Newcomers in Hong Kong may be in for some shocks such as expensive apartments, pleasantly wide variety of under-promoted shops and characteristics that are uniquely Hong Kong. So before heading to a furniture shops in town, spend a few moments to review the following tips.
1. Before leaving home. Be realistic with what to expect for your apartment. Even when you are endowed with ample space, measurement of a designated spot for a wooden table, sofa or custom furniture is just the first step. Not only that, verify if the furniture fits well in the entrance door or building’s lifts and check if furniture can be assembled indoors. Otherwise you might spend extra to get things sorted out, and, worse, waste time, money and effort trying to bring that coveted fixture home.
2. When looking for cheaper options. Knowing that shops in Hong Kong are charged exorbitant rates means you have an idea it should be factored in pricing of display goods. In time of ultra efficient logistics — parts are made at places where costs are minimum and delivered to showrooms promptly — shop rentals still matter to Hong Kong furniture stores. In short, shops located at prominent addresses are likely going to sell more expensive fine furniture, whether they’re antique or knock off.
Hint: Our shop is located in a nondescript warehouse in Taikoo which, in our opinion, have lower overhead costs than those found in Wan Chai’s Queens Road East or Horizon Plaza.
3. When Arranging Delivery. Please note that once you have your eyes set on one attractive piece of furnishing, it’s not always as easy as wrapping it up and set for delivery. Sometimes display items are, indeed, made for display. Once an order is made, a corresponding trigger is sent to a warehouse to arrange delivery, or for custom made furniture, specifications and instructions are passed on. In short, you may need a bit more time before you enjoy your latest home accessory acquisition.
This also means you may shell out extra for the convenience of home delivery.
4. When Considering Used Furniture. Some expats (especially those whose tenure in Hong Kong is short-term) are more practical and consider used furniture. A simple search across expat portals in the city should show plenty of offers, notably during the Chinese New Year season when people tend to replace “old” with “new” as they welcome the Lunar New Year. However, buyer beware. Although it’s likely you’ll find lots of bargains, there could also be issues. Paying extra for transport, undiscovered cracks on edges or won’t fit in your living room. Once money changes hands, it’s understood you agree to unwritten terms: no return, no exchange, you take it as it is.