Furniture, Hardware, Grocery and Appliance Shopping in the UK

UK chain stores that supply the basic furniture, home furnishings, white goods and electrical appliances for your home...

What follows is a small selection of basic grocery, self-service furniture, appliance, office, health and beauty and DIY hardware chains stores in the United Kingdom. Many stores are open on Sundays, with reduced hours. Some supermarkets are open 24 hours a day between Monday and Saturday.

  • Look in the Yellow Pages or on the stores' own websites for the branch closest to you


  • Aldi: Discount supermarket chain with fresh meats, fruit and vegetables, cheese, wine cellar and groceries
  • Asda: Chain of supermarkets selling groceries, clothing, electrical items and wine. They also provide a range of financial services (pet, car, life and home insurance as well as breakdown cover). Also online shopping with home delivery
  • Lidl: Budget supermarket with a range of own brands, groceries, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, kitchen gadgets and school essentials
  • Morrisons: Groceries and an in-house bakery, delicatessen, fishmonger and cake shop
  • Sainsbury's: Food and drink, and a number of in-store counters (delicatessen, fishmonger, butcher, and food-to-go), home deliveries, DVD rentals, toys and games, sport and leisure goods, home cinema, televisions, computers and electrical appliances. Also a range of financial services including insurance and personal loans)
  • Tesco: Groceries, wine and spirits, books, clothing, a phone shop and a range of banking and insurance products
  • Waitrose: Upmarket supermarket chain providing home delivery services. A range of groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, ready made meals and meat, fish, dairy and organic products

Department Stores

  • Bhs: Homeware, furniture and accessories, electrical appliances, clothing for men, women and children, lingerie and wedding dresses
  • Debenhams: Countrywide chain of department stores with clothes for men, women and children, designer brands, beds, mattresses, coffee and dining tables, sofas, stools, lighting, electrical appliances, dinnerware, tableware, glassware, bed linen, towels and accessories for the kitchen
  • House of Fraser: Clothing, shoes, handbags, home and office furniture, white goods, beauty products, luggage, televisions and gifts
  • John Lewis: Furniture and soft furnishings, women's clothing, beachwear and accessories, clothing and accessories for babies, toddlers and children, menswear, sport and leisure goods, make-up, beauty products, household appliances and gifts
  • Marks & Spencer: Wide selection of clothing for all the family, lingerie, school uniforms, home accessories, soft furnishings and furniture, flowers, plants, gifts, cards, stationery, food, ready-made meals and wine
  • Primark: Chain of stores throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland selling menswear, womenswear, children's clothing and soft furnishings (bed linen, towels, cushions)

The stores above also provide online shopping. A number of former department stores now cater exclusively for the online shopper. These include Woolworths (for toys, kids' clothes, furniture for children's rooms and nurseries, accessories and products for mothers and babies, electrical items, soft furnishings, party and fancy dress) and Littlewoods (for clothing, home and garden furniture, appliances, toys, gifts and jewellery)

Health and Beauty Stores

  • Boots: Pharmacy and health products, mother and baby essentials, make-up, skincare, body care, electrical products and toiletries
  • Holland & Barrett: Retailers of natural food supplements including vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements
  • Superdrug: Low cost store for toiletries, over the counter medicines, hair and beauty products, perfumes, skincare and make-up

Furniture Stores

  • DFS: Upholstery specialist with a wide range of sofas in leather and fabric, sofa beds and recliners
  • Habitat: Range of bathroom, living room, kitchen, bedroom, home office and garden furniture. Also home accessories, textiles and lighting
  • Harveys: Chain of furniture stores with over 150 stores nationwide for chairs, rugs, beds, lounge, bathroom and dining room furniture
  • IKEA: Swedish-owned furniture shop for all home and home office furniture, soft furnishings, home accessories, flooring, crockery and children's toys

Electrical and Appliance Stores

  • Argos: Home entertainment systems, DIY tools, furniture, white goods, telephones, computers and video games
  • Currys: Washing machines, dishwashers, home appliances, white goods, digital cameras, camcorders, home entertainment systems and computers
  • Richer Sounds: Specialists in Hi-Fi, home cinema and flat panel televisions

DIY, Hardware and Building Material

  • B&Q: DIY store with kitchens, bathrooms, garden furniture, tools, lighting, tiles, flooring, decking, accessories for the home, building materials, timber, office and bedroom furniture
  • Homebase: Self-service hardware and DIY store with basic domestic hardware and lighting, paint, wallpaper and decorating tools, plumbing, electrical and timber supplies, tiles, flooring and bathroom fittings and fixtures
  • Wickes: Chain of DIY shops with self assembly kitchen units and bathrooms, shelving, doors, windows, tools, electrical and plumbing supplies, building materials, radiators, interior lighting and decorating supplies (wallpaper and paint)
  • Wilkinson: DIY and decorating supplies, furniture for the home, garden furniture, greenhouses, sheds, fencing, garden tools, lawnmowers, household appliances, trampolines, swings and playhouses

Garden Centres

  • Dobbies: Chain of garden centres in Great Britain and Northern Ireland for flowers, plants, seeds, bulbs, aquariums, pet products, water features, barbecues, garden furniture, outdoor lighting and heating, chicken houses, gazebos, tools and machinery
  • Squire's Garden Centres: Chain of garden centres in West London, Surrey, Berkshire and Sussex with house plants, outdoor plants, garden furniture, pets and pet products, aquarium products, bird boxes, bird baths and gardening accessories
  • The Garden Centre Group: Plants and seeds, shrubs, conifers, wall and climbing plants, garden machinery, tools and gardening accessories. Also tools and small machinery for hire

Office Supplies and Stationery

  • Furniture@Work: Online store for office furniture, delivering throughout the UK; desks, bookcases and cupboards for the office, shelving, storage, meeting tables, filing cabinets, chairs and seating
  • Makro: Wholesale cash and carry shop for groceries, catering equipment and a wide range of stationery, office equipment, laptops, mobile phones and digital cameras
  • PC World: Specialist computer store for laptops, desktops, computer components, printers, ink, software and PC accessories
  • Ryman: Office supplies, cartridges and ink, stationery, school supplies, diaries, furniture and photocopying services
  • Staples: Office supplies, furniture and technology. Paper, ink and toner, workstations, desks, filing cabinets, shelving, business cards, printers, computers, shredding machines, calculators and multimedia projectors
  • WHSmith: Wide selection of stationery, books, magazines and cards, as well as a selection of computing and electronic goods