I went on an exhausting hunt for a bed the other week. Now I know you might think it odd that someone who works in a home magazine would have an extremely hard time looking for basic furniture, but yes, admittedly, I did have a hard time.
I was just looking for an affordable, simple, bare-bones bedframe that would fit in my dinky apartment; and if there was a box spring I can buy off the floor, all the better. Needless to say, I was disappointed with the service of some of the major furniture stores. The first store I went to had OK-looking bedframes but the salespeople were pushy and kept on bullying me into buying the pricey models; they also tried to make me buy the king-sized models even though I specifically told them I only needed a single! Finally, they directed me to the good-quality box springs, and just when I was about to snap it up, the salesperson told me it would take three to four weeks to deliver it. Three to four weeks?? Why? Do they have to grow a box spring from the ground?
The second store was even worse. First of all, the salespeople didn’t know the standard dimensions of the beds! They also carried a lot of wrought iron monstrosities. When I went to the mattress section, I asked how soon they can deliver.
Salesman no. 1: “Ma’am, basta every three or four days lang kami. So kung hindi Saturday, baka Sunday…o baka Tuesday. Tama yon, ‘tol?”
Salesman no. 2: “Ah, ewan ko ba, ‘tol.”
By the end of the week, I was desperate and willing to buy anything that can be delivered within 24 hours. I ended up at basic-furnishings store Blims, and in total fairness, they had good salespeople. They weren’t pushy, showed me products within my price range and specs, and even brought me to their stockroom to show me other items of the same size but with different finishes. I don’t like wenge, but decided to go for it since it was solid wood and I could just have it refinished eventually, so I snapped it up. I asked them to deliver the next day at 3PM; and yes, the truck arrived at exactly 3PM, and they assembled it in 15 minutes flat. Fini.
(Styling by Issa Villar, photo by Miguel Nacianceno)