What Your Money Will Buy You: The Furniture Version

For those of you who know the site like the back of your hand, you’ll recall a list that was compiled a while back comparing the price differences of furniture from IKEA vs. Pottery Barn. Well, time has flown by us and we thought it was time to update the prices. We also thought we should include two other terrific resources: Target and Crate & Barrel. With that said, below you’ll find some pieces of furniture that we think are ‘must haves’ for your first apartment and what you should plan on spending for the same item at the four stores mentioned above.

** Please note that if you click on the store name under the specific room, it is a link that will take you to that store’s website and show you the specific item that we think is a great find from that store. (Note: If the store no longer carries the item, you may get the store’s home page.) Happy browsing!

Living Room:
Sofa
IKEA: $249 (Price varies depending on the fabric.)
Target: $430
Crate & Barrel: $899
Pottery Barn: $1,050 (Price varies depending on the fabric and cushion fill.)

Chair
IKEA: $129
Target: $100
Crate & Barrel: $299
Pottery Barn: $700 (Price varies depending on the fabric and cushion fill.)

Side Table
IKEA: $13
Target: $35
Crate & Barrel: $179
Pottery Barn: $199

Coffee Table
IKEA: $30
Target: $140
Crate & Barrel: $279
Pottery Barn: $299

Floor Lamp
IKEA: $40
Target: $50
Crate & Barrel: $129
Pottery Barn: $199

Dining Area:
Table
IKEA: $100 (Includes one table and four chairs.)
Target: $300 (Includes one table and four chairs.)
Crate & Barrel: $399
Pottery Barn: $499

Chairs
IKEA: (See under “Table.”)
Target: (See under “Table.”)
Crate & Barrel: $249
Pottery Barn: $159

Bedroom:
Bed (Queen, only includes the frame.)
IKEA: $119
Target: $400
Crate & Barrel: $599
Pottery Barn: $1,049

Mattress
IKEA: $249
Target: $630
Crate & Barrel: $999
Pottery Barn: $799

Dresser
IKEA: $129
Target: $230
Crate & Barrel: $529
Pottery Barn: $1200

Night Stand
IKEA: $13
Target: $100
Crate & Barrel: $199
Pottery Barn: $299

Desk
IKEA: $149
Target: $130
Crate & Barrel: $699
Pottery Barn: $499

Table Lamp
IKEA: $30
Target: $40
Crate & Barrel: $80
P
ottery Barn
: $139

 

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Comments (6)

  1. Steph

    WOAH. Really? I always thought Ikea was on the more expensive side, but I never bothered to compare it to anything else. I am DEFINITELY shopping there from now on!!

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  2. Anonymous

    Yeah, I think The Second Hand places are a gr8 bargain. Especially if you’re trying living on your own. key Word : SAVE MONEY!!!

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  3. Jonelle

    this is a really useful site because i’m actually planning on getting my FIRST apartment really soon. yes, it’s very exciting lol! I’ll definitely add this site to my favorites…

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  4. Anonymous

    those places are great, but its way cheaper if you just shop at salvation army or goodwill/ any thriftshop. duh…

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