Furniture Porn

First, some hot chair-on-chair action.

For the past couple weeks we’ve been looking for some decent office furniture. You know, a couple of L-shaped office desks with matching filing cabinets, and maybe a hutch.

The whole process has ended up being this weird set of conflicting requirements though. It goes something like this: We walk into an IKEA, Leon’s, or Staples and pretty much turn our noses up, muttering “Cheeeeeap” on our way out. No laminates or veneers for us.

But then we go somewhere a little more lavish like a De Boer’s or Ethan Allen where the furniture is solid wood, and balk at the price tags. Heck, we don’t even own a bed yet, so how can we be comfortable dropping upwards of $5K on a piece of furniture? It gets even worse if we start to play the opportunity cost game; “If we drop $3K instead of $5K, well that $2K difference sure buys a lot of …

I guess it kind of shows too. On Saturday we checked out this sort-of-upscale independent store in downtown Kitchener called Schreiter’s Furniture. Someone swoops in to help a few minutes after we arrive, and I mention we’re looking for office furniture. The conversation goes something along the lines of:

  • Are you looking for real furniture, or just the regular kind?

I stare at him blankly, because I’ve never been much good at multiple choice. Prompted by my silence, the conversation continues:

  • I hesistate to say it, but something IKEA-ish?
  • Uhh, yeah, I guess.
  • You should try IKEA, Staples, and Office Depot, because that’s one of the reasons why they’re so big now, because they have furniture. We have one set, but the desk alone is $1800.” <pauses to wait for my reaction> “We don’t even carry it, all we have is a picture. You’re more than welcome to look around the showroom though, there’s some clearance items on the third floor.

I was half waiting for him to say, “You break you buy!” Snooty old bugger.

So the office furniture’s probably not gonna happen anytime soon, but we might start with some of these. Can’t have enough leather stuffed animal ottomans, they come in 10 classic colours! We’re partial to the hippo and the elephant.

One Comment

  1. Schreiter's says:

    Dave so sorry to hear about your bad experience here at Schreiter’s. We do show a contemporary home office desk in wood available in several colors. P.S. The Snooty old bugger no longer works here.