Anyone living in Portugal, whether they’re renting or have bought a house, will have to buy furniture at some point or another. Maybe you need to furnish an entire apartment or house, or maybe you just need one or two small things. Either way, the question is: where should you go to buy furniture in Portugal?
The answer depends a lot on the type of furniture that you’re looking for, and where you are in the country.
For some people, IKEA is enough. Others want something sturdier or that feels like it’s a higher quality. Others again, are on the lookout for second-hand or vintage items that have a little more character to them than the readily-available flatpack furniture.
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The main furniture shops
Every country has its nationwide furniture shops; the kind that are usually found on industrial estates outside big towns and cities. In Portugal, these shops are the following.
- Area Store
- IKEA – Has stores in several locations, including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Porto. If you don’t want to assemble the furniture yourself, you may be able to get someone else to do it through TaskRabbit.pt.
- Gato Preto
- Kinda Home
- La Redoute
- El Corte Inglés
Note: Delivery times may be longer than you expect, so don’t assume that you can order it and it’ll arrive the next week. Getting items delivered is even harder if you live on Madeira or the Azores.
Another option is Amazon Spain, which stocks some items such as sofas, beds, and flatpack items such as wardrobes, tables, and desks. Delivery times are usually faster and it’s easy to see which items have received either good or bad reviews. Kuanto Kusta, Portugal’s main comparison site, also has a section for home and decor.
Other furniture shops
As well as the national and international companies mentioned above, there are also an increasing number of smaller and online furniture shops opening up in Portugal.
Other online options
- Etsy – Can be good for interesting pieces made from recycled or repurposed materials.
- eBay Spain – Surprisingly, most of the furniture is of the affordable and flatpack variety rather than second-hand.
- KARE – With locations in and around Lisbon, KARE offers stylish and creative pieces of furniture.
- 8&80 – Popular Portuguese furniture brand with stores in Lisbon and Porto.
Vintage or second-hand furniture
Between classifieds websites like OLX.PT, flea markets, and antique shops, there’s no shortage of vintage or second-hand furniture in Portugal.
If you’re willing to look hard, you can find some really interesting pieces of vintage furniture at auction houses, on classifieds websites, and on the many buy and sell Facebook groups.
There are also “vintage furniture shops” throughout Portugal, but particularly in cities like Lisbon and Porto, which curate and sell interesting second-hand pieces of furniture.
- Classifieds websites like OLX and Custo Justo
- Facebook Marketplace
- Second hand groups on Facebook. Tip: search in English and Portuguese and you’ll find different groups e.g. second hand Algarve and MOVEIS ELECTRODOMÉSTICOS USADOS ALGARVE
- House2House (located in Loulé, Algarve)
- Auction houses e.g. Aha Algarve (Algarve) and Oportunity Leilões (Cascais and Porto).
- Flea markets like Feira da Ladra in Lisbon and Flea Market Porto
- Kit & Caboodle – offers second-hand furniture, mainly from those living in the Algarve’s “golden triangle” region.
Note: While second-hand furniture is cheaper than buying the item new, a lot of people that move to Portugal comment on how expensive second-hand furniture is.
- Cantinho do Vintage (Lisbon)
- Chiado Vintage (Lisbon)
- Mercado do Vintage (Porto)
- Sóbrio Olhar (Porto)
- Arte Antiga (Viseu)
Paços de Ferreira
Did you know that there’s an entire town in Portugal that’s centered around the furniture-making industry? Paços de Ferreira, about 30 minutes by car from Porto, is home to thousands of regional, national, and international furniture companies. Furniture is such a big part of its economy and makeup, that in 2014 the EU gave it the title: The European Capital of Furniture (capital do móvel).
The furniture in Paços de Ferreira is typically very good quality and also very affordable. Most of the manufacturers here will deliver to the rest of Portugal, so many people go up to Paços de Ferreira and spend an entire weekend going from shop to shop to buy everything that they need for their new home.
(Tip: Need to buy appliances such as a washing machine, fridge, or dishwasher? We have another article on buying appliances and electronics in Portugal).