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Cheap Furniture in Richmond BC

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Where To Buy Cheap Furniture in Richmond BC

Plenty of cheap furniture stores exist around the Lower Mainland. For Richmond BC, it’s the place to go if you’re in the area and are looking for affordable furniture such as coffee tables and dining table sets. Whether you’re on a budget or an avid thrifter, there’s something for everyone. From build-it-yourself furniture from Ikea to modern fixtures from Mobler Furniture, Richmond is the place to go for furniture shopping. You never know what you may come across!

The best thing about shopping for cheap furniture is that you can find great deals on quality products. Expensive furniture isn’t for everyone’s budget, especially if you’re trying to stay within a certain price-tag.

Check out the furniture stores below:

Furniture Land

Furniture Land carries an array of furniture at affordable prices. A variety of products are always marked down, and others are available at reasonable rates. From new mattresses to sofas, you can find a wide selection of furniture at the Richmond location.

Some other items they carry include sofas, sectionals, and cabinets. Their website shows they have a clearance centre, where they add items to from time to time.

Their two locations in Surrey and Richmond have been open business for the last ten years. Over the years, they’ve amassed an impressive collection of brands they carry, including Ashley Furniture, Cosmos Furniture, Somerton Furniture, and more.

Whether you’re looking at replacing an old mattress or changing up the decor in your office or kid’s rooms, be sure to check out Furniture Land.

Address: 12180 Bridgeport Road, Richmond, BC V6V 1J3

Mobler Furniture

Mobler Furniture – a modern furniture store with a massive showroom and inventory. No doubt that’s why many people venture to the Richmond Mobler Furniture location, located conveniently a few streets down from Richmond IKEA.

Mobler is known for its sleek, modern furniture, perfectly sized for full houses or even apartment suites. Depending on what you’re looking for, they have deals on couches, tables, and side table decor. Also, they sometimes sell gently used floor models and mark down prices for clearance items.

Did you know that Mobler Furniture was founded in 1984? Over the past decades, Mobler Furniture have provided quality modern furniture for people looking for contemporary furnishings. Their roots were humble as a Danish furniture import store — now they bring fantastic, affordable modern furniture into a showroom for you to browse. Their collections are from all over the world.

Address: 3351 Sweden Way, Richmond, BC V6V 2B1


Habitat for Humanity is an organization that runs home decor and furniture supply stores selling new and gently-used items. ReStore is the organization’s retail arm, taking people’s unwanted furniture and reselling them at an affordable rate to people who need them. You can find deals at up to 80% off the retail price on furnishing items like tables, ottomans, lamps, couches and more. Because they run on donations, you may find something new every time you visit!

The closest location to Richmond is either their Burnaby Douglas ReStore or their Burnaby Enterprise Restore.

Douglas Address: 2475 Douglas Road, Burnaby, BC V5C 5A9
Burnaby Enterprise Address: 7977 Enterprise Street, Burnaby, BC, V5A 1V5

Liquidation Furniture & More

Liquidation Furniture & More has a fantastic selection of furniture for all budgets. Their prices are reasonable for the quality of furniture they stock. They recently changed their name to QLiving, but they are still in the business of finding quality furniture and selling them at an affordable price. You’ll be surprised to see what is available at this location in Richmond BC!

Address: 2771 Simpson Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 2R2


How To Choose The Right Furniture

Now that you know the different stores to check out for affordable furniture, you may be wondering: how would I know what to get? You may be asking, do I shop by brand name? Crawl through every listing on a furniture store’s website? Or do I search by colour?

Aside from the information you need to base your purchase off – such as dimensions, price, and whether you need a delivery made or not, here are some considerations to make when adding a new piece of furniture into your space:

1. Figure out the theme of your room.

Having a good understanding of your space on a micro room level and a macro “house” level can create cohesiveness between pieces of existing furniture and those that you plan to buy.

We are fans of taking the time to observe the room and figure out how we can make it lively, or organized. Perhaps new shelves are a good idea, or cabinets or media centers with storage compartments are a good idea. Or, are you planning on adding plants later? Perhaps you should look at how your current decor and future decor would exist in your space.

2. Decide on a colour scheme.

You may already have an idea about the colours you want to work with for your space. If you live in a smaller space, bright walls and furniture will make your space seem less restrictive. Alternatively. if you have a larger space to fill and have a darker wall colour, going completely dark with your furniture may not be the best idea. It may seem like it – but consider creating contrast in your space. For example, dark blue walls and white dressers, or light coloured walls and dark mahogany cabinets.

3. Decide on what impression your room should have.

Sometimes finding the right furniture can come down to the trims, accents, patterns, and make of the furniture itself. For example, are most of your existing furniture rigid and modular? Perhaps you can add some ‘curves’ to your furniture with a rounded side table to even out all the rough edges. Or, if you have a lot of glass furniture, perhaps rounding the surfaces out with wood cabinets could keep your place from looking sterile.

Furniture Shopping: A Checklist

  1. List all the rooms in your apartment suite or house and what furniture is missing
  2. Order the missing pieces from high importance to low. You can rank the furniture by importance to guests if you have guests over often, utility, or just for aesthetic appeal.
  3. Write beside your list the approximate prices you’d like to spend on each furniture.
  4. Alternatively, look through your list and decide on a budget for each furniture category – such as cabinets, beds, shelves, etc.
  5. On the same sheet, measure the maximum dimensions you can have

Now, armed with the list, you can easily remember what you are trying to buy at a furniture store, the dimensions of the ideal furniture, its importance to you, and the price you’re willing to pay.



We hope this article helps you find the right furniture for you at an affordable price. Furniture shopping does not have to be an expensive or time-consuming ordeal. Several quality furniture stores exist in Richmond BC, a short drive from Vancouver, Surrey, or Burnaby. Additionally, we hope that our additional tips on choosing the right furniture is helpful too!


The companies mentioned in this post are not sponsored by Canadian Mattress Recycling. Often, we like to share information to help our readers navigate furniture and mattress shopping and recycling. We are a local Delta BC company that takes pride in supporting the community around us.

How to Sell Furniture In Vancouver

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Selling old furniture shouldn’t have to be a hassle in Vancouver. In fact, read our guide to learn how you can sell old furniture. Some options available include selling through consignment, auctions, and online marketplaces. If these options don’t work for you, you can also recycle your old furniture.


Consignment furniture stores are a fantastic way to make extra money for your old furniture. Instead of taking your old table or couch to the dump, consider phoning up a local used furniture consignment store. They will check the quality of your item and inform whether they can sell your items.


You can also search for events auctioning off furniture. If your item is in good or decent condition, they may be interested in seeing them. Alternatively, if your item is antique or passed down as a heirloom, they will be more than interested in them.

Online Buy and Sell

Facebook Marketplace is not the only online platform out there! In fact, you can try, and filter for your city such as Vancouver. You can list items for sale there. You can also list items for sale on Craigslist or Kijiji, depending on what furniture you are trying to get rid of. As always – buyer and seller beware.


Have you heard about the buy-back program at IKEA? IKEA launched its buy back program. Like the name suggests, you can “sell” your new or gentlly used IKEA furniture back to the store. Then, they will display them as used models for customers to browse. If someone is interested in buying the used item, all they have to do is let the staff know. There is a very specific process to participate in this program, so please check out their website.

Word of Mouth

One tactic many people don’t realise can be effective is word of mouth! Spread the word to your family, friends, colleagues, or neighbours that you want to sell off a gently used piece of furniture. Consider talking to families with children heading off to college or university. They may be interested in a good deal for furnishings. But don’t limit yourself to that, however. When people relocate for work or school, they may all be in the market for used furniture at a good price.

If these options do not work for you – have no fear! Your old furniture can still go somewhere. Instead of dumping your furniture on the side of the road, hoping someone picks it up, consider taking it to a furniture recycler near you. In Metro Vancouver, Canadian Mattress Recycling processes and recycles upholstered furniture such as couches and sofas. Their pickup crew can also take chairs and other items off your hands for a price. For more information, visit our Recycling Rates page.

Community Feature: Wildlife Conservation

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Over the years, CMR has supported numerous conservation efforts to protect endangered species and preserve sensitive wildlife habitats. Our donations have helped local organizations as well as international efforts. These organizations include the Raincoast Conservation Foundation (RCF), World Animal Protection (WAP), and the Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada (CCFC).

We truly believe in improving the livelihoods of endangered species, and conserving natural habitats for future generations. Therefore, we’d like to take the time to blog about the work these organizations are doing around the world.

1. Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Here at home in British Columbia, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a team of conservationists and scientists. Using community engagement, they share their research to protect the wildlife of coastal British Columbia. They operate a research lab at the University of Victoria, a research field station on Denny Island BC., and also have a research vessel called the ‘Achiever’ to conduct their fieldwork with.

Photo Credit: Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Recent Work

Some of their flagship projects include:

– Oil-free coast
– Fisheries Management for wild salmon
– The Fraser River Estuary Project

Raincoast has also on projects like the Fraser River Estuary Project. According to their website, it’s a five – year long project to help juvenile salmon in the Fraser River to reach the delta to feed and grow. Man-made barriers along the Fraser River makes it difficult for the salmon to migrate. The organization’s research would help identify what current salmon movement is like, and what changes need to be made. With that information, they will be able to implement policies, and evalulate how the salmon population has changed since the project started.



2. World Animal Protection


You might be familiar with World Animal Protection, and it’s not hard to wonder why!

It’s an international organization that, for the past 50 or so years, have advocated on behalf of animals and wildlife around the world. Their work mostly revolves around engaging communities and advocating for vulnerable wildlife.

They engage communities to improve wildlife-human interactions. In other words, they work to make sure that us humans are respectful towards wildlife. For example, they’ve helped end elephant rides in third world countries that use wildlife as a source of income. They help educate tourism operators on how this practice harms the animal, convincing them to stop their practice.

In 2017, the organization made it known that wildlife should be respected, especially in a world where social media is so prevalent. Their campaign, ‘Animals, not Entertainers’ showed tourists how to interact with wildlife – such as not to get too close to take selfies (Global Review, 2017).


The use of wildlife for tourism has become a growing problem in the digital era, and it’s important that organizations like the World Animal Protection address it. Recently, National Geographic have been working to release caged wildlife that has been used as props for tourist photos.

Outside of community engagement, the organization also provides relief to vulnerable animals after natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. They have veterinarians on site to provide care, to reduce the spread of disease, and ensure that sensitive habitats are preserved even after these natural events. Check out the scope of World Animal Protection’s work here.

3. Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada

Finally, the Cheetah Conservation Fund Canada is one of the other organizations we support.

Their work is more than just about advocating for the species – they support research and intervention in countries where cheetahs are becoming extinct. For such a majestic feline that’s known as the world’s fastest land mammal, it can’t outrun extinction – not without the intervention of organizations like the CCFC.

A lot of times, cheetahs are being killed due to human-wildlife conflict, such as when they approach farms to hunt livestock. The organization helps educate farmers in these countries to reduce the number of cheetahs killed, and teach local communities ways to trap and release cheetahs so they aren’t in harm’s way.

They also have biologists and specialists on the ground to help rehabilitate injured cheetahs so that these majestic felines have a fighting chance to avoid extinction. Read more about the Cheetah here.

Canadian Mattress Recycling Inc. is Metro Vancouver’s leading mattress recycler. Since 2011, we have recycled over 25 million lbs of mattresses and furniture, reducing landfill waste. We have also supported over 90+ organizations involved in community engagement and environmental conservation, and are always eager to help make the world a better, sustainable place.

Ways to Help The Environment in 2019

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We can make a number of changes in our lives to be more sustainable. Being more sustainable lets us have a greater impact on our environment. So let’s take a look at the top changes we can make.

What We Can Do For the Environment

1. Making smarter purchases

Smarter purchases may not just mean making ones that are more effective money-wise. As consumers, we have the opportunity to decide what we buy and what companies we support.

For example, we can support B-corp companies, or source goods from local businesses that produce less carbon dioxide. We can also support companies that are eco-friendly, reduce their plastic use, or those that commit to producer take-back programs. Anything we can do to reduce our carbon footprint would go far for the environment.

2. Avoid purchasing items with too much packaging

These days, too many items are packaged in plastic. Layers of plastic are wasteful – and we need to do something about it. The best way we can avoid this is by choosing items with fewer packaging or opting for plastic-free products.

Buying from local farmer markets are another option, too. So is simply bringing cotton produce bags to the grocery store, and filling up your vegetables with them. Reducing our use of plastic packaging will limit the amount of plastics cluttering up our landfills.

3. Conserve water usage

When brushing teeth or washing dishes or showering, we use more water than we think. Even just by reducing a minute of water usage will save a lot of water.

In other areas, consider how much water you use for watering your lawn. Lawn watering is one of the biggest wastes of water in North America, after agriculture. Find ways to water your lawn more sparingly, or stop all together.

We cannot survive without water, so making sure we use it responsibly is crucial.

4. Change our travelling habits

Did you know taking an airplane or going on a cruise emits a lot of carbon dioxide? Planes and cruise ships are known to be big emitters of carbon dioxide. Cruise ships too, are known to pollute the waters by dumping waste directly into the sea. As oceans become clogged with waste, we should think twice about supporting such an unsustainable industry.

Even for shorter trips locally, there may be better alternatives to using a car. Biking, commuting, or even walking can reduce air pollution. Carpooling or ride sharing may be options for you too, depending on where you live. Or, if you must use a car, consider planning out your trip so that you can hit multiple locations at once, rather than make several trips.

5. Support local products

Locally-sourced products have smaller carbon footprints than those sourced from other countries. Buying local and eating local will help reduce pollution. With how much energy and fuel is used to transport products from country to country, it’s almost just worth it to buy local. Besides, supporting local products often mean supporting local businesses. If we support local businesses, it also means as a whole, we are more self-sustained.

Another great way to reduce your environmental impact is to simply grow your own vegetables and herbs. Instead of transporting produce from another country to your kitchen, simply learn to garden and grow your own. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save by growing your own vegetables. Even if you live in an apartment with a patio instead of a garden, there are still herbs and vegetables you can grow!

6. Buy less, or fix more of your items

Another way to lessen our impact on the environment is by buying less – which require better care of our possessions to begin with. But when an item breaks down, don’t just throw it away. Consider repurposing it, or fixing it. Many times there are ways to get an item working again. So don’t just rush out to the store to grab a replacement; see what you can do with what you have first. This will go a long way to reducing unnecessary consumption.

7. Support eco-tourism operators

Whether you’re on vacation or working in tourism, consider supporting companies that do their part for the environment. When vacationing, thinking about sustainability and the environment may be the last thing on your mind. However, we urge you to research your trips and destinations, and make sure your money is being spent on sustainable tourism operators instead of ones that abuse wildlife or the environment.

8. Like hiking? Go zero-waste.

The mentality “leave nothing behind” makes sense when hiking or camping. As it becomes more popular to hike or travel the unbeaten paths, consider making your trip zero waste. This may come from using reusable lunch boxes to pack your camping food, or taking the BBQ propane tank home with you for recycling instead of leaving it at the park.

Being mindful while camping or hiking can mean prepping ahead of time, like bringing a reusable water bottle instead of bottled water. Spending an extra five to ten minutes to find a way to leave nothing behind at a campsite or hiking trail will do much for the environment.

Canadian Mattress Recycling is Metro Vancouver’s leading mattress recycler. Since 2011, we have recycled over 25 million lbs of mattresses and furniture. Keep up to date with our community blog – we always post new topics about recycling and the environment. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for engaging conversations!

6 Green Resolutions To Make In 2019

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As we welcome in a new year, there’s no better time to adopt new habits and kick old ones to the curb. January is often the month for making bold resolutions, whether it’s to go to the gym, eat healthier, or even adopt a better work-life balance. But why stop there? Why not set a resolution to reduce your own environmental footprint in 2019?

Back in 2018…

There were many developments in the environmental community at both a local and global scale. National Geographic published shocking research about plastic pollution in our oceans. As a result, people became more aware of the effects of plastic in our oceans. People began to shift to a more plastic-free lifestyle.

Similarly, organizations like the Giraffe Conservation Fund made further headway into protecting and conserving these endangered wildlife.

Back in Canada, there was a growing momentum to phase out single use plastics, adopt a zero-waste lifestyle, and to support local businesses that put the environment and community first, including those that are B-Corp certified.

As it’s becoming easier to adopt a zero waste lifestyle, or make changes to one’s habits, we believe that 2019 will be a perfect year to commit to a ‘green’ resolution. In other words, why not make your sustainable lifestyles a core part of your New Year Resolutions?

Here are some ideas to get you thinking about ‘greening’ your New Year resolutions for 2019!

We divided our tips into two categories: 1) residents, and 2) for businesses.


Resolution 1: Reduce food waste.

As people set goals to eat healthier and cook more, why not think about how you can reduce food waste at home?

Your resolutions can be as simple as putting an effort into sorting your organics from your garbage and recycling bins. Or, you could even set a goal to meal plan more, so that less food goes to waste.

Another goal could even be finding out new ways of cooking leftovers or turning close-to-expiring food into jams and other preservatives.

The new year is a great time to learn new recipes, so why not make reducing food waste and eating healthier a part of it?

Resolution 2: Reduce single-use plastics and disposable styrofoam containers.

This could be a good resolution to commit to if you’re a busy worker or student.

Pack a lunch, or even an empty lunch box, and bring it to work if you’re planning on buying lunch. Similarly, toss a reusable travel mug into your work bag to reduce the disposable coffee cups and drinks you’d buy during the day. Depending on the restaurant, cafe, or even fast food drive through, you could also try to request using your own mug for drinks, or hand them your empty lunch box to pack in your left overs.

Not all places allow this, but why not experiment with becoming more assertive about your zero-waste habits?

Resolution 3: Fix up, restore, or repurpose something from your home in 2019!

This can help you not only learn new skills, like sewing, woodworking, or other handy skills, but also reduce the amount of waste going into your garbage and recycling. It’s true that it’s better to reduce your consumption in the first place, as opposed to relying on recycling your waste.

One way to achieve this is by taking the time to fix your belongs instead of throwing them out. You’d be surprised how much longer you can extend your belongings’ life span.

Think about setting a new years resolution to fix one piece of clothing instead of buying something new; to learn to sew buttons, reshine or fit your shoes, or even turn an old pair of jeans into a tote bag. Think about resanding and repolishing wooden furniture to bring antique aesthetics into the modern age. Look into removing stains on your belongings instead of throwing out the item.

If you’re feeling creative, think about the different artistic pieces you could create with electronic waste, or even paper scraps from your drawing and paper crafting hobbies. These don’t have to be exhibition-ready pieces. Keeping these pieces around your home can become conversation-starters when friends and family visit!


New Year Resolutions can be a good way to usher in changes to an office or store. Many people tend to find drastic changes difficult to adopt, but those aren’t the only resolutions available.

Similarly, many business-related environmental efforts are dependent on the type of business they’re in.

Restaurants, retail shops, industrial businesses, or even offices have different needs that should still be met when phasing in an sustainability change. It is always important to keep in mind that sustainability changes in the workplace are gradual. Still, gradual changes are better than no changes at all.

Here are some of our suggestions to incorporate environmental sustainability into your workplace:

Idea 1: For retail shops and restaurants, look into reducing your reliance on single use plastics.

Take-out food can be one of the biggest contributors to single use plastic waste. As consumers shift to ban these kinds of plastic, it’ll be beneficial for your store or restaurant to adopt similar practices. However, instead of a complete ban, which may not be possible, consider sourcing recyclable, recycled, or compostable take out boxes and utensils. This way, your customers can recycle or compost these items at home, instead of throwing out in the garbage.

Independent stores may also have a better chance to adopt a plastics-less model. Swap out plastic bags for reusable ones, or even provide a monetary benefit when people bring in their own reusable bags. Incentives foster zero waste habits.

More and more people are choosing where to shop and eat based on the business’s environmental impact. Word travels fast about what businesses are eco-friendly, and what businesses aren’t. Not all businesses can adopt complete zero-waste initiatives, but businesses should do their best.

Idea 2: Offer sustainable alternatives to shipments to reduce packaging waste.

Even though this may depend on what is being shipped, one possible business-related resolution is to reduce packaging waste. Packaging can also be expensive, so reducing packaging costs can be beneficial to your company’s bottom line. From reusing packaging or saying no to styrofoam pellets, there are many ways to minimize waste and improve your bottom line. Sustainable fulfillment can be even as simple as using sustainable packaging, like FSC certified mailing slips. More and more it’s becoming easier to source mailing slips and packaging made from recycled paper.

Even though some local BC depots accept soft plastics for recycling, it is important to reduce waste before it is even generated. This way, consumers are able to reduce their own trips to the depots, or to the recycling centers. Ultimately, fewer packaging waste means fewer environmental impacts like air pollution.

Idea 3: If you’re looking for a bold resolution for 2019, look no further.

Think about converting your office, warehouse, or even your washroom facilities into zero waste rooms. This can be as simple as placing garbage, recycling, and organics recycling bins in convenient locations on-site, or providing office mugs, drink condiments, and more, in the break room. Instead of stocking the breakroom with packs of drink condiments like sugar and milk, think about buying a bulk container with these condiments instead. Encourage your staff to reuse cups and mugs.

Alternatively, host competitions and challenge your staff into bringing lunch using reusable containers instead of grabbing take-out. Or if you’re catering for an event or a office meeting, look into turning the event into a zero-waste one by working with the catering company of your choice. The best way to encourage sustainable efforts at work is by making the changes as accessible as possible.