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Wiing
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Many Twelvians are now buying homes, and with that comes furniture. It has come to my attention that Australia has Ikea... And the prices for items are absolute bargains.

I could deck out my home for $1800, that includes various Plates and bowls, Knife and Forks, Mugs and Cups, Towels and Bath Mats, Kitchen Utensils, a 4 sitter dinner table, TV stand, and a few more random items.

I know you may say its cheap quality blah blah blah... But we are talking Plates and stuff, its not like its electrical items (although I think you can even buy electrical items from them). I think any first home buyer would came out in front. I know plenty of my mates bought second hand gear, which is dated and worn out. I personally would rather spending a little more and getter an average quality lounge suite then a second hand one from down the road.

$460 for the TV Stand and $400 for the 2 Seater
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So have you bought anything from Ikea, and what was it like? Money well spent ? Or what did you do when you had to furnish your home?
Fork
We've got a mixture of hand-me-down from family, IKEA, new stuff and second hand stuff from Gumtree in our house.

IKEA is great for cheap shit, because it is just that.. cheap shit. We've bought things like cupboards, bookshelves and the like from IKEA and they've been great.

We looked at IKEA for bedroom furniture (bed frame, tallboy, dresser, bedside tables) and other stuff like TV cabinets and computer desks but we either couldn't find anything we liked or what we did like wouldn't fit.

We got a computer desk and an awesome dining table with chairs from randoms on Gumtree for pretty bloody cheap and the quality is a lot better than we would have gotten at Ikea.

We looked at so many shops for bedroom furniture but Stacey hated most of it, ended up getting a package from Super A Mart which is pretty good. Still cheapish and it's cheapish crap but better built than Ikea (and comes pre-made except the bed frame).

IKEA is a great 'one stop shop' with delicious meatballs, but just don't settle on something if you're not sold on it because it's there.

Take your time getting furniture you like, as it will stick around for a long time before you replace it.
Jiminy
Do not buy your couch or any other furniture you would like to have for longer than 1.5 years at IKEA. Do not buy pots and pans there either. Buy a good set the first time and you'll have them for life. Plates/cutlery /bedroom furniture (except bed) are all fine. These are things that will be tossed out once a girl decides to keep you anyway.

Also, I bought a lot of my furniture from factory seconds/auction/damaged goods. I recommend having a serious look into that before you throw your money at cheap crap. I'm sitting at a large office desk I got for $80 brand new. I don't even know what was supposed to be wrong with it.
Bain
Nothing wrong with Ike's stuff - except their pans/chef blades..

Our computer room is fitted out with Ikea stuff. These are old pics so it looks a bit different now (different chairs, monitors etc...)

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So long as the furniture has function and form then there's nothing wrong with using cheaper stuff. Your first furniture is going to get knocked about anyway. No point spending big $$ on items that may get damaged.

Also the average persons taste will change every 5-7 years. We have gone through old to contemport to now contemport modern minimalism with a dash of 50s and 60s elements.
Hunterbob
Ikea definitely do great shelves, that's their biggest selling item over here I think? Coffee tables - avoid MDF. Hell, avoid MDF ANYTHING.

Bed; definitely spend money on this as you will be spending a shit load of time in it and I can guarantee that your Ikea bed will be missing a part, break prematurely and squeak despite all efforts. Same goes for the sofa, minus the squeaking.
Stamps
IKEA makes good beds - at least here in Japan. In US there tends to be a bottom box spring, then another spring "under mattress" whatever you call it - then the soft cushie thing you sleep on.

In Japan the IKEA sells these adjustable bamboo slat things as the bottom layer - buy the most expensive one - then the mattress - again the most expensive one. Most comfortable bed I have owned.

We bought loads of modular cupboards and shelving for the kitchen that is pretty good - its cheap, but "looks" nice - and actually the hinge hardware is great - nothing "slams" shut it slowly closes quietly.

Our couch is shit - agreed. Don't like it. We have a bookshelf that again looks sharp but is cheap.

I would stay away from - besides the bed - stuff you spend loads of time on - like the kitchen table, couch, kitchen chairs, etc. We paid a buttload for the kitchen stuff in the US and shipped it over. I actually had a guy from Extreme Home Makeover (well, he worked on the show as a contractor when the show came to MIchigan) shorten my table from and 8 person table to a 6 person table - it's solid teak - no f'ing way I was getting rid of it.

Anyway - cupboards, beds (if you buy the top of the line, and its the style described above that I got in Japan), bookshelves - no worries. As previously stated don't buy pots and pans. Dishes for everyday use and mates are FINE - but get yourself a few place settings for when you want to show you have some class that cost some money. We actually got lucky - you can go to (in the US, sorry never lived in Aus) to places like Bed Bath & Beyond and bought discounted really expensive place settings where the customer ordered 1 too many or whatever. We have 6 or so settings that are "similar enough" to look cool when we put them out - actually looks pretty cool - they don't all have to exactly match to be nice. Obviously we don't put out square and round and oval and a bunch of shapes - but all one general shape with generally compatible patterns is fine. Just check the stores every now and then and slowly build your eclectic fine china set! And save a butt;load of money.

For pots and pans - buy Calphalon with a lifetime warranty. Yes it will cost you more Cookware but it takes a lot to ruin them, they last for years, and when one is damaged they send you a new one for free - of equal or greater value. It will be the last set of cookware you buy actually - because every few years you can architect a failure and get a new set. But even then - you won't need to - we have this set going on 4 years and we sent one piece back because I screwed it up. New pan arrive in days free of charge with a box to put my old one in.

Anyway - thats my 2 cents. Get a Roomba robot vacuum. Seriously good stuff if you have hardwood/short carpet. We manually vacuum once a month now that the Roomba is in charge.
cailo-
I want my dream house to look like this. This is a photo I took of our old holiday house in 2004. The open fire place, the polished floor boards, the wood walls, the dark colours, so relaxing. All the furniture is second hand from family member houses / random collectables hung around the place. Maybe the furniture doesn't matter so much as the rest of the house it is in.

I framed this photo and gave it to my grand parents as a Christmas present a couple of years ago.

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Ember
Stamps wrote:


Get a Roomba robot vacuum. Seriously good stuff if you have hardwood/short carpet. We manually vacuum once a month now that the Roomba is in charge.


We have one of these, not a Roomba but a Neato, his name is Jeeves :) and he does a great job of in-between vacuums.

Unfortunately it's past warranty now and has started making a bit of a squealing belt noise sometimes, still works fine but just a bit noisy. Otherwise it's great and would definitely buy another one in some form.
Aethis
I love Ikea, my boyfriend is into very minimalist furniture which has given me a new appreciation for the great Swedish style you can find there. These are my most recent purchases:

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LACK ZigZag Wall Shelf (not sure if still avaliable)
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MALM Chest of 3 Drawers which is a great little podium for my Portal shrine.
Dahlia
I love my Ikea couch; I bought a KARLSTAD two-seater in green, then when I moved into a house where all the walls were yellow, I changed the cover to dark grey and added a chaise at the same time. I've now moved again, and it survived the move really well. It's extremely comfy, and it looks really good too. That, and if the cover gets fucked up, I can just change it to another one! I actually make a point of napping on it, I prefer it over my bed (which was a pillowtop Sealy Posturepedic mattress that was about $2200 RRP...)

The LACK tables are appropriately named; I have to buy replacements every few years because their quality is lacking; scratch them and they blister and swell. Also, if you have friends over who are drunk/stupid/inconsiderate, they will probably try to sit on them, which is guaranteed to snap a leg off.

A previous house mate had a MALM bed, and I never heard it squeak. Come to think of it, one of my (very frisky) house mates had a BRIMNES bed (I think...) and I never heard it squeak. I could sure hear her though.

I also had a set of their basic white crockery, which lasted for ages. Some of the bowls got chipped because my dipshit house mate left them on the drying rack next to an open window on a gusty day... that was less to do with their quality and more to do with the house mate's incompetence as a human being.

Aaaaand I had a VIKA table. They said to buy 5 legs for it, one for each corner and one for the middle, at the back, for extra support. I was all like "PFFT! Sif I'll pay 5 more bucks for a fifth leg, shit be CRAAAAZY!" And you know what? That fucker bowed. It can never go back now. Lesson learned.

TLDR; Beds are decent, household items and basics are great value, KARLSTAD couch is comfy and anything made out of particle board should be treated with caution and great suspicion.
Wiing
thanks for all the replies. I totally forgot about Super A-Mart, seems like they are around the same price as Ikea, and better quality. If I was to shop from Ikea, I would have to drive 8 hrs, I thought it might be convenient to just buy everything in one go and drive back.

Jiminy wrote:
Do not buy your couch or any other furniture you would like to have for longer than 1.5 years at IKEA.


I still remember my parents had the same furniture for about 15+ years, I think I should pay more upfront and get deceit gear. I don't need a fully furnished house as soon as I move in.

Hunterbob wrote:
Bed; definitely spend money on this as you will be spending a shit load of time in it and I can guarantee that your Ikea bed will be missing a part, break prematurely and squeak despite all efforts. Same goes for the sofa, minus the squeaking.


I have to agree with you here, a good bed does wonders for your back. This is one item where I will be spending big.
Jiminy
Spend big on a bed . Spend medium on a couch because you buy a couch to match the house not a house to match your couch. By that I mean one day when you buy and move into the place you plan to spend a good 20 years in... Then you buy good furniture to suit it.

But don't buy a cheap couch because you spend a lot of time on it and cheap ones are fucking uncomfortable and wear out quick.

Most everything else is good to buy cheap to suit current trends and tastes.
Kkaril
As far as couches and bedding goes, I'd back Harvey Normal for buying them. My bed was around $1,700 for king sized and a mattress that's reasonably firm, so it's easy on the back, and it's comfy as hell to sleep in. Durability wise I'm not sure how to compare, but I think it's ok, my bed I've had for around 5 years, and there's no wear and tear that I know of, though it's not used overly much - I spend a handful of hours in it on ay given day.

My couch is a 4 seater with an armchair on the side, it's a nice charcoal colour, comfortable by my reckoning and a nice material. That was I believe.….about $1,100. Those might be rediculous prices, I wouldn't have much of a clue what to budget for as I don't really pay attention to price. But quality wise they haven't let me down yet.\

Kitchen wise, my knives are imported from Japan, as I use them for work as well as at home and thus I forked out for good quality steel. I probably wouldn't recommend that for every day just-at-home use as the prices are pretty retarded. My pots and pans though are just generic non-stick pieces from Myer. They're nothing special, but they're easy to use, easy to clean and haven't fallen to pieces in the few years I've had them. So I'd keep an eye open while looking for kitchenware.

Shelving I can't try to help at all. I used to have a bedside table, but my TV and PS3 are on it now. My clothes are just hung up in my wardrobe, food's in the inbuilt cupboards and the rest of my crap I just throw wherever I'll be able to find it later.
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