Is Wayfair the IKEA killer?
If you love reaping huge savings on home goods, whether its things like sectional sofas or bedroom sets, then perhaps your favourite store has always been IKEA. IKEA’s modern design and beautifully engineered furniture has meant that generations of people could live stylishly for cheap!
When it comes to furniture in the past you’ve only had a few options:
- By expensive furniture
- By secondhand furniture at used furniture stores
- Go to IKEA
Sure IKEA’s particle board furniture may not last as long as the real thing but most young people who shop at IKEA only need it for the short term anyway. And a lot of people don’t want to buy someone’s hand-me-downs. What IKEA has provided people is brand new furniture they can call their own. And hey, for the first university potluck dinner you host IKEA will look great. It’s the last university potluck dinner you host where you may have wished you bought solid furniture at one of the online furniture stores like Wayfair, One Kings Lane or Joss and Main.
Is Wayfair Legit?
Here is the big goal: buying cheap furniture. So here is the big question: how does shopping online at a place like Wayfair compare to buying things at IKEA?
First of all lets level the playing field a bit here and get real. What we are interested in is saving money and buying home goods. IKEA has been doing it for years. Now Wayfair is creeping in. So what can we expect from a website that provides discounts on home and garden furnishings of up to 70% off?
Do we expect champagne service when we get to IKEA? Do we expect our furniture to be delivered free of charge because the salesman uphold us on the furniture? No and No. What we expect is the cheapest possible furniture packed into the smallest box possible so that we can take it home and build it ourselves.
This is the nature of cheap furniture. You can buy new furniture for roughly the same price as used furniture but expect to spend a few hours assembling it.
Wayfair runs on a different model than IKEA. Wayfair sells a wide range of home goods and they sell them cheap. As soon as you hit the Wayfair site you can see that many of the items are indeed being sold at 70% off.
Like IKEA, Wayfair sells everything you could want when it comes to Home Goods. Bedroom furniture, kitchen furniture, flatware, dinnerware and even small appliances. If you are looking for cabinets to go then you might be better off at IKEA but when it comes to all the other home goods goodies, Wayfair is going to have as much as IKEA.
And one benefit to Wayfair is that it is not all built in a single IKEA style. If you are looking for homestyle home goods then Wayfair is going to have more selection over the modern furniture you will find at IKEA. So your preference may be IKEA shabby chic or you may prefer the more traditional styles, which for some people makes Wayfair a safe bet.
What Wayfair gives you is access to the right furniture at prices that don’t include huge markups to pay for giant bricks and mortar stores and armies of employees. If you want the best customer service that you can find then a genuine furniture store is going to still be your best bet. But if you know what you want and then you can grab it directly from Wayfair.
Interior Decorating Style
If you are unsure of how to match a bedroom set with a futon and duvet then maybe you need to go to a store with your phone to show a style consultant what you want to do. This is the benefit of going to a store: real people. But if you are the kind of person that knows how to place a perfect modern rug with a chesterfield then maybe you don’t need a personal touch at all. Because with the personal touch comes something that you may not like: much higher prices.
Someone has to pay that guy to stand there and tell you that your purple pillows clash with your red futon couch. If you already know this then maybe this is something you don’t need to pay for.
Customer service might not be Wayfair’s strongest suit but if you are looking for great deals on home goods then the internet may have just given you something as good as IKEA.