Decking out your entire apartment can feel like a real chore, especially when you're on a tight budget, living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. But thankfully, there are some excellent low-cost stores that are packed with all the cooking utensils, electrical appliances, and soft furnishings you need to make yourself feel right at home – without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favourites. Happy homemaking.
An obvious choice we know, but the truth is you'll be hard pressed to find a single apartment in Hong Kong that doesn't feature at least one piece of IKEA furniture. This haven of homeware goodies offers pretty much everything you could possibly need to make your flat a cosy home, conveniently arranged by room. From beds, wardrobes, and sofas, to lighting, fixtures, and even children's toys, you might be coming out with more than you bargained for. And then, of course, there are those devilishly tasty meatballs in the café to munch on afterwards. Our advice would be to make a strict shopping list and stick to it.
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Japan Home Centre (JHC)
With 256 branches scattered across Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the New Territories, you’re never far away from a JHC store. With shelves of colourful, playful, and unbelievably cheap goodies for the home, you could easily deck out your entire kitchen and beyond in one fell swoop. Here you can pick up vibrant bowls, chopping boards, frying pans, and cute mugs for as little as $12 a pop. JHC also stocks homeware essentials such as towels, quilts, pillows, and even clothing rails, making it one of the best bargain stores around.
This bargain shop offers all the essential homeware goodies you need – from pots and pans to furniture, storage, and bedding. You will also find novelty tools such as banana slicers and animal-shaped timers with reasonable price tags. If you’re on the lookout for larger kitchen appliances such as rice cookers, cooking stoves, grills, or refrigerators, then this is the store for you. With around 30 branches dotted around Hong Kong, you won’t have to venture too far to find this one-stop-shop to stock up your home.
Living PLAZA by AEON
Perfect for bagging incredibly cheap items that look more expensive than they are, Living PLAZA is packed with all sorts of household goods sourced from all over Asia. Here, you can find everything from shelving units and kitchenware, to electronics and toiletries, with many items carrying Japanese and Korean labels. You can even find knick-knacks for your garden (if you’re lucky enough to have one), as well as popular food items from abroad. There are around 40 stores in Hong Kong, and they are well worth venturing to if you are on a tight budget.
Thanks to the launch of H&M Home at the brand's huge four-storey flagship store in Causeway Bay, you can find all the homeware goodies you need (and don't need) with a fun, fashionable twist. From funky cushions and throws, to cosy rugs and bedding, and even pot plants, the store is a bargain-hunter's delight, with affordable items vying for your attention. Keep an eye out for the store's seasonal products too, such as gorgeous scented candles and fun festive mugs around Christmas time which make great Secret Santa gifts!
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