Living Room Furniture
Berkeley Parents Network >
What/Where to Buy >
Living Room Furniture
I recently moved into a larger apartment and now need to fill my
living room with furniture. I've been scouting around the bay
area for good furniture stores that have good deals and unique
styles - but it's been hard. I haven't been able to find any
good ''furniture store recommendation sites''. I tried to use Mr.
Cheap's San Francisco but almost all of the furniture stores
listed in there are out of business! I've heard people talk
about the Macy's furniture outlet as a great place to get deals,
but again, can't seem to find it in the Bay Area. Any and all
furniture store recommendations would be great.
I just bought a nice armchair at Pier 1 (I went to the one at El
Cerrito Plaza) on sale for under $300. I also like the furniture
place at the corner of Ashby and San Pablo, which has pretty
conservative, more or less reasonably priced stuff that can be
quite nice (we bought a couch and dining set there). It's a door
or two down from a place that sells beautiful, unusual painted
cabinetry. For beautiful, unusual cabinetry there's also the Red
Lantern on the corner of Rose and ML King in Berkeley. And
there's always IKEA, which is hit and miss, but when you find
something nice it's generally good value for your money. Have fun!
Try Roney's furniture in San Leandro off of Washington St. It
is a big warehouse with lots of furniture shipped up from the
major makers in North Carolina. We have had great luck there.
There are great deals to be found at Tradeway, on San Pablo in
El Cerrito. They carry name brand furniture that has been
scratched or damaged in freight. They have great prices.
Everything is displayed as is, but once you purchase it they
will fix things up as best they can. We bought a TV armoire
there that had a big scratch on top that they managed to color
in and hide. You can't tell it's damamged. Plus the warehouse
itself is something you have to see to believe.
Try the furniture outlet in the back of the Crate and Barrel
outlet store on Fourth Street. The selection is a bit hit or
miss, as it is a true outlet store with damaged goods and floor
samples. I haven't bought anything there myself, but many
pieces seem to basically be fine and sell for deep discounts.
I have also heard that Macy's furniture outlet is a very good
place to find furniture at good prices. I haven't been there,
but am told it's in Fremont and worth the drive.
Hi. One more plug for Harvey Clars! They have auctions at
the end of every month. Not only do they sell antiques, but
they also sell contemporary furniture at reasonable prices.
They have a preview on the Friday before the auction so you
can see what they have before the auction starts on
Saturday is when they sell the contemporary and low to mid
end priced antiques. Sunday they sell the higher end
This isn't junk folks. Antique dealers come from Davis every
month to fill their shops!
If you haven't ever been to an auction, it's really fun.
Harvey Clars is on 5644 Telegraph. The phone number is
428-0100. Website is harveyclar.com.
They also sell for people and appraise items.
If you go, tell them Beth sent you.
Can anyone recommend a furniture store that sells furniture similar
Scandinavian Designs sells? We are just looking for more options.
So far, the best deal on simple all-wood maple furniture I've seen is
Nordwins line at Woodworks in Concord 1150 Concord Ave. I'm planning
chests of drawers and such there. The Crate and Barrel Outlet on 4th
has reasonable prices on tables. I'm interested to hear others'
too, since I need *everything*. dana
When we were looking for Scandinavian style furniture about 8 years
went to two others. One was a large store in San Francisco, I think
Van Ness. They used to advertise a lot on the radio ("free
other was on a main street in Alameda. That one was listed in the
I don't recall the names of either one but I think the Alameda one
Swedish family name.
While we were in this mode, my in-laws took us into a Scandinavian
store up in Medford, OR that they like. The salesperson said people
from the SF area because of the lack of choice down there and the
there is no sales tax in Oregon. (I fell in love with one of the
had.) If you have a reason to go up there and have a way to get the
down here, I recommend checking them out. It's called scan|design.
viking trader and a store that is located in the corner of university
the street where the sauna place is, i do not remember the name, but
before the use credit union.
I just bought a small, teak cabinet from Danish Interiors, Inc. at
Street in Alameda. The shop appears to be run by an enthusiastic
and his English wife, a funny and charming couple. Their shop is
of an amazing selection of high quality tables, chairs, office
Prices are not as low as Scandinavian Designs, but it all comes
delivery was free to our house in Oakland. You get lots of personal
at this shop and the furniture is in beautiful condition.
this page was last updated: Feb 22, 2009
BPN is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit and we are transitioning to a new website during
The opinions and statements expressed on this website
are those of parents who subscribe to the
Berkeley Parents Network.
Disclaimer & Usage for
information about using content on this website.
Copyright © 1996-2015 Berkeley Parents Network