We’re in the market for some new furniture.
Mostly, I’m looking into bedroom furniture that goes together. Our current “bedroom suite” consists of an iron bed given to us by friends seven years ago (with a frame that puts the mattress uncomfortably high in the air, and a headboard that flops and bangs and rattles with the slightest snore); a reddish-stained chest of drawers that belonged to my father as a child; a dark mahogany dresser that we bought for $70 from one of Mr. Cheap’s co-workers about six years ago; and two nightstands I bought at Cost Plus about four years ago. The room is painted purple, and we’re repainting next weekend to eliminate the “black hole” feeling that brings us down. Coordinated furniture will help bring a sense of peace to the room.
So. New furniture. I have the money – but not too much of it. I have the determination. We even kind of know our style: Modern, but not too contemporary; transitional, with not-too-dark wood; something that will go with our Asian, African and contemporary art.
I don’t think this is brain surgery. Then I threw in the element of “can we get something eco-friendly?” and it became very tricky.
IKEA sells some eco-friendly furniture. I don’t like the look of most of it, and most of it is pine. We wear things out. We need hardwood.
Scandinavian Designs sells some styles we like, but I don’t know about their eco-friendliness.
Some online sites say they are “eco-friendly,” but they back it up with … nothing.
Others really are. $2,400 dining room chairs (that’s per chair), anyone?
We have found a couple of local – or at least U.S.-based – furniture builders, but nothing with a style that we want.
As I look around our house, we have a few new items of furniture. We have many recycled and used items. After hours of shopping and Web surfing and looking for good choices, I think we’re going to carefully choose what we want and buy it. I’m going to keep searching on Craigslist until we do – in hopes that we’ll find a good used option.
But barring used, our priority will be to find something not too expensive, but sturdy enough that we can count on it to last the years. (After all, the better the quality, the fewer times we’ll replace it in our lifetimes – thus minimizing our impact at least somewhat.) And we’ll pass our current furniture on to someone else.
How do you solve the shopping quandary?