A Guide to Buying Furniture in Portugal

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Anyone living in Portugal 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. 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.

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.

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, flea markets, and antiques shops, there’s no shortage of vintage or second-hand furniture in Portugal.

Vintage and second-hand are essentially the same thing and, 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.

“Second-hand” furniture

“Vintage” furniture

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’ drive 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.

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.

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7 thoughts on “A Guide to Buying Furniture in Portugal”

  1. Thank you for this article, I was having a hard time finding good quality furniture that would ship to Madeira. I fell in love with Kare Portugal and they will ship here to the island. You have made me a happy woman! Your article also led me to your blog which I think is great and will enjoy learning more about Portugal.

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    • Hi Natbee,

      Yes, most stores will offer delivery. Delivery costs depend on what you’re ordering and where you’re based, so it’s hard to say how much it would cost. You’ll need to put a few things in your basket and see how much it suggests.

      Ikea’s delivery costs start from around €40 and go up to €190 or so. Conforama seems to be a bit cheaper, as they will deliver a bed for €20.

      Perhaps a bigger issue than the cost of delivery is availability: it’s not unusual to have to wait 6+ weeks for delivery.

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  2. I’ve heard of this town and now after reading this, we will for sure make a weekend trip to check it out. Thank you!

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