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On Saturday, I Snapped my first visit to Nebraska Furniture Mart, which was equal parts exciting and terrifying. The new store in The Colony is a gargantuan 560,000 square feet, and shoppers can find items for an entire house in one place. That's why I went: I'm in the process of buying a home in Dallas and have several rooms to fill.

I spent four hours inside Nebraska Furniture Mart, which was long enough to lust after about $50,000 worth of items and short enough to realize I don't have that much money. 

But let's back up. Here's how you should start your trip to this giant place:


Then you go in. But first, a pep talk:
We weren't ready for what we found inside: one million trillion zillion decorative items and two floors of every kind of piece of furniture possibly ever invented.

There are even touch-screen maps near the front doors so you don't get lost. Instantly, I felt like this.

Five minutes after we arrived, my husband was all ...

And I was full steam ahead.

If you run out of juice while you're Snapping photos of All The Couches (guilty), there's a recharging station on the second floor. It also seems like a nice place to deposit a family member or friend whose enthusiasm is waning.

You could also tell them to "shop" for mattresses by taking a 15-minute snooze. Except: Don't do this. It's weird.

Take a snack break instead. (Tip: There's a Subway inside the store, but best bet might be to bring snacks from home. Try not to get snacks on new furniture.)

What you need to know

  1. Nebraska Furniture Mart is great if you need to outfit a whole home or if you're searching for one item. But shoppers in the latter category might be most successful, as spending more than two or three hours inside this behemoth store can get painful.
  2. Buying might be as overwhelming as shopping. For convenience, the friendly salespeople can make transactions on the spot using a tablet. The concept of this is cool, but it's a little odd to lounge on your soon-to-be couch while you rattle off your address and hand over your credit card. At one point, a stranger sat next to me on the couch, listening to the salesperson tell me all about their delivery service. I wanted more structure (and fewer eaves-dropping strangers) surrounding a large purchase, so buying at the traditional customer service area is a better option for shoppers like me.
  3. In addition to selling furniture, appliances, televisions and tons of smaller housewares, Nebraska Furniture Mart does carpet, tile and granite. Their team will even help you plan a room and assign crews to demolish rooms, then redo them with new flooring and appliances. NFM doesn't sell cabinets, bathtubs or toilets, but they will install them.

Feeling overwhelmed? You betcha.


But it's that fun kind of overwhelming, like when you walk into a casino and see all the flashing lights.

If you go on a weekend, the earlier the better.
Godspeed, y'all.

5600 Nebraska Furniture Mart Drive, The Colony. 972-668-3000. www.nfm.com/texas/.
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