Moving to my first apartment post-grad and looking to furnish it on a budget - I’ve heard from multiple friends that getting Ikea delivered and built is the easiest, but I discovered Bob’s Furniture which seems similar in price. Has anyone purchased from Bob’s and can provide insight into the quality/service? Also open to any other store recommendations that do same day/coordinated delivery?

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Yes, Bob’s has quality furniture and their white glove delivery service that they offer is awesome cause they come in and set everything up for you. However, I must say I do regret buying a quality furniture set. You probably won’t stay in one apartment forever, so that means you’ll have to move the set when you do move out. This costs decent money to move, or you would try to sell it and if it doesn’t sell, throw it out which might mean losing money on the set. I wish I bought a cheaper set from IKEA or something, a set where I wouldn’t care if I threw out at the end of my lease. Something to consider but if the price is comparable like you said, then yes, Bob’s is a good choice

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I buy cheap Walmart and Amazon furniture so I don’t feel bad if it doesn’t sell and I have to throw it out whe I move

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I don’t think you have to go all or nothing. Invest in 1-2 quality pieces and get the rest from ikea. I bought a decent couch during college and still use it 5 years post grad. If you buy quality stuff, you’ll keep it.

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I used kaiyo which is refurbished furniture. Flat delivery fee, you can find some great products and great customer service. they do a great job cleaning the furniture and apparently business has been great even during covid since ppl are investing more in their homes. This is a $50 coupon for ur purchase. Its a referral so its $50 off for u and $50 off my next purchase if you choose to use it https://kaiyo.com?ref=MAP7TG

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Wayfair

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Used Bob’s for my current couch and bed in my apartment. Very professional and courteous but they did show up at 5:45am for a 7am appointment which was annoying.

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Aptdeco.com

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Bobs is definitely the way to go. I’ve bought furniture from them that has lasted years. Can’t say that about anything I ever purchased from Ikea

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Overstock has a free shipping offer at a low minimum. It adds up!

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If you’re really on a budget and you’re already in the city, there’s a ton of furniture being put out on the curb right now. Not sure if that’s your thing, but people post things on “stoopingnyc” on Insta. Stuff moves fast, so it may not be possible to fully furnish an apartment that way, but it’s kind of fun to see what people are giving away.

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Bobs is good and cheap and you can see it and touch it before ordering

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I swear, all of my favorite furniture was bought at a deep discount or I got it for free. IKEA is fantastic for the basics. My couch came from Amazon, on Prime 2-Day shipping. Also, if you’re moving into a high-rise or know someone living in one, check the building’s online “bulletin board” because there are always people giving furniture away before they move—gotten multiple pieces from Crate & Barrel, Wayfair etc that way

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Move with someone that already has furniture

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Check out Joybird...they have a decent balance of quality and pricepoint

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Craigslist or fb marketplace! I make my radius everything within a 5-10 minute walk and there’s tons of great items that come up. I’ve had success with throwing items in a cab - and got friends to help carry a couch down the street

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