When we bought our current house we thought, naively, that we would
buy new furniture and remodel the entire house immediately. That was
four years ago. We’ve bought a few pieces of new furniture and done some
remodeling, but it’s been a long journey because of the cost of
products and labor.
Finding contractors who show up on time and who don’t need constant
supervision is a struggle. Buying affordable furniture, however, is
When we need home basics like sheets, duvet covers, plates,
silverware, rugs, and much-needed furniture that doesn’t put us in debt,
we head on over to Ikea. Started in Sweden in 1943, the furniture
darling has overtaken 38 countries. Known for it’s super-sized warehouse
stores blanketed in their signature blue and yellow colors, Ikea offers
inexpensive and smart furniture options.
Ikea is set up as a simple maze of room galleries. Most stores have
you begin in the living room area where spaces are chicly decorated with
everything Ikea. You walk on the pathway into bathroom, kitchen,
bedroom spaces and gather your own ideas for how to decorate your home.
Along the way, friendly Ikea personnel can help you with measuring
furniture, interior decorating, and supplying you with blueprints for a
new kitchen. At different kiosks scattered throughout the store you’ll
find pieces of paper where you can write down the furniture number of
the items you want to purchase — this is important when you go
downstairs into the furniture warehouse and pull the furniture yourself
and head to check-out. Also at these kiosks you’ll see pencils to write
with and disposable paper measuring tape to make sure the sofa you’ve
fallen in love with can actually fit in your living room.
All furniture requires full assembly and are packaged in flat boxes.
If you don’t like the idea of having to put your own furniture together,
Ikea offers a list of contractors you can hire to assemble your
products. Since the prices are incredibly low, most Ikea shoppers buy
items as if they were going out of style. If your car can’t accommodate
all your purchases, Ikea offers home delivery for a fee and some stores
also allow offer truck rentals. There are also cafes and restaurants
that offer Ikea’s famous Swedish meatballs to curb your hunger pangs.
At Ikea, contemporary and modern furniture abound between splashes of color that are bright and inviting.
2.Pier 1 Imports
I try not to buy anything at full price. I don’t think of myself as
being cheap, but I hate knowing that I’ve paid full price for something,
knowing it will go on sale eventually. I go to Pier 1 at least once a
month. Most of the time I stroll the colorful aisles just to get some
ideas for my home, but at the end of each season I show up at my local
Pier 1 store and go trolling for bargain purchases. Last year, the
husband and I saw a huge armoire that would probably take over our small
bedroom, but we loved it too much to forget about it. After a month or
so we went back to the store and it was on sale and ready to be moved
out of the display area at almost 40% off! How could we pass this sale
Pier 1 offers accessories, candles, gifts, furniture, pillows, rugs and seasonal items.
3.Cost Plus Imports/World Markets
The best thing about this store is its diverse selections of beer, housewares, food, furniture, jewelry and wine.
Their jewelry selection is vast and most are handmade, with prices usually below $20. Unique
packaged foods like condiments, pasta, snacks, and sweets reflect the
retailer’s international flare.
Home accents and furniture have international influences from Asian
room screens to Moroccan day beds.
Furniture items are not over-priced
and are even more palatable when they are on sale. If you’re looking to
transform your home into a retreat full of organic, relaxed designs,
this store is the place for you.
Whether you want to remodel your bathroom or just find a sleek table
runner for the holidays, these furniture stores will not disappoint.