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Furniture Stores

It seems like lately everyone is moving. Some friends have made the plunge to buy a house, others are just changing apartments and there are always loads of newcomers arriving in Brussels in September. And the question on everyone’s mind – where can I go shopping for affordable, good furniture?

This is not an easy one. I wrote a few months back about the store Maison du Monde but, while this is a good place for some items, every home should have a little variety. And of course you may have a love-hate relationship with IKEA like me. I’m old enough that I don’t want everything in my home to have a strange Swedish name and fall apart if I try to move it to another room. But at the same time, how can you not love a side table that only costs €29.99? (And let’s not forget about the wonderful world of IKEA hacking! What’s that you ask? Go here and let your imagination run wild.)

But we all need more options that the flat-pack, self-assembly sort. I’ve always struggled a bit in Brussels to find well-priced (and well-made) furniture, but here is a short list (in no particular order) of where I have shopped.

Heylen, while not technically in Brussels (near the airport on Chaussee de Louvain), has a good selection of sofas, bedframes, wardrobes, dining tables and chairs in a wide range of styles from classic to modern. It’s a family run business and the service is friendly and helpful. They have a large stock and reasonable prices, and will also let you order from the catalogue. I spotted a nice sofa for €1200 – not that much more than one from IKEA and probably will last a few more years.

781 Leuvense Steenweg, 3071 Kortenberg
Tel: +32 2 756 01 20
Open: Monday to Sunday, 10am-6pm, closed Tuesday, open on public holidays

Depot Design has a more modern collection but also a large showroom (4000m2) and selection of all types of furniture. You can browse the online catalogue and buy online as well. For comparison, they have some nice looking sofas for under €1000. The main store is on the canal and there’s also a “outlet” next door with discounted items. I know lots of friends who have found good deals here.

19 Quai du Hainaut, 1080 Molenbeek
Tel: +32 2 502 28 82
Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am-6:30pm

 

Vastiau Godeau is another large store. They have a big furniture selection and also provide kitchens and bathroom installations. The store carries lights, carpets and garden furniture as well. You can take a look at the catalogue online here before visiting. Saturdays can be busy, so go early or on a weekday. They’re also open on Sundays. 

1 Steenweg op Halle, 1652 Alsemberg
Tel: +32 2 383 06 12
Open: Monday to Saturday, 10am-7pm, Sunday, 2pm-7pm, closed Thursday, open some holidays

A personal favorite is Zara Home. This is a good place to find decorative items, smaller furniture, lamps and linens. Similar to the clothing store, Zara Home changes seasonally and follows decor trends, introducing new colors and items every few months. They also have lots of things for kids and baby rooms. There are two locations in Brussels, Woluwe Shopping Center and Avenue Louise.

26-28 Avenue Louise, 1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 552 04 00
Open: Monday to  Thursday, 10am-6:30pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-7pm

Finally, if you’re willing to do a little DIY and be creative, my all-time favorite place to go is Troc International. This is a cross between an antique store, charity shop and your grandmother’s attic, stocked full of old furniture at low prices. Some of it is total junk but I have found some real treasures (a sofa for €200, a bench for €70 and a small table for €5 – all needed a bit of work or re-upholstering of course).  

Happy shopping!

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Maisons du Monde

Brussels is a bit of a tricky city for finding moderately priced furnishings. There are several very nice design and furniture shops, but most are out of my price range, except for the occasional candle or pillow. I love to visit stores like Philippe Lescrenier, Flamant, and SMETS for inspiration but then often end up buying at Ikea.

Like probably many of you out there, I’d like to graduate from the Swedish megastore. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ikea. I can spend hours roaming the store. My browsing skills have advanced beyond the pre-determined path – I actually know all of the shortcuts to the various sections (sad I know). Ikea is great for lots (who hasn’t had a Lack side table at some point?), but any home needs to have some variety.

Maisons du Monde strikes a good compromise – big selection, reasonable prices, and you don’t have to put everything together yourself. A French company started 20 years ago, Maisons du Monde has spread to 11 countries in Europe, including Belgium. The Brussels store is located downtown on Rue Anspach in the renovated shopping center next to De Brouckere metro stop, and has two large floors of furniture, tableware and decorative items. You can also shop the full collection online, with the option to return items within 7 days if you change your mind.

Looking at the latest catalogue, I liked several items from the industrial-style line, especially the Multipls chair and Archibald console table.

I love the green velvet tufted slipper chair for €200 (also available is other bright colors like pink, purple and turquoise)!

They also have a nice four poster bed for €300 that would work well in a typical Brussels apartment with high ceilings.

Maisons du Monde has a good selection of mirrors, table linens and dishes, as well as some great looking lamps (over 300!) in the €100-200 price range.

They even have fireplace surrounds which would be a great way to add a focal point to a room (besides the TV!) if you have four plain walls. Not everything in the store is my taste. The whole ‘art’ section is worth skipping in my opinion. The sofa selection is a little uninspired, but there are a few good, basic options. I do like the tufted banquette for a small space or bedroom (yes I have a slight tufting obsession). 🙂

There’s a decent range of various styles, from modern to more classical shapes, so even if my picks aren’t for you, I think the store is still worth a look!

Rue couverte Anspach Boulevard, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 217 66 41
Open: Monday to Saturday, 10am-7pm (until 8pm on Thursday)

P.S. I’ve found a couple of other good, affordable furniture stores around Brussels like Vastiau Godeau and Heylen, where you can find a bargain from time to time. My friend and fellow blogger Jessica has also written about some of her favorites here.

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Brussels Design Market

Brussels just can’t seem to get enough of all things vintage! And Sundays seem to be the days to enjoy finding the best of second-hand. After last week’s vintage fairs, this weekend brings us the 13th edition of the Brussels Design Market.

Brussels has regular flea markets, but nothing like this. The event is devoted entirely to design with an emphasis on items dating from the 50s to the early 80s. Taking place on 21 and 22 April at Tour & Taxis (86c Avenue du Port), this is one of the largest 20th century design markets with vendors from across Europe.

The Brussels Design Market is not only for dealers and collectors, but also the public. There will be both rare items and more affordable ones on offer, including furniture and decorative pieces from Eames, Panton, Knoll, Bertoia and other European and American furniture designers. I’m sure there will be some whacking stuff for sale, but who doesn’t need a bright orange plastic chair? Ok, maybe not everyone but it’s fun to look anyway. You can always buy a something small like a clock or ash tray.

The Market will host a ‘preview day’ on Saturday from 2 to 6pm to give dealers and buyers first dibs on the best items (admission is €20). On Sunday the event is open to everyone (no entrance fee) from 8am to 4pm. There will be food and drinks on offer both days, as well as a display of vintage cars for sale by 2ememain.be.

I love rummaging around flea markets and shops like Troc for second-hand furniture, so I’m bummed I’ll be out of town this weekend and miss the market. At least it will keep me from buying yet another lamp and the husband from being tempted by a vintage Eames chair. 🙂

Images via Brussels Design Market and Brussels Life.

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Vintage Fairs

As mentioned before on this blog, Belgians seem to have a thing for vintage. There are clothing stores, furniture shops, websites and flea markets selling all sorts of treasures waiting to be discovered. The most recent addition to the Brussels second-hand scene is the vintage fair.

Created about a year ago, Brussels Vintage Market takes place every first Sunday of the month at K-nal (near Tour & Taxis). The idea is to bring together vintage and second-hand vendors in one location for an enjoyable afternoon with music, food and drinks. Items for sale include clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, etc.

The Brussels Vintage Market offers a cool and cozy atmosphere and good prices for relaxed shopping on a Sunday afternoon. There are also cupcakes on sale to sweeten the deal! If you’ve got some interesting used items that you want to sell, contact Morgan Laloux at createursendofvintagemarket@gmail.com. The next Vintage Market is on Sunday, 6 May.

K-nal
1 Avenue du Port. 1000 Brussels
Open: First Sunday, 12-7pm

If you can’t wait until May, another new kid on the block, The Hub Sunday Store, will have its first vintage sale this Sunday, 15 April. The Hub Brussels, which provides sustainable working spaces and networking events, has gotten together with Swishing, a clothing exchange concept, to launch the Sunday Store. The monthly market will feature vintage and hand-made clothes, accessories, vinyl records and furniture. Check out their Facebook page for a preview of what will be for sale. Food and drinks also on offer. 

The Hub Brussels
37 Rue du Prince Royal, 1050 Brussels
Open: Sunday, 11am-6pm

Happy (vintage) hunting!

Images via Brussels Vintage Market and Hub Sunday Store.

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