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Where to buy furniture
Feb 06, 2013, 09:02 AMmountainbeach
Where to buy furniture
The time is creeping up on us to get new a couch and chairs for the livingroom. I want to look at La-Z-Boy, and there are a few independently owned stores nearby. Any other nat'l chains you've had a good experience with? We're looking for mid-price range (not cheap that'll break down in a couple years, but at the same time not over the top) TIA
Feb 06, 2013, 09:08 AMGrapefruit
I have never bought at a chain store, preferring to go to a local vendor. I would suggest asking others for recommendations. Check on their delivery policies, warranties, etc. If you know of certain brands that interest you, you can do an online search to see who carries them.
Feb 06, 2013, 09:29 AMCaraRose
I find that buying from my local furniture store is best. I get better service even though prices may be a bit more. I get free delivery and haul away of the old pieces. And...it keeps the mom and pop shops in business.
I have bought from place like Art Van before (that a big box store in Michigan) and while the furniture was ok, the service was not.
Feb 06, 2013, 09:48 AMconrad
I think the larger, regional stores tend to carry a range of prices and quality (but probably not the lowest nor the highest). Also probably the larger selection, so it might be a place to start?
Then look at the local stores, they may be more willing to deal on prices if you are buying several pieces. Be sure to take measurements with you of your space and also notes on the sizes/prices of what you look at.
Carrying a folder/clipboard of notes can designate you as a buyer...not just a casual shopper and can tend to get you better price deals too.
Feb 06, 2013, 10:19 AMannie17
Recently had an experience with La-z-boy that I mentioned here.
The workmanship was not what it should have been. 1st they sent out someone to repair it which was a waste, then they had us return the 1st chair and pick up a new one.
I would not buy anything from them unless I see the actual piece b/4 I left the store. No seeing
a chair in the store and receiving a special order if you undertand what I am saying.
In the case where the item is faulty I think they should be picking it up and delivering the new piece rather than asking the buyer to drag chairs back and forth
Feb 06, 2013, 10:23 AMaychihuahua
I concur with the others about locally owned or regional furniture stores. That's what we usually do, since I have the time and the energy to shop around.
OTOH, my sister in MD had a wonderful experience last year dealing with her local Ethan Allen store. She has a very demanding job,long commutes and little time or patience to shop around, and her DH is no help.
So she worked with an EA associate who helped her plan her living and dining furniture arrangement, purchasing a few new pieces and working with stuff she already had. The associate made many visits to her home, took measurements and provided color consultation and custom window treatments. My sis was very pleased, and the results were wonderful.
Feb 06, 2013, 01:55 PMMay
Are you near a Nebraska Furniture Mart? They have one in Nebraska, one in Missouri and soon in Texas. They have so much furiture of different brands. Otherwise I don't think you can go wrong with Ethan Allen or any of the local furniture stores. Penneys has furniture also and I have heard good reports from there.
Feb 06, 2013, 03:02 PMjoyluck
Whichever furniture store you purchase from I would recommend finding out if they have annual or semi-annual sales. Most furniture stores do and one can save a lot of money by waiting for a sale.
We bought La-Z-Boy furniture a few years ago at a half price sale and have been happy with it. It was not floor models but were custom upholstered. We did have to wait a couple of months. However at the time we bought, our furniture was made in the US but we were told they would be outsourcing to Mexico shortly. Perhaps that accounts for the decline in quality some have mentioned.
Feb 06, 2013, 06:40 PMIndexlady
Another vote for local stores. Bought most of my furniture at one particular store over several years. They have lay-a-way, with "casual" payments--just make it regularly, whatever amount. So, I did.
One chair at a time, one table at a time.
It's mid-grade quality.
Feb 06, 2013, 08:16 PMNitalynn
I'm very much into used furniture these days, but in the past 1)we bought a lot of our initial furniture from Ethan Allen and had a very good experience, as Achi mentioned, an associate visited our home and made suggestions, etc. 2)we bought our sectional from Bassett and I don't remember any complaints 3)we bought our dining set from a local dealer (well, actually in a small town 30 miles away) and were very pleased with that transaction also.