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Where to get cheap furniture in Singapore

Getting a house is already expensive enough – here's how you can save when it comes to buying furniture

By Delfina Utomo

First, you drop loads of cash to secure your house, now you have to decorate it so that it looks like your dream home. And you don't actually have to spend so much. Shop smart at these affordable furniture shops in Singapore – whether it's a sleek Nordic look you're going for or a vibrant Bohemian vibe you're working on, your dream home can be a reality without blowing the budget. 

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Shopping Bukit Merah

Shopping at IKEA is a guilty pleasure most of us won’t normally ’fess up to. Switch your dusty, tired curtains with some new, brightly coloured ones. Change your floral cushion covers to striped ones – for that mod hipster look – and get some colour (and cheer) into your home, just because you feel like it. Nothing beats a hot dog and soda after a long day spent hunting for the perfect garbage can – grab them at the Ikea food stand after checking out. Also: don’t miss the Swedish meatballs for sale, both hot and frozen. A kilogram of frozen ’balls goes for $18 – some might call that ‘overpriced’, but we say those delicious little buggers are priceless. Meatballs with pasta sauce, meatballs on toast, meatballs in the morning… mmmm. IKEA has another outlet at 60 Tampines North Drive 2.

Hock Siong & Co
Photograph: Hock Siong & Co

Hock Siong and Co

Shopping Toa Payoh

With attitudes loosening around lounging around on second-hand furniture, stores like Hock Siong and Co are suddenly top-of-mind to score home goods at a steal. (No one at the sprawling Tai Seng store is actually named Hock Siong – the name was coined by the company’s old-school towkay.) Yet, floor manager Brillyn Toh and the shop’s sales team do a brilliant job of infusing their cheery personalities and good eye for products into Instagram and Facebook updates, which send customers flocking to the space. In reality, though, the goods – tightly and neatly packed into three units – cover a wide range of styles, from vintage rosewood to mid-century to the downright opulent. 'We always tell our customers, "We hope your imagination brings you great adventures,"' explains Toh, who encourages them to bring a little eclecticism into their lives.  The products are hand-me-downs from hotels and show flats, furniture shops that have closed down, and the occasional beautifully appointed home. Prices range from $15 for a minimalist desk lamp to $3,000 for a 3-metre-tall plaster statue of Stamford Raffles, and the 'tens of thousands' for two bronze sculptures by Chinese artist Liu Ruo Wang. Oh, and make sure to bargain – the staff will happily knock down prices. Talk about retail therapy. 


Second Charm

Shopping Home decor Kallang

Second Charm will take you down memory lane with its vintage furniture and homeware that range from mid-century modern, art deco, Scandinavian and decorative French styles. Most of its vintage chairs, ottomans, coffee tables and chests (from about $150) have been refurbished – some have even been re-upholstered – as have its home accessories such as lamps, doors, windows and other salvages. Second Charm takes custom orders, too, perfect for if you want a reproduction done.

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Courts Megastore

Shopping Electronics Tampines

Shop all things electronics including domestic appliances, home entertainment solutions and the latest digital technology as well as modern furniture under one roof at the biggest Courts store in Singapore. What sets this multi-levelled Megastore apart from other Courts stores is its home-like showrooms, contemporary retail concepts, end-to-end home solutions and a huge array of products at affordable prices.


Taobao Store

Shopping Lifestyle City Hall

The famous online shopping store Taobao sets up shop at the basement of Funan mall. The offline outlet in Singapore is operated by local business Virmall and provides local consumers with an integrated shopping experience. Customers can browse a wide range of goods from the shopping platform while being able to touch, see and feel it physically. The products available at the space include furniture, household appliances, textiles, pet accessories, home decor and more.  The corner space in Funan's basement is segmented into showrooms where customers can shop according to style and function. Pop in the bedroom to check out wooden bedframes, cupboard and even wall art and then move along to the dining and kitchen area to look at juicers, dining sets, and dining tables. To buy or view the objects online, simply scan the QR code next to the items to complete your purchases. While you may not get the satisfaction of bringing home your items immediately, the Taobao Store shopping experience allows you to take your time in making decisions and also help with the curating of your home. 

Grey and Sanders
Photo: Grey and Sanders

Grey & Sanders

Shopping Home decor Tiong Bahru

The sleek and Nordic look is a most sought after style for a lot of Singapore homes. Grey & Sanders specialise in this, without the crazy price tag. Shop sofas, shelves, solid wood tables and more from the store. There are a lot of darker finishes and quality timber like walnut and pecan used in its range. If you like clean and classic styles or the mid-century modern look, the collections at Grey & Sanders are worth bringing home. 

Affordable Style Files
Photo: Affordable Style Files

Affordable Style Files

Shopping Home decor Tanglin

If you have big hopes and dreams for your living spaces and constantly scour interior design magazine pages for inspo, it's time to get out there and start shopping. Lucky for you the collection at Affordable Style Files is pretty extensive and huge – whether you're looking for a beautiful rug to fill up the space or shopping for blinds in the dining room. Everything in the store is curated and picked by Australian stylist Hong Henwood. It's quite clear that she has impeccable tastes because you'll soon notice that you want to buy everything in the store 

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