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    Asking every family man or women...

    Mum's complaining I never contribute to the family , and spending all my money on cameras. So now, I'm thinking of getting a new set of sofa home to surprise her.

    Where's a good place to buy ah? Is those mega furniture shop like courts or ikea's stuff good? or should go to those more specialized furniture shops like in IMM or shopping centres? What's the price range for a normal set anyway? 1-2k?

    appreciate any feedback.
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    If you look closely enough, you will find that the furniture being sold in Singapore by the mega-stores as well as the furniture retailers all come from the same factories (in Indonesia or Malaysia). Thus, the design are similiar but not quite exactly a duplicate.

    On a general level, furniture from a specialised furniture shop seems to be better - design, build, materials - compared to the mega-stores where the main criteria is usually cost.

    I don't have any specific shopping info for you, but personally, I would go to those furniture malls first (where there are a variety of shops) - like IMM and Park Mall, then visit Courts, Harvey Normans or IKEA, and do a comparison.

    If I were to rate the mega-stores, the ranking would be #1-IKEA, #2-Courts, #3-Harvey.

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    no need to buy furniture

    learn to cook some simple dishes for them

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    Novena is having a sale....quite worth but of course ..check out the materials they are giving you....
    what i notice for furnitures in IKEA, courts ..etc are not very solid...
    thats y they are cheaper....

    you might want to look around IMM...not bad design and material...

    most of all, its like buying cameras...."What requirements you need?"

    Do you want a lasting sofa?
    Material wise? Leather? Fabric? Microfabric?..etc
    Any metal parts (which might rust if its those lousy types?)
    Heavy? Not sure if you have tried the moment you sit in a sofa (or throw yourself to it)...it moves a distance ..due to the weight...

    actually ...i am abit off topic...you are just asking where to buy sofa...hahhahahah...anyway, just my 2 cents worth....cos i am also currently looking for furnitures...these are all my findings...

    hope it helps...

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    i am a sofa expert. i can tell you how much a sofa set is, simply by sitting on it. ;-)

    i spent almost 4 months last year looking for furnitures for my new flat. i visited all kinda of furniture shops many many times. "furniture mall" seems to be the best one for me. i mean the one in beach rd. there is another one at woodlands but not as good as beach rd one. they have lots of quality furnitures with good design. though they are expensive, actually the price is negotiable. you can try to bagain with them. also try to find branded promotion ones. i bought a 3+2 sofa set there for around $1500.

    ikea: good design but quality is normal. price is expensive than furniture mall for sofa set.

    mega stores: very expensive and the design is boring.

    imm: similar as furniture mall but some are more expensive, some are more lousy.
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    It also depends on the style of furniture that you have in mind.

    Eg, if you are looking for a "wing chair", you probably got to look at places like picket and rail .

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    so many replies in such a short time... many thanks to everyone for their advice man... have a rough idea of where to start hunting now...
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    If you want to buy furniture that lasts and has investment value. Look at Rosewood furniture. A six piece set will set you back about $2500. Sounds a bit high but that includes to two side tables, a coffee table, one 3 seater, two armchairs. You can always get just the three seater for much less.

    Just avoid having too much or any mother of pearl inlays or complicated carvings in the pieces and they won't look garish(read: Beng). Rosewood furniture will appreciate in value over the years because the forests that the wood comes from is fast disappearing.

    These are solid wood pieces and will last you 20 yrs or more. So TCO will be low in the long run. Only thing is that they won't be as comfy to sit on as a fabric sofa. But they do have an expensive feel to them.

    Alternatively, If you wanna save money in the short run, just look at the sofas from Ikea. Not all are good but there are a few gems at affordable prices. Plus they look good to boot. The ones will metal frames are the better ones to go for as the wood framed ones are usually made of cheap plantation pine.

    The sofas from furniture malls invariably fall into the garish faux leather (read PVC) category. PVC will crack and peel easily(approx 2 yrs). These usu. cost between 300-1500. A lot of money to waste over 2-5 yrs.

    You'll need to spend about $2-4K for a nice real leather sofa(3 seater) which usually looks like a PVC one - so why bother? These usually last 5-8yrs and require a lot of maintenance.

    So my advice is to spend $700-800 max on a nice Ikea sofa(the ones under $300 are cheap and nasty) or if you can afford it , a rosewood sofa set. Avoid those PVC covered monstrocities - leave them for the Phua Chu Kangs of this world.

    My 2 cents.

    TCO = Total Cost of Ownership
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    pickel n rail
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    http://www.lorenzo.com.sg/

    i bought a fabric 3+2 at lorenzo furniture mall outlet for $1.5k. i like fabric ones.

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    there's a furniture mall @ Beach Road
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    Another place to hunt for cheap and good sofas is at Sungei Kadut. There're lots of furniture warehouses there ...

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    You guys open furniture shop one ah? hehehe... ks again for all your kind support... Really appreciated it...
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    Haha... check out the galleries page 2 of the lorenzo website... apparently it's hacked... linked to some racist article on Hinduism...

    Originally posted by liuhao
    http://www.lorenzo.com.sg/

    i bought a fabric 3+2 at lorenzo furniture mall outlet for $1.5k. i like fabric ones.
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    try v.hive home interiors (Denmark design I believe).

    Sleek, nice and not too expensive.

    They have various branches:

    Funan Centre
    Great World City (biggest with more selection of sofa)
    Eastpoint Mall
    Hougang Mall
    Causeway Point (Woodland)
    Compass Point
    East Coast (Near Parkway Parade)

    From personal experience, Ikea Sofas are ridiculously priced for what they are (they are just too "plain" for my liking). Other that that, Ikea has really nice stuffs there.

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    sofa material will also depends on whether u prefer cooler feel or u dun mind warm feeling.

    fabric sofa is generally the coolest to sit on. followed by micro fibre material. disadv is fabric is harder to maintain as u need to wash and keep it clean since its not water-resistant. Micro-fibre is slightly water resistant. a nice fabric sofa set can usually be had for $1k - $1.5k. extra covers cost u $500 - $1k

    leather sofa on the other hand, are warmer to sit on. u might not like it in singapore's weather esp. if the rm is not air-con. but generally, its much easier to maintain, just wipe it. and as long as u dun scratch or cut the leather, it'll last u longer than fabrics. respectable real leather sofa will cost u $2.5k upwards.

    the other alternative is "fake leather". or pvc leather. these are really the warmest to sit on. the least comfy of all. cost can be as low as $300 to slightly over $1k.

    anr determinent of price for sofas is whether they've springs built into them. sofas with pocketed springs generally last longer and less likely to sag with usage.

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    one shot spend $20-50k in rosewood furniture

    they are durable, solid, easy to clean and COOL (for weather like singapore)

    why buy sofa that is warm to sit, easily become dirty or spoil and let your cat scratch it

    I think my set of rosewood dining table, cabinets, cupboard, chairs, tables & stools can last until my grandchildren at least...and they will worth even more by then because they are antique liao

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    yeah buy rose wood furniture very good.

    i can recommend rose wood furniture cushion maker expert (my gf mum) at good price to you.

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    true to rosewood.
    the only *slight* problem is when you get tired of the design a few yrs on. thus, we decide on getting stuff tht *will* spoilt in 5-10 yrs time

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