What follows is a small selection of basic, self-service furniture, appliance and DIY hardware chain stores in Belgium. There is no guarantee that anyone will speak English, but once you have found what you need, little more than basic French, German or Dutch should be necessary for the transaction.
Look in the Yellow Pages or on the store's own website for the branch closest to you.
Hypermarkets, Supermarkets and Superstores
- : Large hypermarket chain selling Carrefour own brand foods, clothing, accessories, basic furniture and electrical appliances. Discounts are available to holders of the store's loyalty card or Carrefour credit card
- Lidl: Discount supermarket chain selling frozen foods, alcohol, bread and a limited range of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Aldi: Large chain of German supermarkets selling low-cost, own label items as well as more well known brand names
- Delhaize: Chain of Belgian supermarkets, offering Internet shopping and home delivery. Branches throughout Belgium
Furniture and Appliance Shops
- IKEA: The largest chain of furniture shops in the world has six branches in Belgium. For indoor and outdoor furniture, sofas, dining tables and chairs, book shelves, kitchen appliances, futons, storage boxes and fitted kitchens
- Habitat: Chain of designer furniture stores. For beds, tables, kitchens, chairs, garden furniture and storage solutions
- MediaMarkt: Large chain of superstores selling audio and video equipment, computers, cameras and camcorders, washing machines, microwaves, vacuum cleaners and mobile phones
- Krefel: Electronic equipment and white goods specialists. For washing machines, dishwashers, PCs and audio/video equipment. Many branches throughout Belgium
For expats moving to Belgium on a short term basis, there are also companies that provide furniture rentals.
Building Material, Hardware and DIY
- Brico: The largest DIY retailer in Belgium. Sells DIY, home decoration and own label products as well as gardening products.
- Orga: Self-service hardware and DIY store with flooring, tools, decorating products, wall paper, tiles, paint, bathroom fittings and garden products
- Hubo: Belgian DIY retailer stocking hardware and articles for the home and garden.
Office Supplies and Stationery
- Offimex: Official RICOH specialists in Belgium, selling photocopiers, scanners, printers and fax machines. Products available online as well as in-store
- Papeterie GECE: Brussels-based store selling paper, PC accessories, shredders, envelopes and notebooks, ink cartridges, pens and calculators. Also has an online shopping facility with deliveries throughout Belgium
- Retif: Cash and carry open to the public. Stationery, office supplies, packaging and shop fittings