Ikea is great and all, but there comes a point in life where you don’t want to own the same side table and lounging chair that everyone else does. Yet, designer furniture can be too pricey for most people’s budget. Thankfully, these artisanal furniture makers in Malaysia have that sweet balance of being unique yet at an affordable price point.

Some of these artisanal furniture makers in Malaysia pay tribute to traditional materials, such as rattan and wood from our native trees. Others pay homage to the traditional style of furniture often found in the homes of our grandparents — including the iconic string lounge chairs that our grandfathers often took naps in.

Even the rattan furniture is nostalgic — how many of you remember lorries essentially being moving furniture shops and carrying its rattan wares around? Search hard enough and you might still find a rare few today.

So whether you’re moving into a new home or just planning to update your house’s interior with new furniture, we think this list will come in handy. Previously we spoke about adding rugs from local rugmakers into your space and even handmade ceramics for your dinnerware, but now we’re upping the ante with bigger pieces of furniture.