Furniture Cayman Islands
A wide variety of furniture is available in Cayman from high quality furniture from stores like IDG to very affordable brands from Dwell.
IDG (Tel: (345) 943 6464) is the exclusive local vendor for many brands. They have two retail locations, Home by IDG and Dwell by IDG, that offer hassle free shopping at competitive prices, great quality and same day delivery. Other dedicated furniture and accessories stores like Absolutely Fabulous, Marksons Furniture, Sticks & Stones and also Tomlinson Furniture all sell a very good selection. Home centres like A. L. Thompson’s, Cox Lumber, Kirk Home Centre and Uncle Bill’s sell a selection of relatively inexpensive furniture. The Nook sells quality restored and refurbished furniture.
Children and baby furniture can be bought from Bedside Manor in Camana Bay, Baby Express in Cannon Place, the Baby Shoppe in Alissta Towers on North Sound Road and Tomlinson Furniture Gallery. Second-hand baby furniture can be bought through the ecaytrade website and at Kids Karma Closet.
If you’re moving to Cayman, the best course of action is to first make the decision whether you will be renting or buying. Most rental places do come fully furnished, as do previously owned houses and condos. It’s only new builds that come unfurnished. Many people will buy new furniture locally, or take advantage of the booming second hand market on ecaytrade.com and other local Facebook sites.
If you have been here longer than the six-month duty-free window (see the Shipping & Duty Costs page for more information), then you can write to the head of Cayman Customs explaining that you have now decided to buy a property and would like to import your used personal items from back home, requesting items to be brought in duty-free. This would be subject to any condition that the Collector may see fit to impose. It is unlikely you will be turned down, as long as the request is genuine.
Keep all the receipts you can to prove the items are over six months old, but please note, the items must be used – if the items are new and have never been used, then you will be charged duty on them. If you decide to buy your own home but don’t have any of your own furniture, then Cayman has a wealth of furniture stores as well as phenomenally talented furniture designers who can build almost anything from scratch (think wine cellars, book shelves, entertainment centres, stair cases, custom closets and beds, etc). For more information check www.customs.gov.ky.