There are several stores where you can buy furniture in Boquete. When we first moved into the area in Boquete where we live, we needed queen over queen bunkbeds that would cost US $3,000 - $4,000 each in the United States. I went in to a local artist named Oldemar and they built me a queen over queen American-style bunkbed made out of teak wood that’s absolutely gorgeous for $600.
One of the things that you can experience here in Boquete that you can’t experience in the United States is going in to actual furniture manufactures. You can have beds, cabinets, credenzas, beds, and cool, custom kitchens made.
We just put a custom kitchen in a casita that we’ve rehabbed for bed and breakfast. The whole kitchen replacement cost $1,700, with pieces that are handmade from quality hardwoods sourced in Chiriquí. Everything was gorgeous. We also had granite countertops installed. The cabinets cost $800, while the granite countertops cost $900.
In the United States, when you order a custom kitchen, a lot of the time your front facing board will be made of hardwood such as oak, but your drawers will be made out of particle board, and a lot of the hardware will be not that good. Here in Chiriquí, we have self-closing drawers, and all of the drawers are made out of hardwood, custom made by experienced artists in Chiriquí that just can’t be duplicated in the United States. It’s cheaper here in Chiriquí, but the artisan craftsmanship is superior, and that’s an irreplaceable benefit of Boquete.
(Custom cabinets and table, Volcan, Mexico, pictured.)