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bucksfan2
01-08-2008, 04:28 PM
This applies to the Cincinnati guys but the finance and I are looking at some new living room furniture. We want something that is durable and comfortable at a reasonable price. We basically are looking for a sectional or a couch and love seat/big love seat combo. We went out last weekend to a few sofa express locations to find out they were closed. Has anyone had any success with Value City? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Unassisted
01-08-2008, 04:34 PM
If you have a big truck or access to a big truck, it would be worth your while to drive to Atlanta or Pittsburgh and visit IKEA. I wish I had had that option when I was furnishing my first apartment.

15fan
01-08-2008, 04:58 PM
IKEA's fine. Just don't be surprised when you're back in the market for the same pieces of furniture in 24-36 months. And plan on a whole lot of "some assembly required", too.

If you have a Costco or Sam's, I'd keep an eye out there. I'd also keep an eye out at some of the other more well known retailers. Ethan Allen, Crate & Barrell, etc. Sometimes it's worth shelling out more $ to get something that's better made and going to last much longer. Our neighbors have gone the IKEA route, and it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. Sure, you might save some money in the short run. But your stuff isn't going to last as long and you'll end up replacing it much more frequently.

Unassisted
01-08-2008, 05:08 PM
IKEA's fine. Just don't be surprised when you're back in the market for the same pieces of furniture in 24-36 months. And plan on a whole lot of "some assembly required", too.

Come over to my house and I'll show you some IKEA tables that we've had for at least 7 years. I think the assembly took all of about 30 seconds per leg to screw each leg into the table.

IKEA beats going into debt for furniture. We financed our first sofas. I realize now how stupid that was.

Caseyfan21
01-08-2008, 05:20 PM
If you have a big truck or access to a big truck, it would be worth your while to drive to Atlanta or Pittsburgh and visit IKEA. I wish I had had that option when I was furnishing my first apartment.

I thought I heard they were building an IKEA out off I-75 a near the I-270 loop in West Chester. If you aren't in a huge hurry it seems like one is getting built close by.

Redlegs23
01-08-2008, 05:28 PM
I thought I heard they were building an IKEA out off I-75 a near the I-270 loop in West Chester. If you aren't in a huge hurry it seems like one is getting built close by.

They're working on it right now, not sure when the grand opening is though.

Raisor
01-08-2008, 05:31 PM
Maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman?

rotnoid
01-08-2008, 06:02 PM
How sold are you on new furniture? You can sometimes find hidden treasures on craigslist. Just a thought.

Yachtzee
01-08-2008, 06:03 PM
This applies to the Cincinnati guys but the finance and I are looking at some new living room furniture. We want something that is durable and comfortable at a reasonable price. We basically are looking for a sectional or a couch and love seat/big love seat combo. We went out last weekend to a few sofa express locations to find out they were closed. Has anyone had any success with Value City? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Yeah, I'm bummed about Sofa Express closing. They had some nice looking furniture. My problem with furniture stores is that, if it looks stylish, it has to be expensive. If it looks like it would be at home in your grandparents' house or sitting in a '70s style wood-paneled den, that's what will be in your budget. Sofa Express at least had some stylish furniture that you could afford.

Value City can be hit or miss. We bought our bedroom set there, which looks really nice, but we had to wade through a few bedroom sets that looked like they came straight out of a bad porn film to get there. Does anyone really buy gold-trimmed mirrored headboards anymore?

paintmered
01-08-2008, 06:07 PM
I bought my bedroom furniture from Lowe's. I bought a matching set for something like 200 bucks. It came unassembled and unfinished, but it was solid wood (and not pine). If you are in for a weekend project and want to chose your finish color, this is a good route. I've had this for probably four years now and it's moved four times. It still looks brand new.

Whatever you do, make sure you buy something that is solid wood and not veneered particle board. Also, the harder the wood, the longer the furniture will last.

Yachtzee
01-08-2008, 06:45 PM
Whatever you do, make sure you buy something that is solid wood and not veneered particle board. Also, the harder the wood, the longer the furniture will last.

Yes. Stay away from that Sauder stuff. It doesn't last.

Reds Freak
01-08-2008, 06:58 PM
This applies to the Cincinnati guys but the finance and I are looking at some new living room furniture. We want something that is durable and comfortable at a reasonable price. We basically are looking for a sectional or a couch and love seat/big love seat combo. We went out last weekend to a few sofa express locations to find out they were closed. Has anyone had any success with Value City? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Here's something different...

The owners of Contemporary Galleries on 4th St. in downtown Cincinnati have sold their stores' historic building to a developer who will convert the building to condos. It looks like they will be open until around March and are offering 50 % off their furniture. I've never been in the market for furniture so I've never been in there but it looks like they have some neat stuff and I'm sure it's reasonably priced now. It's been there for 45 years so I'm sure they have some nice, durable furniture.

"Unchain" yourself and buy local!

Boss-Hog
01-08-2008, 08:03 PM
I had a good experience buying a couch and love seat combo at Furniture Fair that is stylish and was affordable.

rotnoid
01-08-2008, 08:37 PM
I had a good experience buying a couch and love seat combo at Furniture Fair that is stylish and was affordable.


I bought some recliners there 5 years ago. Both are still in great shape and have withstood the abuse of my 3 toddlers.

Spring~Fields
01-08-2008, 08:58 PM
Whatever you do, make sure you buy something that is solid wood and not veneered particle board. Also, the harder the wood, the longer the furniture will last.

Yes, you want that solid construction to make sure your investment lasts. Becareful with the cheap and shiny that seems sweet, but won't hold up.

LoganBuck
01-08-2008, 09:40 PM
You are about 2 weeks to late to ask this. The mom and pop shops had big sales the week after Christmas to clear inventory before the 1st.

5DOLLAR-BLEACHERBUM
01-08-2008, 09:45 PM
I just took a side job here in Dayton closing down the Sofa Express stores, I know the guy running the sofa express deal in cinci. They are not closed but I would suggest you hurry. We are getting two trucks in tomorrow and thats it. Some really good deals on just about everything. Maybe you stopped at SE when before they started the liquidation, should be an add with a coupon in tomorrows newspaper.

Roy Tucker
01-09-2008, 10:49 AM
We've had good luck with getting unfinished furniture from Naked Furniture and I do the finishing myself.

Not upholstered/leather sofas and chairs, but desks, dressers, bookshelves, tables, chairs, etc. All solid wood (oak, cherry, maple, etc.) and well-crafted. Takes some time to work through the staining and polyurethaning but well-worth the effort.

15fan
01-09-2008, 11:01 AM
Come over to my house and I'll show you some IKEA tables that we've had for at least 7 years. I think the assembly took all of about 30 seconds per leg to screw each leg into the table.

IKEA beats going into debt for furniture. We financed our first sofas. I realize now how stupid that was.

Glad you've had success w/ them. Our limited experience has been a lot more hit or miss.

Regardless of where you buy, paintme's suggestion above is dead-on.

westofyou
01-09-2008, 11:08 AM
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Yachtzee
01-09-2008, 11:24 AM
Do you own or rent, bucksfan2? That might be a consideration as far as what kind of furniture you buy as well. If you're a renter, don't forget that you will likely have to move the furniture yourself at some later time. In that case, you might be wary of big, heavy items. I know people who have been brought to tears trying to move their ginormous (and heavy) furniture. I myself sold an entertainment center once rather than attempt to move it to my new place.

Regarding IKEA, I think it's great furniture for renters, just because a lot of it relatively lightweight and easy to move. It's also good for children's rooms. It's comparatively inexpensive, so you can buy furniture without feeling like you're going to be tied to it forever. However, if you're a homeowner planning on staying in the same place for a long time, IKEA stuff may lack the durability you may be looking for.

CrackerJack
01-09-2008, 12:19 PM
I'd stay away from Ashley Furniture and their stores. Nice looking stuff, but poorly built and not overly durable. Their service is beyond lousy. The prices are good generally speaking, for what you get.

I broke a pane of glass in our coffee table (thin and cheap stuff of course even though it doesn't "look" like it is), and no one in the city including the manufacturer can find the part # in their systems to order a replacement, not even the stupid store I bought it from (Furniture Row in Florence - awful).

I don't know what to do other than go to an expensive glass shop and have them duplicate the identical piece that's in the table now - what a pain. I might as well buy a new coffee table.

And oh yeah when they delivered one of the couches, it came in with a loose (not even connected) front wood piece I had to wait several weeks for, for someone to come out and fix it. Just stupid.

Ashley Furniture/Furniture Row Outlet - thumbs down

(they also don't stock anything and you have to wait about a month or so to get your furniture)

That said, their no interest for 12 months credit policy is nice.

RedsManRick
01-09-2008, 01:03 PM
Maybe a nice chesterfield or an ottoman?

Haven't you always wanted a monkey? :beerme:

I've found that IKEA stuff is hit and miss. I've got a bed that's worked quite well and I like a lot. However, the chair I bought has basically fallen apart as the "wood" was so soft that the screws were all horribly loose after a few months. Sofas are going to wear down regardless, but for something like a dining room table, etc., that tends to hold up anyways, I'd probably lean to a higher quality place.

SunDeck
01-09-2008, 01:23 PM
Never bought any furniture from Value City- it all looks to me like it's about to fall into a million pieces. And most of what I have seen is pretty awful stuff, like the sofa recliner with the built in console and cooler. As if it's just too much trouble to get up and walk to the refrigerator. But that's a taste thing which I wouldn't want to impose upon you.
Unless you buy one of those sofa recliners with the console.

I have bought stuff from Furniture Fair out in Fairfield and to me it seemed like we got our money's worth there. And I will admit that we probably go overboard when we buy furniture. My wife's thinking is that a chair ought to last us until we can't get out of it anymore, either because of our own age and infirmity or the condition of the cushions.

bucksfan2
01-09-2008, 01:32 PM
Do you own or rent, bucksfan2? That might be a consideration as far as what kind of furniture you buy as well. If you're a renter, don't forget that you will likely have to move the furniture yourself at some later time. In that case, you might be wary of big, heavy items. I know people who have been brought to tears trying to move their ginormous (and heavy) furniture. I myself sold an entertainment center once rather than attempt to move it to my new place.

Regarding IKEA, I think it's great furniture for renters, just because a lot of it relatively lightweight and easy to move. It's also good for children's rooms. It's comparatively inexpensive, so you can buy furniture without feeling like you're going to be tied to it forever. However, if you're a homeowner planning on staying in the same place for a long time, IKEA stuff may lack the durability you may be looking for.


Own. We got a living room set from my future inlaws but it is older and not the most comfortable. We plan on moving that down to the basement. Bought the house 6 months ago with a finished basement but haven't furnished it.

We have friends who bought a sectional from Value City in columbus and it is a nice looking couch and very comfortable but again I its only about 6 months old and I have heard bad things about it. I want something that is nice, durable, and comfortable. I don't want something that is expensive, looks nice, but just isn't comfortable. I forgot about Furniture Fair, may have to do out there and check it out.

Yachtzee
01-09-2008, 01:48 PM
Own. We got a living room set from my future inlaws but it is older and not the most comfortable. We plan on moving that down to the basement. Bought the house 6 months ago with a finished basement but haven't furnished it.

We have friends who bought a sectional from Value City in columbus and it is a nice looking couch and very comfortable but again I its only about 6 months old and I have heard bad things about it. I want something that is nice, durable, and comfortable. I don't want something that is expensive, looks nice, but just isn't comfortable. I forgot about Furniture Fair, may have to do out there and check it out.

Well okay then. If you own your own place and plan on staying there, go with the best quality you can afford, especially if it's something like a living room set you plan on getting a lot of use out of. The extra money you pay now will be more than made up for in the extra longevity of the furniture.

TeamCasey
01-09-2008, 02:27 PM
We've had good luck with getting unfinished furniture from Naked Furniture and I do the finishing myself.


I can only find one in Detroit and Chicago. Is there a store here?

Roy Tucker
01-09-2008, 02:40 PM
I can only find one in Detroit and Chicago. Is there a store here?


Ahhh, sorry TC, I guess I've got naked on the brain. :D

It's a Woodcraft and there is a store in Mason on US 42 between Western Row and Tylersville. They used to be down in Sharonville but moved that store to Mason.

http://www.woodcraftunfinishedfurniture.com/

15fan
01-09-2008, 04:07 PM
Well okay then. If you own your own place and plan on staying there, go with the best quality you can afford, especially if it's something like a living room set you plan on getting a lot of use out of. The extra money you pay now will be more than made up for in the extra longevity of the furniture.

That's how me & the misses have handled it.

I also think there are two types of people when it comes to buying furniture: Those who buy everything to match at once (ie, Rooms to Go), and those who buy one or two pieces at a time to mix/match. My wife and I are in the 2nd group - furnishing a home is a journey, not a destination, so to speak. The thought of buying an entire room full of furniture at once so that it all matches perfectly makes us both nauseous. Instead, we've bought a piece here and another piece there over the years. That has allowed us to buy nicer stuff, since we're only buying one or two pieces at a time and not a whole room at once.

It also gives me something to do on a weekend when Mrs. fan inevitably says something like "I wonder what it would look like if we moved this from the X room to the Y room, and then moved this other thing from the Z room to the X room?"

Frequently moving furniture keeps a man young. ;)

Raisor
01-09-2008, 05:30 PM
Haven't you always wanted a monkey? :beerme:



I was getting worried that no one a) loved BNL b) loved me.

Thanks for loving me.

:thumbup:

Yachtzee
01-09-2008, 05:31 PM
I was getting worried that no one a) loved BNL b) loved me.

Thanks for loving me.

:thumbup:

Would you feel better if I sent you some Dijon Ketchup?