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    • Zither
    • By Zither 17th May 17, 5:01 PM
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    Furniture without long delivery time?
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    Furniture without long delivery time? 17th May 17 at 5:01 PM
    Hi All

    I need to buy a couple of sofas to furnish a new house but I don't want to wait 12 weeks for delivery.

    Where's the best place to get some decent-ish, reasonably priced furniture from that don't take too long for delivery?

    Also: which furniture shops generally offer the best value for money? For example some of the stuff in Next is nice but the prices make my eyes bleed!

    Cheers!

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    • jfdi
    • By jfdi 17th May 17, 5:28 PM
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    Ikea??


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    • Zither
    • By Zither 17th May 17, 6:52 PM
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    Ikea??


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    Originally posted by jfdi
    Haha an obvious choice! I was thinking something a bit more mid range tho? Next, B+S, House of Fraser and so on!
    • theonlywayisup
    • By theonlywayisup 17th May 17, 7:00 PM
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    John Lewis, or even better, their outlet in Swindon if you are nearby?
    • Zither
    • By Zither 17th May 17, 7:17 PM
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    John Lewis, or even better, their outlet in Swindon if you are nearby?
    Originally posted by theonlywayisup
    Nowhere near Swindon unfortunately! I hadn't thought about John Lewis tho and there is one near here. Do JL keep their own stock so they can deliver quickly-ish?

    What are people's thought on oak furniture land?
    • Hoploz
    • By Hoploz 17th May 17, 7:32 PM
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    Don't knock Ikea till you've tried.

    I've bought 2 sofas recently for £300/£350 and I'm very happy with them. I have another in the same style which I bought second hand for next to nothing and purchased covers to match the new ones and however old the 2nd hand one is it's still just as comfortable as the brand new ones and looks great.

    Far better than the £1000 sofa I bought from furniture village a few years ago which was uncomfortable and looked a right state after about a year.
    • Hoploz
    • By Hoploz 17th May 17, 7:32 PM
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    Another option for furniture is Wayfair, though I have no experience of sofas from them I have bought other items which were delivered quickly.
    • Zither
    • By Zither 17th May 17, 8:28 PM
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    Don't knock Ikea till you've tried.

    I've bought 2 sofas recently for £300/£350 and I'm very happy with them. I have another in the same style which I bought second hand for next to nothing and purchased covers to match the new ones and however old the 2nd hand one is it's still just as comfortable as the brand new ones and looks great.

    Far better than the £1000 sofa I bought from furniture village a few years ago which was uncomfortable and looked a right state after about a year.
    Originally posted by Hoploz
    Sorry didn't mean to knock Ikea - wasn't intentional. Had a look there a couple of weekends ago and the sofas just 'didn't do it' for me. I'd buy pretty much anything else there tho! And probably will.

    Take your point on furniture village tho - also had a look there recently and I just came away thinking 'how can they charge so much'!! It's mostly just wood and fabric.

    Hence why I was wondering where the wise MSE crowd buy your furniture!
    • Zither
    • By Zither 17th May 17, 8:32 PM
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    Another option for furniture is Wayfair, though I have no experience of sofas from them I have bought other items which were delivered quickly.
    Originally posted by Hoploz


    Like the idea but it's a bit like clothes - you just can't tell until you see them in person - fabric, dimensions, feel. Bought some really decent bathroom flat pack furniture from there recently though. So more interested in high street stuff. Thanks tho!
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 17th May 17, 8:33 PM
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    check the local independents for ex display and return stock.

    don't rule out top second hand there are some good buys out there even top end stuff people are just changing for reasons unknown.
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    • By another casualty 17th May 17, 8:38 PM
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    Beales are very good,and not too expensive
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 17th May 17, 8:59 PM
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    Most furniture is made to order and UK manufactured will have a lead time of six to eight weeks, 12 weeks for Chinese goods. Summer holiday factory close down will add two weeks to this time soon.
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    • Zither
    • By Zither 17th May 17, 9:15 PM
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    check the local independents for ex display and return stock.

    don't rule out top second hand there are some good buys out there even top end stuff people are just changing for reasons unknown.
    Originally posted by getmore4less

    Yeah I've got no probs with second hand - just it's finding it - I imagine a lot of the 'best' second hand stuff goes quick. I kind of just want to go to a shop and buy some and know I can get it delivered next week. Where do you recommend for second hand gear?

    Thanks!
    • Zither
    • By Zither 17th May 17, 9:16 PM
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    Beales are very good,and not too expensive
    Originally posted by another casualty
    High street? I've never heard of them!!
    • Zither
    • By Zither 17th May 17, 9:19 PM
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    Most furniture is made to order and UK manufactured will have a lead time of six to eight weeks, 12 weeks for Chinese goods. Summer holiday factory close down will add two weeks to this time soon.
    Originally posted by worried jim
    Yeah this was my expectation too - I was hoping that some chains carried a warehouse stock that would require less delivery time. I don't mind waiting a month but 12 weeks is ridiculous!

    Are there any furniture stores that have their own warehouse rather than made to order?
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 17th May 17, 9:31 PM
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    Absolutely worth approaching British Heart Foundation - you may get a special deal on an entire houseworth... With white goods as well - don't be bashful, you can get all sorts of furniture & gradually trade up as you find nicer pieces. They also sell new stuff - the lads outgrew their bunks & now crash on their own brand new beds (mattresses separate) thanks to the BHF.

    +1 for IKEA which can be good solid furniture - if you put it together correctly. Not the best-just-moving-in party game, but enough alcohol & players & you won't be able to get into bed without ducking under the bookcase for Ages. But it'll seem pretty normal.

    I'd also check out local auction houses, and of course freegle & freecycle. Why buy brand new when with a little patience you can install harlequin slightly shabby chic that you're in the middle of upcycling?! Setting visiting-in-law traps, indulging your daydreams of being a painter (of chairs etc) & enjoying yourself?

    Auction houses tend to have pieces cleaned right up ready to install, and thus you can end up with an originally several thousand quid dining set reduced to a few hundred and only you know. It was made to order, (just not yours), but it was made by folk who gave a hoot, and of real solid wood often as not.
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 17th May 17, 9:37 PM
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    When I made similar enquiries to Harveys, they had some lines that were available from their warehouse 2 weeks after order, and also some remaindered individual items in their showroom available immediately.
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    • casper_g
    • By casper_g 17th May 17, 10:16 PM
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    Lots of places that usually make to order have some clearance stock consisting of either cancelled orders or ex-showroom stock.

    We got an excellent quality sofabed from Willow and Hall. Their clearance section items are all available for delivery within 2 weeks and is here: https://www.willowandhall.co.uk/clearance.html OK, so they're mostly an online retailer, but they do have a showroom in Chiswick if you are London-based.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 17th May 17, 10:21 PM
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    Nowhere near Swindon unfortunately!
    Originally posted by Zither
    So where are you near? Up here in Staffordshire there are furniture outlets for returned/unwanted stuff.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 17th May 17, 10:52 PM
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    Yeah I've got no probs with second hand - just it's finding it - I imagine a lot of the 'best' second hand stuff goes quick. I kind of just want to go to a shop and buy some and know I can get it delivered next week. Where do you recommend for second hand gear?

    Thanks!
    Originally posted by Zither
    Freecycle type places, gumtree, local adds, ebay, auctions, charity shops.

    if happy to get something good enough and trade up when you have time you could well find something very reasonable to tide you over.
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