For some, shopping for the home is the ultimate in shopping, for others it can be a major headache. Furnishing the home and the garden takes imagination, time and patience, and is made all the more difficult if you are on a tight budget. Furniture stores in Cyprus used to be rather expensive, in comparison with major UK stores, however there has been improvement in the last couple of years, with much more choice, style, and better prices. There are also second hand furniture shops in most towns.
You will find most home furnishing shops situated in, or on the outskirts of all the major towns. If you look around, you will find most things to suit your budget. Most of the furniture is imported from countries such as Italy, Germany, France, and Norway. Leather furniture is quite popular in Cyprus, as well as sofa beds, which many use in apartments as a convenient extra bed for visitors. Much of the wood furniture such as tables, chairs, drawer units etc will be of good style and quality, and made from all the popular woods. Within most of the larger furniture stores you will also be able to buy bedding, towels, cushion covers, carpets, rugs, blinds and curtains, however you will also find most of these items available in the larger hypermarkets.
Kitchen and bathroom products, as well as home lighting, tend to be sold seperately to the main home furnishings, and there are plenty of choices available whatever your requirements.
Garden furniture tends to be sold seperately to household furniture. With the Al-fresco living style in Cyprus its no surprise that there are many garden furniture shops to be found in and around every town, and in some villages. The biggest sellers in garden shops are the plastic table and chairs and the bbq. Almost every home in Cyprus has either a garden or a balcony or both. If you want something different to plastic garden furniture, you should easily find something to suit your taste and your budget, with many different kinds of garden furniture available including rattan, cedar wood, pine, teak, aluminium, etc.
A bbq is a must have for the Cyprus garden, although their use on balcony's is banned in many apartment blocks. Cyprus does have public picnic / bbq areas so you can still enjoy regular bbq's. You will find every kind and size of bbq available, as well as a large range of garden loungers. There are also D.I.Y. stores throughout Cyprus, offering garden furniture and accessories, so make sure you shop around to see everything thats available. Fly screens are also a big seller due to the many mosquitos during the summer months, and these can be found in most garden centers or D.I.Y. stores. Gazebo's and garden sheds are also abundant in both garden centers and D.I.Y. stores.
For those who either hate shopping for home furnishings, or don't have the time, there are companies that specialise in furnishing your home for you.