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. Large home centres like A. L. Thompson’s, Cox Lumber, Kirk Home Centre and Uncle Bill’s sell a wide selection of relatively inexpensive furniture, while The Nook sells quality restored and refurbished furniture.
Children’s and baby furniture can be bought from Bedside Manor in Camana Bay and the Baby Shoppe in Alissta Towers on North Sound Road. Second hand baby furniture can be bought through the ecaytrade website and at Kids Karma Closet.
If you’re moving to the Cayman Islands, the best course of action is to wait and see if you will rent or buy somewhere. If you are going to rent, then most places come furnished, even if the furnishings might not be to your taste. If you buy, most places will come with furniture, particularly if they have been owned before. If you have just bought a house or apartment and need to decorate it then you will be pleasantly surprised by the furniture stores and what they offer. Below is a full list of the very best furniture stores in Cayman but options include Absolutely Fabulous in the Caymanian Village shopping Centre on North Sound Road (Tel: (345) 926 9803), the Design Studio in Camana Bay (Tel: (345) 945 4977), Dwell by IDG which is located opposite the Airport Post Office (Tel: (345) 745 4310), International Design Group (IDG) in Seven Mile Shops on West Bay Road (Tel: (345) 943 6464), Markson’s Furniture which is next to the Compass Centre on Crewe Road in George Town (Tel: (345) 949 6233), Tomlinson Furniture & Mattress Gallery which is located at the four-way stop by the George Town hospital (Tel: (345) 949 5383) and finally, Sticks and Stones which is located on 114 Kingbird Drive in the Industrial Park (Tel: (345) 947 8663). There are also the home centres which carry prepacked furniture which you can assemble. These include AL Thompson’s, Cox Lumber and Kirk Home Centre. Finally, there is a wonderful and very talented furniture maker called John Bird who owns Martlet Design. He can make anything you need from tables, to cabinets to wine cellars! Tel: (345) 916 7583.
There is a roaring trade of second hand furniture on ecaytrade.com and many people will buy new stuff locally. If you decide to buy your own home, you can ship your personal items (furniture, paintings, accessories, etc) in.
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.