi plant on South Blvd. They look scary from the outside but are perfectly safe and legit because they buy the leftovers from the spring and fall furniture markets in High Point. We got a multi-thousand dollar couch for about a third of its value there. If you need other ideas, pm me. By no means should you pay retail for Pottery Barn or Ethan Allen around here.
Post # 9
Don’t limit yourself to a brand. Move in, figure out your decorating style for the house and how to combine your possessions. Then just shop for the piece based on the look you want to acheive. Quality is important but quality isn’t limited to a single brand. Our house has been furnished by Haverty’s, Gardiner’s, Target, Walmart, Ikea, Hobby Lobby, you get the idea. We even scored a deal on a $1K table set being sold by someone who was renovating their home for $400. Pottery Barn is great but that doesn’t mean it will have the style table you need or want. Or it may. But keep your eyes peeled. 🙂
Post # 10
Look all over the place. Most of our furniture is from Ashley and Rooms to Go (and we’ve never had issues with any of it). My in-laws have a lot from Haverty’s. And sometimes you can find some really good pieces at Target, IKEA, etc.
I personally prefer to spend a bit more for quality furniture that will last. But there are numerous places where you can do that.
Post # 11
I agree with the other bees. Look around for pieces you like and don’t limit yourself to a brand or a particular store. It’s ok to mix higher end pieces with cheaper ones. Splurge on things that will get more use like a couch, bed, kitchen table. Save on items that are rarely used or out of sight light side tables, guest room furniture, etc.
Also if you find a piece at a high end retailer, look around to see who else sells that brand to find a better deal. I fell in love with a couch at Z Gallerie but it was way too expensive at $1400 (and we wanted 2 of them). I got the brand of the couch and looked up to see what other retailers carry that brand. I ended up getting that same couch, in a custom fabric for $695!!! Bottom line, look for deals and do your research.
Post # 12
Going ‘cheap’ at first isn’t necessarily the smartest decision. Because if you buy a cheap couch and it only lasts for a couple years, then whatever money you spent on it is sort of wasted. As long as you know what you want and have a sense of what your style is, it’s a good idea to buy well made furniture especially if you own a house.
Post # 13
We have a mixture of everything in our house.
Our first apartment was mostly hand-me-down’s and Ikea stuff but over time we have upgraded pieces. Dont focus on the brand name, focus on the quality. If you are like us and will use a dining table 5 times a year, then maybe buy a less expensive one for now and splurge on a sofa.
Post # 14
@namarie: I was going to point out the same thing. I’m just outside of Charlotte also. Darling Husband & I just spent a weekend browsing the furniture outlets up in Hickory. Definitely some great deals to be found there. We’re slowly working on replacing some of our older pieces & pieces that have come from our previous marriages. I’m also going to make a note that we need to go check out the South Blvd area! Thanks for that info!
Post # 15
It really depends. If it’s something trendy, I’d go for cheaper. If it’s a classic peice you know you’ll want for years to come, it may be worth it to invest in better quality. And like others have mentioned, how much wear and tear is a factor too; the quality of an end-table isn’t as important as the quality of a couch you’ll sit on every day.
Post # 16
@louanneandmike: I think it depends on a number of things. Are you looking for just one couch? Are you planning on moving in the near future? What’s your budget?
Last summer my Dad purchased an entire living room suite for my Fiance and me. I got to pick it out and everything. The only problem is now we’re moving across the country and my couches and chair and a half are overstuffed (super plush and deep). They were ultra expensive and while beautiful, I’m sort of kicking myself for getting them. Being they’re the main reasons why we’re not just giving away everything and starting fresh. Additionally, they are heavy, like super heavy. I can barely move one end of the sofa. So keep in mind, if you plan on doing any moving, buy something that’s easy to transport.