Stop living your interior designer home dreams vicariously through Pinterest – start screenshotting your pins and scavenge on Taobao using image search. Literally godsent, Taobao shouldn’t only be known for providing cheap clothing and accessories as it’s also a treasure trove for quality designer furniture dupes at affordable price tags.
Though we understand your doubts about the quality and workmanship of products from Taobao, we’re only picking from shops that have high-quality good reviews. So get used to using Google Translate or get help from a fellow gao hua bestie and explore these 11 Taobao furniture shops that will earn you a satisfying deal.
1. Artistic wooden light fixtures
We all love a little wood in our homes, especially if we’ve got a Scandi or Muji-themed home. If you’re looking to break away from the ordinary and add some quirky light fixtures to your home, consider 木修遠 WOOD SHOW for its unique handcrafted pendant lights and standing lamps.
The designs focus mostly on organic forms, drawing inspiration from nature with acorn pendant lights, bird lamps, and standing lamps that look like they were made from tree branches. You might even want to go bold with a wooden donut-esque ceiling light to give your home some futuristic vibes.
2. Funky acrylic furniture
We’ve all seen acrylic – or lucite, to be more accurate – furniture in countless Pinterest posts, and we can’t deny that they are hella aesthetically pleasing. While some of these designer pieces run into the thousands, you can take your pick from the massive range of acrylic furniture dupes from Acrylic 小K家居 (Acrylic Little K home brand) for a reasonable price.
A set of transparent curve chairs (RMB398, ~S$77) is a great choice for an unconventional dining area setup. On top of that, acrylic is highly durable and easy to maintain, which means it’s guaranteed to last for years. The best part is that you can easily change the look of these pieces with a little spray paint if you tire of the transparent look.
3. Modular sofas and chairs
Modular sofas are beloved for being highly functional and versatile, but this often sought-after furniture also comes at a costly price. Luckily, 蔓斯菲尓 (M.S. Feel) offers a selection of couches, lounge chairs and even office chairs for those with a Prada taste on a Zara budget.
One bean bag that caught our eyes was the white plush bean bag, priced at RMB179 (~S$35). Rather than being your typical shapeless blob-y bean bag, this iteration combines the best of bean bags with modular sofas for cheap. It’s well structured while still providing a comfortable spot for you to rest while you grind away.
Shop: 蔓斯菲尓 (M.S. Feel)
4. Minimalistic storage furniture
If you’re a collector of knick-knacks or just appreciate wall decor, we’ve found a great way you can store and showcase your bits and bobs. CHOSE初色 (CHOSE First Colour brand) carries simple acrylic shelves and display caddies that will make a lovely showcase for the trinkets you’ve been amassing over the years.
The acrylic wall shelves come in a range of sizes and are super affordable, with prices starting from RMB30 (~S$5). Or if you prefer a moveable option, the acrylic shelf with metal accents (RMB169, ~S$33) is a stylish solution that lets you roll your display around easily from room to room.
5. Gothic Scandinavian furniture
If you have an undying love for Scandi but white isn’t really the colour that best describes your personality, take a walk on the dark side with 莎美诗 (SHAMES Modern Simple). This store sells classy black-and-white furniture with a gothic-Nordic touch.
Most of the sofas you’ll find in the e-store are made with leather, yet they are still reasonably priced. For example, the black leather 3-seater couch costs RMB8980 (~S$1,744), which seems like a lot until you realise that most leather couches you’ll find in SG that start from at least S$3,000.
On top of that, their TV consoles aren’t your typical warm wooden options – you’ll find interesting alternatives like this white TV console with textured glass (RMB3680, ~S$715), which will suit other interior decor themes such as modern Victorian or monochromatic as well.
6. Muji furniture replicas
Muji fans, rejoice as we have found thee dupe store on Taobao – 源氏木語 (Genji Wood brand). All of their furniture is made from oak wood, which is the exact same material used for Muji furniture. Of course, their price tags are but a mere fraction of Muji’s.
Another edge they have over Muji is that most of their furniture comes in a variety of sizes, giving you more options and customizability.
Our pick is the queen-sized wooden bedframe with lights, which only costs RMB2,590 (~S$503) and comes with charging outlets for your devices, as well as a built-in shelf where you can place your bedtime essentials.
Shop: 源氏木語 (Genji Wood brand)
7. Retro furniture pieces
As the saying goes, retro never dies, and this has since been proven by the unceasing popularity of vintage furniture over the years. Thanks to secondhand furniture shops in Singapore such as Hock Siong, us vintage lovers have been able to satiate our love for all things retro.
But hunting for vintage furniture isn’t the easiest task. Most secondhand shops aren’t as well-organised as IKEA, and the overwhelming array of options – coupled with high human traffic in the shops – can be a nightmare for introverts and homebodies.
If that describes you, you may be glad to know that it’s possible to source for old-school cool furniture on Taobao, though they’re unlikely to be legit secondhand pieces.
For all you jiak kentang folks, make full use of the image search function on Taobao. Just plug the image of the furniture you want into the search bar – like how you’d do with Google Image search – and Taobao will spit up listings that are similar or identical to your source image.
But if you don’t have any inspo pictures on hand, you can kickstart your retro furniture collection with this mixed material dining chair (RMB499, ~S$97) and magazine holder (RMB868, ~S$169) from 木礼厢 (Wooden Box Brand), a shop that will make even your grandparents dream of the good ol’ days.
Shop: 木礼厢 (Wooden Box Brand)
8. Cheap stylish lamps
To elevate the look of your desk, consider picking up an insanely affordable yet stylish lamps from 秋天花园 (Autumn Garden Brand). The globe lamp (RMB218, ~S$43) is a unique piece that would make your guest’s heads turn, but if you prefer a less striking option, the retro Bauhaus lamp costs around the same – RMB238 (~S$47) – but still serves as an equally cool decorative lamp. It also happens to be a perfect dupe for the Kaiser Idell 6631-T Luxus table lamp, designed by Christian Dell and retailing for S$1,228.
Most of the shop’s lamps are under S$50 – in fact, the most expensive one is less than S$100.
9. Star Living dupes
Star Living is well-known among locals for its Scandi-esque furniture and reasonable prices. However, Taobao will always emerge as the winner if prices are in question. JIANMO Collection sells furniture that are nearly identical to what Star Living offers, especially when it comes to their dining chairs and barstools.
The Nordic barstool sells for just RMB355 (~S$69), which is 40% cheaper than the one being sold at Star Living.
Shop: JIANMO Collection
10. Copper accent furniture
To add an interesting twist to your contemporary home, opt for brass furniture as accent pieces. Rustic metal pieces can blend in well with a modern contemporary home, adding a metallic element without seeming too flashy. You can find elegant bronze and brass homeware items from 后宅家居 (Home Furnishing brand).
Aside from furniture, the shop also carries a variety of candleholders and intricate accent pieces to dress up your bare tabletops.
11. Japandi furniture heaven
Singaporeans have a long-running love affair with the Japandi style, so of course we found a store with all things Japandi.
The Japandi style plays with neutral tones and simple furniture designs with raw finishes. Rattan furniture aren’t cheap usually, but some Taobao shops have managed to pull off the impossible by offering quality pieces with affordable price tags. One such example is 藤掌门 Rattan (Vine Master Rattan brand), which has an incredible range of furniture made with rattan, wicker, and bamboo – all choices that will fit right in with your minimalist home.
Best-rated Taobao furniture shops
Taobao is a great place for furniture hunting if you know where to look. If you’re not willing or able to drop big bucks on your furniture just yet, keep our list of the best-rated affordable Taobao furniture shops in your bookmarks – it will come in handy sooner than you’d think.
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