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post #106156 of 109053
Shopping for furniture is rough. Even shitty Costco furniture isn't cheap.... and why can I not find a decent credenza that was made in the last 30 years that's made of decent material / priced normally? Even the homage ones are expensive as shit.

Sigh... must I turn to the Uniqlo of furniture? Ikea?
post #106157 of 109053
At least you can like.. own furniture
I've moved every 1-3 years for the past 12 years of my life
If I had a semi-permanent place, I'd redirect my clothing budget to baller furniture (all IKEA now lol)
post #106158 of 109053
Baller furniture is orders of magnitude more expensive than baller clothes. frown.gif

While randomly browsing a few sites:
Oh hey, that's a pretty cool looking bar cabinet - $3800.
That's a pretty cool couch (and it's not from a designer so famous that I immediately recognize it) - $11000.
That dining set would fit great - $8500.

OK let me go look at Costco:
Veneer basic ass shit bedroom set: $3800. WTF?
5 pc dining set - $1200. WTF?
post #106159 of 109053
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

Shopping for furniture is rough. Even shitty Costco furniture isn't cheap.... and why can I not find a decent credenza that was made in the last 30 years that's made of decent material / priced normally? Even the homage ones are expensive as shit.

Sigh... must I turn to the Uniqlo of furniture? Ikea?
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

Baller furniture is orders of magnitude more expensive than baller clothes. frown.gif

While randomly browsing a few sites:
Oh hey, that's a pretty cool looking bar cabinet - $3800.
That's a pretty cool couch (and it's not from a designer so famous that I immediately recognize it) - $11000.
That dining set would fit great - $8500.

OK let me go look at Costco:
Veneer basic ass shit bedroom set: $3800. WTF?
5 pc dining set - $1200. WTF?

I'm facing the same trouble and I'm not even messing with sites with stuff priced like that. I've never had really nice stuff, aside from a pretty cool mod dresser set I picked up at an estate sale years back. But I've moved a few times in the last five years, each time opting to leave behind or toss a lot of stuff. When I moved in with my then-girlfriend a couple years ago, I pretty much tossed the remainder of my furniture aside from a couch I had bought a few months earlier.

Now I'm starting mostly from scratch, and even topping out my options as the CB2 level, I could pretty easily hit five-figures to furnish a two-bedroom and still probably not have everything I want or need.
post #106160 of 109053
I ended up just going with IKEA to furnish my new place, there's no real alternatives at the same price point.

Some of the new pine range is pretty nice though.
post #106161 of 109053
You could also try my approach - live in a place so small it's cheap to furnish it either way
The only item I spent more than $1000 on was my bed
post #106162 of 109053
Ikea isn't too bad. I usually get my TV stand and couch at home theatre stores, then cover the rest with Ikea. I avoid all MDF woods, Ikea you can get some nice stuff made out of pine or metal. Last week my 7 year old Poang chair finally broke, used it every day. Buying a new one is a definite, love that chair.

Re: Moving a lot, that's me. I'm at the point where I want to buy though.. I was thinking a house, but now I'm thinking an apartment. I just like smaller spaces and less stuff to worry about...
post #106163 of 109053
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

Baller furniture is orders of magnitude more expensive than baller clothes...

I've furnished an entire house in vintage Danish teak furniture from Craigslist for a song. I'm talking about a third the price of cheap IKEA crap. It's not designer Danish furniture, but it all matches and looks great. IKEA is great for buying pillows, lamps, etc. that match all of it pretty well.

In related news, we've decided to move. No more farmer zissou.
post #106164 of 109053
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

Baller furniture is orders of magnitude more expensive than baller clothes. frown.gif

While randomly browsing a few sites:
Oh hey, that's a pretty cool looking bar cabinet - $3800.
That's a pretty cool couch (and it's not from a designer so famous that I immediately recognize it) - $11000.
That dining set would fit great - $8500.

OK let me go look at Costco:
Veneer basic ass shit bedroom set: $3800. WTF?
5 pc dining set - $1200. WTF?

Welcome to owning real shit.  Clothing is a pretty inexpensive hobby, all things considered. 

 

Of course, you can do the equivalent of shopping the sales, and do that, plus drive around to vintage stores and estate sales.  Like this hobby though, it takes a tremendous amount of time and effort.  Right now, you are trying to do it all retail.  That's like walking into a top tier boutique and getting an entire wardrobe from scratch.  Even if you go to Target or whatever, you are going to drop a few thousand.  You think that agonizing over a $800 jacket is a big deal.  Wait until you watch for that $5K bed to drop to 75% off.  And you'll have to live with that bed for years.

 

Unless you are really serious about it, go to Crate and Barrel, which is probably the Banana Republic/J Crew of Furniture, and Design within Reach for the "showcase" pieces - I think that DWR is like... Acne or Our Legacy - nice enough, designery, but fairly derivative and with a lot of collaborations - with a $5-10K budget at each place, a and be done with.  If you are judicious with your budget, you can do okay with $15K or so.  If you don't have the cash, which most people don't, be like the high school students that sometimes come here.  Fill up on Ikea (Uniqlo?  The Gap?), and gradually replace with nicer things.

post #106165 of 109053
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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

Baller furniture is orders of magnitude more expensive than baller clothes. frown.gif

While randomly browsing a few sites:
Oh hey, that's a pretty cool looking bar cabinet - $3800.
That's a pretty cool couch (and it's not from a designer so famous that I immediately recognize it) - $11000.
That dining set would fit great - $8500.

OK let me go look at Costco:
Veneer basic ass shit bedroom set: $3800. WTF?
5 pc dining set - $1200. WTF?

what about those closeout showrooms? lots of where houses around, you can find them easily on craigslist bay area.

furniture consignment places have new stuff people don't want...

ikea is all garbage imo, everything i ever owned from them i ended up hating.
post #106166 of 109053
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Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

Welcome to owning real shit.  Clothing is a pretty inexpensive hobby, all things considered. 

Of course, you can do the equivalent of shopping the sales, and do that, plus drive around to vintage stores and estate sales.  Like this hobby though, it takes a tremendous amount of time and effort.  Right now, you are trying to do it all retail.  That's like walking into a top tier boutique and getting an entire wardrobe from scratch.  Even if you go to Target or whatever, you are going to drop a few thousand.  You think that agonizing over a $800 jacket is a big deal.  Wait until you watch for that $5K bed to drop to 75% off.  And you'll have to live with that bed for years.

Unless you are really serious about it, go to Crate and Barrel, which is probably the Banana Republic/J Crew of Furniture, and Design within Reach for the "showcase" pieces - I think that DWR is like... Acne or Our Legacy - nice enough, designery, but fairly derivative and with a lot of collaborations - with a $5-10K budget at each place, a and be done with.  If you are judicious with your budget, you can do okay with $15K or so.  If you don't have the cash, which most people don't, be like the high school students that sometimes come here.  Fill up on Ikea (Uniqlo?  The Gap?), and gradually replace with nicer things.

exactly why i hate it but thats my opinion...
post #106167 of 109053
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Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post

what about those closeout showrooms?

furniture consignment places have new stuff people don't want...

This is sorta the hobbyist approach.  I can deal with it, but if you want a great looking place in a month or so, this is not an approach that will work well.  You'll have some mismatched pieces, have to wait and keep on looking around for that second chair, figure out how to repair that small rip in the leather, etc...

post #106168 of 109053
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Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post


ikea is all garbage imo, everything i ever owned from them i ended up hating.

I've never bought a single fucking thing at Ikea… in fact I've only ever been inside once and that was on accident. I don't get it.. just a bunch of shit.
post #106169 of 109053
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Originally Posted by sinnedk View Post

exactly why i hate it but thats my opinion...

You can look pretty good in just Uniqlo and the GAP, but it does require a pretty good eye and some decent knowledge.  Unfortunately, that's precisely what a lot of people shopping at the GAP don't have.  Same goes with furniture.

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Originally Posted by cyc wid it View Post

That's a pretty cool couch (and it's not from a designer so famous that I immediately recognize it) - $11000.

I thought that this was pretty funny.  Let's translate into Styleforum terms:

"Fuck man, I mean, it was some random designer, not even like Hugo Boss or Prada or something really famous.  I mean, who the fuck is Rick Owens anyway?"

post #106170 of 109053
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Originally Posted by zissou View Post


I've furnished an entire house in vintage Danish teak furniture from Craigslist for a song. I'm talking about a third the price of cheap IKEA crap. It's not designer Danish furniture, but it all matches and looks great. IKEA is great for buying pillows, lamps, etc. that match all of it pretty well.

In related news, we've decided to move. No more farmer zissou.

You like in SLC, dude.  It's much harder in the Bay Area, where that furniture would have had 100 inquiries.

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