Let’s take a look at where you should head to deck out your new home in Canada. Whether you’re looking for a tin opener or a new sofa, we’ve got it covered.
Having found a new home in Canada, it’s time to put your stamp on it and make it more homely.
All of Canada’s major cities have at least one branch of good old IKEA.
Even if you choose to rent before buying, you will find that most rentals are leased on an unfurnished basis. So finding the basics is a must for any expat.
The Canadian home furnishing market
Furniture and home furnishings are big business in Canada. There are many great stores you can visit as well as a growing number of online retailers. Being such a large market there are many furnishing options no matter what your budget or tastes.
All of Canada’s major cities have at least one branch of good old IKEA. You might choose to take advantage of their efficient online service, if you would prefer to have something delivered. There are other outlets with cheaper options, such as Walmart and a Canadian chain called The Brick. This has some really good sales if you are willing to bide your time.
At the higher end of the market, chains like Pottery Barn and West Elm stock some really nice (non flat-packed) pieces. All the stores offer an online service. You can reserve items or order anything not held in stock for delivery to your local branch for collection and avoid delivery fees.
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As of 2016, Wayfair, a new online retailer, has entered the market. Already the US’s largest online furniture store, the company is now firmly rooted in Canada. The seller is 100% online and offers a wide variety of options, from thousands of manufacturers.
When relocating to Canada you always have the option of shipping your existing furnishings from the UK.
Shipping your furniture
When relocating to Canada you always have the option of shipping your existing furnishings from the UK. The cost of this varies greatly and will be determined by the size and weight of your shipment, and the method of shipping you choose – sea or air. There are many reputable moving companies that you can find online who will be happy to provide a free, no obligation quote.
However, for electrical items you should really be buying new in Canada. Canada uses 120V electricity, whereas the UK is 220V. Unless the particular item has dual voltage capability it will not function on Canada’s lower voltage.