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furniture at Ikea

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by dapperdude, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. dapperdude

    dapperdude Senior member

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    I need to buy a good leather sofa. A friend advises me that Ikea furniture is "cheap" and won't be durable.

    Is he correct?
     
  2. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    I have a lot of ikea furnature. the exception - I don't buy stuff that you sit on. I have had a sofa and several chairs and they didn't last.
     
  3. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes. I would rather not have a leather sofa, but a cheap one is horrible. A nice one is simply bad (only IMO).
     
  4. dapperdude

    dapperdude Senior member

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    What don't you like about leather?

    I'm looking for something that won't easily stain, as my current sofa has over the years, and leather seems to be the best choice of material for this reason.
     
  5. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What don't you like about leather?

    I'm looking for something that won't easily stain, as my current sofa has over the years, and leather seems to be the best choice of material for this reason.

    I just think that it is kind of cheesey looking. I don't mind leather chairs, but a big leather sofa screams bachelor pad to me. There are, of course, exceptions.
     
  6. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    yeah, ikea sofas probably won't last 10 years, but a "durable" leather sofa will cost you the price of a new car.

    !luc
     
  7. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I've been to Ikea before and it was a rather surreal experience. The low ceilings and pre-fabricated rooms emphasized the large crowds intent on cheap "designer" goods.

    There's also a "Swedish" cafe manned by Hispanics; no Swedish chef, but the language barrier was there.
     
  8. Violinist

    Violinist Senior member

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    I find Ikea furniture intensely depressing and a little bit of me dies every time I assemble or oversee the assembly of some tragic table that I'll probably throw out when I move.
     
  9. Get Smart

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    Ikea is a great "college students sharing an apartment and we need furniture" store.

    Just say NO to particleboard furnishings. When I buy furniture, I don't want to build it.
     
  10. Joel_Cairo

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    Being as my family is scandinavian, I have a soft spot for Ikea. As an infant, I wore H&M pajamas in an Ikea crib. I've had the Kramfors leather sofa, which is their top of the line, for a couple of years now. It's holding up like a champ. No complaints whatsoever. It's by far my most often-complimented material posession. [​IMG] I agree that their furniture assembly can be a bitch, but for low-intesity usage things, it doesnt bother me. Can't say i'd buy an Ikea bed or kitchen table though. The Kramfors came all in one piece, and its very structurally sound, despite being surprisingly light (just metal beams,dark espresso leather and dense foam... they also have a flat black one, but it looks wicked cheap). When you go to Ikea, I advise going in-through-the-out-door (never bad advice) and pass through the check-out to hit up the as-is section. Thats where returns and display models end up. Some stuff ther is badly damaged, but when a choice piece lands there, it's snatched up immediately. Using this method, I paid under $900 (down from $1400) for my 2 Kramfors sectionals because it was a floor model. Had I taken the normal hourlong-browse upstairs route, i'd never have gotten it.
     
  11. aybojs

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    I moved into my apartment not too long ago and furnished it entirely with IKEA. I'm well aware the quality is not great, nor do I particularly care for particleboard, but then again, the fact that I was able to get out of there with just around $1000 worth of damage to furnish the whole place was a greater priority. Furniture gets really expensive fast, and considering I'm just living in a simple studio, there's no reason to spend way above my means for a marginal increase in perceived elegance.
     
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    One alternative to a leather sofa in a studio might be a futon couch. The coverings are very durable and they double as a bed. Just make sure you get a thick pad that's comfortable for sitting.
     
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    My first apartment was primarily furnished by ikea. A few of the pieces were fine, and it was a good deal in the end because I had to sell everything two years later before moving abroad.

    When I came back to the US I vowed to buy as little from Ikea as possible. My current apartment has only one piece of Ikea furniture - a free-standing metal rack for the kitchen. Great price for a basic, sturdy item.

    A little creative shopping can get you better quality or style for roughly the same price, sometimes even cheaper.
     
  14. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Ikea is the Armani Collezioni of the furniture world.
     
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    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ikea is the Armani Collezioni of the furniture world.
    wut duz that make Armani Casa?
     
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    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    wut duz that make Armani Casa?
    furniture for the fascist in you?
     
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    a nickel for each plastic bag.
     
  18. Bandwagonesque

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    I have a lot of stuff from IKEA. Cheap and non-durable describes it best. It's not going to last forever. Best for college students, young people without the cash outfront to splurge on solid wood furniture, and so on. Most should pieces should last about 5 years... by then, the veneers will be all scratched, wood will be warped, etc. Your tastes will have changed, and you'll likely want to upgrade. If your furniture is still in good condition, don't just throw it out... move it to a basement, spare bedroom, or give it to goodwill. The resale value of IKEA stuff is pretty decent as well, because of the namebrand, and college students love it.

    The worst part is the fucking "Cult of IKEA". Those who consider it to be the ONLY furniture store to shop at, and load their house up with it so much you can't walk a step without tripping over the latest IKEA creation. They have boxes for their boxes, that they put in their organizing shelf, and everything must match perfectly. IKEA generally rips off much more expensive, and well made solid wood Scandinavian designs. The Poang chair is a ripoff of a $500 similar looking model made in Finland by some company that the name escapes me. The name has now become synonymous with Scandinavian design. If you're really interested in light, bright colours, whites, modern designs... you can get some very pricy quality shit from Scandinavia, but likely everybody who comes over to your house will say "oh, cool... your place looks like an IKEA catalogue".
     
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  20. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Several of my friends have the Ikea POÄNG armchair:

    http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/store...mber=S19805433

    They seem to be durable, and it's very comfortable: it's the chair everyone tries to get into first.

    --Andre

    the original...[​IMG] at about 40x the price.
     

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