7 great Beijing home and furniture stores

Spruce up or remodel your apartment with a visit to any of these stores

While the plush rosewood interiors of the Forbidden City may be a little out of reach, these seven interior and home goods stores provide chic style for your home. Whether you're looking for inexpensive flatpack furniture from Europe, sleek Japanese design, or even tradition Chinese antique pieces, there is a store for your interior design needs!
IKEA Beijing
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IKEA Beijing

Beijing is now home to two of your favourite Scandinavian flat-pack furniture store. Both located in the west of the city, one in Siyuanqiao, the other in Xihongmen, you now have no excuse not to head on over and fill up your trolley with strangely named stools and pillows like 'knutstorp' and 'smorboll', as well as too many scented candles and at least one whimsical stuffed toy. 


As always Ikea provides inexpensive furninture thats (supposedly) easy to install and transport and is suitable for every apartment. An ideal destination for those who've recently moved to the city and are looking to kit out a spartan apartment without breaking the bank. After the sheer joy of navigating the comforting maze of pine-scented showrooms, head to the restaurant which is always packed with Chinese hankering after Swedish meatballs and soft-serve ice cream.

Prices range between around 30RMB for a set of cutlery, 200RMB for pillows and around 1500RMB for an entire double bed. Brighten up your walls with Ikea's selection of posters and prints from 30-200RMB, or lamps from 20-300RMB.

IKEA Siyuanqiao 59 Futong Dong Lu, Chaoyang district. Open 10am-10pm daily. 朝阳区阜通东路59号(北三环)
IKEA Xihongmen West Hong Fu Lu Daxing District.  Open 10am-10pm daily. 北京市大兴区西红门宏福西路临2号  

H&M Home
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H&M Home

Another example of Swedish design, H&M Home encompasses the same generic style as the fashion line and is a decent place to shop if you're looking to spruce up your place without spending a bundle. 


You won't find large furniture here so for seating, beds and large storage it would be best to head to Ikea. What H&M Home does have are the usual suspects of bedding (around the 200RMB mark), bathroom accessories (towels 50-100RMB) and, of course, lots of scented candles (60RMB).

H&M Home is nothing new and its range is somewhat limited, but it remains a great place to pick up a few home 'effects' and decorations. 

H&M Home U-Town Mall, 2 Sanfeng Beili, Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang district. Open 10am-10pm daily. 悠唐购物中心, 朝阳区朝阳门外 大街三丰北里2号(老番街市场西侧, 泛 

Zara Home
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Zara Home

Similar to H&M Home, Zara has also brought it's home line to Beijing with two Chaoyang district stores. Mediterranean and floral, Zara Home is refreshing and bright while falling just short of kitsch.  


The Zara Home range is predominately pastel and bucolic in design, although more classic pieces are also stocked. The store layout is bright and airy, helping to take the evident stress out of choosing bed linen which incidentally ranged in price from 100-600RMB.

As with H&M Home, there is little in the way of large or flat-pack furniture and Zara's stock is mostly textiles and decoration, although there is a range of small coffee tables, stools and nightstands (200-900RMB). You can pick up cutlery sets (including chopsticks) for around 80RMB, and there is wide range of kitchen utensils to boot. 

Zara Home is at the more expensive end of the chain-store line but has more of a designer feel to it than the simple scandinavian alternatives. 

Zara Home (Chaoyang Park) 6 Chaoyang Park Road, Chaoyang district. Open 10am-10pm daily. 北京市朝阳公园路6号 
Zara Home (The Place) The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang district. Open 10am-10pm daily. 北京市光华路9号 

MUJI
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MUJI

MUJI's beautiful store layout and well-made, simply designed stock make it worth a visit even just to soak of the atmosphere. The Japanese company feels very much like a scaled down Ikea, but what's on offer has more of a feel of permanence and quality than its Scandinavian rival.


While you won't find large storage solutions, MUJI stocks a fine range of small shelving units and straw or linen stacker boxes within the 150-400RMB range. There's a limited selection of pine chairs and side tables (800-2,000RMB) as well as larger furniture such as beds (4,000-6,000RMB) and sofas (2,000-5,000RMB) evoking simple Oriental-style in muted, earthy colours. 

The ceiling-high shelves of kitchenware stock many items usually hard to find in Beijing: measuring jugs, pots and pans of all styles and sizes, baking trays and a wide range of tableware in china and polished wood (50-150RMB). 

It won't beat the likes of Ikea on price and many of its products are more of an investment than a convenience buy. That said MUJI's sleek and understated style makes it a welcome addition to Beijing's home and interiors scene.

Find a shop near you from our full list of MUJI outlets

Lily's Antiques
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Lily's Antiques

Tucked halfway down Gaobeidian Furniture Street, Lily's antiques is a vast warehouse of antiques and showroom of interiors which will restore your faith in Chinese interior design. The blend of antiques and modern design does a spectacular job of advertising the vast array of items on sale for a reasonable price.


Unlike many other Gaobeidian stores, Lily's Antiques won't break the bank and the most persistent will stumble upon some real bargains. The showroom serves to inspire the visitor with its classy arrangements and feels very much more grown up than other home stores. Chinese vases can be found for a steal here (300RMB) and furniture ranges from 200RMB upwards depending on the quality and age of the piece. 

As much a destination for inspiration as for actual shopping, it is nevertheless hard not to come away from Lily's Antiques without a purchase. 

Lily’sAntiques No.069 Gaobeidian Furniture Street,Chaoyang District Beijing100025 (office@lilysantiques.com, 8579 2458) 北京市朝阳区高碑店家具一条街069号 

Tianyi Market
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Tianyi Market

Tianyi is a haven for cheap goods where quantity, if not quality, can be assured. The range is as vast as the fairytale castel entrance is bizarre and whilst there's a great deal to buy at all times of the year, this place really comes alive at Christmas where it is your one-stop shop for decorations and festive additions. 


Make sure to bring you bartering vocab and you'll be able to find some real bargains. Here you can find all manner of kitchenware, bedding and household appliances as well as decorations and novelty items. Prices vary hugely according to the seller so don't accept anything at the first price given.

Get there Get off at Fuchengmen subway stop and walk (or taxi) four blocks west.

Tianyi Market 259 Fuchengmen Waidajie, Xicheng district. Open 7am-6pm daily. 阜成门外大街259号

Gaobeidian Furniture Street
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Gaobeidian Furniture Street

A true hidden gem and prerequisite for anyone moving to the city or looking to update their home. Located out east on Line 1, the Furniture Street is a 300m long street of furniture stores, antiques showrooms and workshops ranging from dusty reclamation sites to glossy showrooms housing 18th Century French armoires.


The stores number in the hundreds so we've picked some of our favourites:

Hongguxuan Having said Forbidden City-style interiors might be beyond reach, after visiting this furniture shop we take that back. Before reaching the street itself, lovers of traditional Chinese furniture with a large budget should stop by this immaculate showroom to gawp at both the beauty of the pieces and their price tag! Here you'll find everything from huge gilded thrones (220,000RMB) to Burmese rosewood beds (45,000RMB) and more affordable sets of red-sandalwood chairs at 4,000RMB.

Wood Elements (50A) Specialising in pine, this showroom stands out from the crowd because of its traditional-influenced furniture created in a modern style. The furniture here is locally made and very high quality. Pine chairs start at 1,000RMB and sturdy tables at 5,000RMB. This showroom is also an inspiration for interior design with its clean and simple displays. 

Oubao Dian Cang (59A) Unless you're rolling in cash this showroom is unlikely to have anything in your price range. It is, however, worth a visit just to look at the antiques. The owners bought their stock in Europe and had it shipped over to China for sale to the über wealthy. The result is adecadently luxurious selection of florid French antiques, German pianos,British paintings and Russian ornaments. The most expensive item on sale is aFrench wardrobe at a staggering 2 million RMB.

 

Yuan LongTang Gu Wan A little further down is this treasure trove of statues, vases,tableware and knick-knacks. Surprisingly affordable, you could spend a happyhalf-hour browsing through the shelves of dusty items where even the largestQinghua vase is only 1,500RMB. Ideal for kitting out your home with some Chinesetableware (bowls and plates around 100RMB a piece), this small store is a breakfrom the eye-watering figures of the plush showrooms which flank it.


Along the street are also innumerable small shops housing reclaimed statues, fittings and furniture. Less polish but buckets of potential with prices starting at around 1,000RMB.

Gaobeidian Furniture Street Gaobeidian Village, Chaoyang District 北京市朝阳区高碑店家具一条街

Getting there Take Line 1 to Gaobeidian station, leave from exit A and walk south into the village. Continue for 100m and before the railway turn left to the street which is marked but an enormous traditional gate (you can't miss it).

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