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Old 03-22-2018, 09:37 AM
 
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Recently moved back to Omaha after several years in San Francisco. I'm setting up an apartment but need furniture. When I lived in Omaha before, NFM was the place to go to get whatever. Now I'm back and just hearing nothing but bad reviews.

Any suggestions for places to buy furniture that won't fall apart in less than a couple of years? My preferred decor style is transitional and preferably, I'd like to stay mid- to low-range for budget's sake.

Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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Old 03-22-2018, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Recently moved back to Omaha after several years in San Francisco. I'm setting up an apartment but need furniture. When I lived in Omaha before, NFM was the place to go to get whatever. Now I'm back and just hearing nothing but bad reviews.

Any suggestions for places to buy furniture that won't fall apart in less than a couple of years? My preferred decor style is transitional and preferably, I'd like to stay mid- to low-range for budget's sake.

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Nebraska Furniture Mart has mediocre quality furniture as well as very good quality. It's all there, but I've discovered that it's not the economical bargain that it used to be. I did just buy a living room set there and love it. Very well made. I paid pretty good $$ for it though, but I wouldn't call it overpriced either.


I don't live there, but isn't Mrs. B's furniture store still open? If I remember the story right her and her husband started NFM, sold it and after the non-compete was over opened this new smaller place. I'm sure she's gone by now, but I always heard that it was the place to go as they loved undercutting NFM.


We'll have to have a local chime in here if I have my facts straight.
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Old 03-22-2018, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Nebraska Furniture Mart has mediocre quality furniture as well as very good quality. It's all there, but I've discovered that it's not the economical bargain that it used to be. I did just buy a living room set there and love it. Very well made. I paid pretty good $$ for it though, but I wouldn't call it overpriced either.


I don't live there, but isn't Mrs. B's furniture store still open? If I remember the story right her and her husband started NFM, sold it and after the non-compete was over opened this new smaller place. I'm sure she's gone by now, but I always heard that it was the place to go as they loved undercutting NFM.


We'll have to have a local chime in here if I have my facts straight.
Looks like it was absorbed back into NFM.

https://www.nfm.com/list.aspx?dsNav=...rs%20Bs%7C1%7C
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Old 03-23-2018, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Looks like it was absorbed back into NFM.

https://www.nfm.com/list.aspx?dsNav=...rs%20Bs%7C1%7C

My "suggestion" is to research the furniture store that was opened by the past owners of NFM. I don't live there, but did remember it was a place to go for the same furniture for less than what was charged at NFM. Maybe someone on this board can fill in the blanks for you.
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Old 03-23-2018, 03:16 PM
 
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Any suggestions for places to buy furniture that won't fall apart in less than a couple of years? ........ I'd like to stay mid- to low-range for budget's sake.
There is your challenge. Unless you spend some money, you aren't going to get quality or any pieces that stand the test of time. I would suggest Ethan Allen (10720 Pacific) but I don't think you will want to spend $ for that level of investment. I started buying Ethan Allen furniture one or two pieces at a time 25 years ago and all of it is still in use today.

Allen's Home (78th & L) is also good. I don't personally recommend NFM. As a last resort, you may want to look into places selling vintage pieces, because some of the older stuff is of very solid construction.
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Old 03-23-2018, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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My "suggestion" is to research the furniture store that was opened by the past owners of NFM. I don't live there, but did remember it was a place to go for the same furniture for less than what was charged at NFM. Maybe someone on this board can fill in the blanks for you.
I live like...1400 some miles from Omaha. I don't think I'll be shopping there anytime soon.
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Old 03-25-2018, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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I shopped at Nebr Fun Mart and purchased many different items 35 years ago and I’m still using them after moving them to Arizona. Two large oil painting still hang on the living room wall with a sofa and love-seat that remains to this day (both were re-covered about ten years ago to change styles a little) however excellent craftsmanship and materials made them worth keeping. We also continue to use a complete master bedroom set. Can’t say what NFM is like today however I fully believe they sell the best at the best price. A few years ago while traveling through the Midwest I noticed NFM had a store location in northern KC Kan.
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Old 03-28-2018, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Any suggestions for places to buy furniture that won't fall apart in less than a couple of years? My preferred decor style is transitional and preferably, I'd like to stay mid- to low-range for budget's sake.
"Mid- to low-range" and "quality furniture" are opposites. If you truly want quality, you can get it, but it comes at a price.

Allen's Home is an excellent place to buy high-quality furniture; they simply don't sell junk. There are still some acceptable quality items available at NFM, but finding them takes some dedicated hunting. Thrift stores and antique stores may also be decent sources for wood furniture, if you're willing to buy used. Whatever route you choose, take your time and shop carefully!
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Old 03-28-2018, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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If you want real quality follow the high end estate auctions. Just a heads up but pay attention at the auctions and don't get too emotional.
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa
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"Mid- to low-range" and "quality furniture" are opposites. If you truly want quality, you can get it, but it comes at a price.

Allen's Home is an excellent place to buy high-quality furniture; they simply don't sell junk. There are still some acceptable quality items available at NFM, but finding them takes some dedicated hunting. Thrift stores and antique stores may also be decent sources for wood furniture, if you're willing to buy used. Whatever route you choose, take your time and shop carefully!
We bought our living room furniture from NFM 17 years ago when we moved to Council Bluffs. Last month my son from Seattle was here and said it was so comfortable. He bought an expensive, custom made sofa when he bought his house. Not very comfortable. Ours was mid range. I have sat on many friends upcale sofas and they are not comfortable!
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