Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Shopping for Interiors?? - Recommended places in Bangalore

The question about which are the best places to shop for stuff for home interiors in Bangalore has surfaced in multiple discussions with friends, family and clients. Some may say that I am about to reveal a trade secret, however I am a firm believer that knowledge should be free ... and available for people to make informed decisions. Money should be made from ideas and implementation of those & not from information.

Before we dwell deeper here are some first principles

1. What are given below are my views on the best places that I know of.
2. I am not soliciting business for or from these folks.
3. You might end up with better places to shop than these....if you do then let me know as well :)

Okay....back to the meat then


Shutters (ready made)

For wardrobe & Kitchen: Have found Indoline to be the best in quality, variety & value (= cost/ quality). These are available from most Kitchen & Furniture vendors in Bangalore. Huzafia Decor on Residency road is the Bangalore dealer for Indoline.
The negative is that these come from Nasik and take a min of 15 days for delivery. If one is pressed for time then Elenza comes a close second. They have a factory in Bangalore, hence can deliver quickly, also have a wider colour choice.

Carcass 

(boxes for kitchen & wardrobe cabinets): Anything works here...Elenza, Indoline, local make all are ok

Wood (Ply, Laminate etc.)

Kanakpura Road (opposite GR Pinnacle) has multiple shops. All of these folks are distributors and offer good rates (I might write about rates in a later post)

Hardware

Before you buy hardware make sure you visit the Hettich showroom at Raheja Arcade in Koramangala (opposite Forum). A trip there opens your eyes to what all has been achieved in the Hardware world and what you should be using for your needs. Best places to shop for hardware are Ismail (good rates), Parmanand (Good variety) - both on Commercial Street (CS), CS has multiple other shops in the bylanes & crevices which I have not explored.
Closer to South Bangalore, Masterpiece (opposite Big Bazaar Jayanagar 9th Block) has good variety (rates are a ?). Also Razzle (Opposite Sonata on RV Road) has good variety (especially Handles & Aluminium profiles etc.), rates are ok ok.

Number of folks choose to go to City Market for Hardware, however shopkeepers there (i felt) are not trustworthy and might take you for a ride.


Electricals, Light Fittings Etc.: 

For Lights the sasta and tikaau (meaning offering good value) place is Priya Electricals in Jayanagar 4th Block Market (Shops opposite Citibank). While Priya also keeps all other electrical stuff (Fans, Geysers, Chimney, Hobs etc.) sometimes have found Anupama Electricals (Opposite Khazana Jewellery in Jayanagar 4th Block) offering better rates.
If you want some of the best lights in town and care two hoots about the price then go to Trisha (Shanthi Nagar), they import lights from nearly all over the world and have a good variety.
I have seen Kapoor Lights, LightsPro etc. etc. but still found the above folks to be better.

Wooden Flooring & Panelling

This is one area (at least) where Hometown offers good choice, though you might get a better price outside.
There is specialized flooring and panelling material available (for example bamboo, shell, coconut shell wood panelling, leather floors etc) , however this comes from niche players who do not have a showroom in Bangalore but can supply.

Also very good quality Wallpaper is available nowadays (Hometown has this). This offers greater variety (than paint) for wall textures and is quicker to lay.

Kids Furniture

ChildSpace (Childspace.co.in) is by far the best, sometimes a little steep in price, however it beats all in quality and finish.


Sanitaryware

Galleria on Indiranagar 100 feet road has very good variety, they import stuff from all over, also they also have a price to match.
For standard desi stuff at regular rates Build mart (buildmart.co.in) on BG Road & Hometown have all that is there in the market...one stop shop


Kitchen & Bathroom slabs

This is not your run of the mill granite and marble stuff that I am talking about which is amply available in the Marble Market on BG Road.
There are speciality acrylic kitchen and counter tops that are available in Bangalore from Hanex (Hanexusa.com). They have a dealer close to dairy circle (before Kajaria Ceramics next to Forum) where you can check it out.


Furnishings, Upholstery etc.: 

Floating Walls (floatingwalls.in) in Jayanagar has everything that one might need at a price that is approx 30% lower most other big names in the market.

This is all that I can think of at this time of the night (yaaawn!!!) will add to the post if I remember anything that I missed out. As mentioned earlier if you find a good place for shopping for Home interiors ..... do let me know and I will add to the list (with due credits to you of course)

Bye for now

NM

127 comments:

  1. Thanks Nandita, this is quite a useful list. Appreciate your selflessness in sharing this information.

    Krishnan
    A7-10-02

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  2. Hi Nandita

    Can you recommend any other vendor who can supply the ready made shutters for kitchen, the cost of Indoline or Elanza shutters seem very high.

    Regards

    Amit

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  3. Amit: There are local vendors in Bangalore like Balaji Panel Craft...however their quality & finish in Membrane is not as good. If you are going for laminate shutters then going for a local vendor will be ok.

    NM

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  4. Thanks a lot for you information Nandita

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  5. Hi Nandita,
    Awesome and most helpful blog! I'd like to get your opinion on bathroom cabinets - Would you recommend buying readymade (any store suggestions in Bangalore) or getting it made from a carpenter? Your input would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks

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    1. Manju - its best to get them made onsite based on your requirement. My view is that the usual ready made ones normally give a "quick fix" look.

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  6. Best site. Lot of useful info.

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  7. Thanks a lot Nandita for the wonderful site. I can rate this as a Must read for newbies like me, who are building their first homes :).
    I wanted to ask you, if you have anything written/or enlighten me on Corner Windows, and UPVC windows? I am currently building my house and have two corner windows which will be of glass, so can you shed more light on which is the best material and any pros/cons on this?

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    1. Mohan - I would definitely recommend UPVC - Based on the specifics it would cost a bit more than wood (Good Quality) and much higher than powder coated Aluminium, however it would give you incomparable noise reduction, water proofing and ease of installation & long term use.

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  8. Nandita,
    You had mentioned about writing on rates (woods, hardware etc) one of these days.
    Would really appreciate if you can.

    I am about to go in for purchases and am wondering what should be good rates for plywoods, laminates and hardware (ebco/hettich etc or local). What kind of discounts one can expect?


    Regards
    Rahul

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    1. Yes...that one is still due. You may see something shortly

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  9. Hi Nandita

    First of all i would really thank u to provide such information, this is really really helpful.
    Now my question - I need some idea for false ceiling to hide the roof beam. Actually my builder has given me 3 toilets and I remove one which was joined with living room. It increases my living room size by more than 5 ft. but now the problem is that roof is hanging from that side which I want to hide. Can you help with some idea?
    what material I should use etc.

    Thanks
    Amit

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    1. False roofing is usually done in Gypsum Board. Please get a false roofing vendor to look at the place and suggest further

      NM

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  10. hi NM,
    Can you please advise which brand in the below PLY are good for interior work?
    century
    green
    Alpine

    pelase advise if there are any other good brands of ply ?
    what is the cost of each (Commercial and BWR ) if you dont mind providing them?
    best place to buy ?

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    1. Greenply & Century are currently the best brands in the market, however these are priced at a premium. You can check out the market for other brands & choose based on your budget - however please ensure that the wood is ISI marked and confirming to required specifications. Please also go through the following

      http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html

      http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2012/08/types-of-wood-wood-specifications-for.html

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  11. Hi nandita,

    You have mentioned Elanza and Indoline for readymade shutters.

    1) Are the ready made shutters - Marineply/[Laminate-Edge Banded] or MDF /[membrane|laminate].?

    2) Where can I find Elanza stores in Bangalore. I googled , but couldn't find any clues.

    3) Do you know any factory in bangalore who can do the edgebanding /hot press laminate on Marine ply shutters.

    4) Do you know any place where I can get the Ducopaint done on Marineply shutters ?

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    1. These are ready made shutters - both marine ply and Membrane. Your local modular kitchen vendor will be able to get you these.

      The factories do not entertain retail vendors (for edge banding) - hence you will need to go through the modular kitchen vendors again for this

      Any good painter will be able to do duco paint on shutters.

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  12. Hi Nandita,
    Could you please suggest a couple of places for Elanza shutters. I was unable to find it on Google. Moreover I tried a couple of retail stores in J. P. Nagar who are not aware of the brand.

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Maya

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    1. Its Elenza - & not Elanza. Noticed that I have mis-spelt it in my post - shall correct

      http://www.elenzaindia.com/index.html

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  13. Very useful information. Thanks for providing this. Keep writing please.

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  14. Hi Nandita,

    Any suggestions on where to get some good decent sofa sets/ dining sets?
    How's the B'lore market on custom sofas/ chaises? ie. Can we get competitive pricing and quality finishes on custom sofas/ chaises? Any recommendations?

    Regards,
    -Anon

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    1. I do not recommend custom built sofas as the finish is not up to the mark. Dining Tables can be made on site but you will still need to buy chairs from the market - rather buy the whole set as the cost will work out better.
      Recommended places to buy sofas in Bangalore are the regular suspects - Lifestyle, HomeStop, Simply Sofas, @Home, Evok, Casa Modern, HomeTown etc.

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    2. Hmm. Thanks..

      As you indicated in one of your blogs, I actually did start off with a survey of the "regular suspects"! The problem I found was that it's difficult to balance choice of budget, style, quality/finish and cover/color. Most don't offer any choice of change (color/cover esp, which hits the most due to home color theme) - it's just whatever's available..

      Enquiring around, I found some "carpenters" who claim that they know some "workshops" where the sofas are made that end up in some of these "branded showrooms" at a much bigger price. I'm yet to visit some such place to see and check for myself, though.

      Similarly, for cots. An observation was you can get a cot (or maybe even sofa) custom built with better materials (ply/wood compared to mdf/particle wood) for the same price with (nearly?) the same finish, and some.. (head cushions, styling, lighting, storage boxes)

      For dining sets, yes, getting then custom built, esp. the chairs, that match the styles of readymades looks difficult. My pref. is a good styling with steel, glass, and may be some wood. So I may settle for the off-the-shelf ones.

      The research, however, continues.. there's soo much to learn and figure!

      Keep up your good work!

      Regards,
      -Anon

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    3. Doing the cots onsite is fine as one can get the finish as well as a match with the room decor. Sofas is still a no - no.
      If you end up finding the "Workshop" you mention then do let me know as well

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  15. Thanks Nandita,

    Really a very useful and a must visit site for what you call "Freshers"... also it gives us a btter understanding what not to use. But getting a good carpenter is also a challenge, as mostly the couple of Carpenter have talked take the whole order.. Any recommendation on that front ?

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    1. Agree...Even for me working in the field getting good carpenters in Bangalore is a challenge.
      If the guy is good you probably (unfortunately) will need to agree to his demands.

      NM

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  16. Hi Nandita,
    Do you know of any places in Chennai for interiors?

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    1. Sorry Sri - I don't know the Chennai Market for Home Interior shopping

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  17. Hi Nandita,

    Do you know of any place in Bangalore where we can get laminates for the kids bedroom in appropriate themes/colors? Any specific shop for this. Also any place where we can get a laminate which can be used as a blackboard?

    Greatly appreciate any info you can provide on these.

    Thanks in advance.
    Vikky.

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    1. Look through the catalogs of Merino, Century, Greenlam etc. Any good plywood dealer will have these. Whiteboard laminate as well as blackboard paint is available in the market for making writing surfaces.

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  18. Very informative. Thanks a lot for sharing the information.

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  19. Hi Nandita,
    Ur blog is very informative. Glad I visited it at least now........
    Building a house for own and rented too . I have already done the wardrobe except the shuttering and drawers...and kitchen carcass with Andra slab ..... don't know if that is the name ( a concrete slabs of 3/4 of an inch thick). Now I have to do shutters ,drawers for both kitchen and wardrobe .... Carpenter asking us to use pine wood for these in the rented houses . Is it advisable .... What r the things I need to look at?

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    1. I don't recommend Pine Wood as it does not last. I would suggest going with any cheaper brand of BWR Ply

      Regards
      NM

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  20. HI Nandita,Very Useful blog.Keep up yr writing.

    DO you know any good places in bangalore where you can get good blinds for windows?

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    1. Most furnishing stores have these, try Floating Walls or Drapes Avenue

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  21. Hi Nandita,
    Quite impressed by your post.I would recommend to add NuShutters located at Basavangudi for cabinets shutters.

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  22. DEar Nandita

    Can you suggest how hafele/hettich fittings could be used in kitchens made of kota stone carcasses?

    I am advised that kota stone carcasses would be the best material for kitchen under counter cabinets and can be cleaned easily and are almost termite free.

    Would you recommend the use of kota stone carcasses over marine plywood (BWP)?

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    1. My personal choice is Laminated BWR Ply Carcass.

      And Yes while Hettich or Hafele fittings can be used in kota stone carcass kitchens however since the shutters rest on a wooden frame (as the carcass is stone) these kitchens don't last very long

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  23. Awesome. Do you recommend where to buy modular switches in Bangalore for my new house? (Modular switches like touch switches or not like ordinary switch. I'm looking something different for my home). I'm searching in web but unable to locate. Please help.

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    1. Try at the Euro Lighting store on Mysore Road

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  24. Doing an awsome job.please advice me as to where should i shop for children's room hardware accessories decor like heart knobs, flower and heart stick ons on the cupboard (not sure whether the stick ons are available as laminates or as peel off stickers), canopies and wall hangers.(all with a princess theme with pink in mind)

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    1. You mostly wont get everything in a single place. You should try at Hometown, Homecenter, @Home, Razzle & Fabfurnish.com

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  25. Dear Nandita,

    Can you suggest if acrylic shutters are recommended in kitchen? Can you suggest which brands are good and where they are available?

    Regards,
    Vikas

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    1. 100% acrylic shutters are mostly imported. However Acrylic finish shutters are readily available. These are fine for the kitchen. You may try Evershine, Indoline, Action Tesa etc.

      Regards
      NM

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  26. Hi Nandita,

    Do you take up interior projects ? I have taken a flat in north Bangalore and i need to start the interior pretty soon.

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    1. Yes...you may reach me at nanditamanwani@gmail.com

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  27. Hi Nandita,

    Thanks for writing this blog. Do you have any suggested places at Bangalore where you could get made to order kitchen carcasses? I tried asking the guy at Ismail but wasn't satisfied with his response on material used to build the carcass. Does one order directly from Indoline or Elenza?

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    1. You should check with the any of your local modular kitchen shops. For direct buyers purchase directly from the manufacturer is fraught with sales and after sales issues...hence best to source through your local vendor.

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  28. Hi Nandita,

    We have followed your blogs thoroughly through out our process of building home..
    Needless to say it is very useful.

    One important thing is we went to Kanakpura Road (opposite GR Pinnacle)for ply .But shops are not there due to METRO.
    This information may save time for other people who visit your blog.

    For veneer we found Century dealer offering good dealer price - which is V10 V10 Ply & Venner India PVT LTD
    No.428, Govindapura Main Road, Veeranapalya, A C Post, nagawara, Bangalore - 560045

    This is my Contribution to your Blog :)

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  29. Hi Nandita,

    Can you guide on places that will create aluminium frame shutters for sliding doors? Any thing to keep in mind while choosing the shutters?

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    1. Any large hardware shop would have these

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  30. Hi Nandita,

    My carpenter is suggesting 16mm century marine ply with laminated finish for my kitchen, and 16mm ply with laminated finish for the wardrobes. Is 16mm enough for the wardrobes or do we require 18mm? Please suggest.

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    1. 16mm ply with both side laminate should be fine

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  31. Iam new to bangalore and recently purchased a flat in south bangalore. where can i get best deal for commercial plywood ? which brand is better(century/green/mayur)?

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    1. refer the post at http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html

      Also go through the Q& A under the post
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  32. Hi Nandita,

    Your blog has been really helpful. We did go to some of the places mentioned in this post & picked materials to get the interiors done. Thank you for all the information that you have put up. :-)
    Just wanted to add in some places to shop for people towards Whitefield side.

    Kitchen/Wall tiles, Sanitaryware :
    - JJ Wall tiles, near Kundalahalli signal, Opp to Apollo hospital.
    - BST ceramics(Hettich hardware dealers too), Opp Kalamandir, Marathahalli.
    - Somany, Kaikondrahalli, Sarjapur Rd.

    Glass(for cabinet shutters etc) :
    - Nandana glass & plywoods, Near Wipro office, Sarjapur. There are a couple of other shops in this same road.

    Electricals, Light Fittings :
    - Ambe Maa Electricals & Lightings(fans, lights, geysers, chimneys(KAFF dealers)), Kaikondrahalli, Carmelaram Post, Sarjapur Road.

    There are shops for tiles, plywood, glass, electrical fittings along Sarjapur road (In and around the area mentioned above.)

    We are just getting to the furnishing & electrical part. Yet to explore further on that.

    Hope this info helps.

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    1. Thanks Lakshmi...have published your recommendations so that other readers can benefit

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  33. Hi Nandita,

    You are awesome to provide all the useful information one place. Thanks alot for your blog.

    Here I am giving my requirement and options (I had, can recommend better also). My order of priority is 1. Quality 2. cheap and best 3. Reliability and service. I need your suggestion following kitchen hardware selection:

    Baskets---Hettich / Ebco / Evershine
    Channels---Hettich / Ebco
    Hinges----Hettich / Ebco

    Also Can you pls suggest Greenlam dealer from Suoth side?

    Thanks and Regards,
    Sriram

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    1. Check the comments section under the post at http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html all your questions are already answered there.
      For Greenlam you can go to Rohini Plywood on JP Nagar 100 feet road
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    2. Rohini plywood is horrible guy, very arrogant . One cannot strike any deal with him. If you go to him say for laminates you will have experience of lifetime .God save you!!

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  34. Hi Nandita,

    Can you suggest places for buying bathroom cabinets? What materials apart from wood are these made? Can somebody customize the non-wood ones?

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    1. Nowadays most large sanitaryware shops are selling integrated wash basins + cabinets. Most of these cannot be customized. You can check out Sai Gallerium

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  35. Hi Nandita,
    Thanks for making our interior work go confidently. Could u please post the required qty of hydraulic lifts for kitchen cabinets

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    1. Glad that you benefited from the blog...do please spread the word :)
      Hydraulic lifts come by weight capacity of the door. The hardware shop will be able to guide you based on the weight of the door you have - the lift itself will also have the weight capacity mentioned.

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  36. Hi Nandita,
    Can you please recommend a shop for bathroom accessories in east bangalore?

    Thanks
    Arindam

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    1. Don't know any sanitary-ware vendor in that side of town

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  37. hi nandita
    do you know best place to buy crystal door knobs and where can I get glass pencil tiles borders
    thanks
    jiff

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    1. Try Razzle of Rankas right next to it on RV road

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  38. Excellent piece of info for naive people like us. Any such shops in North Bangalore(Hebbal/Yelahanka) that you know off would help us a lot.

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    1. Would not know places in N Bangalore. Sorry am unable to help
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  39. Dear NM

    Thanks for sharing interesting your knowledge with us. I would really help us.

    We can buy good quality of materials etc etc, but final looks depends on the man (Carpenter) who will install all these materials.

    Below is my questions :
    1. How to choose good Carpenter for works. Do you recommend any good carpenter for interior works

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    1. You will just need to choose one based on recommendation from someone who has worked with the carpenter before

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  40. Nandita your blog is very helpful. I would like to ask about what can be done about bath cabinets. Our builder is providing us with the sanitary ware and I find that the cabinets made by the carpenters do not reflect the same styling if you buy it from the stores. Unfortunately one of the stores we visited said that they do not sell cabinets separately. On the other hand if we choose to take the whole package from a store then we get a minimal credit from the builder and lose out on money, which is not desirable at this point of time. Is there any way out of this? Will no store sell the cabinets of the brand separately?

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  41. The stores sell complete sets only. You may want to talk to your builder and ask him to do the fitting according to your specs and charge the delta extra. Most small builders (not the big ones) in Bangalore are fine to do that.
    Also very good quality of stuff can actually be made on site as well

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  42. Hi Namita,

    Thanks for writing such a great blog, this really help us to understand the basic before we go for interior things, Actually i am planning to get my wood work done from carpenter so need to buy the stuff (plywood, laminates etc), so just wanted to check with you if you have some new suggestion for the place/ shops from where we can buy the stuff.
    already you have written so much about this but since it is long back when you have updated that so may be now you have some more suggestion for the shops.

    thanks in advance

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    1. Buy from a good store closest to you that offers competitive rates, else you will end up paying (in cash or kind) a lot for the transportation and general logistics. Just ensure that the wood is ISI marked and of the right grade. For laminates go with known brands such as Merino, Greenlam etc.

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  43. You are truly my guru, Nandita. I got a modular kitchen for my home based on info on your site and has come out awesome. My friends and family are requesting me to do their kitchen which has made me decide to quit my corporate job, thanks to you

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    1. :) :) ... do post some pics.

      Also , think twice before you take the jump. The field of interiors is not as lucrative as it sounds - especially if one is the scrupulous kind.

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  44. Hi Nandita,
    Great job on info!
    For bathroom products you can visit Bathline Studio on Richmond road at Richmond Plaza also , though they do not have a showroom at present but their stuff is really good .
    Thanks

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  45. Hi Nandita -- your site is highly informative and have taken cues while doing the interiors of my home. Regarding the laminate option, I was impressed with the finish of 1.25mm Royale Touche laminates, and would like to know form you and your readers if this is durable and worth the price.

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    1. Thanks, I have not used Royal Touche hence cannot comment. Perhaps other readers can advise.

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    2. Looking for granite and kitchen wall tiles shops on bg road .. If you suggest me some shop names that will be great help for me.. Thanks.

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    3. Each shop has a different collection & its just a 1.5 KM stretch hence would recommend a walk to window shop and then decide.
      If you are looking for someone with the largest range then try MCI (on BG Road) or HMG (Near Lalbagh)
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  46. Dear madam
    Please suggest us for which brand of basket to be used

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    1. Any basket brand would do provided the steel is SS 304 grde and the hardware used is Hettich/ Ebco or equivalent

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  47. Hi Nandita
    Could you pls recommend some good lighting accessory shop and bathroom accessory shps in bangalore.I was told that it is good to get good lightings from BVK iyengar road. Pls suggest good shops where I can get all varieties.
    Thanks

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    1. You may try the Euro showroom on Mysore road. There are a number of lighting shops in City market as well which I hear are reasonably priced, I am however yet to explore those.

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  48. Lots of very useful info. Appreciate your kindness and time. Keep up the great work!!

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  49. Hettich at Raheja Arcade is now closed, went searching for it couple of days back, as they have not removed from map yet. Now, there's one opposite Umerkot Residency(https://goo.gl/maps/7ZDrVahfPiQ2) in Koramangala 4th Block(they have not placed this Hettich in map yet)

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    1. The new Hettich experience center is in Shivaji Nagar - #28, Ground Floor, Adventz Centre, Cubbon Road, Shivaji Nagar, Near Medinova Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001

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  50. HI,
    I am looking for glass front cabinets for my kitchen,would like to know how expensive they are. What will be the cost involved? Any brand to look in particular. Thanks.

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    1. Prices will vary based on the finish and size. For the Kitchen it is recommended to go with Aluminium framed glass shutters - you will get these at any good hardware shop

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  51. Dear Nandita,

    I am looking to install mirrors in attached bathrooms of my apt. Bath room walls have tiles with some textued surface. Sizes of mirrors are 4x4, 3x4 etc., Can mirror be directly attached to wall through fastners or should a plywood be attached to bathroom wall and mirror attached to plywood?

    thanks,
    Ganesh

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    1. A plywood base is recommended for fixing the mirrors

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  52. Hi Nandita, I am trying to put up two built in ward robes for my 10 year old house in Bangalore. what would be the best place in Bangalore to ring first for a design, measurement and quote? I saw Capricoast on the web. Do you recomend them?
    cheers

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    1. I don't have feedback on Capricoast, however you may just want to make some enquiries from different vendors at random. This would give you some idea on what suits you best and how/ who you should approach.

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  53. Nandita,

    For Electricals, do you recommend any place in Chickpet?

    Regards
    Don

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    1. I don't know any shop in particular in Chikpet as I do not shop from there. However I have heard that Chikpet does have shops that offer good pricing on electricals hence you may want to explore.

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  54. Hi Nandita,which is the better option, high quality Multiwood or High quality Marine Ply wood? Which is the better option for shutters, auto paint or acrylic sheet?

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    1. Hi Quality Marine Ply.
      For Kitchen shutters Duco (auto paint) is not recommended as the kitchen is a hi use space & the paint may chip off at the edges. For Wardrobe/ crockery unit etc. shutters Duco is fine

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  55. hi nanditha i just came across your blog now and excited to see the collective information here , thank you.
    can you suggest me on the kitchen countertops for indian cooking, Granite or ceasar or quartzor corain ?which is best though i am aware granite is commom in india

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    1. Refer http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2012/05/what-material-to-use-for-kitchen-slab.html
      also go through the Comments and responses under the blog post

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  56. A great Portal for Interiors, and very kind of you to respond to mot of the queries Cheers :)

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  57. Hi Nandita. Firstly a big thank you for all the information. Your blog led me to Indoline and they are offering kitchens and wardrobes that are very reasonably priced. However they will not provide a written warranty. Do you think it would be safe to go with them?

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    1. If you know the vendor supplying the Indoline kitchen and is someone to be trusted then you may go ahead. Modular furniture does need some after sales support hence you should be sure that the vendor will support as and when needed.
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  58. Hi Nandita,
    A great blog. Do you suggest any shops/artists for wall decor items and paintings/mural work. Also where can we get the decorative items like kalsa etc for pooja room.
    Thanks a lot.
    Regards
    KA

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    1. There are a couple of shops on the 11th main Jayanagar 9th block (Aurobindo road) where you can check. Also Homestop/ Lifestyle/ and @Home has a decent range. Buying the right murals does take quite a bit of running around...even for me

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  59. Dear Nandita,

    We took an 3BHK apartment near Panathur. could you suggest me which type of Kitchen is durable modular Kitchen or Traditional Kitchen? and also could you suggest us how to choose the best wood. best interior design vendors names.

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    1. Lavanya,
      You may please go through the post http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/06/so-what-is-modular-kitchen-and-some.html

      as well as

      http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/09/so-what-is-right-material-to-choose-for.html

      also go through the comments under each post

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  60. Hello Nandita,

    Can you please let me know what are the good stores where tandem baskets are kept on Display and we can purchase them.
    I am getting my Modular kitchen done by a carpenter, so want to know if there are any stores which have them on display and we could buy them looking at it.

    Thanks in advance

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    1. Best would be to visit the Hettich Application Center, the Hafele Design Center or the Ebco display center (opp Jyothi Nivas college) in Bangalore. You will get the address and location on Google

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  61. Hi Nandita,

    Thanks for sharing all the information.

    I want to go for Acrylic Laminate for wardrobe/TV unit.
    Can you please let me know which brand would be good and place where I can order.

    Thanks

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    1. Acrylic laminates are not available from the regular brands (Merino, Century, Greenlam). Almost all Acrylic laminates currently are unbranded imports, except maybe Euro. Please try at the Euro showroom on Mysore road

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  62. Nandita,

    Can you recommend the shop where we can get US style vertical blinds for the french window

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    1. You will get these in any good furnishing store - you can try at Floating Walls

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  63. Hi NM,
    Thanks for great information.
    What is best spacewood shutters or indoline or you want to suggest something else ?
    Is it ok to have MDF+Memrin shutters in kitchen or I should go with acrelic+plywood one ? or something else you want to suggest ?
    -Vikas

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    1. I have not used Spacewood hence cannot comment. Have used Indoline and have found them to be good. If your Kitchen is self managed (not maid managed) and you are not a rough user then membrane/ mdf shutters for the Kitchen are fine. For rough use I would recommend ply + laminate
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  64. Hi,
    Can you pls provide below shops names contact numbers pls...
    Ismail (good rates), Parmanand (Good variety)

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  65. Hi,

    I am a resident of Kanakapura road, Bangalore and I am looking for factory-made wardrobes, TV wall unit, dining table and sofa sets. I heard that a plywood material based wardrobe suits my budget. But when I tried to find a good deal within my budget on online portals like Pepperfry, I see that they charge around Rs. 21000/- for just an Engineered wood wardrobe of size 6 ft. * 5.25 ft. I could not be content with this deal and am looking to know if I can get a wardrobe made of better material like Plywood for the samee price as also other furnitures made of better materials like Rubberwood, Sheesham Wood, etc., and so I contacted a carpenter to know the rates. But he seems to be charging 1000 per square feet to make wardrobes with Centurian Gold kind of plywood which works out to Rs. 31,500/- for the same size wardrobe made of engineering wood, that is offered in Pepperfry. I don't know about this brand Centurian Gold that the carpenter told me, as there are 100's of different plywoods with different price ranges. Can you please help me with some good furniture dealers in and around kanakapura road, Bangalore who can possibly help me with factory made furnitures of better materials for the same price as that of furnitures that are currently available on online portals which are mostly of less durable/quality wood such as Engineeing wood or Particle Board. Thanks. Srinath

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    1. Carpentry costs as well as material cost for woodwork are generally high in Bangalore compared to some other metros like Delhi & Mumbai. Based on your query above and your preference for good quality wood (no MDF/ Particle Board) you should get your wardrobes made by a carpenter - what you will get from any furniture shop will not match up.

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  66. Hi Nandita,

    Can you please let me know which channels and hinges are better, Ebco or Evershine?

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    1. I will recommend Ebco over Evershine Anju

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