Friday, October 3, 2014

When New, Cheap Furniture is Good

Saw this bench at TJ Max for $145 and it had me thinking that sometimes it's not a bad idea to buy an inexpensive piece of new furniture.   Here's my thoughts on when it can make sense:

- it's a piece made of real wood, not mdf  (although Ikea can be the exception to that)
- it's not overly trendy
- it doesn't smell of VOC's and glues
- considering the use it will get, it's likely to wear well

I love that this bench has white washed wood, nail heads and a conservative fabric.  Slap faux leather or a flashy fabric on it and it starts to look too low cost.    I didn't need a bench but if I did, I definitely would have snapped this up.

Do you think there's ever a time when new, inexpensive furniture is a good idea?


ArchitectDesign™ said...

I've seen very NOT 'cheap' furniture at homegoods too lately -Ralph Lauren Home, Theodore Alexander, etc. You never know what you'll find!

Karena said...

What Stefan says is true. I do think if you have a young family there are especially some upholstered pieces that why not go less expensive!

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Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I've gotta go with Stefan's comment too. Just gotta be at the right store at the right time! But going inexpensive makes complete sense with small children.

Champagne on Tuesdays said...

Agree with the above comments. Also, I divide furniture into two categories: low traffic and high traffic. Something that is rarely touched (a side table in a rarely used corner, for instance) can be more cheaply made (and cheaper) than hard working pieces. As long as it looks good!

cindy hattersley design said...

I totally agree. Target had a bench like this. I almost bought the end of a bed slip covered...not much use...why not?

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I do if you are wise about your purchase; thinking function, quality, & use, We purchased an Ikea upholstered bed. We knew we would be selling it once we leave Scotland and to be honest, I love it so much that I hate to part with it. It's like mixing high and low when it comes to your clothing.

Happy weekend to you!

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Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Real wood? That makes it worthwhile for sure.

Jennifer said...

This is a great find. I see inexpensive benches all the time but many times they are covered with a bad/cheap-looking tufting treatment. HomeGoods had a great pair of small wingback chairs (probably large hostess chairs) for $200 each that I considered. The fabric wasn't terrible but I thought they would have looked great slipcovered. Kind of regret leaving them!

Leslie @ Segreto Secrets said...

Awesome find on a cute bench! A large price tag doesn't always mean excellent quality - good to remember!
xo. Leslie
Segreto Finishes

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Studio Yuko Jones said...

I will definitely go for the pieces made with real wood - they age nicely and it's easy to refinish/paint if necessary. And I love their Ralph Lauren line. Now I can't stop thinking about the lamps I didn't buy the other day - must go back there, NOW!


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