NOW CLOSED (ReEdited on 10.25.07 - MGR)Note to self: never use the word "cheap." Basics Furniture is up for review today and inclusion into the Stores Guide, after having been mentioned by a number of readers. Originally, we didn't plan to include this type of store in the Guide, because it was so far from being a place where we would shop, but the world is filled with different folks, and we realize that stores like Basics can be useful.... First of all, Basics is not cheap. Ikea is cheap. Basics sells new, contemporary furniture (which we abhor) at reasonable prices, and they do a good job of keeping their prices below $1,000, which is the point most people start to get scared. Many of their designs are too much, but they have some simple beds, chairs and dressers (see Campaign Bed at right) which are not offensive. They also don't take long to deliver and they have a local store which makes it easy to find and speak to them (It is also interesting that they only have one store, but it seems like they are part of a chain). We recommend Basics as a place to look because: a. their website makes it easy to see what they have b. their price point is good c. because they do offer a wide range of items from bedrooms to desks to lighting. d. AND they are aware that apartments are small and have small furniture
Beware that you can usually judge furniture stores by their covers, and the quality of this furniture looks to be medium to low. Expect that these pieces will not last forever. However, if you are on a tight budget, like funky, colorful furniture and want to buy a few cool pieces for your bedroom, this could be your ticket. MGR
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