OT - quality furniture, in particular bookshelves

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OT - quality furniture, in particular bookshelves

Hello

I ditched a lot of my Ikea furniture when I last moved and am looking to buy decent quality furniture from now on.  I could do with a couple of bookshelves.  One option is to have some custom built, but that can get very expensive.  I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for decent quality furniture, ideally made of wood rather than MDF and built to last.

I have looked at Cotswold Company but they have some negative google reviews, saying the quality was not as expected - which is worrying considering they are quite expensive.

Ben

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Ben,

We wanted some shelving in the lounge for books. I wanted to build a wall of book cases around some French doors but when I priced up the cost of decent timber it was going to cost ££££ then I had to make the thing!

We started looking at oak bookcases on google and really liked some of the M&S furniture (Sonoma) but again really expensive new.

Then we switched to ebay/gumtree and got the pieces we wanted at a fraction of the cost eg the large bookcase with cupboard at the bottom retails at £700 which we got for £200. Yes they are used and a few knocks here and there AND it was a bit of effort/hassle collecting them but we've ended up with our perfect set up for a fraction of retail cost. They are solidly made and really heavy.

 

It helps I have a VW transporter and the TV stand popped up near where my mate lives in Fordingbridge for £25 :-0 (bit sun faded and a hole drilled in the top which is hidden by the TV).Still looking for the matching mirror.

Ian

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Hi Ben,

After trying a few different places and returning some poorly made furniture we ended up buying a solid oak bookshelf from here.

We've also bought some bits from these guys, they happen to have a store local to us, again decent quality and it certainly seems built to last.

You can spend a lot more money on solid wood furniture, it really depends how far you want to go.

 

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My oak bookshelves were custom-built, and then fettled to fit when we moved. Until recently I would have done the same again if needed. 

But it's different now: the supply of wood is very problematic and the price has gone through the roof.

I'd now look hard at Ian's solution of finding something preloved. And then consider getting them adjusted.

Jonathan

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I'd agree with Wrightpayne about going to s/h sales but the caveat is that it is time consuming. 

Try looking at http://tringmarketauctions.co.uk/

Stephen

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In the past we bought a lot of furniture/furnishings from a high end "local" retailer, in our case Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield, but even they have had to switch to cheaper furniture shipped in from the Far East in order to survive, the main change starting when the economy crashed in 2008. More recently we've had mid-range stuff from Oak Furniture Land, we thought we'd give them a try and have been very impressed, mass produced but all solid wood.  However ... it's really, really, hard to beat an Ikea Billy bookcase if it's basic book storage that you're after! We have three still going strong after nearly 30 years!

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Thanks all:

I had several Billy bookshelves, but sold them before moving back from Germany.  Most of my furniture is Ikea and I just want to have more of a mixture in my house now.

I just bought a shelf unit from Oak Furniture Land, looks like a good option price/quality.  Otherwise some good food for thought.  Main problem with buying secondhand is getting delivery organised - this tends to negate some of the benefit.

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Happy to help you move stuff - a lot goes into the back of a 1st gen x-trail.