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.curiousgeorge wrote: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.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.
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.
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.