The best furniture stores in Canberra

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From Emu Ridge to Evatt, where you live in Canberra influences your homes design style, and furniture choices therein. Whether you need to replace an aging dining table or furnish and entire house, doing the furniture store rounds across the ACT can be frustrating.

What you are shopping for will naturally depend on your needs. Things like your life stage, your personal style, and your budget are mostly likely key priorities. But with everything on offer from flat pack to artisan crafts, finding beautiful yet functional furniture can be tricky.

Thankfully, our nation’s capital is now home to some glorious furniture and homeware havens. From quality casual pieces to high end classics every design whim is catered to.

Gone are the days of travelling afar to source one-of-a-kind pieces, they are now residing quietly in store just waiting for us to discover them. And with so much home-grown talent in the furniture game, it makes sense to shop locally and support Australian businesses.

Beyond simply showcasing the latest design trends, great furniture stores offer ideas – and options – to suit your needs. Their service is second to none, with highly experienced and knowledgeable staff readily available to assist.

To make your next furniture purchase effortless, we’ve rounded up the best furniture stores in Canberra to help you on your way. Read on below.

What makes a great furniture store?

Great furniture stores are a home design haven, full to the brim with well-considered quality pieces that stand the test of time. The best stores couple this with a seamless in-store experience, making light work of turning your house into a home. We suggest keeping the following in mind:

  • Inspirational settings. While online research is a great way to start your furniture purchasing journey nothing can replace the first-hand experience of a product styled in store. The best furniture stores know this well. Consequently they stop at nothing to create truly inspirational furniture and homeware displays. This in store experience allows you to visualise how the items can work in your space. Moreover, you can feel their textures, assess their level of comfort, and importantly take a good look at their quality. Finally, seek advice from staff for any questions you may have on construct, materials, specifications, and potential wear and tear of the furniture in your home.
  • Quality craftsmanship. For many, furnishing a room or an entire home is an investment in ensuring a life lived comfortably. While mass produced items do have a time and place, most of us are seeking the highest quality craftsmanship that we can afford. Therefore, look for retailers that take pride in the quality manufacture and finishing of their products. Consider how, and where, the items are made, and if they suit the living conditions of your space. The best retailers offer warranties and even options to refurbish later down the track.
  • Styled collections. Some of us need little help to turn any space into a sanctuary. Most of us however reap the benefits of shopping in a handful of places stocked with items that all magically work in unison. Thus the best furniture stores expertly style collections of items from the ceiling down to the floor. These collections cover everything from lighting, to artwork, decorator accents, furniture, and flooring. The benefit? An easy shopping experience that yields results!
  • Customisable options. There is nothing worse than finding that perfect piece only to discover it cannot be tailored to suit your requirements. Hence, to avoid disappointment consider retailers who offer customisable options on their wares. Bet it a change in size, a choice of materials, or different finishes, the best stores can do it. What’s more, they will even provide catalogues and samples to test an item’s fit before purchasing.
  • Super service. Great furniture retailers understand that advice provided by sales professionals is invaluable in purchase decision making. They do all that they can to ensure this process is seamless – and pain free! The best offer comprehensive servicing, from design consultations through to delivery, set up, and removal of packaging from your home. Given the investment, it pays to shop around and make the most of the additional services on offer.

The best furniture stores in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

designcraft Furniture

designcraft began as a small furniture and joinery company over 25 years ago, and has since evolved to one of Canberra’s leading and award-winning retailers specialising in high end furniture.

designcraft is known for representing the largest and most diverse range of authentic and iconic designer furniture from both local and international brands. Their showroom in Hume features furniture, lighting, and accessories that we once had to travel to Sydney or Melbourne to find. For beautiful dining, lounge, living, outdoor, and office furniture look to designcraft.

vx220she shared this great review on Google, An excellent team. They have great knowledge, an eye for detail, experience in combining contemporary and classical design. They go out of their way for providing the best design advice and have brilliant customer care. I would not use any other store in Canberra for purchasing that original unique piece of furniture. Highly recommend the whole team.”

1825 Interiors

Conveniently located in Fyshwick, 1825 is a family-owned Australian furniture business run by brother and sister team, Ben Moras and Celeste Upton. With 9 locations across NSW and the ACT, they specialise in classic French-country with a nod to provincial and Hamptons styles.

Offering custom-made timber furniture and reclaimed timber pieces their factory in Vietnam was recently certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. For beautiful, sustainable, and affordable furnishings for your abode consider 1825 Interiors.

Michelle Haine shared her experience on Google, Great customer service, lovely furniture.”

Miko Designs

Newcomer Miko Designs opened in 2018 brought to the fore by Canberra locals Stuart Finlayson and Stephanie McKenzie. The dynamic duo launched the store to foster a culture of quality design, creativity, and innovation.

Miko Designs places emphasis on high value, ethical, and sustainable designs that stand the test of time. They source the best Australian creatives in the furniture and décor space and provide a platform to showcase their wares.

For one-of-a-kind pieces from established and emerging Australian talent look no further than Miko Designs.

Kirsty Madden shared this wonderful feedback on Google, Such helpful staff with great advice and design tips. A beautiful and welcoming space with great pieces. Can’t wait to find more treats at Miko.”

Provincial Home Living

From humble beginnings in 2002, Provincial Home Living have grown to over 30 stores around the country. As a family owned and managed business, they seek global inspiration to curate a range of enduring classics with hallmarks of timeless, understated elegance. Think natural materials, wooden tones, and the echo of the ocean.

Located in Fyshwick, they stock a range of classic furniture and homewares that are beautifully designed for daily use by the whole family. For elegant pieces that transform your home and stand the test of time look to Provincial Home Living.

Robert Watson had this to say about his experience on Google, Great product range really lovely items in-store. Definitely recommend for those looking for nice homewares, there are some nice pieces here that are different to the average items found in more mainstream stores.”

OZ Design Furniture

Proudly Australian owned and operated, Oz Design Furniture have been furnishing homes for over forty years. Their focus has always been on providing innovative furniture and homewares that follow global style trends whilst remaining liveable.

Based in Fyshwick, their diverse range with a distinctive Australian flair ensures that there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for furnish a small or large space, to upsize or downsize, or simply live comfortably look to Oz Design Furniture.

Sepi Helali shared this sentiment on Google, Very good customer service, helpful staff who know what they are doing. Very good range of products and reasonable prices.”

If you’re considering revamping some furniture read our article on the best upholstery repairs and restoration. Moreover, for some pre-loved items see our article on the best second hand furniture stores in the region.

For more decorating services check out our articles on the best curtain suppliers and the best outdoor blinds and curtain suppliers. Additionally our articles on the best flooring specialists, and the best house painters may be of interest.

Finally, for some professional assistance designing your space check out our article on the best interior designers Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with furniture stores in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the furniture stores listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I prepare for furniture buying?
Before making any furniture purchase you should know whether the item will fit, where it will go, and whether it will match the décor of the intended space. The best way to do this is to bring measurements or even a draft spatial plan. Moreover, consider bringing any colour or material samples to the store, or bring some furniture samples home to check that they match. Images of the existing space and furnishings can also help if samples are unavailable.
How can you assess the quality of furniture?
To assess the quality of furniture be sure to inspect the item in store. Consider the materials of construction, how the materials are put together, the colour of the item and of course its intended use. If made of wood consider whether it is solid, veneer, particle, or composite. If the item contains a drawer or door, ensure it latches properly and runs smoothly. When it comes to fabrics consider their colour fastness, if they can be removed to clean, and how best to clean them. And don’t forget to inspect any internal constructs you can’t always see like coils or springs and feathers or fill.
How long should new furniture last?
The lifespan of a furniture depends on quite a few factors like the quality of construction, nature of materials, and how regularly it is used. That said, you can expect a sofa or mattress to last anywhere from 7 to 15 years, and between 10-15 years for a dining table and chair setting. Some manufacturers will also offer warranty periods so be sure to investigate these prior to purchasing.
When is the best time to buy furniture?
While you can buy furniture all year round, January and June are typical sale periods for furniture retailers, making them opportune periods to make a purchase. If in doubt, sign up to receive notifications on offers or sales from your favourite stores.
Can you negotiate at a furniture store?
As with any retail purchase you can always try your luck! Some furniture retailers may offer reduced prices on high value orders, or perhaps extras like free delivery or complimentary items. Other retailers may offer reduced prices linked to specific payment terms or payment timing. If you’re looking to snare a better deal know your start and end points; and remember that politeness and discretion is key.

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michelle11 michelle11 5:03 pm 11 Apr 20
RoyKwan RoyKwan 4:33 pm 21 Mar 15

Licas Furniture World has changed its name to Colour Me Furniture and their new website is http://www.colourmefurniture.com.au. They specialise in custom sofas and beds which are made in Australia. You can choose any fabric, design and size that you want.

difinity difinity 11:38 am 31 Oct 10

I have used Ikea for more than 30 years. Pick and choose the pieces and your home will not look like a furniture store…
As for delivery, fold your back seat down and stick it in your car. (need a euro hatchback to do this).

The only issue I have found is that Homebush may not have in stock what I want now, today!

I cannot believe that ppl pay such outrageous fees for delivery from Homebush to Canberra, or why some ppl find shopping at ikea so difficult. Try shopping at Freedom – see if you can get any customer assistance there?

cegee cegee 12:44 am 04 Jun 10

so… are they saying this because they’re worried the dog would get out and go walk about or get stolen or something? personally i reckon leaving a dog locked up all day is pretty cruel… but like you say, everyone has a different approach!!

koalathebear koalathebear 10:17 pm 02 Jun 10

Some very conscientious dog owners say that a dog should never be left unsupervised in the backyard (even a dog-proofed yard!) … even when it’s not a puppy anymore. They think that you should:

1. either be at home all the time with the dog; or
2. crate the dog all day, coming home to let it out at lunch or get a friend to let it out at lunch to stretch its legs and wee

Everyone has a different approach to raising their dog 🙂

cegee cegee 9:02 pm 02 Jun 10

koalathebear said :

inlymbo: Thanks – you’re a sweetheart. Believe me, the mauling I am getting here is nothing compared to the skewering I recently received on a US dog owners’ forum for saying that we were intending to leave our dog in our backyard unattended when we were at work so I’m pretty sanguine about it.

eh? what’s wrong with leaving a dog in the backyard?!

koalathebear koalathebear 2:30 pm 02 Jun 10

luther_bendross: We checked out 1825 furniture this morning and we loved the place. We picked up a dining table/bench set which is just gorgeous. We fell in love with a lot of the furniture there although we only went away with the table set 😀 Thanks heaps for the rec – the prices really were very reasonable!

ProudTenant ProudTenant 8:20 pm 01 Jun 10

Forgot to say, I also buy a lot of second hand furniture – good quality but great prices – you know – $10 for a bookcase or $5 for a chair. Great accent pieces once you’ve painted them.

I use Feast Watson Stain & Varnish in Japan Gloss colour (Bunnings about $44). Amazing results. Family, friends and visitors always make positive comments when I’ve finished a new piece. Try it. They look great with the lighter furniture too.

ProudTenant ProudTenant 7:23 pm 01 Jun 10

I managed to buy an excellent quality large 2.5 seater lounge, a dining table and 6 matching chairs, a coffee table, entertainment unit, buffet, and side table for just over $3000 at Freedom – all matching. At that time, delivery was free because I bought $3000 worth of stuff – not sure if they still do that. It is the Spin range. Great clean lines in a beautiful light wood shade. Very easily adaptable to Japanese influences (if you like that kind of thing.) Keep your furniture simple, and use decorations, pictures, pillows etc to bring colour to your space. It works beautifully.

Stay away from Domayne – hugely overpriced.

Good luck.

koalathebear koalathebear 5:23 pm 01 Jun 10

inlymbo: Thanks – you’re a sweetheart. Believe me, the mauling I am getting here is nothing compared to the skewering I recently received on a US dog owners’ forum for saying that we were intending to leave our dog in our backyard unattended when we were at work so I’m pretty sanguine about it. It is a bit funny that in the same thread here I’m accused of being extravagant AND cheap, albeit by different posters 😀

Thanks heaps for all the recommendations – some of them are great. We’ll head out to Fyshwick for some additional shopping based on the recs. We’ve managed to trim down our IKEA list to a manageable size to make it worthwhile using bringithome when they start taking orders again (5th June trip is closed for orders and I’m not sure when the next one is).

As to the IKEA detractors, I used to kind of loathe IKEA. When I lived in Hong Kong, the humidity there made all the faux wood warp and ripple in a really hideous fashion and I found it annoying that everyone raved about it so much. When I moved to Beijing, though and had to furnish my apartment there, it was a godsend in terms of convenience and simplicity.

These days, I wouldn’t want to fill our whole house with IKEA but the charm of IKEA is that it’s very simple and so compatible with most rooms and furniture. For basic furniture, I think IKEA’s very worthwhile. Thank again for all the help. Since moving back to Australia last year, RiotACT has been incredibly helpful for us in terms of helping us reintegrate back into Canberran society 😉

ConanOfCooma ConanOfCooma 3:53 pm 01 Jun 10

Revolve. If you’re cheap enough to shop at Ikea, you can go to revolve. Or Massive’s, whatever it’s called now.

H1NG0 H1NG0 1:57 pm 01 Jun 10

Vast interior is probably the best furniture store in my experience. Nice mix of classic and modern furniture. Good service and quality goods at a reasonable price. I moved into a new house not long ago and purchased a new dining table + chairs, coffee tables and a few other things and couldn’t be happier. Their delivery guys also do a good job. Very organised.

ThisIsAName ThisIsAName 10:02 am 01 Jun 10

Furniture wise (almost opposite Ozcro) is worth a look. The range of styles is a bit limited, but they can customise some things. You can get the pieces raw too. A friend was happy with a desk she had and I’ve ended up ordering a batch several pieces. I recall they were a bit cheaper than Ozcro, but are probably targeting a different niche.

Helen Helen 9:46 am 01 Jun 10

We recently had similar fun with Ikea. The boxes containing the furniture we wanted were about 2 inches too long to fit in the car and I just couldn’t face spending $295 delivery.
So we went out to Gladstone St on the weekend and bought a TV unit from Furniture Wise. We liked it more than anything we saw at Ikea, it was cheaper than similar units at Ikea, and it fit in the car! Plus I got to make friends with a lovely sharpei named Jasper…

I think it’s well worth the time to park on Gladstone St and explore the furniture shops there – a lot of them seem to have similar stock with widely varying prices, so you can get good deals if you don’t buy the first thing you see.

Richo Richo 8:36 am 01 Jun 10

+1 On Ozcro in Fyshwick. Just brought kids bedroom furniture for 2 rooms there and they even custom made 1 of the pieces to suit out room and they negotiated on price when we ordered it all together. Going back there in a month to order a Tassie Oak hall table which they make on site.

Eyl Eyl 8:21 am 01 Jun 10

There is a truck hire place out at the Airport, they are pretty good on price and the trucks have lifts on the back, makes it easy. Cant remember prices n stuff. hope that helps ><

astrojax astrojax 7:19 am 01 Jun 10

if you want to support a family business and get some well made stuff for reasonable cost, ozcro in fyshwick are worth a look for some of your items, like tables, chairs, shelving, etc… dare say ir will last longer than ikea and be far less hassle to put together [read: none] and be a sturdier item… astress and i have a few things from them and have been happy, with some more on order.

otherwise, auctions are a good source of interesting items, too.

i’m sorry, i just don’t quite get the whole ikea thing…

CraigT CraigT 7:16 am 01 Jun 10

It’s pretty simple really, you hire a van from Avis or Hertz (NOT Europcar, unless you have a single-use credit card and cancel it immediately afterwards) and drive it to Sydney and back for a total cost of about $200.

You can generally get a good deal for a weekend, so have a weekend in Sydney and make the trip worthwhile.

I go to Ikea quite regularly – I’ve found that a Holden station-wagon can (just!) take even some of the longer pieces.

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 5:51 am 01 Jun 10

We have bought heaps of furniture over the years from Oz Design. They seem to have good quality furniture (pos) made from high class Indonesian rainforest timber (neg), deliver for a small fee, but on each occasion we had to wait anywhere between 2-6 weeks for delivery. Excellent prices and service too. Endnote: This is not an Employee sales promo BTW.

Ernie Ernie 11:19 pm 31 May 10

Felix, the story is that Ikea don’t set up shop where the population is less than 500,000 so don’t hold your breath.

Another happy Bring It Home customer here. We like the simple styling and price and couldn’t find anything like it here. If you really like Ikea furniture, just get the guys to get them for you.

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