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Sliv Feb 14th 2016 10:56 am

Furniture / Bed shopping
 
We move over to Summit, NJ in a few weeks and need to buy quite a bit of furniture - sofa, bedroom furniture, beds etc

Looking for any recommendations for where to shop - middle level pricing but happy to spend more on good quality.

In particular and bed/mattress shop recommendations? And do you need a box spring on all beds?!

Thanks

S

Rete Feb 14th 2016 3:30 pm

Re: Furniture / Bed shopping
 
It seems that a lot of Brits love IKEA and there is a huge store in Elizabeth, NJ that you can shop in for everything for your home.

uk_grenada Feb 14th 2016 3:31 pm

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Ikea is god, just not in the tropics, where they sell insect food.

Pulaski Feb 14th 2016 3:48 pm

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Ashley Furniture is ubiquitous US mid-level furniture store; the salesmen can be a bit pushy.

Mattresses are mostly sold by mattress specialists that have a wide range of brands and designs. .... Americans seem to like something called a "pillow top", which is like a mattress with a thin but dense quilt sewn on to one side. :blink: ..... It makes them curiously soft, and unpleasantly hot in summer as you sink into this padded layer.

Generally speaking, if you buy "a bed" from a furniture store, you're getting a headboard, legs and support for a box spring and mattress, and sometimes a footboard. You then buy a box spring and mattress to put on the bed frame. If you buy a box spring and mattress from a mattress store, as I described above, they usually give you a basic set of legs, so if you arrive without furniture, head over to a mattress store, which usually do same-day delivery, and get your mattress and box spring, then worry about a bed frame later, once you're settled. :)

Sliv Feb 14th 2016 5:50 pm

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Thank you this is really helpful.

Vimto Feb 14th 2016 5:53 pm

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Remember US bed sizes are different to the UK :
Twin: 38” x 75”
Full: 53” x 75”
Queen: 60” x 80”
King: 76” x 80”

CA-NY Feb 14th 2016 6:39 pm

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We recently bought a new sofa from Raymour & Flanigan and mattress and boxspring from Macy's Furniture Gallery. Bed (frame / headboard) came from Bob's Furniture. Would recommend all. Also Ashley Furniture is worth a look and for mattresses there are lots of branches of Sleepys all over. Also more design led places like West Elm and Crate & Barrel or if you're feeling really $$$ Restoration Hardware! You'll want somewhere like Macy's or Bed, Bath & Beyond for bedding / sheets etc. Hope that helps.

petitefrancaise Feb 14th 2016 6:55 pm

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Most furniture I would also recommend IKEA. However, mattresses perhaps not. Look at https://www.tuftandneedle.com/mattress for those.

Overstock.com is a good place to look for accessories.

BedBathand Beyond is always worth a look for household stuff.

Costco for good quality sheets to fit your new size beds.

Don't forget Amazon.com with prime membership you'll get your shipping included. I'm about to buy a pool pump from there, it's just about the cheapest for the one I want and will be shipped quickly.

hungryhorace Feb 14th 2016 9:25 pm

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I found the local Vi-Spring dealer in MA then visited there. I wouldn't go to one of the major chains, but instead deal with a local run firm. You'll find far better quality (though prices may be higher, but hey you're in NJ!).

Avoid IKEA like the plague; they're cheap crap that won't last a year.

petitefrancaise Feb 14th 2016 10:34 pm

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Originally Posted by hungryhorace (Post 11867643)

Avoid IKEA like the plague; they're cheap crap that won't last a year.

Good grief, what on earth does your family do to them?

I have a couple of beds, desks, chests of drawers and shelving units that are about 18 years old (22 yrs for the shelving ), that have been moved internationally 2 times and are still absolutely fine.

I bought a corner sofa unit when we moved here based on some comparisons with ?west elm or pottery barn equivalents and it looks great.

The only thing I would say is that some of the furniture is a bit small scale to fit into a large american home.

hungryhorace Feb 15th 2016 7:00 pm

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Originally Posted by petitefrancaise (Post 11867685)
Good grief, what on earth does your family do to them?

For a main bed? They're terrible quality. I work on the assumption you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, so you might as well make it comfy!!

petitefrancaise Feb 15th 2016 7:02 pm

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Originally Posted by hungryhorace (Post 11868377)
For a main bed? They're terrible quality. I work on the assumption you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, so you might as well make it comfy!!

frames are ok but I don't like their mattresses. I only bought Ikea mattresses for the kids when they were little and have thrown them away now.

hungryhorace Feb 15th 2016 7:02 pm

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Originally Posted by petitefrancaise (Post 11868379)
frames are ok but I don't like their mattresses. I only bought Ikea mattresses for the kids when they were little and have thrown them away now.

Exactly! So we agree!

Pulaski Feb 15th 2016 7:08 pm

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Originally Posted by hungryhorace (Post 11868377)
For a main bed? They're terrible quality. I work on the assumption you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, so you might as well make it comfy!!

I agree, but there has to be a limit, financially, for most people, at least.

We bought a Stearns & Foster in 2002, which was, and remains, very comfortable despite "conventional wisdom" saying it is past due for replacement. We paid about $2,200 for it, IIRC.

We bought another mattress from a company that claims to make mattresses of quality "comparable to the national brands". They don't. :(

uk_grenada Feb 15th 2016 7:17 pm

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Ikea do very good mattresses, i have a vi-spring myself and my daughters have high end ikea, still quite expensive, but 4k for a vi-spring and about 800 for the mattress and pad [both sprung, never saw a sprung pad before] from ikea and they are equally comfortable. However buy cheap ikea, get cheap ikea...


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