Decorating on a Budget - The Cheapest Places to Buy Furniture in Manila

By: Justine Perez

01 September 2015

If you are a homeowner, you know how difficult it can be to get quality furnishings cheaply. There is a misconception linking high costs to high quality however this is not always the case. When it comes to furniture, you can actually find excellent pieces without having to pay a fortune – you just need to know where to look.

Just because something is cheaper than comparative articles doesn’t mean that it is of poor quality. There are many different reasons why some retailers can afford to sell furniture at lower prices. For instance, it may be that they don’t have the high overhead of a retailer in a luxury mall.

Manila has plenty to offer when it comes to affordable furniture. It is simply a matter of knowing where to begin the search. Patience is truly a virtue in this case. Be prepared to scour numerous locations and establishments to find those treasures in the rough.

 

Wholesalers and Manufacturers
Wholesalers buy in bulk and this entitles them to significant discounts. This is how they are able to offer products at lower prices. Furniture can also be obtained from manufacturers. You can easily cut costs by working with direct suppliers. Aside from their primary headquarters, you can reach these sellers by visiting home depots or outlets.

CW Home Depot

MC Home Depot

Cost U Less

Wilcon Builders

 

Thrift Shops and Surplus Stores
Thrift shops and surplus stores are excellent sources for unique second-hand items sold at extremely low prices.

You might find imported goods or locally made offerings when you shop around. It is also quite common to find second-hand pieces. When it comes to the latter, be sure to check the quality. As long as it can be re-purposed or redecorated, it can become a wise investment. Steer clear of used mattresses though for health reasons.

Korea Japan Surplus Mart
23 HIllside Plaza Bldg. Sumulong Highway (Masinag)
Antipolo, Rizal

HMR Philippines

Cubao Expo (Remy’s Thrift Shop, Grand Thrift Shop, Vinyl DUMP Thrift Shop)
Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila

 

Trade Shows
It is also a good idea to attend furniture trade shows. For the best deals, visit during the last event day just before closing hours. Although these exhibits are held to showcase new designs, there are participants that offer the prototypes for sale.

Aside from possibly getting a bargain, you will also be treated to a unique find. Visit Manila Fame for more details on their next event.

 

Local Furniture Hotspots
There are popular areas in the metro that are known for being sources of affordable furniture. The stores that line these streets do not only offer cheap brand-new furniture but can also be haggled with. Bring your A-game but be respectful and reasonable.

Dapitan Arcade is a hub for unique and locally made items including home decor and furniture. It follows a bazaar-type setup and is in an open-air location.
Dapitan Arcade
Kanlaon St., Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Bangkal is an area in, but far from the traditional luxe of, Makati. It is known for housing one of the largest communities of furniture distributors in the metro. Aside from locally produced items, imported furnishings can also be found here.
Bangkal Furniture Market
Brgy. Bangkal, Makati City

Pedro Gil has a line of furniture stores offering both local and China-import furniture. Most of the items offered for sale resemble those that can be seen in more expensive mall outlets because some companies from the latter source their wares here.
Pedro Gil St., Paco, Manila

Kamuning is an excellent place to find vintage American home decor and furnishings. The set-up resembles that of a flea market and there are plenty of kiosks to visit.
Kamuning St., Quezon City

 

Sources:
Spot.ph
Rappler
Real Living Magazine

 

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