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Where do you buy furniture?
« on: October 13, 2019, 04:01:03 PM »
I am interested in where people buy furniture.  Maybe some off the beaten path stuff that is still affordable.  I know John Lewis, Ikea, Habitat, etc.  I was thinking more along the lines of primarily online stores that I wouldn't be as aware of not having lived here for very long.  For example, I just learned of loaf.com.  Price is middle class - not necessarily flat packed but not 2,000 GBP for a sofa.

What are your suggestions?





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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2019, 05:48:57 PM »
I know you prefer not flat-packed, but I furnished our place here out of Ikea - the whole house for under, I think,  £2,500 (including linens and dishes). Except for two really nice living room chairs, bought at the Salvation Army for £125 each..


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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2019, 05:51:36 PM »
Wayfair.co.uk


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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2019, 05:54:09 PM »
Wayfair.co.uk
I can't stay off the Wayfair app.

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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2019, 11:05:43 AM »
Our first original flat was all IKEA back in 2006 and I think we did the entire 1 bedroom flat for under £3,000.

As we upgraded (IKEA just doesn't always last!) we ended up hitting up auctions and charity shops for the wooden furniture, we went a bit 1960s Scandi.
www.made.com
Ercol (they also have a factory outlet)
Sofa Workshop
If you're in London, particularly the East, Unto This Last is good for shelving and tables.


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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2020, 11:59:27 AM »
I am an upholsterer so I am all for the long lasting and quality furniture pieces and I prefer to upcycle vintage/ antique chairs, stools, etc and bring them back to life with a bespoke and fun twist, and also reduce landfill waste : )

Vintage shops, charity shops have unique and solid pieces. I'm in the Manchester area and before I got into upholstering, we bought our furniture from Arighi Biancci, or independent shops online, a bit on the expensive side but when hte quality is very good, it'll ast for years and years to come : )


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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2020, 12:07:46 PM »
I am an upholsterer so I am all for the long lasting and quality furniture pieces and I prefer to upcycle vintage/ antique chairs, stools, etc and bring them back to life with a bespoke and fun twist, and also reduce landfill waste : )

Vintage shops, charity shops have unique and solid pieces. I'm in the Manchester area and before I got into upholstering, we bought our furniture from Arighi Biancci, or independent shops online, a bit on the expensive side but when hte quality is very good, it'll ast for years and years to come : )

Awesome!  Taking an upholstery class is fairly high on the list of things I really feel I should do.
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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2020, 01:23:22 PM »
Awesome!  Taking an upholstery class is fairly high on the list of things I really feel I should do.


You would love it. That's how I started and then I got hooked and I am doing an Upholstery Business Course now. You don't realize how much work, care, patience, love and frustration sometimes goes into upholostering until you do it. Hours and hours of manual labour, creating something with care for someone's home . Do it!!
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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2020, 05:57:28 PM »
You would love it. That's how I started and then I got hooked and I am doing an Upholstery Business Course now. You don't realize how much work, care, patience, love and frustration sometimes goes into upholostering until you do it. Hours and hours of manual labour, creating something with care for someone's home . Do it!!

Thank you for the inspiration!  :)
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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2020, 08:08:12 AM »
You would love it. That's how I started and then I got hooked and I am doing an Upholstery Business Course now. You don't realize how much work, care, patience, love and frustration sometimes goes into upholostering until you do it. Hours and hours of manual labour, creating something with care for someone's home . Do it!!
  I can understand your enthusiasm because I once fixed up a VW campervan.   Strangely, I found redoing the seats was the most rewarding part.  It looked great and made me happy every time I sat on them.


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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2020, 08:13:32 AM »
I moved out from my boyfriend's and into my own flat last year and furnished it almost completely from charity shops (British Heart Foundation, mainly).  All apart from the bed, which I bought new.


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Re: Where do you buy furniture?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2020, 04:55:43 PM »
I moved out from my boyfriend's and into my own flat last year and furnished it almost completely from charity shops (British Heart Foundation, mainly).  All apart from the bed, which I bought new.

Seems like charity shops generally have good furniture. Never the latest/classic trends of course, but I'm sitting on a (free!) second sofa and it does the trick!

I'm on an electric bed now - normally would never go for a "second hand" bed but it's been in storage because a friend moved out of the UK. It's a motorised "adjustable" bed which has been hilarious. I feel about 60. But there's actually nothing more amazing than a slightly angled nap. The thing folds you up like a hotdog if you're not careful   :D

A good bed...goes a long way...best to buy new (unless you get lucky, like I did!)


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