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Conforama reviews

what do you think about furniture from Conforama? i was advised not to buy from it, and instead buy at IKEA.

Prices seem to be much lower at Conforama for some goods (like tables, computer desk etc.)

So how do you compare Conforama to IKEA and maybe you know other cheap shops with furniture ?

I know about the existence of brockihouses but i mean normal supermarkets as it seems they have sometimes very low prices due to heavy sales
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Re: Conforama reviews

In the end you get what you pay for.

I would say generally the quality of goods in Conforama is lower than Ikea. Also depends on what you are buying and the purpose.

Even in Ikeas there are some good to avoid, like particle board bed frames.

But the PAX wardrobes can be good as it looks like this model will remain around for a long time so if you want to buy more later they should be availalbe and or add accessories or change doors etc.. So gives you a lot of flexibility.

The only pice of furniture I have bought from Conforama is a small TV stand. If was 49chf it is great for the purpose I bought it for (in a hurry as I needed a smaller stand that day, but didn't have the time to find something better for the right price...) and if I decide to upgrade to a better stand (was the original idea), then I can just throw or give it away.
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Re: Conforama reviews

I only walked through a Conforama showroom once, but my impression was that the furniture was all chipboard with fake wood veneers. Ikea, by contrast, typically uses chipboard with real wood veneers.

In any case, the furniture at Conforama smacked of cheapness and looked like it would last about two weeks before it began to fall apart.

As always in life, you get what you pay for.
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Old 14.08.2009, 13:10
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Re: Conforama reviews

I have a couple of things from conforama and they re still holding up. actually I prefer conformamo over IKEA, never really got friendly with the things IKEA offers. As mentioned in a post above, you dont pay that much, but if something breaks or you dont like it anymore/upgrade one doesnt feel too bad tossing or giving it away.
I ve had my furniture for 3 years now and no complaints at all, nothing broke and it all still looks good (i didnt buy the cheapest of the cheapest at conforama though). I wouldnt buy electronics there. Had a phone and within 2 weeks it didnt work anymore.
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Re: Conforama reviews

the problem is that you don't get what you pay for, it's just simply not true.

i just got a great laptop for 588 chf from mediamarkt, which is worth at least 1000 chf, and is usually sold for this price. you can buy it for around this in the internet...

also companies sometimes overinvest, and don't know what to do with stuff + a recession and drop in number of sales, and you have a desperate company that is just trying to stay on the market and sells things at much lower price.

this saying is especially not true in switzerland, where you can get 200 chf dinner in a restaurant that tastes like s*** and at the same time have it for 30 chf (for two people, including 2 beers! ) and it tastes ok.

back to the topic though... i think i will buy at least few things in conforama, you get 2 years guarantee i think on some of the stuff there, or at least 1 year (which is enough for me, i might not be here after 1 year anyway)

if something brakes after 2 weeks, you can take it back i suppose?
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Re: Conforama reviews

We only bought two pieces of furniture at Conforama but have loads from IKEA. The thing with Conforama stuff is that the manuals on how to build together their furniture aren't really great. IKEA is much easier, moreover, as the others said, the quality of the furniture itself has proved to be massively better as well for us.
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Old 14.08.2009, 16:08
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We only bought two pieces of furniture at Conforama but have loads from IKEA. The thing with Conforama stuff is that the manuals on how to build together their furniture aren't really great. IKEA is much easier, moreover, as the others said, the quality of the furniture itself has proved to be massively better as well for us.
I once bought a flat-packed wardrobe from Conforama. It could not be assembled! I am an engineer and a competent carpenter. So, I could modify and assemble the wardrobe.

Subsequently, I bought some easy chairs at Conforama. They are OK.

Conforama have competitive pricing on branded goods. But sometimes the item in the shop has other specifications than advertised!

Conclusion: be very careful when buying at Conforama. But often attractively low prices.
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Old 14.08.2009, 19:37
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Re: Conforama reviews

I would stick to Interio and Ikea products. It may be a little bit more expensive, but in the end it's less like to be poorly made.
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Re: Conforama reviews

I bought my dining room furniture from Conforama, solid wooden table and beautiful black chairs .....delivered and assembled (at additional cost obviously).

Very pleased with them and a good price I think for what I got, just need to pick and choose what you buy, as said by others you get what you pay for ...and easier to arrange delivery from them than Ikea.
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Re: Conforama reviews

When we first arrived, friends here suggested Conforama for rounding out our furniture needs. After five minutes in the store, we were done. I had never seen such poorly designed and built garbage. Granted, my father was a cabinetmaker and I grew up working in his shop so I tend to be a bit of a furniture snob but in my opinion IKEA blows Conforama out of the water in quality. I'm not an IKEA fan but I have to admit that they do have some attractive, functional, well-designed pieces... provided you don't ever relocate them. Pfister is a step up but not far enough for the exorbitant prices, I expect a lot better quality than they have as well.
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Re: Conforama reviews

I got a nice oak table also for about 300chf. When it was delivered it was actually from UK.

We found a nice sofa there last week also though a lot of them are crap. Interestingly the same models are sold st the binzen mobel park at far higher prices.
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Old 12.08.2013, 17:25
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Re: Conforama reviews

Our L leather couch is from there. Very stylish, solid with good quality leather. It has four years old with daily attacked from 2 kids, a cat and a dog and it still look great.
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Re: Conforama reviews

When we moved, it was more convenient to buy wardrobes and a child's high bed from nearby Conforama, then 45mins. motorway to Ikea.

Apart from slightly lower quality from Conforama, as previously mentioned, the other main issue, is that no basic pre assembly is done, as is sometimes the case with Ikea, so much more self assembly is required.

If put together correctly, with care, the finished product isn't all bad.

What lets both stores down, but particularly Conforama, is that their demonstration furniture is scrambled together hurriedly and poorly, probably by chimps, and can look quite shoddy in the showroom.
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Old 12.08.2013, 17:42
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Re: Conforama reviews

Most of my furniture is from Conforama. No problems at all so far and they are all well used. Plus i got my TV from there and i cant find any fault yet
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Re: Conforama reviews

We just bought a lovely shelving unit over the weekend. It holds glasses and other barware, freeing up space in our cabinets. Not hard to put together, and looks fab.

One complaint I have is that Conforama tends to advertise items that are not actually in stock, even if you go the day the flyer comes out. You hunt around for half an hour trying to find the item, then ask a sales clerk and they say oh, sorry - it's not in stock. We can order for you, but you have to pay now and it will be here in 4-6 weeks. They're not the only store that uses this tactic to get people in the door. We've encountered it at other places too.
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Had two TV's from them and they've both been good and were also at a very reasonable price. Nothing else though, their stuff just doesn't appeal that much.
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One complaint I have is that Conforama tends to advertise items that are not actually in stock, even if you go the day the flyer comes out. You hunt around for half an hour trying to find the item, then ask a sales clerk and they say oh, sorry - it's not in stock. We can order for you, but you have to pay now and it will be here in 4-6 weeks. They're not the only store that uses this tactic to get people in the door. We've encountered it at other places too.
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When we first arrived we went looking for the under the mattress rack like things at Conforama, they had lots of them advertised in the showroom, but none of them were in stock. Very frustrating, and we ended up picking them up at IKEA instead. Haven't set foot in a Conforama since. The quality overall looked very cheap. At IKEA you get what you pay for, the cheap stuff is cheap, but the more expensive stuff is good quality. If you want really good quality I recommend Moebel Hubacher in Rothrist, but they are fairly expensive.
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Re: Conforama reviews

We brought a bedroom unit (02 beds, one closet, one set of drawers) from Conforama. We were told that this is 'swiss quality' and thus better than Ikea. Stuff came apart in 03 months. Called them multiple times. Most of the times they refused to pick up the phone. When we did get to speak with someone, they refused to speak english. At the end of the day, we just disposed off all the furniture. Expensive lesson but well learnt. Avoid them if you can. Waste of money. If I had to, I would buy from IKEA than from Conforama. Never again from them.
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Re: Conforama reviews

Conforama customer care people do not know english. it is suffering me very much We bought a table but it was broken in some place.
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Re: Conforama reviews

I think conforama is cheap but bad quality
With Ikea you know what you get
Interio is the best
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