So you’ve already read our Taobao guide and how to buy and ship to Singapore. Now the next question is, “but buy what lehhhhh?“
So to help you, here’s a list of the furnishing/fixtures that we’ve purchased from Taobao:
For a more detailed write-up of our lighting design process, read this other post.
Recommended Taobao stores:
Items we bought:
3-seater Leather Sofa (which is uncanningly similar to the one at Fanttique.com)
Not as comfortable as it looks as the sponge is very thin and gets flattened immediately upon sitting. But looks good nevertheless. Supposedly 100% real leather.
Solid wood for the win. Not as difficult to fix as the dining table.
Dining Table (2m) and accompanying bench – this was one of our most satisfied purchase, as where else in Singapore can you get a 2m dining table for <$500?
Ladder for towels
Laundry Shelf – useful to put stuff above the washing machine
Book Shelf – looks like a Crate&Barrel one, but it was the most difficult item to fix. Took us 3 tries and 3 hours to fix it as it had to be done in a particular order and it was very flimsy.
Shoe Rack – One of the few items that came pre-assembled. Looks and works perfectly.
Wall Mirror – Yes, the glass didn’t break during shipping and it looks goood!
Clothes and accessories stand – good for your jeans, hats and belts
Bar Stools – we sold these in the end as we didn’t use them.
Bedframe from Castlery
Transparent boxes for make-up bottles, brushes etc.
Toilet Accessories from this store: towel racks, mirror, soap holders etc. We wanted black, which is expensive and rare in Singapore’s bathroom shops