Where to find affordable homewares for your flat in Dublin
You’ve made the big move to Dublin. You’ve started looking for a job. You’re even navigating the crazy world of Irish bureaucracy and have found yourself a nice little flat to call home. Well done! One thing that you might find about rental properties in Ireland, and in Dublin in particular, is they can leave a lot to be desired. Think small windows, strange colour carpet, sinks with two taps, and mismatched living room furniture. You might get one, you might get them all!
Once you’ve settled in and have figured out just how much more storage you’re going to need (lack of storage, another potential pitfall!) you’re going to want to start thinking about solutions. But where do you start? Where do you even buy homewares in Dublin?
Here is a list that will help you get started on your journey of buying furniture, storage, kitchen utensils, and other homewares for your flat in Dublin. Let’s make this house a home, shall we?
Where to buy furniture in Dublin
The terrifying, holy grail of furniture. Consider the space that you’re in and the length of time you think you might be there. If you’ve moved to Dublin for the foreseeable future, you might want to find something a bit fancier. But, like many who move to Dublin, it might not be forever. You also might need to move flats more than you expected to due to the crazy rental market. IKEA has cute stuff for a decent price, as long as you can put it together!
This one is a cool concept, but it takes some getting used to. They have very large catalogues in the front of the store that you can flip through to pick what you want. Then you make your purchases based on item numbers from the catalogue, and it gets delivered to you at the desk. I always use their website to browse, make sure the items I want are available in the location I’m visiting, and note down the item numbers I’m going to pick up. They offer everything from furniture, to bedding, to electronics, to toys.
Where to buy storage solutions in Dublin
This Danish shop has a few outlets in Ireland, and they’re the sweetest thing. The stores (and their catalogues) are bursting with creativity. They often have small furniture in their collections, like side tables and shelves, and lots of organisation solutions. This store is also great if you’re interested in painting or drawing, or are looking for crafts for kids.
The ultimate Japanese shop for the hyper-organised. While they do offer clothing, candles, and toiletries, I love browsing Muji for storage options. They have every type of stackable box and drawer organiser you could imagine.
Photo: Uliana Kopanytsia
Where to buy home essentials in Dublin
This department store is an Irish favourite. They have a grocery department, lots of clothing for men, women, and children, and homewares. This is one of my favourite places to browse for candles, cute crockery, bedding, Christmas decorations, and bathroom essentials.
Marks & Spencer
Another department store, this one based out of England, that offers food, clothes, and homewares at a decent price. I would shop here for the same types of things as Dunnes.
Another Irish department store, this one would carry things that are priced a little higher than the others. Get on their mailing list though because they’re always having really good homeware sales where you can get coffee machines and full duvet sets for 50% off.
For all the rest! This is my go-to central Dublin hardware store. I find a lot of stores that carry standard ‘hardware store items’ tend to be outside of town, and you need a car to get there.
Photo: Brooke Lark
Where to buy items for your kitchen in Dublin
This is one of those stores with reusable water bottles in the window that looks pretty tiny. Go in, try not to get lost! It goes both up and downstairs, and really far back. It has absolutely everything you could need for cooking, or anything you do near a kitchen, really. It also has a great section of gifts, photo frames, and home decor upstairs.
The Kitchen Whisk
This central Dublin shop looks like it opened up a chef’s cookbook and displayed all their favourite tools around the room. A great option for stocking up your kitchen!
Another shop out of Denmark, Flying Tiger carries a lot of goofy stuff. I like to go there for some of their kitchen items, especially if you’re not big into cooking and don’t want to spend €15 on a whisk. They have a lot of tools like wooden spoons, pizza cutters, and sieves. I swear by their measuring pint glass!
Where to buy chic, local homewares in Dublin
This is my absolute favourite homewares shop in Dublin. I walk through every time I’m in town, even if I don’t have any need to. It stocks contemporary homewares, gorgeous notebooks, wall prints, and really lovely cards. I’m a big fan of their mugs!
Industry & Co
This shop focuses on design inspired furniture and gifts. It’s another one of those shops you walk in to browse and walk out with an extra large lightbulb fixture and two sets of rose gold cutlery, because, design.
Photo: Laura Mitulla
Where to buy sustainable goods in Dublin
This shop is on the south side of Dublin, and probably a little out of the way if you’re living centrally. However, their online shop is thriving, so I wouldn’t let the location stop you from browsing online. They came to my attention during the COVID-19 lockdown in Ireland, and their Instagram is a great place to learn about new products and sustainable living tips from the store owner.
From Beeswax wraps to bamboo toothbrushes, The Kind has everything you could want to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. As I hit publish on this blog the shop was operating online only, but I’m hoping they’ll reopen their central Dublin location soon!
Shop the big box stores
Sometimes you just need to find a lot of things in one place. TK Maxx, the same as TJ Maxx if you’re from the US, has everything from clothes and shoes, to kitchen knives and wine glasses, to towels and pet supplies. They’re good for a browse early in the morning before it’s too busy and messy.
There are only two Homesense locations in Ireland, one in Cork and one in Blanchardstown, Dublin. This is a partner store to TK Maxx, but has a focus on homewares and furniture. It’s a little bit of heaven for people who like to jazz up a room for less.
Do you live here? Where do you buy homewares in Dublin?
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