Whether you’re picking out furniture for a brand new home, or your current much-loved furniture has finally bit the dust, one thing is clear: it’s time to hit the showroom!
While you might be tempted to go for the standard flatpack option, take a minute to reconsider. Cheap and convenient can often feel like the best route to take, especially if you’re operating on a tight budget.
However, speaking from personal experience, the expression “Buy cheap, buy twice” exists for a reason. Investing in quality, locally-made furniture that will stand the test of time (and doesn’t come apart whenever you need to shift things around) is not only great for your wallet – it’s great for your community as well! In fact, a 2019 Chicago study showed that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the community. That’s a pretty impressive return!
The last few years have seen a major boost in supporting local businesses. Consumers are making a conscious effort to move away from ‘fast fashion’ and ethically-questionable products. More and more of us want to spend their money on items that are made in our native country and even hometown.
While most of us are happy to buy local, we also need to be able to do so within our budget. A major obstacle preventing many people from supporting local businesses is sometimes the accompanying price tag! And if you’re in the Los Angeles area, you might be wondering exactly where to start your hunt for affordable, quality local furniture.
Fortunately, companies like Clad Home have got your back. You can browse their online showroom from the comfort and safety of your home (or visit their flagship store on Melrose Avenue).
Here’s a list of my top three favourite picks from this amazing local Furniture Sale store:
1. The Rodney Sofa
I love the quirky leg design on this customizable sofa. You can also swap fabrics, and go for a full L shape if you want! Picture this classic piece with some green and blush throw pillows (or just some tasseled white and grey cushions if you’re not feeling overly adventurous)! The best thing about this sofa? Not only is it made locally in Los Angeles – you can also buy it from as little as $199 a month!
2. The Venice Nightstand
I love the white oak finish on this nightstand – however it does come in four different finishes (that’s right – FOUR) if you’re not a fan. The best thing about it, though, is that awesome Hessian effect on the drawer (which is incidentally a perfect place to shove all the random stuff lying around whenever you have company)! Also, this gorgeous locally-made little piece is just $89 a month!
3. The Koren Bed
I’m seriously loving the understated patterns on this bed. If you’re after something a little higher off the ground, the legs are customizable (you can even change the style)! In fact, literally EVERYTHING about this bed can be altered to suit your tastes. Seriously, there are 100 fabric choices – and even the headboard height is adjustable based on how grand you’re feeling!
The best thing about it? It’s less than $1,700 and you can spread this out from just $148 a month (awesome, right?)!
These are just some of the gorgeous, affordable, quality furniture purchases you can make locally. Choosing to buy from companies like Clad Home ensures that your money is being invested into your local community – plus it guarantees you amazing quality and service!
And who doesn’t want that, am I right?
Heather Wilkinson is a globe-trotting content creator at Deepak Shukla and PR enthusiast who’s finally put down roots in her native UK. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her pretending to care about Minecraft for her son’s sake, while secretly reading the latest Ace Atkins novel (or sleeping – her second favourite past-time).