Well said, Riley.
I agree... yes, it's important to seek out value. Not knocking Ikea, but it is "starter" furniture for the most part. I've always looked at it that way. It's the place you go when you're furnishing your dorm room or your first apartment in your twenties. Now that I'll be moving into my first purchased home, I'll be purging and looking for pieces that will stand the test of time and be with me for years to come.