Posted: Oct 3, 2005 4:47 pm
Don't buy real furniture from Ikea. Ikea doesn't make real furniture. They make laminated partical board monstrosities for wannabe home decorator types that think they're being kitsch and different by purchasing sleek swedish products. Same thing for Dania. You will be cursing for hours trying to understand their cute, pictographic installation instructions, that is if you're lucky enough to have found them after slicing your hand open on their cleverly designed, flat cardboard boxes, # 4 of 5 (where is that damn #5 - I need my dowells, stat). You might as well subscribe to Budget Living.
Seriously, I like Ikea for only two things - some kitchen gadgets and textiles. The rest of their shit is shit.
I think you're screwed for cheap and good. I just had a similar dilemma and spent the last nine months in passive/agressive coach search mode. Went to the Myer & Frank warehouse sale twice. They had okay things but I'm not into the new microfibre crap. Hollywood Dania had some nice things but they were a bit too expensive. There's that place that's at the foot of E. Burnside bridge, but it was always closed. I ended up getting something from City Liquidators, believe it or not. It was $500 and made, I think, from some local manufacturor.
My two cents, again, is that I've had two separate Ikea couches, both purchased because they were affordable, both sucked and were back breakers. I couldn't even give them to goodwill.