Shopping for new furniture can be a fun and exciting thing to do! It’s always such a thrill to try and reimagine how your new home or room will look like with the many types of designs and furniture choices you have at hand. Over the years with the advent of modern mass produced furniture at a much cheaper cost have taken over this industry, shelving us with very standard and typical furniture. While this has been great for convenience and price, the interior of homes are starting to look more and more similar, with one-in-the same tables, chairs and even shelves! While the item may not be the exact same, the style can be very telling, and its more often than not that you find yourself having the exact same furniture as your friends.
So if you’re looking to break out of the conventional mould that is Ikea, and you’re willing to try out a different and more ambitious style, look no further! We’ll go through a few other choices you can consider the next time you go shopping for a home makeover.
Sim Siang Choon
If you’re looking to do up your bathroom, look no further! The specialists at Sim Siang Choon have over 30 years of experience in this department. With a sprawling showroom, they stock everything from taps to showers to bathtubs and even jacuzzi units.
With so many choices to choose from, you’ll be dazzled just by the different sink basins they have. Perfect for furnishing a guest bathroom or even your master bathroom, the spread of styles goes from contemporary to luxurious.
Don’t be afraid to take a look at the collection of bathtubs either. With free standing tubs to built-in ones, to even ones which have a jacuzzi function, you’ll never find another place with so many all under one roof.
42 Changi South Street 1
One of the few remaining independent Teak furniture sellers on the island, Leyon Collections is the go-to place if you’re looking for unique and lasting full Teak furniture. Known for its extremely sturdy properties and long lifespan, Teak furniture has long been the standard against which all wooden furniture has been measured against.
With its unique place as an independent Teak store, Leyon Collection may not have the widest range of items available, but you’ll be sure that no one else you know would have the same item. The small shop along Siglap road looks just like one of those old-timely shops along a HDB block and it gives you the same homely feeling as you browse through the store.
57 Upper East Coast Road
Crate & Barrel
While we did say at the start that we’d be avoiding the usual culprits, we feel that Crate & Barrel is an underutilized resource, despite being an international brand. The American founded company is one of those modern booms in the industry. Being a relatively young brand, Crate & Barrel may not have the ubiquitous status of Ikea, but it still is a worthy mention.
Similar to Ikea, the brand serves to provide for every aspect of home furnishing, from the living room to the kitchen, to the bedroom, Crate & Barrel has it all. But unlike Ikea, you’ll find that fewer of your friends have the things found here. Plus, if you’re not a fan of Scandinavian design, Crate & Barrel provides an alternative styling. With modern and contemporary styles, you’ll get a good diversity of items as you look here and at other big brands.
2 Orchard Turn
10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Worth a mention is Urban Salvation, the bespoke wood furniture shop. If you’re looking to redecorate your home, but you’re worried about the carbon footprint manufacturing from new dining table or other wooden furniture, then this is the shop for you!
Founder Ahmad Habshee is an environmentalist and so each piece of furniture coming out of the workshop is a salvaged piece which had been regionally sourced. You can even fabricate your own furniture from scratch, drop them an email and you can be part of the designing process for your new furniture. If you’re into vintage looking things, you can also give this a try. The store has from time to time restored pieces of furniture which are from decades past, a cool addition to any home.
9005 Tampines Street 93