Tired of spending exorbitant amounts on substandard furniture? Avoid such a costly mistake by picking out quality pieces that are long-lasting and adaptable (for example, table, chair and storage, all in one!). Even with a relatively hefty price tag, it will be worth it. We spoke to six of our favourite furniture stores and they gave some recommendations on the pieces they have in store. Check out these versatile and durable pieces that offer plenty of bang for your buck.
Specialising in Chinese antique furniture, Just Anthony stocks an impressive selection of furniture, reproductions, accessories and wall coverings.
Get your hands on one of the store’s sideboards ($1000 to $1100), available in a variety of colours. Shift them around the different areas of your home for a new look each season. Also, keep an eye out for two new fun and functional designs: a modern, seven-drawer console table with subtle oriental-style brass handles (available in various colours and customisable) and a four-drawer, four-door sideboard with carved round motifs.
For something unique, pick up a vintage wooden rice scoop ($190). Featuring original iron motifs and loads of character – each one is unique – these solid wood rice scoops are ideal for using as a magazine or newspaper holder.
Versatile and easy on the eyes, the store’s hand-painted small round drums go for $150 a piece. Coming in a variety of colours and design, they’re ideal décor pieces or as a side table in your living room.
Taylor B Fine Design
You can shop a wide range of furniture and accessories at Taylor B Fine Design, from antique Chinese pieces to modern designer models. Shipments come weekly so there’s always something new to look out for!
The “Just when you need it” dining table ($2299) offers multiple uses; it can be used as a desk, game or dining table and can be extended to accommodate more seats. A latch door on each side also reveals handy storage spaces for dining ware.
Made from a mix of marble, granite, stone and natural fibres, the contemporary square dining table in cement ($889) is durable and resilient. A non-toxic wax finish protects the surface, making it perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.
Surround your dining table with classy X Back Bistro Chairs. They come in a selection of stylish colours including white, blue and grey, and at just $199 they’re a steal!
Offering a mix of traditional and contemporary styles, Originals has fun and functional pieces sourced from all around the world. All of the furniture are produced using quality materials like high grade teak and premium fabrics so you can enjoy the pieces for many years to come.
Built to last, the Slice Dining Table ($1495) is made from 100% solid teak wood. With classy bevelled edges and an elevated top, it also comes in an extendable version.
Also made from durable high quality teak is the Java Daybed ($1400). Handmade and beautifully whitewashed, it can be used both indoors or out on your verandah. Coming in various sizes, it’s the perfect piece for lounging on a sunny afternoon.
The contemporary Perry Sofa ($1900 for a three-seater) is constructed with a sturdy oak base and frame and is wrapped with quality European fabric. With deep seat cushions and back cushions, this sleek sofa offers great comfort.
Lim’s Holland Village
Lim’s Holland Village carries a range of stylish modern pieces with a hint of Asian influence. With the understanding that no two homes are the same, the company offers pieces that are made to adapt to different settings.
Adorn your room with a painted panel screen (From $650). Ideal either as a piece of artwork or a handy room divider, it comes in more than six design styles.
Tough and durable, the store’s elm wood furniture collection includes the turquoise shoe cabinet ($1050), with four level of shelving, offering ample storage space for the family.
Lim’s Holland Village’s ceramic stools (from $130) come in more than 20 designs and can be used as simple coffee tables or side tables or even extra seating for your next dinner party. Add some colour to your home and with one of these little numbers.
Soul & Tables
Soul & Tables (formerly Ethnicraft Online) carries solid wood furnishings that are beautiful and sustainable. Check out their contemporary teak and oak collections or get playful with the Universo Positivo series.
The Teak Air Bed ($2195 for queen size; $2295 for king size) is a good investment. Made from sturdy and eco-friendly harvested teak, it’s great for lounging in, and an ideal addition to a minimalistic bedroom.
Available in sustainably harvested oak and teak wood, the signature Slice Dining Table (From $1350) lends a floating effect to the table-top. It also comes in an extendable model.
The N101 Sofa ($1495 for a two-seater) is built to last and its curved wood legs provide an elegant touch. Choose from ash grey, olive green, wheat and other lovely colours.
Grey and Sanders
Grey and Sanders offers a range of trendy minimalist furniture that you can get customised for the perfect fit. The pieces are made of quality materials such as aniline leather and American black walnut wood.
Pick from lovely fabrics to durable aniline leather for your new Reilly sofa (From $899, available in one- to three-seater). Besides being long-lasting, the leather ages well and looks better as the years go by.
The sleek Mila wardrobe ($279 to $488) can be configured how you like it – you can even use it as a bookshelf just by shifting the panels! Set two tiers to accommodate your hubby’s shirts or switch to one tier to accommodate your flowy long dresses.
Choose a natural wood slab (from $599; 1.4 metres to 3 metres) and have it made into a dining table top or bench for your dining room. Choose from American black walnut, French chestnut, French oak, European ashwood and Burmese teak, all of which are durable options.
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