The Ultimate Guide to Furniture Shopping In JB
The shopping list every homeowner needs to make their JB jaunt worthwhile!
Ah, Johor Bahru. It’s no secret that Singaporeans would do anything to pinch a few pennies (yes, even if it means having to brave the notorious causeway jam). Despite the hassle of going through the customs, many young couples still choose to cross the border to score some sweet home goods for their new BTO flats – thanks to its close proximity and affordability. But is it really worth the trip?
Well, it will be if you've researched the stores beforehand. Luckily for you, we've done the legwork; here's a guide on where you can shop in JB to maximise your cross-border journey (and savings)!
Lights & fans
1. Stylish designer lighting at a steal | Tampoi Lighting Centre
Source: Tampoi Lighting Centre
Just a short drive away from the customs is Tampoi Lighting Centre. Touted as the go-to destination for affordable lamp and lighting solutions, this one-stop-shop offers everything from fancy chandeliers to contemporary pendant lights at downright competitive prices. What’s more, these folks are also the authorised retailer for esteemed lighting brands like Philips as well as ceiling fan brands like KDK and Fanco, so you don’t have to worry about authenticity either.
Address: 2, Jalan Titiwangsa 3/1, Taman Tampoi Indah, Johor Bahru
Tel: +60 7-241 8999
2. Stellar deals on an array of fixtures | Starworld Lighting
Source: Starworld Lighting
For a wider selection of designs, make a pitstop at the neighbouring Starworld Lighting that is located just a couple of blocks down the road. Founded back in 2003, this decades-spanning establishment has earned itself a solid reputation for its extensive range of outdoor and indoor lighting. Be sure to keep an eye out for flash and seasonal sales where you can grab great bargains on quality fixtures, ceiling fans, electrical appliances and more.
Address: 26-01, 28, 28-01, Jalan Titiwangsa 3/1, Taman Tampoi Indah, Johor Bahru
Tel: +60 16-713 1171
3. Quality curtains tailored for every budget | KS Curtain Lifestyle
Source: KS Curtain
A local favourite, KS Curtain Lifestyle has grown from a small-town shop to a reputable curtain specialist with a dedicated customer base. What makes them a clear standout is their affordable range of curtains and blinds tailored for different styles, needs and budgets. Door-to-door service is available for those living in JB, but you can still pop by their store for a free quotation if you’re in the area!
Address: 11, Jalan Sentral 2, Taman Nusa Sentral, Johor Bahru
Tel: +60 17-763 6227
4. Space-saving designs for the modern dwellers | DJ&CO Lifestyle by Mocof
Source: DJ&CO Lifestyle by Mocof
Unlike your typical furniture store, this homegrown brand is all about making innovative and transformable designs accessible for everyone. Its collection of space-saving furniture is designed to fully utilise each and every inch, without compromising on style or comfort. The price tag is definitely on the steeper side as most of the items are made to order, but that also means you can customise it to suit your home to a tee.
Address: 28, Jalan Maju, Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru
Tel: +60 16-798 8269
5. Premium solid wood furniture | Boo Furniture
Source: Boo Furniture
If you’re in the market for premium wood furnishings, look no further than Boo Furniture. Made with premium teak wood from Indonesia, these durably crafted pieces come in a myriad of design styles to meld in seamlessly into any interior – from minimalist to Scandinavian, mid-century to industrial.
Address: 11, Jalan Molek 3/20, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru
Tel: +60 7-3508647
6. The one-stop shop for all your furniture needs | IKEA
What’s a trip to JB without visiting IKEA? The Swedish furniture giant is a treasure trove of everything imaginable, from multifunctional furniture designs to practical storage solutions and more – all housed under one roof. Go big (or go home) with a massive furniture haul at IKEA Tebrau, which is said to be the largest store in Southeast Asia!
One thing to note is that not all of the products are cheaper than they are back home, so be sure to compare the prices on both the Singapore and Malaysia websites before heading down.
Address: 33, Jalan Harmonium, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru
Tel: +60 3-7952 7575
7. Refresh your home on a budget | Kaison
Thinking of updating your decor without blowing your budget? Those with a keen eye for aesthetics will love shopping at Kaison, a local specialty store that focuses on bringing good design to the masses. Head down to one of their many outlets in JB check out their carefully curated selection of home accessories – think statement accents, quirky knick-knacks and achingly cool lifestyle items.
Address: Lot 4F-75, Level 4, Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru, Jalan Skudai, 81200 Johor Bahru
Tel: +60 3-7886 9496
8. For the minimalist Zen appeal | MUJI
We all know and love Muji for its clean and fuss-free designs, but even more so when everything’s mad affordable! At the MUJI Tebrau megastore (which is next to IKEA Tebrau, FYI), one can spend hours scouring through an endless inventory of daily household items, home essentials and even apparel.
Similarly to IKEA, MUJI items may not necessarily be cheaper than their Singapore counterparts despite a favourable exchange rate, but there are subtle price differences that can still help you save a dollar or two. Don’t forget to look out for any ongoing promotions and clearances as well!
Address: Lot G106 & G107 & G108, No 1, Jalan Desa Tebrau Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru
Tel: +60 7-447-1010
But wait! Before you make the hours-long commute to JB, note that it's hard to avoid paying the 7% GST charge, especially if you purchase big-ticket items. In addition, some of these purchases may not come with warranty either, so bear in mind that you will have to fork out extra cash for any after-sales service.
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