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Any good furniture store like IKEA?

Post by solarv » Wed, 12 Apr 2006 1:15 am

I'm looking for a good furniture store that sells great bed and desk at affordable prices (cheaper than IKEA).

Any website?

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Post by Baron Greenback » Wed, 12 Apr 2006 12:06 pm

If you want cheaper than Ikea - it isn't going to be great furniture. The reason Ikea is cheap is because you self assemble. Carrefour has similar furniture, flat pack MDF stuff - it might be cheaper, but I doubt you could call it "great"

Keep an eye out for expat moving sales, expats moving back home selling their furniture - you get very good quality 2nd hand stuff for a reasonable price :)
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Post by dot dot dot » Wed, 12 Apr 2006 12:39 pm

Baron Greenback wrote:If you want cheaper than Ikea - it isn't going to be great furniture. The reason Ikea is cheap is because you self assemble. Carrefour has similar furniture, flat pack MDF stuff - it might be cheaper, but I doubt you could call it "great"

Keep an eye out for expat moving sales, expats moving back home selling their furniture - you get very good quality 2nd hand stuff for a reasonable price :)
Baron, would you buy a second hand bed from an ex-expat? eeeks.... :o

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Post by Baron Greenback » Wed, 12 Apr 2006 12:49 pm

Baron, would you buy a second hand bed from an ex-expat? eeeks.... Surprised

Point taken Eric - as the actess said to the bishop :wink:
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Post by Cheekybeek » Mon, 17 Apr 2006 10:17 am

Honestly.... nothing wrong with a 2nd hand bed. Think about it when you stay in a motel they don't supply you with a brand new bed. The furniture in my condo was already here when I moved in bed and all- I even kept the sheets and mattress protector (after thorough washing of course!) really we're not going to get cooties are we? If the bed looks clean and fairly new its OK just give it a spray of glen20 a quick vacuum and buy a mattress protector- unless you're severly athsmatic I don't think a 2nd hand bed will hurt.

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Re: Any good furniture store like IKEA?

Post by gohkatkat » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 4:05 am

not that i want to comment and add any remarks about ikea's stuff.....perhaps i am ust being fussy......just a note for all people.....however strangely.....after a few years of use.....the wood "started" to grow mould and some fungus on the wood surfaces......in fact that nite after getting a bit "sicK" then i realised that my furniture was covered with fungus.........oh my god.............. :roll:

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Post by Matney » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 5:39 am

I know this is a bit off the track here, but aren't antiques second, third and so on hand? BG is correct, stick with IKEA, anything else won't be around too long. Watch for garage sales too!

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Post by Mary Hatch Bailey » Sun, 23 Apr 2006 9:52 am

I think it's a matter of semantics. An antique or second hand bed is a fine thing. A used matress is not.

I don't think you can say definitively which is better: IKEA or elsewhere. It really depends on what you're buying and what you are buying it for. Given the opportunity I'd like fine antiques in my livingroom and IKEA in the maid's room (sorry, but I've employed 5 maids over the years, none were kind to their furniture). The right item for the right job.

The mold problem has nothing to do with the furniture and everything to do with the housekeeping and apartment/house. I have a loo here which is basically outside and very dark. The antique laquer cabinet I have in there molds up very six months or so. I have to take it out, expose it to the sun, wash it with a clorox solution.

One thing for sure: if your place is damp, then anything which is laminated (like IKEA) will split because the particle board soaks up the humidity like a sponge.

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Post by dot dot dot » Mon, 24 Apr 2006 1:00 am

Come on La Reinne, install an aircon in the maids room? :wink:

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Post by Mary Hatch Bailey » Mon, 24 Apr 2006 5:56 am

Eric from the Netherlands wrote:Come on La Reinne, install an aircon in the maids room? :wink:

Eric
Surely you jest! All the maid's rooms I have had have had air/con and hot water (usually installed by the Bailey's.) I'm talking more about general abuse:

stickers on wood,
Filipina black hair dye # 32 splashed on everything,
nail polish spilled on the night stand
nail polish remover spilled in the night stand
etc, etc, etc.

Hungarians have and expression that loosely translates as: the tailor's son wears rags. I have never employed a maid who was not a slob when it came to her own room.

And why not? Can't say I'd be too eager to clean after spending most of my day doing the same. I've even suggested to our last 2 maid's to use saturday just for cleaning their own rooms.

Ah whatever, as long as I can shut their door...

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Post by micknlea » Mon, 24 Apr 2006 11:41 am

Eric from the Netherlands wrote:Come on La Reinne, install an aircon in the maids room? :wink:

Eric
I hope you are kidding Eric...

We installed an aircon in our maids room and even though we were paying the landlord made almost every excuse under the sun for us not to do it. In the end they agreed but only if signed a release that said we would leave it there and pay for all servicing ourselves etc etc etc.
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Post by EADG » Sun, 30 Apr 2006 3:35 am

IKEA is good? mostly good-junky stuff in my experience

I just heard about the Furniture Mall, planning to check it out this weekend, have heard a few positive comments about it

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Post by EADG » Sun, 30 Apr 2006 10:59 am

...and 'speaking' of IKEA, finally some answers to those burning questions:

the company:
http://paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue ... ikeac.html

the products:
http://www.margaret-marks.com/Transblaw ... 00302.html

me? usually vacillate between "eye-kee-uh" and "eye-kay-uh"

the taxi driver? "icky-uh" - must have been referring to the meatballs....

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Re: Any good furniture store like IKEA?

Post by hailstonez » Thu, 04 May 2006 3:50 pm

and my cupboard is peeling 6 mths after i purchased it. it's dying a slow and painful death. i'm waiting for it to turn a complete eyesore b4 i bump it.
gohkatkat wrote:not that i want to comment and add any remarks about ikea's stuff.....perhaps i am ust being fussy......just a note for all people.....however strangely.....after a few years of use.....the wood "started" to grow mould and some fungus on the wood surfaces......in fact that nite after getting a bit "sicK" then i realised that my furniture was covered with fungus.........oh my god.............. :roll:

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