Buying furniture for a house

Cha94

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I am new as to what to do when it comes to buying furniture for a house. Some of the sofa's and sectionals I have been looking at just seem WAY over priced. Are there mark ups on furniture like there are on cars? Can you work furniture salesmen like you can work car salesmen to get a better price/deal on a car? Any help on home furnishings would be greatly I appreciated. Any recommened stores that people shop at, that they would recommend?
 

Mommadeez4u

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what styles appeal to you? if you can put up some links to the types of furniture you like maybe we can help.
 

Chino Kapone

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I am new as to what to do when it comes to buying furniture for a house. Some of the sofa's and sectionals I have been looking at just seem WAY over priced. Are there mark ups on furniture like there are on cars? Can you work furniture salesmen like you can work car salesmen to get a better price/deal on a car? Any help on home furnishings would be greatly I appreciated. Any recommened stores that people shop at, that they would recommend?

furniture is like used cars. always always always ask for a deal. no matter what. work it because furniture is really slow right now and you can probably find a store practically giving shit away. right now some companies would rather make $50 on a sofa rather then not sell one at all. If you PM me with some stuff you are looking with pricing i might be able to help you out on markups. every store is different. some stuff is straight 2 mark, but then again i know a billiard place that has between a 5-7 mark on some of his stuff. it all depends on the value and the product. if you are looking at a place like furniture row they more than likely have a 3 mark. i have talked to some of my clients who walk into SofaMart and have gotten $300 off of a $900 sofa. that is more than likely a 3 mark.

i only give 10% because im a specialty store and cant really afford to give much more off. often times you can work up to 20-30% off the asking price, shop around, do your homework and you wont get screwed over. look at the stitching, the design and the way its built. furniture is full of horror stories because people want Lexus quality at Kia pricing.

most companies need to make 50%. so if something costs $300, they mark it at $999 and then deal from there.
 

Creasy Bear

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Here's something to remember when shopping for furniture...

cheap furniture is cheap.

Cheap shit furniture might look the same, or very similar, to the more expensive stuff, but, on the inside, cheap shit furniture is made from crap particle board, crappy too-thin metal, and shitty Nerf ball foam. It'll fall apart within two years.

Spend a few more bucks and go with a name brand you can trust... La-Z-Boy, Thomasville, Broyhill, etc... you'll be better off in the long haul.
 

Cha94

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Wow! Thanks for the quick responses everyone. I have been looking at sectionals with the microfiber cloth. The one that my girlfriend really likes is one from the Cindy Crawford line. While it is really nice and comfortable the price Raymour and Flanningans was asking for it seemed out of my range. They were asking $2600 for the sofa, chaise, and love seat. I do see now that it is on sale. When I went to the store last week it wasnt.

Here is the link- http://www.raymourflanigan.com/catalog/details.asp?ID=8929

So far the other places I have looked at just have shit stuff, in my opinion. I went to Big Lots and wasnt to impressed and Unclaimed Freight. I am going to goto a few more stores this week and see what they have to offer. I was looking online and didnt see to much on there. Looks like most sectionals that have the microfiber cloth are around 1800-2000. There are not to many that have caught my eye online.
 

Chino Kapone

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well it actually looks like a pretty quality piece for the price

i deal in modern/contemporary so im not sure about any of the Cindy Crawford collection.

its nailed and glued, which isnt great. should be a 5-7 year sofa at least. you will start to see some wear in the first 6 months depending on how often you use it. for that price point thats pretty decent quality. it does have a lifetime warranty on the frame, but only 3 years on the spring which is pretty standard at those prices.

Have you sat in it? the number 1 complaint i get when someone special orders something is that they wish i had it on my floor and they could have sat in it before they ordered it. at that point its non returnable.
 

BigWilly

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Unless they've changed microfiber in the past couple of years, it sucks. After a while you start sliding and it just seems to stretch out after sitting on it and it sticks to you. I've had it and I'll never buy it again. It's either real leather or cloth fabric for me. Just my opinion.
 
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We got most of our furniture from North Carolina. If you know the model codes or whatever you can call them directly. The problem is that they won't deliver to PA until they have a truckload, which is no big deal if your ordering a couple rooms worth of furniture. If your only ordering one piece you may have to wait for a while.

If you don't mind taking a ride you can try International Furniture Wholesalers Inc. They are on Delaware Ave (just off I-95) in Philly.

Again, you'll need to know what you want because they don't have an acutal showroom. You'll do all of your "shopping" out of the manufacturers books and they'll order it direct from the manufacurer for you. The same furniture there was considerably cheaper than anywhere else in the area.
 

Cha94

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Have you sat in it? the number 1 complaint i get when someone special orders something is that they wish i had it on my floor and they could have sat in it before they ordered it. at that point its non returnable.
Yes, I sat down on it and it seemed really comfortable when I sat on it. If that seems like a good price to you, Im really shocked at what some the stuff costs then. I just considered something that pricey like a top of the line type thing. Boy was I mistaken! Thanks for your help and information.
 

Chino Kapone

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Yes, I sat down on it and it seemed really comfortable when I sat on it. If that seems like a good price to you, Im really shocked at what some the stuff costs then. I just considered something that pricey like a top of the line type thing. Boy was I mistaken! Thanks for your help and information.
my top of the line for a sofa that large would range inbetween $4-5k. the cindy crawford is moderate price point in my opinion. my affordable line you can pick up a sectional for about $1300-$1800, but i dont think it would be half that size.
 

Jolie

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Our sectional cost $4700 - I think that price is a steal

(Caveat - we like modern furniture and I have incredibly expensive taste in it :()

Heres ours (its a little hard to see cause its not the greatest angle):

 

Chino Kapone

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check out my myspace you can see pictures of my store. one of the sofas featured is $4k, the quality is top of the line and it really isnt a bad price for the style.
 

Fuck Crosby

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I work for Raymour and Flanigan and the mark up on stuff varies between 25-300 percent on what you get. Shit is so overpriced

Edit: If you buy from there though you can use my friends and family crap, 23% on top of cost.
 

Chino Kapone

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I work for Raymour and Flanigan and the mark up on stuff varies between 25-300 percent on what you get. Shit is so overpriced

Edit: If you buy from there though you can use my friends and family crap, 23% on top of cost.
really 2.5-3 mark is good, thats generally what a company needs to stay in business. it may sound like alot but after overhead, the rising cost of foam, gas and the need to warehouse its really not terribble.

always ask for the deal, you will more than likely get it.