Toronto offers some of the best decor shopping in the country, just ask any Décor Aid interior designer — if you know where to look. It’s true what they say, Toronto is a city of neighborhoods, and that includes ones dedicated to decor shopping. Each shopping district in Toronto has a different specialty, so depending on your needs you should head to a different area for the best scores.
To help you on your search our friends at Zoocasa have compiled a list featuring four of the best best Toronto shopping districts for furniture, lighting, and accessories, including the best destinations of each.
Castlefield Design District
This area in the north-west of the city near Caledonia, just North of Eglinton Avenue, has many furniture, design, lighting and hardware stores with huge showrooms that cover all price points. Plus, there’s always parking! Here’s a small sample of the stores on offer:
This high-end furniture store always offers gorgeous pieces with a unique feel. And it’s a great place to walk around for fresh inspiration.
This mid-range store offers more contemporary pieces, with lots of apartment and condo-sized furniture to choose from.
Union lighting and furniture
Get all your lighting needs met here, plus you’ll get to work with dedicated specialists to answer any questions.
Bathurst and Queen
Bathurst and Queen is the old textile and fashion district, and the neighborhood still has a cluster of furniture stores that call-back to its roots. Stores here offer great apartment-sized pieces, often with an off-beat, modern twist. You can stroll around and pop in and out of stores since they’re all so densely packed. Here’s a small sample of the stores on offer:
Fun, affordable pieces that showcase Canadian designers. It is still owned by the same duo who founded it in 1977, Myrlene Sundberg and John Palchinski.
Unique, edgy designs that would look perfect in a hard loft, Design Republic specializes in industrial-looking tables, and sofas in a huge range of shapes and colors. They also have a huge rug collection, thrown over their banisters for easy viewing.
Condo-sized Furniture and Blinds
Another independently owned store, they manufacture small, elegant and functional pieces that are perfect for small spaces.
This new Toronto neighborhood sprung out of the ground just a decade ago and now sells the most condos out of any area in the city. Well-established American and Canadian furniture chains operate out of this area and their flirty and contemporary designs are extremely popular with the thousands of residents in the Liberty village condos next door. Here’s a small sample of the stores on offer:
While a bit pricey for furniture you have to assemble yourself, the designs and accessories they offer are nevertheless stunning and timeless. You can easily spend hours browsing and daydreaming about their silk pillowcases and adorable bedroom sets.
A Winnipeg-based company, EQ3 offers clean and simple designs that you can customize with fabric, leather, and a variety of finishes to make them your own.
This Montreal-based chain has exploded in recent years after they smartyly lowered their prices. They now offer functional furniture that is far more beautiful than anything you’ll ever find at Ikea. It’s so popular that it’s easy to spot entire condos in downtown Toronto that are exclusively furnished by Structube.
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