The next Step: furniture

2021 Update: We still believe this was a truly fun discussion on when to purchase full-grown furniture — however you may want to inspect out our much more recent discussion of the very best locations to purchase furniture (with tons of visitor comments as well as reviews).
There was a fun discussion a while back in the comments section — where do you opt for furniture when you’re upgrading from Ikea (or otherwise purchasing “grown up furniture“)? I believed it may be fun to round up the answers, as well as possibly to begin a series on “the next step.” (We’ll certainly do fashion as the next one in the series — are there any type of other classifications you would be interested in, ladies?)
Furniture is a truly funny thing — it has a tendency to stay with you for years, so ideally you like the purchases you make. Post-school budgets don’t always enable you to purchase the great stuff, though, so for me (and many of my friends) we “leveled” up after our very first few years in the work location — however only if we might discover something we loved.
For example: When I was setting up my very first post-grad institution apartment, I compromised on a blue leather sleeper couch from Ikea, thinking, hey, I requirement a location to sit, as well as I can always purchase a new one in a few years. After my hubby as well as I got married we went to a ton of shops for new couches, prepared to spend money (he haaates the couch), however we didn’t rather discover anything we loved, so we tabled the discussion… as well as then got pregnant. The Ikea couch is still a huge “meh” in our house, however we are thrilled that we didn’t purchase a new, non-leather couch whenever my child chooses to do something silly, like eat yogurt with his hands. (Why, Jack… why?) 
We did “level up” with our bedroom furniture as well as dining space furniture, though, after trying to checked out a bit about furniture shopping…. In the bedroom, my parents generously provided us a housewarming gift of a bedroom set from Homestead furniture in Amish country (in Ohio, my house state), as well as my parents-in-law graciously got us a rug when they went on getaway to Turkey. That’s my hubby pictured, clowning around with our huge mule chest).

We likewise ultimately purchased a dining space table from Jensen Lewis, in addition to a rocking recliner from finest Chairs‘ Storytime Series.
Some purchases have been lucky — we’ve purchased a number of rugs from on the internet flash sale sites like Hautelook, Rue La La, as well as One Kings’ Lane, which have all turned out fine for the high quality we requirement best now (see above re: Mr. Yogurt Hands).
We have sadly made a few purchases I regret, including a china hutch as well as credenza from a mass market store — they were floor designs so were already dinged when we got them, as well as the bit details bug me, like drawers that don’t prolong all the method (and break easily).
Otherwise… my child is still utilizing my old Ikea bedroom furniture (that stuff holds up, I will state that!), many of our lamps are still from JC Penney (I fail to remember exactly how I discovered their illumination department, however I typically like the stuff we’ve gotten, including the big hanging lamp we have over the dining table), and, well, the couch is still the couch.
Readers, when did you purchase good furniture? What stores did you go to when you chose to “level up”? has anybody made special trips, such as to North Carolina, for furniture?

  The commenters tossed out a ton of concepts for furniture stores they think about for “grown up” furniture, including:
Ashley Furniture
Dania Furniture
Ethan Allen
Home Decorators Collection
Jonathan Louis
Lancaster Handcraft
Macy’s (the furniture as well as mattress sale starts 10/8, actually!)
Pier One
Pottery Barn
Room & Board
West Elm (offering totally free shipping, today only)
Wolf’s Furniture
World Market
Craigslist, resale shops, as well as shop sites like

For my own $.02, I would likewise include:
Design Within Reach
Restoration Hardware
Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams
The Conran Shop
Special furniture trips to locations like North Carolina as well as (if you occur to be in Ohio, my house state), Amish country — it’s where we got our bedroom furniture (a extremely generous housewarming present from my parents)
Warehouses as well as outlets — for example, we haven’t discovered anything we’ve loved, however we always go to the clearance section of ABC Carpet & house when we’re near there, as well as would most likely make a trip to the storage facility outlet the next time we’re searching for something specific…
Ask about floor designs when you go to stores — as well as don’t be scared to try to work out with the sales person, especnull

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