Need an unusual piece of furniture, a new pair of curtains, a rug to fit a crazy colour scheme or a gorgeous frock for a sparkling occasion? Not a problem. The UAE is bursting with creative craftspeople who can make anything you need with zero fuss and great expertise. From tailors to carpenters, these are the people and places that will make it for you.
Soft furnishings and upholstery
Buttons & Bows
Trying to choose a good tailor can be tricky. And while a stroll around Satwa is always lovely, sometimes time just doesn’t allow. Well, here’s the good news. Buttons & Bows is a fab tailor service that comes right to your door, whether you need a bespoke piece of clothing or a few minor adjustments or repairs. Quick and well priced, add them to your speed dial pronto.
Deepas Textiles and Tailoring
Trying to get a favourite item of clothing, or a designer piece ripped out of a fashion mag and copied can be very hit and miss – but not with Deepas. This Satwa set up has become the go-to for many a Dubai resident, and with good reason – the finishing is always brilliant, the seams perfect and the customer care top notch. If you’re not happy with the final item, it’ll be altered until you are.
Whether you need a new zip or a new frock, 800Tailor will make it happen. From resizing to restyling, suits to wedding dresses – and everything in between – all paired with the convenience of a professional pickup and delivery service that’ll save you rushing around.
Carpets and rugs
From Jaipur With Love
Those dreamy Pinterest style floor coverings? You can get your very own by contacting Dubai-based mum Elizabeth, whose company imports handmade, bespoke and made-to-measure dhurries from Jaipur in whatever size, colour or pattern you need. From hemp versions, which look as good outdoors as in, to a new collection that includes patterns created in carefully woven gold and silver thread, the rugs are hand-loomed by skilled artisans and are the talking point of many a stylish home.
Mostafawi Furniture, Carpets and Curtains
This store is a little treasure trove in terms of what it offers – everything from carpet tiles to rugs to fitted carpets and lots more too. If you’re looking for a full service with underlay and fitting then these guys can do it. They can also create rugs of any size by binding carpet edges together.
The Red Carpet
With its main showroom in Al Barsha, plus stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, this well-established business works with customers to craft carpets and rugs based on any requirement, and even offers 3D visuals to show you what your carpet will look like once in situ. With both traditional collections and more contemporary designs, you’ll find everything from hand-knotted New Zealand wools to spun silks and leather. There’s almost nothing you can’t get here.
Don’t be intimidated by the website – while it may look like this company only fits carpets in palatial spaces, they also do regular homes. From wall to wall carpeting to rugs, you can choose from some of the world’s best known brands and be confident that your floors will look gorgeous.
Carpentry and furniture
Al Jumeirah Carpentry
Got an awkward staircase or space that needs a baby or dog gate? Perhaps you want to line your walls with bookshelves and cull some of that clutter? If so, these are the people to turn to. They’ll even knock up a bespoke piece of furniture for you made of whatever wood suits. Perfect.
English Carpenter Dubai
Need fitted wardrobes? These are the people to call. And if you’re lucky enough to own a home in Dubai, check out the gorgeous bathroom and kitchen renovations too. We can but dream…
Owned and run by a British husband and wife team, this bespoke carpentry business specialises in everything from custom-made furniture to garden structures, built-in seating, sofas and everything else you could possibly need made or installed. Everything is made to the very highest standards and the children’s playhouses are so delightful we could seriously consider living in one.
Everrest Furniture Factory
The go-to for many an interior designer, Everrest Furniture Factory not only produces any kind of furniture to your taste and specifications, but the team can revamp your current tired-looking pieces and make them look good as new. The woodworking shop is full of busy carpenters making frames for a variety of chairs and sofas, with foam filling that’s modified to just the right level of comfort, whether you like it firm or squishy. And then there’s the spray painting service – perfect for transforming that dull old piece of furniture into something with ‘wow’ factor.
Need a little more bling in your life? Design your own piece at Cara, where an in-house design team uses 3D rendering and print to ensure you’re completely happy before giving the go-ahead. Whether you’re copying from an image or replicating an existing piece, they can do it all and deliver it right to your door. We’re big fans of the custom name pendants for a lovely personalised gift.
There’s nothing like supporting small local businesses – and Jewels is just that. Set up by a British mum and based at Silicon Oasis, Julie can design and make anything in gold, diamond, platinum or silver at prices that are often much more competitive than those you’ll find in the Gold & Diamond Park. She can even offer home visits if you’re pushed for time.
If you find Cara a little busy for your liking, head around the corner to Monili where a very professional and smiley team of jewellers awaits. From beautiful chunky initials that hang off a chain, to delicate baby gifts, rings and more, these guys will work with you to create whatever you’re after at very reasonable prices.
Al Sharafi Upholstery
Stocking high-end soft furnishings, fabrics and wallpapers, this family-run business has earned a reputation for creating beautiful bespoke pieces of furniture as well as for its superior upholstery service. Got a sofa that needs a makeover? Just choose your favourite option from a giant stock of globally sourced fabrics and the team here will make it look new again. It may not be the cheapest option on the block, but this is one instance where you get what you pay for.
Archies Furnishing LLC
Not only does this Dubai International City-based business manufacture custom and made-to-measure sofas, chairs, bean bags and more, it also has a wide variety of fabrics and accessories available for upholstery. Call and ask for the manager Lijo and you’ll be guaranteed good, polite and prompt service, plus decent prices.
We’ve heard rave reviews about Peter and his team, who not only give highly competitive quotes but also provide a really fast and professional service. Whether you have a sofa that needs recovering or a leather armchair that’s seen better days, Peter will arrange for prompt collection and redelivery, usually within a week.
Curtains and blinds
Al Raisi Furniture
Give Sathik and his team a call and he’ll arrive promptly at your door with fabric samples to suit all tastes and budgets, before measuring up and giving you a ‘best price’ guarantee. Curtains, Roman blinds, Venetian blinds – they can do it all. And the best part? You won’t be waiting for weeks. These guys are seriously snappy.
Blinds & Curtains Dubai
Just as it says on the tin, Blinds & Curtains Dubai will get your windows covered and looking beautiful with their custom-made options. Quick and reasonably priced, this professional team will come to measure and advise without pushing you to buy anything you don’t want or need. Hurrah!
It’s worth braving the beast that is Dragonmart if you want to save a few dirhams on getting your curtains or blinds made, and if you are prepared to use your bargaining skills and shop around a little. Head to the ‘textiles and carpets’ area – there are lots of stores to choose from but the ones off the main aisle tend to be less expensive than the ones further back. If you choose Chinese fabrics, the price will come down significantly. Go along with your own measurements, place your order and the guys will come and install everything in your home.
Good old Ikea! With a huge range of its own fabrics available, this Swedish superstore is just the place for getting your curtains made quick sharp. From blackouts to voiles and plenty in-between, we’re particularly fond of the bright, funky kids’ choices and the monochrome Sofia stripes – so chic yet so cheap. The team can also alter anything from the range of pre-made curtains, and you can pick up your poles and other necessary fittings there too.