Buying Furniture in Mexico: An Expat Homeowner’s Guide

If you are relocating to Mexico for the long or short term, or you are investing in real estate here for whatever reason, you might be interested to know what buying furniture in Mexico is like. This Autumn, after spending two years living in the Yucatan, I purchased a house in the Los Reyes district of Merida and was excited to go about decorating it and making it my own. 

For the past two years I had been bouncing around different Airbnbs and short-term rentals in Merida and everywhere that I had stayed prior had already been furnished so I didn’t own anything myself. Closing on the house meant that I had to start from scratch and buy literally everything – beds and mattresses, sofas and cushions, a dining table, a fridge and kitchen appliances, etc. 

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy and stress-free shopping for furniture in Mexico was and the sheer amount of options available. Merida is home to a variety of excellent furniture shops and department stores selling everything from stylish, modern contemporary pieces, to Tulum-style bohemian handmade items, to antiques. 

The same can pretty much be said of all major Mexican cities and even in more rural areas where you don’t have an abundance of shopping opportunities right on your doorstep, most places offer delivery with a fast turnaround.

Buying Furniture in Mexico

Buying my house in Mexico was my first foray into home ownership after working remotely and bouncing around as a Digital Nomad for several years. Your situation might be a little different if you already own a home in the US, Canada or elsewhere, but since the costs of shipping furniture to Mexico can often be exorbitant, even overland, sometimes it makes better sense to sell your existing items and just purchase things locally in Mexico. 

Useful stores to add to your radar in Mexico

  • Liverpool

  • Sears

  • Gran Chapur

  • Coppel

  • Amazon Mexico

  • Gaia furniture

  • Zara Home

  • Home Depot

  • Office Depot

  • Local supermarkets: Walmart, Soriana, Bodega Aurrera 

  • Luuna and Super Colchones for beds and mattresses
Furniture for sale at Gran Chapur, Merida
Furniture for sale at Gran Chapur, Merida

Department stores in Mexico 

Department stores like Sears, Liverpool and Gran Chapur (Yucatan only) are great places to start with your hunt for furniture in Mexico and I bought many of my larger items from these stores. (This included a three-piece sofa set, a dining table and chairs, and a mattress and bedframe)

Still, it is worth noting that these places are good for some things and not necessarily the best choice for others. For example, when it comes to sofas, beds, kitchen tables, and large items like coffee tables, desks and wardrobes, I found these department stores to sell some of the best quality items and the prices were competitive compared to what you would find elsewhere, even if they were not cheap. 

However, when it came to kitchen appliances, televisions and electronics, I often found the exact same items cheaper at Home Depot, Walmart and other supermarkets so it is worth shopping around because Mexican department stores definitely do tack on a mark-up sometimes. 

Prices of things here are pretty comparable to what you would expect in the United States and Canada. Sometimes they are ever so slightly more expensive because they are imported and not manufactured in Mexico. 

Coppel

All of the above-mentioned Mexican department stores have online and in-store shopping. Another store that is perhaps worth mentioning is Coppel which is a more economical store selling clothing and household goods (kind of like a Target if Target sold appliances). 

I find that the quality isn’t really there for things like chairs and furnishings at Coppel but they are often a good place to search for electronics and small appliances like blenders and airfryers. 

Gorgeous ceramic plates and dining table items sold in Dolores Hidalgo
Gorgeous ceramic plates and dining table items sold in Dolores Hidalgo

Independent stores and mercados 

Artisanal stores and mercados are great places to purchase smaller items and interior goods in Mexico and some parts of the country are renowned for certain items and handicrafts. For example, Tlaquepaque in Jalisco and Dolores Hidalgo in Guanajuato are known for their handpainted azulejo tiles and ceramics. 

You can purchase some gorgeous tiles here and use them to decorate your bathroom or kitchen in your new Mexican casita. In mercados from Tijuana to Merida and everywhere in between, you will find gorgeous Talavera pottery and colourful ceramic plates and dishes, as well as traditional Mexican clay pots which are lovely to use at dinner parties.

Does Amazon exist in Mexico?

Amazon exists in Mexico (www.Amazon.com.mx) and was my go-to place for ordering smaller appliances, electronics, lamps and other bits and bobs for my new home. It doesn’t offer the same extensive amount of items as Amazon US but it’s still pretty good. 

Shipping is pretty fast, and if you sign up for Prime, Amazon offers free 1-day shipping to over 30 cities in Mexico, and free same-day delivery on certain products to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Toluca. 

Amazon US does work here too so if you can’t find what you are looking for on Amazon Mexico, or you want to double-check the prices, you can open up the US version of the site and compare the two. You should expect items from the US to be delivered to Mexico in about a week. 

The good thing is that Amazon US usually displays the total cost of the items, including the import taxes to Mexico. So there are never any sneaky hidden costs that you will have to pay later. 

Is there an IKEA in Mexico?

There are currently only two IKEA stores in Mexico, with one located in Mexico City and the other in Puebla. Although the company has already announced plans to expand across Mexico by opening a number of other stores, including one in Guadalajara. 

Home delivery within Mexico is currently limited to a handful of states and areas including Mexico State, Querétaro, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Nuevo León, Guanajuato and San Luis Potosí. Delivery turnaround times are detailed as 10 days from the placement of order but sometimes they move a little faster. 

Zara Home at La Isla Mall, Merida is a nice place to buy small home interior goods
Zara Home at La Isla Mall, Merida is a nice place to buy small home interior goods

Delivery lead times in Mexico 

With most furniture, I think it’s a good idea to physically go to the store and make sure that you like the way that things look in person, that they are comfy to sit on, etc. Some of the sofas that looked really beautiful online ended up being harder than a pile of rocks, and then ones that looked like they were all about the aesthetics and not that comfy ended up being great! 

Delivery dates can vary wildly depending on the specific item. Some things were being held in a nearby warehouse and were ready to be shipped out the following day while others had a three-week lead time and many sofa stores quoted a 2-3 month turnaround! 

Do check the lead time with the salesperson at the store if there is something you are interested in. 

When you purchase furniture to be delivered, you will need to provide your name, address, contact number and email address. Most places took two contact numbers which is handy if you are living with a partner and worried about missing a call

The store will print you a receipt which specifies the delivery date. If this date is not convenient for you for any reason, you can call the store and ask to change it. 

Most sales reps will also write down their personal contact number and will be available via Whatsapp should you need anything. Take a photo of your receipt and keep it safe until the delivery date. 

I actually started to browse for furniture before closing on my house, and what I appreciated was that a lot of the department stores (including Liverpool and Sears) were happy to hold my items in their warehouse for up to three months. 

Having my mattress delivered from Liverpool department store in Merida
Having my mattress delivered from Liverpool department store in Merida

Getting your furniture delivered in Mexico 

When the furniture is delivered, you will need to show your passport or another form of ID to prove that it is you. Your delivery date will be written on your receipt, but the store will usually give you a courtesy call before coming by. 

Tables, chairs and beds for sale at Gran Chapur, Merida
Tables, chairs and beds for sale at Gran Chapur, Merida

Discounts and store credit in Mexico

When you go shopping for furniture in Mexico, you will find that the store attendants are very attentive and will immediately approach you to offer help.

Pretty much everything will have a price tag on it anyway, but I found that there were many instances where the price on the label wasn’t actually the true price and there were discounts available for paying in cash and not on credit, etc. 

Many stores offer payment plans for purchasing furniture and electronics although you will need to have residency in Mexico to be eligible. This is often something like 20 monthly repayments with no interest, or perhaps 24-36 months with a low amount of interest. 

However, the price was always cheaper (even if it was only by $50-$100 or so) when buying outright. 

Furniture sales in Mexico 

There are furniture sales throughout the year in Mexico and it pays to check what will be on sale and when. Since I was moving into my house in November, I was able to get some good deals at the November sales (Singles Day, Buen Fin, etc). 

Some notable dates when sales are taking place in Mexico are detailed below. 

  • January sales (when stores try and get rid of last year’s stock to make way for new collections)

  • August – Back-to-school sales

  • Singles Day – Officially 11th November but the sales often extend over a whole weekend

  • Buen Fin (“Good End”) – 17th to the 20th of November

  • Black Friday (Black Friday in Mexico takes place to a lesser extent in the US as many stores will have Buen Fin sales instead of Black Friday sales). 

Final thoughts on buying furniture in Mexico

Decorating a new home should always be seen as a fun and exciting experience and even though you might think that buying furniture in Mexico and managing deliveries here may be stressful, it is a lot more of a breeze than you may expect. 

Do you have any further questions about buying furniture in Mexico or life here in general? I have been living in the Yucatan capital of Merida for the last few years and I am happy to help out with anything you might need. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I can. Safe travels!

Buen Viaje! Melissa xo 


Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer based in Merida, Mexico and the Editor-in-Chief of Mexico Travel Secrets. She has over seven years worth of experience in working in travel media and has travelled to 57 countries, mostly solo. Throughout her career, Melissa has produced written content for several high-profile publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, the Huffington Post, Rough Guides, and Matador Network.

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