Post # 1
We’ve been in the market for some new living room furniture for a while now but haven’t really found what we’re looking for, for the price that we’re willing to spend. I was at Big Lots yesterday and browsed their furniture section only to find like 5 different options that would work perfectly for us and were crazy cheap. Darling Husband and I are going to go back today so he can see the them first hand but I know he’s going to like them as much as I do. My concern is obviously the fact that the furniture is from a discount store. While cheap, if it breaks or rips or whatever in a year, we’ll have thrown away the money that we could have put towards some nice quality pieces.
Does anyone have any first hand experience that they can share? Online reviews are pretty mixed.
Post # 3
My experience with Ikea furniture (which is cheap, and has a reputation for falling apart), is that if you treat it nicely it will last longer than if you treat it roughly. That being said, I am small. My fiance is larger. The furniture I used in my apartment would not have lasted as long for him as it did for me. I hope this helps!
What kind of furniture are you looking at?
Post # 4
@peachacid: We love Ikea though we haaaaaated the couch/futon thing that we bought from them. We had to use bed pillows just to cushion our asses when we’d want to watch TV! lol
At first we were thinking about just getting 2 nicer recliners since we have a couch that’s in great condition but lately I’ve been thinking about a sectional instead.
I liked this one but I just saw online that its faux leather which won’t really interest us. Looks nice, though…
And this, which would probably be a bit more sturdy fabric wise…
Post # 5
I got a bed from big lots about 8 years ago and I just now had to replace it. I think if you look at it in detail you’ll be able to evaluate if it’s of good quality or not. Hope it works out for ou!
Post # 6
I think, honestly, that cheaper furniture does fall apart more quickly. I’d look for a place that was going out of business, which will mean the prices will be lower and the quality higher. Or, finance some furniture. Places are always saying things like, No Interest Until 2018!!!
Post # 7
My advice would do a search on Craigslist. A lot of time small furniture shops in an area advertise there and you might find some quality furniture for a great price. We did that two years ago and our furniture is still in great condition and we paid a fraction of what you pay at a retail store.
Post # 8
I did buy some stuff from Ikea some good and some bad. When I bought my condo I got nicer stuff and in my opinion it last way longer. Look at the quality and material then make a chioce. I also think buying something that a bit more expensive because it has better quality is a better choice as in the long run it will save you money as you won’t have to replace or upgrade things frequently.
Post # 9
It’s not so much where you buy it, but what brand it is. I know Big Lots sells Simmons (which is what that fabric couch is–I have that one saved on Pinterest lol) and Ashley furniture, which is good quality stuff.
Post # 10
Fiance has a couch from Big Lots and it’s done well for him over the past 2 years. We’re actually taking it with us when we get married. He isn’t the type to go easy on his stuff either, plus he shared it with his brother, and it doesn’t actually have any wear-and-tear. I don’t think it’s as good quality as you’d find at a real furniture store, but it sure is good for what he paid for it!
Post # 11
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Hey! I have couches from Big Lots and they are Ashley Furniture brand. They are GREAT! They are the microsuede ones, and we paid about $600 for both of them.
An Ektorp 3-seat at Ikea (which was our old couch) was $550 for just 1 couch and it lasted us a year. It was a piece of CRAP.
These couches (Ashley Furniture) are great quality. I would totally recommend them.
The only shit thing was the store we bought them from didn’t have delivery. Don’t know if thats a Big Lots thing or just at our location.
Post # 12
I looked once when I was single and saw decent stuff. Only thing I’d recommend is try to stay away from a couch that cushions don’t come off of. They tend to wear out and sink in fast. Kind of like a bed you can’t flip, then if it stains, it will always show. Instead I went to a local high end furniture store and bought something from their discount area of cancelled orders and floor models and got a killer deal for better quality.
Post # 13
I’ve never been in a Big Lots, but I am diggin’ the second set you posted.
Post # 14
Thanks for the feedback. Both of the couches I’ve posted are Simmons which seems like a pretty reputable brand. I think I’m leaning towards the fabric couch and it’s only $699. We’d spend at least twice that from an actual furniture store.
Post # 15
We bought a couch and loveseat from Big Lots because we needed something cheap (we were in college that would last for a little while, we don’t plan on keeping anything for a hugely long time due to moving so often with the Army, we know even the best furniture can get harmed, torn, etc.). So far it’s held up awesome, it looks just like we took it home from the store, still as comfy, though we’re not real rough on it, no kids just us. We also got the Ashley brand which helped us feel better about buying from there. Good luck with whatever you decide.
Post # 16
I bought my entire living room suite from Big Lots and LOVE them!! We have a sectional, recliner and ottoman from Big Lots. The sectional we have is similar to the ones posted above. Have had them for 3 years. They are GREAT!!!! They have held up great. We are BIG couch users and have 2 cats and the couch is awesome!