Big things in fur­ni­ture pack­ages

The fur­ni­ture bun­dle deal has come a long way with more flex­i­bil­ity and style at a great price, writes

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Once re­served for 20-some­things mov­ing out of home for the first time, fur­ni­ture bun­dles used to be known for be­ing in­ex­pen­sive and, let’s face it, a lit­tle taste­less.

Bulk man­u­fac­tured us­ing low-cost materials and fab­rics, they were per­fect when setting up a share-house but frowned upon when it came to buying “grown up” fur­ni­ture.

Now a new breed of re­tail­ers are bring­ing the pack­age deal firmly into 2017 with stylish choices, de­signer fin­ishes and an af­ford­able price tag tak­ing the stress out of fur­nish­ing your home.

“In the fur­ni­ture in­dus­try, there is a shift to­wards sus­tain­abil­ity and longevity,” says Nick Peters, na­tional sales man­ager at Eat Fur­ni­ture.

“To re­main com­pet­i­tive, pack­ages need to con­stantly evolve with trends in de­sign, in­te­ri­ors and real es­tate as well as qual­ity de­mands.”

Cu­rated spaces

A new­comer to the lo­cal mar­ket is Castlery — a Sin­ga­pore-based on­line re­tailer with a show­room in Syd­ney spe­cial­is­ing in bun­dles fea­tur­ing de­signer pieces that can be mixed and matched.

“Al­though pack­ages are gen­er­ally more af­ford­able (than buying pieces in­di­vid­u­ally), it’s the ex­pert level of cu­ra­tion that is now com­ing along with the de­signs that peo­ple are buying into,” says Castlery founder De­clan Ee.

De­clan says new home­own­ers make up the ma­jor­ity of cus­tomers look­ing for a fur­ni­ture bun­dle as well as ex­pats living in Aus­tralia for work. Of­ten col­lab­o­rat­ing with emerg­ing de­sign­ers, he says the Castlery range is fresh and so­phis­ti­cated with pre-de­signed bun­dles start­ing at around $1250 for the living room.

“Most of the time there isn’t much flex­i­bil­ity with pack­age pur­chases but we wanted to change that,” says De­clan.

Castlery buy­ers are able to cus­tomise each piece in­di­vid­u­ally and or­der free fab­ric swatches from their web­site.

An­other re­tailer en­ter­ing the pack­age deal mar­ket is Eat Fur­ni­ture which de­liv­ers Aus­tralia-wide and of­fers three pack­ages each in­clud­ing pieces for living, bed­room and din­ing spaces cu­rated by pro­fes­sional in­te­rior de­sign­ers.

Their main clien­tele are own­ers of in­vest­ment prop­er­ties but the re­tailer is also see­ing a new type of client — own­ers and op­er­a­tors of short-stay prop­er­ties such as those you find on Airbnb or Stayz.

Fan­tas­tic Fur­ni­ture pack­ages are a great start­ing point for living ar­eas. Cus­tomise the space with ac­ces­sories such as throw rugs, glass­ware and light­ing.

Stylkea pan­els can cus­tomise fur­ni­ture.

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