Forget about Ikea, these online furniture and home decor stores have so much more to offer. And the best thing is, they deliver right to your doorstep!
When it comes to furniture shopping, the first thing that pops into our mind is always Ikea. As much as we adore the Swedish-founded furniture retailer where we can go play house and imagine the different lives we could live, there are a lot of other places out there that sells furniture that is equally as good (some even offer higher quality). Sure, nothing beats shopping in a physical store where you get to sit on all the different types of sofas until you find the right one, but if you’re looking for more selection choices and non-mainstream designs, then the internet is definitely the way to go.
From hipster decors to budget-friendly steals, here are 9 of our favourite picks.
A play on the words “rumah”, a direct translation of “home” in English — this furniture shop is being operated by a team of passionate home decor lovers who believe that a beautiful home needs not to be at the expense of your wallet. Ruma specialises in contemporary and Scandi-design furniture that is functional, chic and priced reasonably. Besides the usual tables, chairs and cabinets, you can also find things like rugs, glassware and wall art to spruce up your home.
2. Maison Leaf
Maison Leaf specialises in decorative items for your home — think ceramic handmade dinnerware, medieval-inspired pendant lights and home accents that promote zen living. What makes Maison Leaf stand out from this saturated market is their dedication to always handpick a curated selection of home decor pieces from around the world and bring it back here to Malaysia. Handcrafting is also another one of their specialities and all the items listed on their websites are one-of-a-kind. You’ll never find the same finishing on the same item.
3. Casa Furniture
Casa Furniture’s mission goes beyond providing functional and stylish furniture for all Malaysians. As a brand that specialises in home and living, they aim to improve your lifestyle and your living space through quality products and impeccable design. From lounges and dining tables to the kitchen cabinet and the baby cot for your newest family member, Casa Furniture has it all.
4. DJ & Co Lifestyle
This Johor-based furniture and lifestyle shop is dedicated to providing space-saving urban furniture to solve all your small space problems. Started as an e-commerce site in 2014, they’ve now expanded their business. They even own a humble store in Johor Bahru. Their in-house label, SPAZE is not only notable for designing furniture for a smaller living area, but they’re also devoted to creating functional items with distinct local identity and enhancing it with parts shipped from the European continent to ensure that their products are always of the highest quality.
Ever come across a piece of furniture that you absolutely adore – and you know it will fit right inside your home – but you just couldn’t afford it because it was way out of your budget? You’re not alone. Furniture in Malaysia generally falls into two distinct categories: Over-priced designer furniture that disrespects your wallet, and low-quality designs that disrespect your taste. Enter HipVan, an online furniture store that provides great designs with great quality, but at a fair price. The best thing is, every single detail is designed with mindfulness so you know everything you get is of quality.
6. Kedai Bikin
With a tagline like “Why fake it if we can make it”, you know Kedai Bikin is not here to play. Born out of Studio Bikin, an architectural and interior design consulting firm, Kedai Bikin is dedicated to creating a platform where well-designed, reasonably-priced, Malaysian-crafted furniture and home accessories are within reach. Aside from its array of aesthetically designed pieces, what really sets Kedai Bikin apart from the rest is that they practise Fairtrade and offer ethically-produced products. Something we don’t see often in our country.
7. Nala Design
Like all great things in the world, Nala Design, too, begun with a simple idea – an idea to bring Asian culture and heritage back into the limelight. Inspired by Colonial Malaya, Nala Design started off as a humble stationery shop that specialises in an eye-catching, patterned design. Since then, they have grown to sell homeware, accessories and finally, apparel. Everything you see on Nala Design is unique on its own as they are all hand drawn by founder Lisette Scheers to capture the vibrant culture of Southeast Asia.
When it comes to furniture design, you can argue that they almost always look the same. After all how different can a couch design be? But if you’re in the market for something original yet uniquely local, head over to Naiise. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Singapore, Naiise is founded on the principle that good design should be widely accessible. As a bootstrapped start-up, Naiise is a strong supporter of local artisans and you can find a heap of locally made products from curry puff plushies from Nom Nom Plush to Kolam Renang Door Mats from Naiise Malaysia.
9. Oh Happy Gift
One look at the name and you know shopping here will be a delightful experience. Unlike the rest of the names in this list, Oh Happy Gifts is more of a curated gift shop than an actual furniture shop. Nevertheless, the items they’re selling can be used in our everyday lives. In fact, they have an “Everyday series” that features collections of curated kitchenware. Home decor and stationery are aplenty too and they come in such pretty designs that you can’t help but add it to your cart and wait patiently for them to arrive and grace your home.