Home Furnishing Guide
Furniture stores abound in and around the city, with major furniture warehouses often located on the city outskirts. New furniture is very popular and there are many different choices to suit your taste, from the bigger, more orthodox type shops to some that are more contemporary, alternative and funky. Furniture tastes in Belgium vary widely but with much of the younger generation, an ultra-modern, classy design is favored, and even in this sub-genre there is a wide range available. Also available and possibly a better option for some expats are furniture rental stores that allow you to simply rent furniture for the duration of your stay. You then have the option to buy at the end of the rental term.In addition to new options, previously-owned furniture is also extremely fashionable. There are also countless antique and second-hand shops as well as some markets around the city where you can find some great furniture at good prices. The abundance of these shops and markets emphasizes how popular second-hand furniture is. Browsing in these shops can often unearth some really good value items.
Ikea – Huge Swedish store with affordable furniture. There are two Ikea locations on the outskirts of Brussels; Ikea Anderlecht, Chaussee de Mons 1432, Brussels 1070. Telephone: 027191933. Website: http://www.ikea.com/be/nl/store/anderlecht. Ikea Zaventem, Weiveldlaan 19, Zaventem 1930. Telephone: 027191922. Website: http://www.ikea.com/be/nl/store/zaventem
Vastiau Gordeau – Specializing in furniture and household electronics, Vastiau Gordeau is a local furniture store and has a 45,000 sq/metre warehouse just south of Brussels catering to different tastes, and they offer delivery and installation. Prices are reasonable they have a vast selection. Address: Steenweg op Halle 1, Alsemberg 1652. Telephone: 023830600. Website: http://www.vastiau-godeau.be/nl/expats/record/0/expats.html
Roche Bobois – French furniture store with multiple locations around the world, Roche Bobois is a designer store focusing largely on contemporary design furniture. Prices are generally high. Address: Chaussee de Waterloo 1605, Brussels 1180. Telephone: 023757801. Website: http://www.roche-bobois.com/home3.php?langue=nl&pays=be
Antiques and Markets
Belgium and Holland Antiques Online – This is a website where you can access a number of Belgian and Dutch antique furniture stores and buy online or visit shops of interest. Prices will vary by store and quality of the furniture. http://www.antiek.com/partners/?sele=0&cid=57&pid=55&RubriekTitel=Copy%20furniture
Jeu de Balle (Brussels Flea Market) – One of the only antique and flea markets in the world open every day of the year. Everything from antiques to second-hand goods can be found at this market. Place du Jeu de Balle, Brussels 1000. Open 6am-2pm.
Place du Sablon – Higher-end antique market for more serious collectors. By Our Lady of Sablon Church, Place du Sablon, Brussels 1000. Open Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 9am-2pm.
Rue Haute & Rue Blaes – Streets where there are many flea-market type shops selling antiques, second-hand goods, arts and crafts, lamps etc. Just wander around these streets (they are close to each other in the Marolles area) where there are plenty such shops and you will always find something interesting.
Interior Rent – Belgian company providing rental furniture for home and office. You can browse their catalogue online or you can set up an appointment with them to have a more personalized feel. They work based on a budget you give them and they come up with proposals for you, and at the end of the rental period you have the option to buy the furniture should you wish. This is an effective solution for expats in the city for a limited period. Address: Bedrijvenpark de Veert 3, Willebreek 2830. Telephone: 038607700. Website: http://www.interiorrent.com/v4/eng/aboutus/how.asp