Guide to furnishing your house in the Netherlands (cheaply)!

So, you’ve just moved into your new place and it’s unfurnished, semi-furnished, or just ugly. Nightmare.

Well, we’re here to help you with tips and tricks on furnishing your house in the Netherlands beautifully, yet cheaply.

You have a nice space, you pay your utilities, and bills so you want the place to look nice on a budget. Let’s talk about how you can do that. 👍

Kringloop winkels, i.e. second-hand shops

Ooooh, the almighty kringloop. They saved me hundreds (thousands, even) of euros when I first got to the Netherlands. I’d moved into an unfurnished apartment, with no internet and no car for transportation, to buy furniture.

I didn’t know anyone and I was completely at a loss on what to do about the fact I had nothing to even sit on at home. 🪑

I went for a walk around my area and came across a kringloop — luckily, most areas will have them. I ended up completely furnishing my apartment for only a couple of hundred euros: my sofa was €35. 🤯

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The trusted Kringloop winkels. Image: Baykedevries/Wikimedia Commons/CC4.0

Admittedly, I was eating my dinner off a kringloop laptop desk for months and my sofa was a weird blue velvet, but it was home. If you have time to really look around, you can get some amazing items cheaply and aesthetically pleasing too!

In short, go to a kringloop if you haven’t already! It’s definitely the best place to go if you’re furnishing your house in the Netherlands.

IKEA

I love IKEA! Then again, who doesn’t? Ikea has 13 stores all over the Netherlands and it’s worth the visit if you have a spare 5 hours or so.

IKEA is great (if you don’t mind dealing with flat-pack furniture) and it’s very cheap in comparison to other furniture places. Hence, it’s one of the best ways of furnishing your house in the Netherlands.

No car? No worries. Most IKEA furniture can be bought online and delivered to your house for a reasonable price. It’s probably worth going to their stores though, so you can indulge in their cheap hot snacks. Did someone say Swedish meatballs and 50-cent hotdogs? 🌭

Marktplaats

Marktplaats (‘market square’) is the perfect place to visit if you’re after a bargain. Both new and used items are put up for sale on this site — some even free! 💻

Some listings are from regular people like you and me and others from online shops.

You can also list your things if you want to make a bit of cash yourself. It’s easy to use, and if your Dutch is not up to scratch, there are many listings on the site that are written in English.

Facebook marketplace

Facebook groups are the perfect way to grab yourself something cheap. It even has its own marketplace, where you can see listed items in your area or other areas if you choose. 📱

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Me finding a couch worth €200 on the Facebook marketplace. Image: Depositphotos

Just go on your Facebook homepage and you’ll find it in the sidebar. There is also a load of free items if you look properly! It’s updated all the time, so make sure you quickly snap up that bargain before somebody else does.

Facebook groups

Another way to get yourself some cheap or free goods is to join international groups. There is almost always somebody there who is trying to get rid of their furniture.

And because expats are always on the move, they want somebody to take their furniture off them quickly and cheaply so they can move on.

It’s definitely worth joining and looking around these groups — it’s also a great place to sell stuff yourself if needed. 💶💶

Action

Action is by far the best for the smaller, yet just as important little bits for your home. It has paint, duvet sets, cleaning products, kitchen items, little tables, lamps, garden products, candles, DIY tools, and hardware — I could go on forever.

This is the place you need to go if your house is bare and you need the essentials, with a bit of decoration too. Luckily ‘Action’ is found pretty much everywhere in the Netherlands, so you have no excuse not to go.

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Action, our best friend. Image: Donald Trung Quoc Don (Chữ Hán: 徵國單)/ Wikimedia Commons/CC4.0.

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Alternatives

I live in a block of apartments where we have a bench in the communal area. Once a member of the building wanted to get rid of an item that was still in good condition, it would go on that bench for another person to take: from clothes to chairs and children’s toys to lampshades.

I’ve both taken and put a lot on the bench since I moved. It became a thing for me to ask my partner ‘so, what’s on the bench today?’ We even got a lovely coffee table from ‘the bench’ once.

If your apartment doesn’t have one, you better start organising one, the perfect way to get rid of your items without waste and receive free items in return!

Checking out the noticeboard or communal walls if you live in a block of flats is also worth it —  people often advertise items for sale from within the block. 📍

If the notice is in Dutch and you aren’t fluent yet, translate it! You could be missing out on a bargain. 💰

While it’s impossible to list every single thing out there, these are what saved me from the tedious and expensive task of furnishing my house.

Do you have any other tips about furnishing a house in the Netherlands? Tell us in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in February 2018, and was fully updated in June 2022 for your reading pleasure.

Feature Image:Depositphotos
Emma Brown
Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

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  1. Outlets of high end furnitures if you want cheap but very very good quality and either a show piece or returned item for wrong color etc..

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