When purchasing a new home it is necessary to go though the painful but necessary process of furnishing the place.
Wether it is for a permanent residence or an investment property for letting out. It can sometimes be difficult to manage in a new country where language and culture can be an obstacle. Regardless, there are some choices to be made.
Do your homework
Make a proper search on internet for the local alternatives, compare designs and prices, eventually visit the retailers and actually touch the goods before spending any money.
Remember where you are
If you are coming from cooler climates you need to be aware that is the tropic climate like Thailand. Some materials that you use back home will just not last over here, melamine faced particle board being the main failure.
e.g. Local solid wood is usually the best alternative as it is still relatively cheap compared to similar products over seas. Do not exclude the use of “exclusive “ materials as on this market, the prices might actually surprise you in a positive way.
If you are shopping furniture for outdoor it’s even more important to select proper materials so your investment does not rust away or simply disintegrate due to the harsh out door conditions in Thailand, it does not get any more challenging than this in terms of outdoor products, so be careful to ask yourself the following:
– where am I placing the furniture? If under a roof like a Patio, chances are that they can last longer. If exposed under the sun all day ( like sun beds ), the material selection is PARAMOUNT.
– There are woods available locally that you might not have of back home. Some of them are very suitable for outdoor purposes, Teak being the main one for furniture use outdoor. Unfortunately this wood is very expansive due to the massive deforestation of this material the last century and it is banned from export in some markets. You may consider Acacia wood as an alternative, it is almost as durable as Teak, more economically friendly and can be oiled and maintained regularly.
Many companies provide complete furniture packages for interesting prices, different designs and quality levels.
Generally, if you purchase a property, the developer will offer a furniture package voucher for a certain furniture shop. This is good deal and we encourage buyers to evaluate this option as the saving is relevant. It also saves a lot of trouble and time as the complete furniture comes from one shop with the colour combinations under the buyers control.
Generally we would advise from excluding the mattresses from the furniture package as these are a very individual choice, either soft or hard. There are local mattress shops in Hua Hin that deliver the same day if requested.
Most times they include a package of basic decoration items such as vases, artworks and lamps. If one has the time, JJ market ( Chatuchak market ) in Bangkok has a multitude of shops providing decor items, but one needs to spend the time to find what they like (and hustle with the vendors).
Bangkok is not far away, but far enough to be rather expensive for furniture transportation. A truck of furniture can set one back op to THB 20.000 just in transport alone. The lack Hua Hin dealers will manage this for you at their expense.