Decora style with Rama: Navigating the furniture market –a guide to finding your perfect furniture pieces


Furniture shopping in Ghana is an adventure rich with cultural diversity and craftsmanship. From bustling markets to modern showrooms, the country offers a plethora of options for those seeking to furnish their homes with style and authenticity.

In the month of July through August 2024, we will publish a shopping guide (pullout) in the B&FT that will take you through the ins and outs of furniture shopping in Ghana, from where to go to what to look for, ensuring that you find the perfect pieces to complement your space.

Exploring Traditional Markets: Start your furniture journey by immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of traditional markets. Places like Makola Market in Accra or Kejetia Market in Kumasi are treasure troves of handcrafted furniture, where you can find everything from intricately carved wooden chairs to beautifully woven baskets. Don’t be afraid to haggle with vendors – it’s all part of the experience.

Artisan Workshops: For those seeking bespoke pieces crafted with care and attention to detail, artisan workshops are the place to go. Across Ghana, talented craftsmen ply their trade, creating unique furniture that reflects the country’s rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re looking for a custom-made sofa or a one-of-a-kind dining table, these workshops can bring your vision to life.

Modern Showrooms: If contemporary design is more your style, Ghana’s major cities boast a growing number of modern furniture showrooms. Here, you’ll find sleek sofas, minimalist dining sets, and cutting-edge decor imported from around the world. While prices may be higher than at traditional markets, the quality and design options available make it worth the investment for many.

Considerations When Shopping: When shopping for furniture in Ghana, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind.

  1. Ensure that the pieces you choose are well-made and durable, especially if you plan to transport them.
  2. Consider the climate – materials like teak and mahogany are well-suited to Ghana’s tropical environment. Finally, don’t forget to factor in delivery and installation costs, particularly if you’re purchasing large items.
  3. Prioritize longevity over price. Investing in a quality furniture is amore than aesthethics; it’s about choosing pieces that will stand the test of time. While it may be tempting to opt for cheaper options, consider the construction and materials used.
  4. Seek out-exceptional design. A well-designed piece of furniture can transform a space. Look for items that pay homage to renowned design icons or that exhibit timeless appeal. Before you shop, research to identify styles that resonates with you.
  5. Shop cohesively: Room by Room. Finding a retailer that caters to all your home furnishing needs can simplify the process significantly. It is more efficient to source your living room, dining room, bedroom and outdoor furniture from a single store, ensuring a unified style and minimizing logistical headaches.
  6. Ensure accessible customer service. A responsive customer service team is crucial, particularly for online purchases. Ensure the retailer offers a dedicated helpline for quick resolution of any issues that may arise with your furniture.
  7. Understand warranties and return policies. No product is flawless and furniture is no exception. Familiarize yourself with the warrantly and return policy of the items you are considering. Make sue to get all details in writing to protect your investment.

Conclusion: Furniture shopping in Ghana is a rewarding experience that offers a glimpse into the country’s rich cultural tapestry. Whether you’re browsing traditional markets, commissioning bespoke pieces from local artisans, or perusing modern showrooms, there’s something for everyone in Ghana’s diverse furniture landscape. So, roll up your sleeves, sharpen your bargaining skills, and prepare to find the perfect pieces to transform your space. Happy hunting!

NB: This July to September, look out for our special feature on what to shop and where to shop for your furniture pieces.

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