Are you a cool modernist, a luxury loving traditionalist, a shabby chic new ager or basement haunting bargain hunter? When it comes to transforming your loft conversion into your own special space, you’ll find something to fit bill in the wealth of furniture warehouses, markets and shops of Walthamstow and the immediate vicinity. Here’s just a few you’ll want to discover.
Sir Terence Conran, the founder of Habitat – chic, stylish and the essence of cool – practically invented British interior design, and you’ll be pleased to discover there’s an outlet on your doorstep. Needless to say, Habitat stocks a complete range of home furnishings, of which its stunning lighting and accessory departments are worthy of special mention.
2C Fulbourne Road, Walthamstow E17 4EE
Telephone: 034 4499 1108 www.habitat.co.uk
Luxury Loving Traditionalists
If you’re into luxury with a period feel – reclining on a chaise longue whilst your partner peels you a grape! – Mondital is for you. Their furniture collections cover classic, traditional, reproduction, rococo and baroque styles, and their local superstore has over 12,000 sq.ft. luxury Italian furniture on display, from living, dining and bedroom furnishings to home office and bar equipment.
800 – 806 Lea Bridge Road, Walthamstow E17 9DN
Telephone: 0845 2330 336 www.mondital.com
Shabby Chic New Agers
If you’re into stripped pine furniture, shabby chic accessories and recycled treasures, the Pine Store is the place to visit. An independent family run business, they supply everything from beds to bookcases and dressers and dining tables from stock or made to special order. Their proud boast is that don’t sell flat pack furniture and prices include free home delivery (within reason!)
239 High Road, South Woodford E18 2PD
Telephone: 0208 559 1213 www.pinestoreandmore.com
Basement Bargain Hunters
If you’re a bargain hunter and you want to do your bit for the community into the bargain, you could do worse than shop for second hand furniture at the British Heart Foundation’s outlet in The Mall (‘The Heart of Awesomestow’). It’s a charity home wares / furniture shop selling everything from beds to sofas with, naturally, all the proceeds going to charity.
The Mall, 45 Selbourne Walk, Walthamstow
Telephone: 020 8521 0220 www.bhf.org.uk
Keen Eyed Collectors
Wood Street Antique Collectors Market is also a place to find cheap second hand furniture, not to mention antiques that will make unique conversation pieces for your shelves and display areas. It’s only a 15 minute walk from the centre of Walthamstow Village, or 2 minutes from Wood Street station. The street market also has a great little café that does a good old fashioned fry-up!
98-100, Wood Street, Walthamstow E17 3HX
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm