Kyla’s starting Primary One in January, and we’ve been wanting to get her her own desk and chair. The three kids currently share a small table we bought from Ikea 4 years ago. The table and chair is getting too low and small for her, and she slouches when she does her writing.
So, we began looking aounrd, and I must admit, was a little enamored with getting an ergonomically designed desk and chair for her. I swung by the crosscom showroom on level 3 at Suntec City, and just looked around. Wow…..one set of the table and chair would set us back S$3,350!!!!! I almost died of a heart attack! That was about 11 month back.
Yesterday, Chris and I and the kids dropped by the shop again to take a look, and also for Christine to get a first hand look and feel of the desk and chair. Besides, we needed to get Kyla her new school bag as well. The sales person worked out a package for 3 sets of tables and chairs for the kids, and it came just shy of S$10,000.
Obviously we asked to give it some thought and left. This morning, we headed down to Centrepoint to take a look at another shop selling ergonomic furniture for kids. This one is on the 5th flor, just next to the teochew restaurant. Kinder Fun Kids’ also sells ergonomically designed desks and chair which grow with the children, but costs less than 1/3 the price of crosscom.
We bought Kyla and Ariel one set each, and also bought Elkan a chair, but not the desk, as he won’t be quite ready for it yet. All in all, S$3,400. A real bargain compared to if we bought a similar desk and chair set from crosscom.
I know Crosscom argues about the originality and authenticity of the ergonomics, but…..I really don’t buy it. If Crosscom doesn’t bring down its prices, I wonder how it can compete with Kinder Fun. The angles used and build quality of desks from either shops are comparable, and I really cannot justify why crosscom’s desks should command 2 times the price of a desk from Kinder Fun. Tsk tsk tsk….
Anyway…to each his own.