By: Jamie Kreps
When it comes to moving, few things are dreaded more than getting those ultra-heavy pieces of furniture from your old place to the new. Maybe you have an arsenal of weight-lifting friends lining up to help you for the move (no? us either), or maybe you’ve opted to leave the big stuff to one of the best moving companies in NJ – we don’t blame you.
For some, however, the solution is simply to leave that dreaded heavy furniture behind and avoid moving it altogether. Besides being able to avoid the whole heavy-lifting thing, it can also save you money on moving costs to leave bulky items behind – money, that is, that can be used to purchase new items in your new location. While this might not be feasible for some (family heirlooms and all), for those finding themselves rather unattached to their hand-me-down sofa from college, parting with the big stuff might be a great option. If you find yourself in the latter category, here are our picks for the 5 best places to find (affordable) quality furniture in Florida:
1. Big Box Furniture Company – Miami
If your move lands you in the Miami area, Big Box Furniture Company is a great start to check for those items you opted to leave behind. They are an all-inclusive company that carries high-quality items for every room, but at discounted prices. Why we love them: they offer a price match guarantee, so you know you’re getting a great price on whatever you choose. And bonus: they are even available 7 days a week if your new job has your working some crazy hours to get acclimated to the new duties.
2. IKEA – Tampa and Orlando
We’re pretty sure this place needs no introduction, but if you haven’t heard of IKEA, well, let’s just say it’s pretty much the place to go for affordable, trendy furniture. Plan to spend an entire day perusing the endless (and we mean endless) aisles of furniture and accessories while you find the perfect fit for your space. They carry items for every room and their locations include full-on room settings to showcase different styles and help you pick your own personal favorite. Before you leave, don’t forget to stop by their cafe and pick up some of their famous Swedish meatballs!
3. Nadeau Furniture – Tampa and Orlando
If you’re looking for those unique pieces that you won’t find in larger chain stores, check out a Nadeau Furniture shop. They are known as the place to find “furniture with a soul” and touted for their highly southern appeal. They carry pretty much anything you’d need for furnishing your home, in an eclectic and unique style. Bonus – they’re also quite affordable for such an individualized boutique.
4. American Freight Furniture and Mattress – Jacksonville
Boasting a 4.7 out of 5-star rating by online users, American Freight Furniture and Mattress store in Jacksonville is truly the epitome of affordable furniture. All of their pieces come with a wholesale price tag, which is a huge bonus for the general public. They carry pieces in pretty much every color and fabric combo, so you’re sure to find something to match your new digs with a lighter impact on your wallet.
5. Furniture Outlet – Panama City
Located in the central portion of the Florida panhandle, Furniture Outlet in Panama City is the place to look for affordable quality in the northern parts of the state. They offer several financing options on-sight, allow for a la carte shopping, and also have a fantastic clearance section for those looking for some serious furniture bargains.
Of course, if you haven’t been able to find your ideal piece in stock anywhere locally, don’t forget there are also several online sites with amazing selections. Wayfair, Target, Joss and Main, and Overstock all have fantastic online selections and most offer discounted or even free shipping! Happy shopping!