Best furniture stores for families in Beijing

Megastores, bespoke designers, kids' furniture and more

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Megastores

Ikea

It’s flat-pack fun from Sweden, plus meatballs! All the familiar homogenised furniture and interior accessories you’ve either come to love or loathe can be found in abundance at Beijing’s branches in Siyuanqiao and Xihongmen. The sightseers and sofa surfers make things rather crowded at peak hours and the restaurant is extremely popular. www.ikea.com/cn/en


Redstar Macalline

If you’re looking for a furniture mall, Redstar Macalline is China’s premium choice. With different brands that fill five floors, the mall has a comprehensive service from home design to final construction. Redstar Macalline has five branches in Beijing. www.chinaredstar.com


High street

Muji Home

Though on first glance it may look like a scaled-down Ikea, Muji Home is minimalist and coolly Japanese, with an emphasis on functionality above all else. It sells almost anything you can think of – from clothes and shoes to laptop bags, clocks, travel socks, wallets and incense burners. It’s also a great place to pick up quality items not easily found in Beijing, such as measuring jugs, sturdy umbrellas and even huge tubs of coloured felt-tip pens. Find the store in several locations, including U-Town Mall, Indigo Mall and Wangfujing. www.muji.com.cn


Zara Home

The popular Spanish fashion label Zara already has multiple stores around Beijing, and recently it has expanded its Zara Home label with stylish and reliable furnishings. Keep a look out for the kids’ section, where you’ll find colourful and playful items to brighten up your children’s bedroom. Find Zara Home at Solana mall and other locations. www.zarahome.com


Emoi

Coming across like the love child of Ikea and Muji, Emoi mostly works within a green and white colour scheme, but also weaves in the odd unexpected Chinese element. It has a 100 percent organic cotton line, plus oddball decorations such as wall-mounted fishbowls, felt vases and blackboard-style ceramic mugs to doodle on while you have your coffee. Find it at Raffles City and other locations. www.emoi.com


Antique and unique

Gaobeidian Dajie

Located on the fringes of Chaoyang district and reachable by Line 1 extension, the Batong Line, Gaobeidian is a quirky street for lovers of Chinese furniture and antiques. It’s also a great location to get traditional style furniture made for your home. Lily’s Antiques is a good example; it offers not only Chinese antiques but also foreign- style cabinets, tables, rugs and upholstered furniture. www.lilysantiques.com


Spin Ceramics

Spin features the work of talented young Shanghainese designers and craftsmen from the home of Chinese porcelain, Jingdezhen. There’s a large selection of reasonably priced ceramic art on offer, all handmade and unique. From the lumpy pots collectively known as the Seven Fortunes to the carved Japanese sake bottles and square jewellery boxes, there’s something here to put a smile on your face. 6 Fangyuan Xi Lu, Chaoyang district


Sophire.Ma

For quality custom-made furniture that reminds you of home, head to Sophire.Ma on Dongdaqiao Lu. With many diplomats and expats on her books, founder and designer Sophia creates one-of-a-kind furnishings with a classic western look. But if you’d like a touch of the Orient, she can do that too, with luxurious Chinese-style ornaments ranging from lamps to cabinets. www.sophirema.com


For kids

The Fifth Avenue Children’s Furniture and Toy Shop

A one-stop shop for your children, this store in Indigo Mall is great for both furniture and toys. Furniture include cots, baby beds, dressing tables and wardrobes and are entirely manufactured and assembled in Italy. Toy brands include Dida from Italy, Gogo from Taiwan, Delsun from Taiwan, and Silver Fox from Korea. www.5thaveplayground.com

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