the-find-reno-round-rustic-dining-tableWhen it’s time to furniture shop in Reno-Tahoe, where should you start? From the big chain stores to the discount warehouses to the boutiques, it can be hard to even know where to begin. The best way to save yourself the headache and time spent running from one store to the next is with a little information.

Know What You Want

Whether you’re searching for a new sectional, a round dining table, a buffet, whatever, start with the right measurements. Having an idea of the space you’re working with will save you a lot of time when you’re standing in the store, trying to eyeball that chair. It’s okay to start furniture shopping with a general idea of style, but be clear on how much space you have to fill.

Once you know what you want, you can make a decision about where to go. Here in Reno and around Lake Tahoe, our furniture stores all break down into the following:

  • Traditional Furniture Store

Local, often independently owned, these places often seem to be going out of business and running low-budget commercials to in form you that “Everything must GO!” Usually, you’ll find an older space crammed with inventory, with varying styles, manufacturers, and quality. Eager salespeople are waiting to pull items out for your inspection.

The good: A big selection of varying styles and low price tags. You’re likely supporting the local economy as well, as many of these places are locally owned. You’re also in a good spot to negotiate.

The bad: There are always a mix of styles here, but usually a limited selection within that mix. Quality will also vary, and you should be prepared to roll up your sleeves and dig around.

  • Chains & Manufacturer-Branded Stores

When you think “new furniture,” this is probably what you picture. Lifestyle retailers like Pottery Barn, manufacturer-branded stores like La-Z Boy or Bassett, department stores like Macy’s, and home furnishings megastores like Ashley and RC Wiley – Reno is no stranger to chain stores!

The good: Big-box chains hawk seasonal promotions, so you can usually time big purchases for the best deals. At the lifestyle retailers and manufacturer-branded stores, you can expect a certain aesthetic that’s on the trendy side.

The bad: That aesthetic may be a little limiting if you’re developing your own style. Price tags are also on the high side for mass-produced furniture that is questionable on quality.

the-find-reno-sectional-sofaThe Boutique

The boutique furniture shop is also local and independently operated. But that’s where the similarities from the traditional furniture stores end. Formally trained designers usually open these boutiques, which means you’ll have a great selection of furniture, lots of stylish decor options, and access to inventory not available in the store.

The Find has been Reno’s best-kept secret in the boutique furniture store category for well over a decade now.

The good: Furniture in the boutique is stylish without the cookie-cutter look found in the chain stores. Complimentary design consultations can be an additional benefit.

The bad: So many options! Be sure to focus on what you need, or you could go overboard with accessories.

Choosing the Right Place for You

Before you devote a weekend or three touring every furniture place in Reno and around Lake Tahoe, think carefully about what you want and where you’re most likely to find it. If you’re searching for a statement piece, a stylish sectional sofa, or a stunning new dining room table, try your luck in the furniture boutiques first – and see what you find.