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Sheryl Novak of SOLutions Mexico Furniture Store – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Murphy bed, Solutions Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYou can definitely buy furniture in Puerto Vallarta. So many things are changing globally, and the whole online retail world is making it so much easier for people to shop. The challenge to buying furniture is knowing what to buy, and what not to buy. 
 
Most expats in Puerto Vallarta come from a different climate. Even here in Mexico, we have microclimates. It is incredibly humid here in the Bay of Banderas in the summertime, and you do not want to be bringing something from home and taking it all the way here, and then find out that in the first week, it falls apart because the glue will not last in this temperature. You won’t know unless you get here and somebody else can tell you. 
 
The biggest thing about buying furniture is really understanding what’s going to work and what isn’t going to work. Another thing that’s happening here in Puerto Vallarta that people aren’t realizing is that there are a lot of products that are brought in to big-box stores from offshore- China and Taiwan, and people think, for instance, “Oh, that’s synthetic rattan, that’ll last forever.” I thought that, too. What I didn’t know until I started this business and started learning more about these materials is that there are different grades of synthetic rattan. It can be cheap plastic, or it can be really well-made expensive plastic. 
 
When I first moved here, I purchased the cheap stuff not knowing any different, and within one season, all of that weave in that synthetic rattan snapped. I had to replace it, and I had to pay twice of what I should have paid. It’s very important with furniture to talk to somebody who knows what’s going to last. 
 
For instance, I would recommend powder-coated aluminum because it doesn’t rust and it’s nice and light. I would also recommend Textilene (the fabric that they use on yachts) to make sure that it lasts in the salt air and in the sun. You just spray and hose Textilene off to clean it. Another material that I would recommend is Poly-Wood, which is the new plastic wood that will outlast all of us- so you’re going to pay a little bit more upfront, but you’re never going to have to replace it, and it’s always going to look great. 
 
Finding out from people who have been here and from people who are experts on furniture what lasts and what doesn’t, what type of wood to buy and not to buy, can save you hassle, frustration, and a lot of money. 
 
A lot of people tell me that furniture in Mexico is horribly uncomfortable, but there is a difference. Having a furniture business for over 6 years here in Puerto Vallarta, I can speak more knowledgeably about the different comfort levels and the different styles of furniture that different groups of people like. For instance, there is a definite style that the Canadians like, which is different than what Americans like, and is different than what the locals here like. These styles differ in colors, fabrics, shapes, and in comfort level. 
 
I have found it was difficult to find a really comfortable sofa here in Puerto Vallarta, and when you think about it, many of the traditional homes in Mexico have beds with a concrete base and a cushion on top. That means their degree of comfort is different than what we look for in comfort.
 
I love the fact that North America has different brands that are manufactured right here in Mexico because of the low cost of materials here. For instance, one of my suppliers is Palliser. Palliser Furniture is number one in upholstered leather in all of North America, and because Canadians in particular are really familiar with the Palliser brand name, they love to know that they can order a very comfortable sofa that’s exactly what they could get at home in Canada through us. I order the sofa from the plant in Saltillo, Mexico, ship it to them, and they can have that kind of comfort that they are used to at home while still supporting Mexico and its workers, including their families. 
 
It is a win-win to me when we can find a brand that is well-known, and that provides really well-made, well-constructed, comfortable, and well-priced furniture that is made here in Mexico, because to me it just wraps it all up in a ball.
 
In most cases, furniture costs a little less here in the Bay of Banderas than what they would cost in Canada, and the quality is exactly the same as what one would get in Canada. 
 
The key for people in the US and Canada is to find which brands are manufactured in Mexico, but there also has to be somebody you can speak to. Usually, you can’t purchase direct from the manufacturer. You have to be able to go through somebody because manufacturers don’t sell direct.  
 
(Murphy bed wall unit, available at Solutions Mexico, Puerto Vallarta , Mexico, pictured.)
Sheryl Novak of SOLutions Mexico Furniture Store – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Buy your furniture in Puerto Vallarta online!
 
Having purchased a new condo in the Vallarta area, I was astounded at how difficult it was to fully furnish a condo.  There are only a few options for furniture in the area, and most are overpriced due to Vallarta being a seasonal area.  Add to that you need a vehicle, need to know how to drive in Mexico, where to go, what materials to avoid when buying furniture, who to trust, how to handle the deliveries.  You get the idea... 
 
Most folks do not have a budget for an interior designer or they would prefer to spend their money on furniture, not for a service.  Regardless, they still want stylish and comfortable furniture.  
 
The solution?  Buy furniture online.  From sectionals, sofa beds, wall beds to outdoor furniture, dining room furniture, and more!  A good online supplier will have gone to the the manufacturers throughout Mexico and inspected their items, checked the quality of their manufacturing, warranties and service.  They will use companies that honor warranties if there is a problem.  And they will even take care of the logistics of getting items shipped to your home in Mexico.  So why go through all the hassle and expense of in person shopping when you can do all your shopping from your home in the US and Canada?  
 
And, what makes it even more helpful - a good online store will also share tips on everything home related - where to buy the best sheets in Mexico, who to call if you need your marble floors waxed, how to set up a Mexican bank account and more.
 
(Wicker living room available online, pictured.)
 
 
 
 
 
Antonio Trejo of Novamar Insurance Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Patio dining furniture, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYes, you can buy furniture in Puerto Vallarta. There are furniture stores here that sell good quality furniture.
 
I personally buy my furniture in stores that have branches all over Mexico because that is some sort of a guarantee. Also you can buy furniture here at an affordable price. I bought a 6-seater dining set made out of pinewood. It’s very good. I have had it for 4 years now and I paid around US $500 for it. I have seen the same dining table in other places like in Guadalajara but it is more expensive there.
 
I am sure that compared to what you will pay in the US, you can buy good quality furniture for a good price with good quality here in Puerto Vallarta.
 
Most of the furniture stores give a 3-year guarantee and some items even have a lifetime guarantee. You can also get some custom-made furniture in downtown Puerto Vallarta, in Fluvial, and at the maritime terminal. Most of the furniture stores have their adverts in English and I’m sure they did that for a reason. I believe it is because their main clients are expats.   
 
(Patio dining furniture, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)
Carl Timothy of Timothy Real Estate Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Custom bar in covered patio, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingOne of the incredible things about Puerto Vallarta is that when you want to decorate your house, we’ve got a number of very good interior designers. You can grab your architectural digest and you can say, “That sofa looks great. Can I have that?” You can get it manufactured here for a fraction of what it would cost for you to purchase in the States, and the quality of the furniture manufactured here is incredible.  You can come here and the handmade furniture manufacturers can produce for you exactly what you want with exactly the fabric you want for a fraction of what all of that would cost elsewhere.
 
If you would rather go to a retail store, we do have furniture stores. Guadalajara (about four hours away by car) is full of manufacturing plants and furniture stores. Here in town it’s a little bit more specialized and you can get an interior designer who can do your whole house for you in a nice package deal with the right color of fabrics and the right color of pillows and the right size of sofa for the space you need for only about 60% of what you would pay in the States, and that’s from scratch, exactly what you want.
 
(Custom bar in covered patio, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)

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