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Fly furniture - opinions?

Hi everyone!

Quick question (hopefully not a repetitive one): Does anybody have experience with Fly furniture? I've tried searching the forum but to no avail. We've found some great looking pieces at Fly for some ok prices (I must say, I don't exactly feel as if I'm getting a bargain here), but my boyfriend's colleagues mentioned to him that Fly has the lowest quality furniture around, "even lower than Ikea", as they put it. Now, I've never furnished an apartment with Ikea furniture, but it seems like it's pretty reliable.. I guess it depends on everyone's standards. We are not planning to live here forever, but do want to make our apt nice and homey. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to be in the situation to buy another couch in a year or two, after paying 700CHF for a new couch from Fly; I'd rather just get a more expensive one now, in that case.

So, what do you think about Fly furniture? Opinions, experiences?
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

I bought my Daughter's bed from Fly, a beautiful, white wooden bed, with a headboard, and a foot stand, great quality!

i think it depends on the price, my lesson learnt is that there in no great deal in Switzerland, cheap means cheap quality.

Btw tell you bf, Conforama has the worst quality furniture here.
I would invest in a good quality couch, since its used so much, and its always on display for visitors.

i bought, very comfortable chairs from, http://www.abitar.ch/ they have couches too
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Old 08.07.2011, 13:49
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

No personal experience re. purchases, but I do walk past one at my local big Jumbo.
All the stuff they have out front on show (big covered area between car park and moving walkway), strikes me as expensive, without returning the quality you might expect for the price.

I think it's trying to capture the middle ground market, which is always risky ..... it should be either cheap and cheerful/you get what you pay for or pay for quality.

However, that being said, Ikea seem to be successful in exploiting that market area - as they offer stock to cover a few quality/budget levels - as does (to a degree) Conforama.

I personally don't knock Ikea, like some, as you can choose the level that suits your requirement best. As a multi-national their prices seem realistic, even here in CH.

And if you may ever wish to sell off stuff at some future point, then prospective buyers normally know what to expect when you write "Ikea".
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Old 08.07.2011, 14:27
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

Thank you both very much for the tips!!

You're right, usually when something is too good to be true, it probably isn't true (I think that's how the saying went?). Time to continue saving some of those CHFs!

I still have a week left to do some market research, including a few more trips to both Ikea and Fly.. Wish me luck!
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Old 08.07.2011, 14:35
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

Most price sensitive people buy their furniture accross the border. I have no first hand experience, but when you go to any Germany bordertown close to Zurich, you will see large furniture shops with even larger parking lots full of Swiss plated cars...
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

We have used Fly for "little things" - like Art Deco style clocks, small bedside tables etc. no problems.

If it's a good deal in Fly, go for it, it saves the drama of traipising round the maze known as Ikea.
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

I have a great dining table, sideboard, couch, and lots of little things like crockery, glasses.

And a crappy office desk and a wardrobe... Both unstable... Ikea-ish but not worse.

So it depends...
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

We have had good experience with stuff from Fly.

They have the usual + trendy stuff which you can actually buy. (without selling your house).
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

We have quite a lot of Ikea furniture in our house - like I guess a lot of families with young kids do - all their shelves and units are so practical. And for me it's just that I don't really want to have to care about whether the kids have scraped their toys down the bookshelf or scribbled on the sideboard because let's face it, we could just chuck it.

The one item of furniture we have from Fly is our dining table and chairs. It's quite old - around 12 years I'd say, and because of that it's pretty old fashioned - it's solid pine and round which probably nobody would buy these days. But it was actually a good buy because it has really lasted - the chairs are still stable, the table is still perfectly OK (so there are scrapes and bumps, but what do you expect after that long?!) So personally I have nothing at all against Fly based on my purchase-one-item-experience!

Furniture is generally expensive here - a lot more than in the UK. There are deals to be had across the border - France I've found to be quite low quality in the furniture department, Germany pretty good although not exactly rock bottom prices there either.

If you see what you want in Fly then I'd go for it.
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

Fly have pretty cool designs, I always walk through if we are in that area. It's worth the price and in contrary to Ikea, you won't find everyon else having the same interior as you.. :-)
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

I'm with TiMow - no actual experience but have had a good look at Fly. At first sight it looks solid and nice design but closer inspection and giving the display models a surreptitious shake I decided it was overpriced. Still, deciding "hey, it's just Swiss prices", not having the wherewithal to go cross border, and tempted by design I nearly splashed then at the last minute changed my mind, decided it was daft as am only here on 2 year contract, and spent less than a third as much at ikea - best part being it fits my modern apartment perfectly. Plus i can pass it on to the next EF influx when i leave without guilt! Maybe even save on shipping and storage. My ikea bed is super comfortable and I've had it 10 years, lovely new mattress after 8. ikea quality (and assembly instructions) has improved over the years I think. I've also had a sideboard from there for 10 years which no-one believes is Ikea because it's so nice!

All that said, I don't thInk I'd buy a sofa from there, bit too modern and uncomfy looking, but then apparently us Brits like a snuggly sofa :-)
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Re: Fly furniture - opinions?

looks to me like French Ikea! The quality depends on each product, but it s not a Pfister for sure
given that ikea designs are everywhere and everyone, it is more fun that ikea.. especially there can really nice/strange pop art style pieces
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