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ISSUE 65(FREE READ)

New Showroom for Royal Home Furniture

WE LAST PROFILED ROYAL HOME FURNITURE A FEW YEARS AGO IN ISSUE 18. AT THAT TIME THEIR NEW DOUBLE STOREY SHOWROOM AT 155 SAMORA MACHEL AVENUE HAD JUST OPENED. ROYAL HOME FURNITURE HAS PROVEN TO BE SO SUCCESSFUL THAT THEY’VE NOW OPENED A BRAND NEW, ADJOINING SHOWROOM RIGHT NEXT DOOR ON THE CORNER OF 7TH STREET, MAKING THEM ONE OF THE BIGGEST FURNITURE SHOWROOMS IN HARARE. THE NEW SHOWROOM OPENED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR (2022), SO IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET NOW’S THE TIME TO VISIT.

The new extension has more than doubled their showroom display space so they now have an even bigger range of exclusive stock for you to look through and get inspired by. The original showroom consisted of the ground floor with a mezzanine gallery around three sides and a central double volume void. The new showroom has three full floors of retail space, plus a fourth floor for offices and storage. Although the original and the new showrooms are roughly equal in size, and have a similar footprint in terms of square meters, the new showroom has much more usable space – there’s no central void and furniture and accessories are spread over three floors instead of one and a half.

On the ground floor the old and the new sections are linked by three large open archways and similar white ceramic floor tiles unite the two spaces making the flow work well. It doesn’t feel like two separate buildings but rather a single, large, well-integrated sales area.

On the second flfloor there’s one large open arch linking the new building to the mezzanine in the original building. The third flfloor of the new building doesn’t link to the original building as there’s no third flfloor to connect to. Both the original building and the new one have wide, elegant staircases with modern stainless steel balustrades (supplied by African Impressions), for access to the upper levels. The new section also has an elevator, supplied and fifitted by Schindler Lifts, making reaching the top flfloors much more convenient.

The original building has a high, double volume ceiling with exposed steel roof trusses that follow the line of the A-frame Chromadek roof. In the new section each floor has a flat ceiling below the slab above. In contrast to the original part the roof of the new section is a flat concrete slab of 250mm thick treated with special waterproofing additives. For the new section the ground floor, the slabs for the different floors and the roof were all cast on site.

So much pre-mixed concrete was required, in a very short time, that the contractors were obliged to use a number of pre-mix suppliers in order to have enough material on site – Scribante Concrete and Pomona Concrete were the main suppliers together with Fourways Concrete. On the street level outside the original and the new addition blend almost seamlessly so that they appear to be a single building with one integrated façade. The new section is higher than the old part but the aluminium and glass frontage helps blend the two structures together. In addition both sections have the same parapet with the Royal Home Furniture logo set on a dark grey background linking the original and the addition. They are two distinct structures with a similar aesthetic connecting them.

The addition was designed by Architectural Designers KP and Sons Consultancy together with input from the client. Light Structural Engineers provided the signifificant engineering design work while Elijam Construction were the main contractors and project managers. There was an old rather run down house which was demolished before work started on site in early 2020. Despite significant delays due to the Covid lockdown the construction was completed at the end of 2021 and the new shop opened for business in January this year.

Royal Home Furniture now has extra floor space so they’ve incorporated their new fabric section into the shop. The fabric department offers a wide range of exclusive top quality fabrics for curtaining and upholstery as well as a wide range of suiting and dress materials.

Most of their fabrics are imported directly so you won’t fifind their selection anywhere else, and it’s available at very competitive prices. Royal Home Furniture still have the same amazing selection of furniture and accessories as before, only now the range is much bigger and there’s a lot more variety. They still stock top quality furniture at very reasonable prices. Their furniture is sourced both locally and internationally with a selection from top manufacturers around the world, including Turkey, Italy, Brazil and China.

They have furniture and accessories for every occasion as well as outdoor and office furniture. They’re best known for their wide selection of exclusive lounge furniture including sofas, coffee tables, TV stands, consoles, mirrors and accessories. Their lounge suites range from classical styles to ultra-modern all in a selection of leather or elegant top quality fabrics. They have different colours available but the black and gold range as well as the neutral greys and browns are the most popular. One of their best selling items is a reclining chair that can be manually or electrically operated. Great for sitting back and watching TV or just relaxing. Another very popular range is the ultra- modern lounge suite which has a built in phone charger, a USB port to connect your devices, Bluetooth connectivity and built in speakers. It even has a handy glass holder!

For the dining room they have a wide range of dining tables with wood, glass or marble tops in different styles from the most opulent to the most modern clean lines. Most tables come with matching chairs but you can ‘mix and match’ and select chairs from a difffferent set.

The possibilities are endless. Bedroom suites come in a variety of choices from classical styles with ornate carved details or more simple designs with plain upholstered headboards. They even have a massage bed and a unique circular bed. And they haven’t forgotten the kids with fun and funky bedroom suites specially designed to delight them. The range includes a race car themed bedroom set for little boys and a bedroom set for little girls that looks like a carriage for a princess, or a “Hello Kitty” set.

For your outdoor space – whether it’s the garden, veranda or balcony – there’s a good selection of seating options which are stylish, comfortable and durable. You can select full lounge suites as well as individual sofas and chairs all with matching centre tables. For outdoor dining they stock more formal dining sets as well as relaxed ‘bistro’ style sets that are reminiscent of Paris sidewalk cafes. They also have a range of hanging chairs popularly known as “Harmock” which are fun and very fashionable these days. They have desks and chairs for both home and office, including executive desks, and chairs made up of mesh, fabric or leather as well as boardroom tables.

Their range of individual office desks is modern, neat and functional and includes work stations which can accommodate two or four people. And they have office storage solutions that are very practical while still being attractive. They also have a wide range of reception desks from small and neat to larger more elaborate options. In addition they have chairs and centre tables ideal for visitors’ or waiting areas for doctors’ rooms, pharmacies or hospitals. In addition to the enormous choice of furniture, Royal Home Furniture has a large selection of lighting options including hanging pendant lights and chandeliers, wall lights, outdoor lights, and table lamps and lampshades. And they have rugs and carpets and decorative accessories as well.

While most of their clients are individual home owners or interior designers they also supply lodges and hotels, government departments, hospitals and clinics, as well as schools, universities and churches. No order is too big or too small!

Royal Home Furniture has a staff contingent of around 25 people including sales assistants – who are all knowledgeable and helpful – carpenters, electricians, admin staff and drivers for deliveries and collections.

If you haven’t seen the new and improved shop, be sure to drop in soon to check out their fabulous range or just to get some inspiration for your ‘royal’ home or office décor.

Physical Address:

155 Samora Machel Avenue – corner 7th Street.

Landline: +242 700529

Facebook: @royalhomefurniturezim19

Email: royalhomefurniture.zim@gmail.com /

royalhome.zim@gmail.com


text by Michael Nott 

photos by Structure and Design

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