Below is a list of the mainstream, discount furniture stores, some higher quality establishments, and a few good antique furniture stores for those looking to add a little character to their new homes.
Mainstream and Discount Furniture Stores
The last remnant in Cape Town of the dying OK brand, OK furniture offers discount furniture of every stripe, from carpeting and cupboards to audiovisual equipment and washing machines. They’re located on the 1st Floor of the Grand Parade Center, 11 Adderley Street, CBD.
Call (021) 469 1400 or visit http://www.okfurniture.co.za
Tafelberg stocks virtually every kind of furniture item and electrical appliance you could hope to find, all competitively priced and of decent quality. The most centrally located branch of Tafelberg furnishers is in Green Point, at 55 Somerset Road, Somerset Square.
Call 021 425 1419 or visit http://www.tafelberg.co.za
Russels, Morkels and Joshua Door
These three well-known furniture stores all aim to serve the mass-middle portion of the market. They sell good quality furniture and appliances for home and office, all at very affordable prices (often beating out the competition by as much as 25%), and if you’ve found a better price, salespeople become very open to bargaining.
The stores have dozens of branches in the Cape, but aren’t very well set up online. To find your nearest branch, call or e-mail customer services as listed below.
- Joshua Door: Call 011 408 0371 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Morkels: Call 011 408 0714 or e-mail email@example.com
- Russels: Call 011 408 0517 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Weylandts’ furniture is considered the height of style amongst local fashionistas. With offerings varying from minimalist postmodern furnishings to decorative, rustic ornaments, it has become known as the furniture store for people with taste and deep pockets. There are 8 stores throughout the country, but only one in Cape Town, situated in Green point, on the corner of Alfred and Hospital Streets, Greenpoint.
Call 021 425 5282 or visit http://www.weylandts.co.za
Designer Furniture Stores
Kloof Street, one of Cape Town’s most fashionable shopping zones, is home to a number of excellent designer furniture and home interior stores. Needless to say, they’re quite expensive relative to the big chains. These stores, in sync with the rest of the shops in this district, are open from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays, and from 09:30 to 13:00 on Saturdays.
Bobby Breen Interiors
This local designer has garnered international acclaim, exhibiting at trade fairs in locations as far flung as New York, Paris and Dubai. He utilizes indigenous, natural materials – kudu skin, gemsbok horn and ostrich egg – to make gorgeous, very modern-looking furniture. Bobby Breen is the furnisher for a number of local hotels, bars and restaurants, including the Arabella Sheraton and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Hotel. His showroom is situated in the CBD at the 11 on Buiten building, 11 Buitensingel Street. (at the mouth of Kloof Street).
Call 021 426 2879 or visit http://www.bobbybreen.co.za
This store sells hand-crafted, leather upholstered sofas and chairs. Their materials include game-skin, cowhide, buffalo and other exotic hides, such as ostrich and springbok. Its display rooms are at 87 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town.
Call 021 424 9458 or visit http://www.klooftique.co.za
This attractive little store sells designer furniture and lights with a minimalist influence. Lim’s products are priced dearly, but are often worth the money. It’s situated at 86a Kloof Street, Gardens.
Call 021 423 1200 or visit http://www.lim.co.za
Loft Living sells kitchen, bedroom and bath products, as well as a range designed to spruce up your home office. It’s just about as stylish as LIM, and much more affordable. You’ll find it at 122 Kloof Street, Gardens.
Call 021 422 0088 or visit http://www.loftliving.co.za
This store stocks fine English and French furniture, along with an eclectic range of decorative antiques. It’s located at 8 Augusta Way, Constantia.
Call 021 794 5489 or email email@example.com
David Porter Antiques
This store specializes in 18th and 19th century furnishings, silver, clocks and works of art. It’s situated at 24 Dreyer Street, Claremont.
Call 021 683 0580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deon Viljoen Fine Art cc
This is a good place to find furniture from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, along with local furniture and craft items. You’ll find it at 1 Palmboom Road, Newlands.
Call 021 686 4344 or email email@example.com
Julian Adler Antiques
For old-style barometers and clocks, English and Oriental ceramics, along with some fine examples of Cape Dutch furniture, visit this store on the corner of Church and Loop Street in the CBD.
Call 021 422 1901 or e-mail jadler@iafrica
Le Brocanteur traffics in 18th century China, silver and glass collectibles, as well as French and English furniture. It’s Shop 3A in the Gardens Centre, Mill Street, Gardens.
Call 021 461 6805