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Postby snowqueen » Sun, 11 Mar 2012 9:53 pm

curiousgeorge wrote:
the lynx wrote:Not to mention, it offers the best furniture shopping experience for everyone - parents, kids, elderly, singles, just-married, etc

IKEA makes everything very easy for shoppers.

I can't recall the last time I felt so happy shopping for furniture in places other than IKEA.


Are you kidding?! Ikea is the single most stressful shopping experience of any store ever...it is the only place that is guaranteed to make me angry and want to kill people by the time I get to the checkout. I hate that place with a vengeance.

To the OP -
As an alternative to icky-urgh, try the Furniture Mall on Beach Road behind the Park Royal Hotel. Lots of small independent places as well as recognised chains/major brands. Furniture across all budget ranges and you can haggle too.


It depends on the time of day you go, middle of the day on a weekend is a disaster so best to go first thing. Most people just go there for the cheap food so although the entrance may look busy, there's not that many people wandering round the store. I tend to go on a week day when it's the quietest.

Someone recommended the Furniture Mall when we first came here and I found it really expensive but then we are not on an expat package so $3000 for a bed seemed like a lot of money to us so we went to Carrefour and bought at $300 bed instead. We also got our sofa from there too, however since we are now more settled and got a bit more money we have replaced the original bed with a better quality one and got a real leather couch to replace the faux leather one which made your ass sweat. May not sound like an economical option but we didn't know if we were going to stay/like it here so didn't want to buy a load of furniture we couldn't afford to ship back home.

We bought our dining furniture from Silver River, they have a web site. There's mixed reviews on the web about the quality of their products and service but we never had a problem.

V Hive may be another place to look at cheaper furniture - although when we went there we were followed around by a big butch woman snorting half a ton of snot up her nose and gulping down. :-&

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Postby the lynx » Sun, 11 Mar 2012 9:55 pm

Makes sense. I never tried shopping in IKEA for really heavy stuff. Most of the stuff I bought from IKEA so far are easy to carry in hand or in cars/taxis. Never tried the delivery truck so I have no comment.

Maybe I would be as vehement as you would be if I were to try that.

And oh, I would share the same sentiments if I were to go there on peak hours (especially weekends), which I avoid like plague MOST of the time :P

Aside from all that, I'm still in for IKEA :)

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Postby nutnut » Mon, 12 Mar 2012 8:09 am

the lynx wrote:Makes sense. I never tried shopping in IKEA for really heavy stuff. Most of the stuff I bought from IKEA so far are easy to carry in hand or in cars/taxis. Never tried the delivery truck so I have no comment.

Maybe I would be as vehement as you would be if I were to try that.

And oh, I would share the same sentiments if I were to go there on peak hours (especially weekends), which I avoid like plague MOST of the time :P

Aside from all that, I'm still in for IKEA :)


I agree with you on those sentiments!

Ikea is good if you have a van (we have something similar) and can got first thing on a Saturday or Sunday or during working hours for everyone else, the evenings and weekends are terrible!

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Postby RimBlock » Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:09 pm

There are a number of places that can be quite good for furniture.

Ikea (whether you pronounce it with an I as in Igloo or not, I do my wife does not) is a love it or hate it Marmite experience for a lot of people, me included. We go to the Tampines store now and then but tend to buy the smaller stuff. We bought a kids single bed which snapped length ways after a few months although to be fair our two kids did give it a good, what seemed like continual, bounce test. Stainless steel cutlery from there has also gone rusty pretty quickly and there are reports all over about other metal items no standing up to the Singapore climate as well as you may expect especially if you do not run full aircon. We have bought some book cases and they are doing very well and we are very pleased with that buy. There are also lots of little things like cups, plates, shelves, laundry baskets etc that are great. As SMS and others have mentioned though, delivery is slow and expensive.

Another chain around Singapore are V.Hive who are a bit more expensive but, to my mind, generally offer a bit better quality. They deliver and assemble for you. The branch we go to is in Simei (East Point mall) and we have had no problems shopping there even with two very lively and noisy kids running around. They have a website that should be easy enough to find in google. Neighbourhood shops can be good but be prepared for some communication challenges and a possible foreigner tax :).

There is also a small mall by Payar Lebar MRT called Tanjong Katong complex which has a number of home furniture type places (curtain shops, plumbing shops) and has a place called Green Furniture which we have also bought from in the past and their stuff has weathered 4+ years and a apartment move.

The larger mall (Singpost centre) by Payar Lebar has Barang Barang which is in a different class and price range all together. We also found The Furniture Mall to be quite pricey but again I guess it depends on your budget and the level of quality you find acceptable.

They also have renovation shows quite regularly on at EXPO where they sell sofas, beds etc and you may be able to pick up a bargain there especially if you go late in the evening. We got around 1k knocked off a king size Englander bed as we were browsing just at closing time. Good deal or not, who knows but it was 1k less than we could have paid. We also bought a fairly decent 4 seat (one reclines, one is L shape) full leather sofa from there for 2k. Seems to be holding up well and we have no complaints. The shows are usually listed on the Expo website as Home and Living or some such.

I live in the East so am not to familiar with what is around the other parts of Singapore.

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 14 Mar 2012 3:00 pm

The larger mall (Singpost centre) by Payar Lebar has Barang Barang which is in a different class and price range all together.


I work in Singpost Center and have never seen a shop called "Barang Barang"... I suspect it's gone.

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Postby RimBlock » Wed, 14 Mar 2012 3:53 pm

Wow,

My bad. Just goes to show how long it has been since I looked out of the window as the train sped past. They used to fill the first glass windowed tier above ground level.

Found this http://sbr.com.sg/retail/feature/barang ... -goes-bust .

Saying that they have a branch in Marina Square which I noted with surprise a couple of weeks ago (surprise at its location).

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 14 Mar 2012 5:17 pm

There is some furniture store on B1, and they do have some huge banner hanging up facing the tracks. I forget their name, but it is something very bland and boring like "STAR FURNITURE CENTRE", not Barang Barang. I'd remember that hehe.

If you are looking for extremely expensive furniture, there is a shop or two in I12 Katong. We're talking like S$7999 sectional sofas and S$1999 ottomans. the same stuff that would have the decimal point shifted one position to the left in the US :)

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We found furntiure we love from a local company

Postby onasayre » Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:43 pm

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 26 Mar 2012 1:56 pm

onasayre,

Actually you didn't come across the company, your husband is employed by the company and you are just trying to get free advertising even though you surely saw the orange banner saying ADVERTISEMENTS WILL BE DELETED!!

The other post has been deleted. One more instance of this and your account will be locked.

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Re: Home Furniture

Postby revhappy » Mon, 26 Mar 2012 5:52 pm

cicatrix wrote:Hey,

Is IKEA the place to get cheapest furniture in Singapore? Or can one find cheaper and better sofas/bookracks in Singapore?


Cheapest and best way is to get used stuff from online classifieds sites.
As SG has a huge transient population, you would usually find awesome deals from people who just want to let go all as fast as possible and get the hell outta here.

I just moved into a new rented place which has most of the major furniture but no TV. I got a 42" Panasonic Plasma for 140$ from HWZ forum. Its awesome! So not having a TV was a blessing in disguise :)

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Re: Home Furniture

Postby ElBuitre » Mon, 27 Jun 2016 1:29 pm

I used FortyTwo to buy a temporary Queen Size bed plus mattress and the quality looks "decent" for the price. I know that it really depends up on the model of the product chosen tho.

If you need something cheap, IKEA is an option, and quality for money is good.
FortyTwo might be an even cheaper one, but it might be a bit of a gamble.

Moreover, being European, I found their mattresses quite "short".
Despite being not really tall (178/5'10), I have 4-5cm of my feet slipping outside.

But the bed was cheap, the mattress is decent and they delivered and set it up in a reasonable time and for free.

It depends what you are looking for, I would say.

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Re: Home Furniture

Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 28 Jun 2016 5:16 am

ElBuitre wrote:IMoreover, being European, I found their mattresses quite "short".


Asian mattress are six inches shorter than mattresses found elsewhere in the world.

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Re: Home Furniture

Postby KateTL » Sat, 16 Jul 2016 5:29 pm

anywhere to go to rent dining tables etc?


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