If you want a hub for home accessories and some of the best furniture stores in Singapore, this location in Outram is a must-visit. Unassuming on the outside, the Tan Boon Liat Building features all all types of great furniture, from Asian antiques and vintage furniture to Scandinavian modern pieces. It also has home décor covered – think tablecloths, dining tables and settings, to cushions, sofas, coffee tables and mattresses. In addition, you can browse carpets, lamps, lights, ornaments and even art for your walls.
Journey East for sustainable and vintage furniture!
This old favourite is turning 28 years old, and we’re proud to have worked with them for the majority of that! Journey East stocks lovely restored vintage pieces of furniture hand-picked from Java. Additionally, there are contemporary dBodhi collections that you can mix and match with their vintage collection. Many of the furniture pieces here are eco-friendly and use reclaimed wood. Other sustainable materials include handwoven rattan, hand-crafted bark and also handwelded and recycled iron. The store also carries gorgeous gifts and accessories, so check them out for Christmas and birthdays.
Top picks at this furniture store
- Beautiful, traditional craftmanship is a key feature in the restored pieces of the vintage collection.
- The solid teak sets are sustainably sourced and will last forever. One example is the hardy dBodhi Artisan dining table with Purus joinery.
- The Swedish-made Pappenlina Effi rug is easy to clean, represents genuine craftsmanship, is allergy-friendly and long-lasting!
- The retro-inspired United Strangers Styvest chair, with top grain Aniline leather, features a unique design and is available in blue or green.
Soul & Tables for contemporary furniture collections
Soul & Tables (formerly Ethnicraft Online) is known for its multi-brand range. It offers a variety of furniture and accessories, specialising in contemporary teak and oak pieces. The store’s teak is crafted using FSC-certified, sustainably harvested wood. The oak collection is also modern and environmentally friendly. You’ll find a wide selection of handcrafted trays and tables from the Ethnicraft Accessories collection, ethically sourced rugs from Grey House, and also traditional handcrafted African mud-cloth cushions from Mae Woven. In addition, there’s a wide range of outdoor furniture from brands including Fermob, Fatboy, Roolf Living, and Woven+. There’s plenty here to furnish your home stylishly and sustainably inside and out!
All the products in this furniture store come with complimentary delivery, lifetime warranty and maintenance services. There’s also a free 30-day return and one-for-one disposal of items. From ethical sourcing of high-quality furniture to providing a seamless shopping experience, Soul & Tables can help build a home you’ll love for years to come.
Top pics at this Tan Boon Liat Building furniture store
- The Arch dining table, Alcove bed and Solo bed are the latest additions to the constantly expanding Soul & Tables Signature collection. The collection is inspired by the brand’s daily interactions with customers, listening to their needs, and bringing these ideas into new designs. This collection brings knowledge and supplier expertise together to produce high-quality furniture for the home.
J. edition for home-grown furniture
Customers will find a range of sofas and bed frames here, inspired by and designed for the local market. J. edition also carries a range of ergonomic lounge chairs by Thai brand Zedere at very affordable prices. Parts of the store are modelled after typical apartments in Singapore so customers can visualise how the furniture will look in their homes. Much of the furniture is in a modern contemporary style.
Top picks at this furniture store
- The Zoe sofa is the most popular model, also dubbed the Netflix sofa by customers! It features adjustable headrests and soft feather-filled armrests that give the user a comfy, versatile yet modern and sleek-looking sofa.
- The Gaia bed is a friendly and fun-looking bed frame. Features include removable fabric covers and friendly curves, great for those who are afraid of kicking the bed at night! Customers can also choose from a wide range of boucle fabric to suit their interiors.
- The Noah sofa is a minimalist statement piece that creates a talking point for guests. Versatility drives the design of this modern piece of furniture, which features rotatable arms for extended seating space and a modular backrest for a perfect Sunday nap.
Singapore Trading Post for home décor with history
A shared love and passion for Singapore’s history is at the heart of Singapore Trading Post. Celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2022, the store’s mission is to offer a stylish but unique shopping alternative to the shopping mall “monoculture”. You’ll find room scents of frangipani, images and artworks of Chinatown, relics from old town Singapore and also treasures to gift to friends and family, inspired by historical travels across Asia.
The romantic style of old Singapore is the backbone of the look at this store. Imagine plantation chairs, pineapple lamps and classic bar accessories for a black-and-white bungalow setting. In addition, they constantly introduce and design bespoke quality items to suit the Singapore home, whether it’s a small apartment or a heritage home.
They also love developing new product ideas to fit Singapore homes, and building relationships with family businesses and factories throughout Southeast Asia.
Top picks at this Tan Boon Liat Building furniture store
- Medicine Cabinets in deep teal green and antique black finish, and various slim consoles to fit any space.
- Exotic Indian Christmas baubles and beautifully packaged scented gifts for every budget.
- The Planter’s Chair, a traditional Indonesian teak and rattan chair with swing-out arms.
- Ice buckets and bar trolleys – hugely popular and great as gifts. They come in a variety of sizes in metal and glass to set off every celebration (from $110).
- Iconic Palm table lamps and pineapple lamps that help create the black-and-white look.
Born In Colour for premium sofas and Scandinavian style
This store carries a wide range of premium sofas, from full-grain Italian leather to scratch- and water-resistant European fabric sofas. There’s Scandinavian, bohemian and also mid-century style furniture in various tones and moods. The living, dining and bedroom pieces they carry are trendy yet functional and compact, perfect for Singapore homes.
The team works closely with designers to ensure every piece is ergonomically designed and practical. By working closely with factories abroad, they can supply affordable quality designer furniture without going through a distributor. They then pass on the savings directly to customers.
The store’s top picks
- The Kano 3-seater full leather sofa (above, right). Designed with the intention of maximising comfort and functionality in its compact frame, while also providing a high headrest for maximum support and comfort, the Kano sofa comes in a variety of Aniline grade leather. Feauring Japanese design and quality, it’s a great addition to any space.
- Dix ceramic wooden legs dining table. This table’s multi-purpose durable ceramic tabletop is heat and flame resistant, scratch proof, anti-stain and accompanied by sturdy legs in solid beech. It comes in three custom sizes and two tabletop colour designs, marble white and concrete slate grey.
- Yasu solid oak smart wooden bed frame. The Yasu series features a minimalist style crafted in solid American white oak wood. The oak bed frame’s slanted solid headboard has two charging points, while the solid wood bed slate has regular air holes to allow the mattress to breathe in our humid weather. Built to fit all local Singapore mattress sizes, it’s also available in a walnut-stained dark colour.
Dormiente for a healthy and natural sleep
Dormiente focuses on orthopaedic back care, offering female and male organic natural latex mattresses with body specific zonal support that allows you to customise different support and firmness in queen and king sizes. Recently attaining the Germany Green Brand Award 2021-2022 (an EU certification for ecological sustainability), it offers quality products for a safe and healthy sleep.
The mattresses are perfect for allergy sufferers as they’ve been tested free of 200 types of harmful chemicals. You can also enhance the benefits of your mattress with an adjustable bed base; these are endorsed by the German Association of Back Posture Trainers and certified to help with the regeneration of the spine as you sleep.
Dormiente offers 30 different modern, custom-crafted, toxic-free bed frames made from FSC-certified sustainable European hardwoods and 15 types of adjustable bed slats. All the products are handcrafted in Germany.
Book a private trial consultation to enjoy the Dormiente experience, and you’ll be sleeping soundly in no time!
Top picks for the bedroom
- Ergonomically designed motor bed bases like the Ergo Natura Z Disc Frame and Physioform are fully adjustable for the different zones of the body: neck/shoulders, waist/hip and legs.
- System 7 is a patented bed base that enables full customisation of firmness in seven different orthopaedic zones.
Scanteak for Scandi-teak style
For quality wood furniture and home accessories in Singapore, Scanteak combines the simplicity of Scandinavian designs with teak, one of the most sought-after wood materials. The company creates lasting, easy-to-maintain furniture pieces and home décor. This includes wooden sofas, bed frames and dining tables as well as stylish trays, condiment holders, wooden plates and accessories holders.
Durability is key at Scanteak. The tenacity of teak means the products are durable, and the brand focuses on long-lasting product design as well. One of the defining characteristics of Scandinavian home décor design is its emphasis on simplicity and functionality. The furniture at Scanteak reflects this philosophy.
As teak is such a precious resource, the Indonesian government strictly enforces responsible harvesting. This ensures the sustainability of its teak plantations. It’s from these regulated plantations that Scanteak sources materials.
Head to any Scanteak showroom to speak to a consultant for advice on teak furniture, home accessories or even their German-engineered mattresses.
Top picks at this Tan Boon Liat Furniture store:
- The Island Daybed is a versatile piece as a low sofa, ideal for lounging and reading, as well as for sleepovers. With its clean, simple lines and curved edges, the daybed adds a softer, more family-friendly element to Scanteak’s repertoire.
- Crafted from solid teak wood, the Mono 1.5m Dining Table adapts well in small living spaces, suitable as both a dining and working space. The shallow depth of the table is ideal for intimate dinner conversations while being space-saving. Its long proportion accommodates up to six diners.
- Simple and Scandinavian, there is no better alternative than snuggling on the LEN Bed Frame. It features a solid teak headboard supported by reclining support beams, making it more comfortable when you prop up your pillow and lean against it. With slightly rounded corners, it adds a gentle look to your interior setting.
The Past Perfect Collection for authentic colonial furniture
Love colonial-style furniture? Visit The Past Perfect Collection and you’ll feel transported back in time! The store is filled with gorgeous antique furniture pieces restored to their former glory through exquisite polishing and fresh upholstery. Think romantic four-poster beds, handsome rosewood cabinets and sturdy travelling chests with heavy brass locks. You can also pick up silverware from Jaipur, India, including candlesticks and photo-frames that make perfect gifts. And the elegant tableware from Good Earth adds a sophisticated touch to any table setting.
Top home décor picks at the store
- Antique desks at Past Perfect are consistently in demand for the office or home study. A close second in terms of popularity are the dining tables; they’re high quality and never go out of style.
- Cane furniture such as planter’s chairs, daybeds and sofas are ideal for the Singapore heat – and also the best place to enjoy a gin and tonic!
- The store’s stylish accessories include antique maps, decorative silverware and Good Earth tableware. They’re all great gifts and will add a finishing touch to any interior.
BODE for beautiful textiles
Located on the fifth floor of the Tan Boon Liat Building at the end next to the Holiday Inn, BODE’s showroom is full of hand-picked fabrics, wallpapers, leathers, cushions and furniture. Beautiful textiles are at the heart of the collections, and the team will guide you if you need to reupholster or make curtains, cushions or furniture. BODE sources collections from around the world. So, whether you’re looking for chic European fabric, hand-woven Indonesian wallpaper, durable American textiles or innovative printed designs from Australia, you’ll find it here.
Top picks at this furniture store
- Glamora from Italy is BODE’s newest brand. These are stunning Italian wallcoverings, each design crafted to perfection. There’s even an option for completely waterproof coverings to use in showers and spas.
- The store’s fabulous new outdoor fabrics let you have more fun decorating your outdoor furniture. The designs are superb and the fabrics tough, soft and sunproof. Take a look at the Liberty Fabrics garden collection, for example.
- Sustainable fabrics are becoming more sought-after. Belgian company Designs of the Time weaves natural fibres such as linen and hemp, often using artisan processes. This means rich textures and colours from one of the world’s best. BODE also offers recycled polyesters, wools and cottons.
Hassan’s Carpets for exclusive handmade rugs
Established in the 1930s, Hassan’s Carpets is a pioneer of Singapore’s Oriental carpet industry. The four-generation family company sources and creates exclusive handmade rugs and aims to give customers a trustworthy experience through a personalised service. Pieces here are individually handpicked by the company’s owners from major weaving houses globally. Their own designs are brought to life in their own weaving-houses in Pakistan and India.
Today, the Hassan’s Carpets collection is among the largest in the Far East. Their traditional and antique collections consist of unique pieces made between 25 and 130 years ago. Meanwhile, their modern pieces are fresh-off-the-loom limited editions, designed and woven in collaboration with artisan partners.
The team also understand that choosing a rug is a personal process, which requires expertise and guidance. With their home delivery and trial service, they can deliver shortlisted designs to let you live with them in the space for a while.
The store’s top three picks
- The Ghazni collection gives traditional designs a contemporary twist through colour and format. These pieces are crafted by skilled weavers in Northern Afghanistan using high-quality hand-spun Ghazni mountain wool and vegetable dyes. They have a traditional low-pile finishing, and the dyes used are natural.
- The Bau collection is made in Afghanistan and is a beautiful combination of contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship. Each rug is handcrafted by skilled artisans using handspun wool, renowned for its soft texture and durability. The designs are inspired by the Bauhaus art movement, featuring minimalist designs with clean lines and geometric shapes, perfect for modern homes!
- The Atlas collection is a tribute to the rich culture of Moroccan Berber rugs, originating from the Berber tribes in the Atlas Mountains. The designs are inspired by the linear and geometric patterns found in traditional Berber rugs like the diamond, triangle, and zigzag patterns, but with a modern twist that makes them perfect for minimalist interiors.
Emperor’s Attic for quality Chinese antiques and more
Emperor’s Attic continues to carry antique, vintage and reclaimed Chinese furniture. You can find Asian-inspired art and small home décor. Expect an array of colourful hand-painted cabinets, elegant sideboards, classy chests – all selected for looks and functionality. Quality authentic pieces are sourced from dedicated artisans in Northern China. In addition, there’s always something new to check out, as a fresh shipment arrives every few months. And you can now buy everything online!
Top picks at this furniture store
- Emperor’s Attic supports local and expat artists including Louise Hill, Deborah McKellar, Kanchan Mehendale and Kelly Ser.
- There’s a fabulous range of Singapore-inspired gifts including tea-towels, cards, books and candles by brands such as Talking Textiles, Strait Lights and Pinyin Press.
- The many choices of ceramic jars have also proven a great addition to styling a home.
Commune for carefully curated style and décor
A haven for home décor enthusiasts, Commune is a good spot to start if you’re looking to add some elegance and style to your living space. From modern sofas and beds to dining sets and accessories, the collection is diverse and thoughtfully curated to cater to various tastes and preferences.
Whether you’re furnishing a new home or looking to revamp an existing space, there’s something for everyone in the immersive showroom. What’s more, the displays are arranged in a way that allows you to envision how each piece will look in your own living space.
Top picks at this furniture store
- One of Commune’s best sellers, the Crème collection epitomises classic Scandinavian design, taking inspiration from the natural elements and climate of the Nordic region. Its clean lines and sophistication will enhance the aesthetic of most spaces.
- The Volta collection celebrates the art of harmonising striking juxtapositions; beneath the elegance of the pieces lies a vibrant and daring spirit.
- Crafted in contemporary minimalist aesthetic, the Linate collection showcases a marriage of elegance and simplicity. It features smoked oak veneers with an open-grain finish, accented by subtle elements and understated gunmetal powdered-coated steel legs.
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Woody Antique House for antiques and teak furniture
For the past 22 years, Woody Antique House has been offering a huge range of Asian furniture and antiquities sourced from various areas in Asia such as China, Tibet, Mongolia, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia. You’ll find carefully selected antiques and vintage pieces, as well as stylish teak products including tables, chairs and benches; then there’s the outdoor furniture as well! They can also customise furniture to your needs. This spot is a favourite among the furniture stores in the Tan Boon Liat Building.
- Original wedding and kitchen cabinets always make a statement in a living space. Woody’s sources pieces from the Zhejiang Province in China, which can be repainted in modern shades or reproduced in various sizes and colours. It’s a great way to mix antique furniture styles in with new.
- Indian coffee and dining tables made from old doors and windows are also popular; and there aren’t many left in the world!
- Their white powder-coated aluminium frame range of outdoor products is a step away from the more traditional wicker furniture. It offers a great alternative as they are simple and elegant yet fully weatherproof and comes with outdoor cushion. The corners of the frame are rounded thus it is very child-friendly!
To browse all the great home décor and furniture stores in the Tan Boon Liat Building, head to 315 Outram Road.