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Ikea vs Pottery Barn

Started 1307992563.203 in For the Home Talk | Last reply 1308690162.02 by megmat

The other IKEA thread got me to thinking and I wanted to get your opinions. I need to replace my couch/loveseat. I want the slipcovered kind in red and am thinking of going basic PB design. The cost is high for me but it is put together already. The Ikea brand-much easier on the pocketbook but can I make it look good putting it together myself?

What do you think of these two brands comparing sofa options or are there other brands that might be a compromise between the two?

Thanks in advance!

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CLOTHILDE1307994114.024471 PostsRegistered 4/17/2011

Pottery Barn = $$$$$ (unless there's a sale).

Have you looked at Pier1?

Kiss my mu­tt1307994581.831314 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006

Yeah, I know! It hurts even looking at those prices. I haven't looked at Pier one. I will though-good idea!

MOMOF2BOYS1307994985.51200 PostsRegistered 2/23/2007
I love IKEA. I bought a love seat from there for my son's room and it was so easy to put together and it looks great. it is also so much easier to take home when it is not put together yet, I love the prices and found so many other items. Bought a wok for $4.50 and a duvet cover set for $14.00.

Breky1307995113.2532052 PostsRegistered 6/29/2008Connecticut Shoreline

I think that PB has better quality in furniture and much better quality for other wares that they sell and their prices reflect that. However, if you know what you are looking for you can probably land a pretty good deal at IKEA. IKEA has a lot of pressed woods, veneers and composite materials.

Pats

tantallum1307995183.4331462 PostsRegistered 10/31/2006Chicago, IL

comparing ikea and pottery barn is like comparing a kia and a bently. for couches and other furniture that gets a lot of use and that depend on user comfort, I would go pottery barn all the way. crate and barrel is good too and crate and barrel has a lot of simplistic, modern designs like ikea. For other items (lamps, desk, shelving, some if it anyway), ikea is fine.

Luv2Decora­te1307995718.486352 PostsRegistered 5/2/2008Floating on Lake Michigan

I agree with the others regarding IKEA's quality. It's ok, but don't expect it to last very long. Check Ballarddesigns.com and Boyles.com (furniture company that is great and has good prices)

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Kiss my mu­tt1307996420.061314 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006

Thanks for the tips. I'll check those other websites and see. It seems like my furniture lasts for about 10 years maximum. Of course, having two kids, two cats and two dogs might have something to do with that. Thanks again. :)

lovestotea­ch1307997810.63314499 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009DFW Metroplex, Tx
On 6/13/2011 tantallum said:

comparing ikea and pottery barn is like comparing a kia and a bently. for couches and other furniture that gets a lot of use and that depend on user comfort, I would go pottery barn all the way. crate and barrel is good too and crate and barrel has a lot of simplistic, modern designs like ikea. For other items (lamps, desk, shelving, some if it anyway), ikea is fine.

ITA! If you are wanting really lasting, sturdy quality for forever use, you might also consider a reputable high-end store that is in your area. Ours is called "Haverty's." We found furniture there of a high quality for DD's apartment (to go with her first job!) and the prices the sales associate showed us were very competitive. We purchased her mattress and box springs with this store. Also, we purchased sofa, chair, end table and coffee table. Her dining room (small) table came from IKEA! HTH Good luck on your decision!

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FastDogWal­ker21307998647.5571546 PostsRegistered 1/18/2007

I beg to differ about Ikea quality. We purchased a couch and recliner from them years ago. It lasted forever -thru two moves - we finally gave it away before it wore out. It was very nice quality.

Beebo1307999285.086959 PostsRegistered 4/13/2010
On 6/13/2011 lovestoteach said:
On 6/13/2011 tantallum said:

comparing ikea and pottery barn is like comparing a kia and a bently. for couches and other furniture that gets a lot of use and that depend on user comfort, I would go pottery barn all the way. crate and barrel is good too and crate and barrel has a lot of simplistic, modern designs like ikea. For other items (lamps, desk, shelving, some if it anyway), ikea is fine.

ITA! If you are wanting really lasting, sturdy quality for forever use, you might also consider a reputable high-end store that is in your area. Ours is called "Haverty's." We found furniture there of a high quality for DD's apartment (to go with her first job!) and the prices the sales associate showed us were very competitive. We purchased her mattress and box springs with this store. Also, we purchased sofa, chair, end table and coffee table. Her dining room (small) table came from IKEA! HTH Good luck on your decision!

While I buy good quality furniture, sofas never last forever if they are in a room that gets a lot of use. The frames may be excellent and last forever, but the upholstery fabric does not. I have found the cost of having a piece reupholstered prohibitive and it is less expensive to replace it. I always hate having to throw away a couch that is in otherwise good condition...seems so wasteful.

Kiss my mu­tt1308005223.7571314 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006

All very good points. I should go to a showroom as well. We just have Rooms to Go here and I haven't heard very good things about them but I don't have any first hand experience with them.

I thought maybe if I got one with slipcovers I could change it out once the covers got worn or if we got sick of red. And that way it would last awhile. We only have one living area so it does get a lot of use. I don't have a formal living room.

Thanks for all the input!!

lovestotea­ch1308005966.66314499 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009DFW Metroplex, Tx

I need to qualify what I wrote and also agree with you, beebo and you too, Fastdogwalker2! I can't speak to the quality of IKEA upholstered furniture. My SIL swears by PB, her home looks like a photo in a decorating magazine, and she has a set (both love seats, large over-stuffed chairs and dining room chairs) that have the interchangeable covers. How envious am I of her and her beautiful taste? The stuff she buys lasts and lasts. The extra-long sofa we bought for DD was light blue canvas (oh, yes, not stain-free EVER!) and it would cost the amount of another sofa to re-upholster it. It just depends upon what one is looking for, I guess!

Forgot to add that a friend had problems with her purchase from Ashley furniture -- a recliner that was in a sectional set. Added to be helpful...

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Lynneuk1308011462.618210 PostsRegistered 11/3/2006

I think at PB you are paying for a certain look but it is not necessarily good quality. They use particle board in a lot of their furniture just like Ikea, Target etc.

faeriemoon21308011784.8136583 PostsRegistered 1/7/2009

I think PB quality is better than Ikea.

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lovestotea­ch1308072468.96314499 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009DFW Metroplex, Tx

I didn't know PB used particle board! Well, what do you know? I DO know that a few items I have purchased there have disappointed... 1) a throw that was kitten-soft and shed ALL OVER my black outfit 2) a supposedly silk comforter that ripped as it was being placed back on the bed in less than 1 year. grrrr... however, I DO think that if one knows what they are doing when purchasing furniture (that wouldn't be me) you can maybe know what to look for, then end up with a quality purchase!

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Luv2Decora­te1308082200.6276352 PostsRegistered 5/2/2008Floating on Lake Michigan
On 6/13/2011 Lecia said:

Thanks for the tips. I'll check those other websites and see. It seems like my furniture lasts for about 10 years maximum. Of course, having two kids, two cats and two dogs might have something to do with that. Thanks again. :)

If you want a decent sofa check out Flexsteel. Search their website and see who sells it in your area. It will wear like iron. I wouldn't pay too much for furniture if your kids are young. They have a habit of trashing things{#emotions_dlg.w00t}

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Kiss my mu­tt1308082626.5631314 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006

So true, Luv2decorate. I'll check it out. You know your furniture is bad when even your kids are asking to replace it. :D

CLOTHILDE1308091756.6334471 PostsRegistered 4/17/2011

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carrob1308092229.9671812 PostsRegistered 10/6/2010 FL

You get what you pay for....wait for a sale at PB.

Kiss my mu­tt1308093139.5831314 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006

Thanks for thinking of me, Clothilde and passing on the info on the sofas. :) I'll be sure to check it out.

Carrob, the PB basic slip covered sofas are on sale now but only about $200 off. I wonder if they ever do better than that.

lovestotea­ch1308093496.4814499 PostsRegistered 1/2/2009DFW Metroplex, Tx

Lecia: my SIL went in PB a lot; the SA's got to know her and would sell her their floor models! Wish it had been me!!!! Just a hint, don't know if it always works. There is a PB outlet at a mall quite far away from us. I could have spent hours in there, but the rest of the bunch were a little anxious to get going. The outlet store did have some upholstered pieces, but what was "calling my name" were the decorative items....

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Kiss my mu­tt1308093768.5771314 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006

haha, LTT. I may have to get on a first name basis with the associates. Never knew that had outlets-how fun would that be?

You sound like me in a Williams and Sonoma store. I could really do some damage there!

tsk1308111088.7932 PostsRegistered 6/14/2011

Check out Four Seasons furniture. Google their site. It is sold at quality furniture stores and looks exactly like Pottery Barn, however, it is waaaay better quality in frame and design. I bought mine as a floor sample for a steal at $499. To purchase what I have new will run between $1000-$1400 depending on where you live and the upholstery you choose. They are slipcovered and have a patent-pending inner coil system that is heavy! You will need professional movers because it weighs the same as a large sofa-sleeper. People love the comfort of my sofa. Additional slipcovers start at around $400. I will continue to purchase slipcovers for each season because we LOVE this sofa!

Kiss my mu­tt1308159313.1431314 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006

Thanks for the tip, tsk. They look very nice. :)

catlvr1308261074.5475819 PostsRegistered 5/5/2005

Both!!!

We just ordered the Buchanan Sofa in ultra suede from PB and two upholstered chairs. From IKEA we will be buying a wall unit/entertainment center and we will fight like cats and dogs putting it together...LOL....it's character building.

catlvr

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