|Finding great furniture for children can be a tricky proposition – not only because boys and girls can be so fussy, but because the beds, desks, wardrobes and chests of drawers need to look good and be tough enough to survive the rigours of children’s play.|
These Expat Living readers managed to find retailers whose kids’ furniture ticks all the boxes from Biggie Best, Gallery 278, Piccolo House, Ni-night and OriginAsia.
278 River Valley Road
+65 6737 2322
After hearing good reviews from friends, Maria enlisted the help of Gallery 278.
“We purchased several pieces from them. We ordered the Brooklyn bunk beds, and also had two pieces custom-made for our boys’ bedroom. The first was a desk with a hutch and the second a toy cabinet that is huge and holds tons of toys. The top piece can be detached and serve as a small bench.
I found the customer service fantastic. The staff members are also great with the kids, always offering to keep them entertained at the koi pond or with candy. They even visited my home to see how my furniture would best fit. Their designer offered us practical design solutions and the workmanship was very good. All the pieces are beautiful and sturdy, which is a must with three active boys!”
Maria Luedeke, US
19 Tanglin Road
Tanglin Shopping Centre #02-11/13
+65 6235 5020
Elsa decided on a familiar brand and wasn’t disappointed.
“We’ve been in Singapore for nine years and were really happy to find Biggie Best here. It’s a South African brand that I am familiar with, so I decided to go with them for my kid’s furniture. Also, I’ve known the owner for eight years.
For the kids, we bought two single beds and bed linen from the Tree House range. Their products are all specifically designed for children and the bed linen is 100-percent cotton – just what we need for the tropical climate.
Biggie Best provides excellent service; I go to them whenever I need any furniture for the children.”
Elsa van der Nest, South Africa
10 Ubi Crescent
#01-63 Lobby D, Ubi Techpark
+65 6743 8884
Rikke is a recent arrival in Singapore, and one of her priorities was to ensure the kids settled in well.
“I found Piccolo House while browsing the internet and decided to pay a visit to the store. I ended up buying a bed, a bedside table, a dresser and bed sheets for my daughter and a bed and bed sheets for my son.
I really like the furniture at Piccolo House. The bed frame for my daughter was perfect; the style was a little romantic and sweet without being overly girly. My son’s was simple, but had a nice sweet touch to it, too.
The staff at the store was very helpful and delivery was prompt. What was even better was that they assembled the furniture upon delivery so I didn’t need to do it myself.”
Rikke Synnest Paulsen, Denmark
9 Margate Road
+65 9829 7961
Cara relied on her friend’s research when choosing furniture for her kids.
“I think word of mouth is a very important thing as it’s a trusted source. I did check out other stores that had pieces that I liked, but a friend who had done very thorough research across Singapore decided to go with Ni-night, so I also relied on her opinions.
I saw Ni-night at a fair at Hort Park and really liked the designs. Also, the prices are reasonable and the quality is good. I ended up buying two children’s beds, a bedside table, a desk, a quilt and bed sheets. My children may not have elaborately decorated bedrooms, but the furniture makes the rooms look great.
Majella provides excellent service. We had a small issue with the wrong bed being delivered, but that was soon rectified and overall I was very happy.”
Cara Evans, UK
372 / 372A River Valley Road
Origin Asia Kids, #01-06/07,
Rebecca and Michael agree it was well worth the wait for their custom-made bed.
“The bed was inspired by an article in Expat Living. It’s a custom-made teak bunk bed that can be broken down into two super single-sized beds in the future.
We went to OriginAsia in Turf City and were impressed with the craftsmanship. Twenty years from now, wherever we are in the world, we’ll look at these beds in our guest rooms and they will remind us of our time in Southeast Asia. After we retire, we hope to open a bed-and-breakfast, and these could be part of our story.
The designer, Rebecca, knew what we wanted and designed a lovely bed to our specifications. When we returned home from the US in August, OriginAsia had delivered and assembled the bed for us. It exceeded our expectations.”
Rebecca and Michael Clark, US
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