My husband’s new favourite toy is an electric drill. His mantra is as long as you have an electric drill, an electric saw and a hammer, you can do anything. Me? I’m fairly new to the world of DIY but seeing how much money we’ve saved by doing home projects ourselves, I’m now a believer.
Of course, it’s still best to hire an expert for major jobs like rewiring and plumbing because these things can go horribly wrong if you don’t have the relevant experience. For small things like filling a hole in the wall with putty or setting up some shelves, it’s quicker and cheaper to do it yourself.
Have you ever called for a plumber or a repairman to your home and felt like you got ripped off by expensive service fees? Well, so have we. Initially, we thought that this was inevitable. After all, we aren’t skilled enough for making a lot of these repairs. But with the rise of Google and YouTube tutorial videos, even the most difficult repair task can be made easy.
The only caveat? You need the right tools. With that, anyone can become a DIY superstar and fix every problem without creating a dent in the wallet thanks to very high fees.
17 Home Hardware Shops in Singapore
Here’s a list of the top 17 most popular home hardware shops (in popularity order) for you to get the right tools to do just that, the next time something in your home breaks.
|Hoe Kee Hardware
|8 Genting Road
|Mon to Sat, 9am – 6pm
|10 Admiralty Street, #03-35
|Mon to Fri, 8.30am – 5.30pm
|Chuan Heng Hardware
|132 Jalan Besar
|Mon to Sat, 8.30am – 6pm
|5022 Ang Mo Kio Ind Park 2
|Liang Chew Hardware
|133 Kitchener Rd
|8am – 5pm daily
|Lian Hock Hardware
|560 Serangoon Road
|Mon to Sat, 9am – 6pm
|David Hardware & Electrical
|18 Marsiling Ln
|8am – 5pm
|1 Ubi Cres
|8am – 6pm
|NBS Hardware & Houseware
|762 Jurong West Street 75
|9am – 9pm
|Brandon Hardware Paint & Plumbing Supplies
|3 Everton Park
|10am – 5pm
|The Hardware Shop
|280 Woodlands Industrial Park E5
|8am – 6pm
|1 Genting Link
|8:30am – 6:00pm
|Samroc Paints & Hardware Supply
|354 Clementi Ave 2
|8am – 8pm
|Sun Hee Hardware
|354 Clementi Ave 2
|8am – 8pm
|Home Fix (closed 2019)
Let’s start with the more familiar brand name: Selffix. With 11 stores across Singapore, you can find a Selffix store anywhere from Orchard Road, Clementi, Parkway Parade, Nex, to Seletar Mall. Simply type in ‘Selffix’ into your Google Maps to get the exact location and opening hours of each Selffix store at the palm of your hands.
Nippon wall paint
Most Selffix stores carry Nippon Paint as well – in case you need that last minute mini tin of wall paint to fix that hideous crayon drawing your toddler decided to unleash on the walls.
Selffix online store
Besides the wide range of stores across Singapore, Selffix also has its own online store. Through either its online store or physical store, you can get self-fix tools from bathroom accessories, kitchen appliances to painting kits to hardware tools and household cleaning tools.
While prices here might not be as affordable as the rest on this list, they offer monthly promotions and its convenience surely makes up for it. In addition, Selffix also offer free home delivery if you spend more than $80 on its web store.
There are 11 Selffix DIY stores across Singapore, opening hours vary from mall to mall.
2. MR DIY
Looking for hardware tools, building materials or home storage solutions at low prices? Then you should definitely head to Mr D.I.Y., a Malaysian retail chain that sells a range of hardware and household items to satisfy your DIY needs. The number of Mr D.I.Y. stores across Singapore has been steadily increasing with presence at 11 locations. Most of these stores are located in the western part of Singapore.
How affordable is Mr D.I.Y? Well, a small fire extinguisher used to cost a mere $3.50 here as compared to $28 at other stores, saving you at least $24.50. And a heavy duty lock for your front door is priced at $8.90 here as compared to $18+ at other stores.
Mr DIY online store
If you are more of an online shopper, you can also purchase your hardware tools and materials from Mr D.I.Y.’s online store. To save even more, make sure to check out their Facebook or Instagram post for on-going store promotions before making your purchase.
Psst… there’s a 40% Mr DIY end of year sale going on right now!
There are 11 MR DIY hardware stores in Singapore, opening hours vary according to location.
3. Hardware City
One of the most popular DIY tools and hardware shops in Singapore must be Hardware City. They have 5 retail stores in Singapore with the flagship store at Choa Chu Kang Ave 1, and other smaller stores at Soon Lee Street, Whampoa Drive, Jelita, and i12 Katong.
Hardware City has reportedly been around for 44 years (they are celebrating their 44th anniversary this year!). You can find an array of home repair and DIY tools – electricity, cables, plumbing, oil, gas, power tools, outdoor gardening stuff, and even PPE and safety equipment.
If you need some last minute wall paint for touch ups or for that sudden spurt of home DIY idea, you’ll find a good range of Nippon Paint at Hardware City as well. Weep, great for those of us who love painting the bedroom on a whim!
There are 5 Hardware City stores in Singapore, opening hours vary depending on location.
4. Hoe Kee Hardware
Hoe Kee Hardware Pte Ltd is a well-known hardware store brand in Singapore, particularly in the hardware and bathroom fittings industry. They are known for offering bathroom fixtures, kitchen appliances, and various hardware items that you may need for home repairs and replacements. Their product offerings cater to both residential and commercial customers.
Hoe Kee Outlets
There are 6 Hoe Kee stores in Singapore. Hoe Kee’s main showroom, called Hoe Kee Hardware, is located within the Genting Lane industrial estate – specifically The Blue Building at 8 Genting Road, nearest to Potong Pasir MRT or Aljunied MRT.
This is not the easiest place to get to if you’re travelling by public transport. For drivers, there are only 3 public parallel parking lots outside the building for visitors. Most of us would be familiar with the smaller, regular Hoe Kee shops in shopping mall. However, if you have access to a car, this could be a neat weekend destination for some home shopping.
Hoe Kee Hardware is located at 8 Genting Road, The Blue Building.
5. Excel Hardware
Hardware Shop in Woodlands Admiralty
Founded by Kaden Choa in 1998 in Singapore, Excel Hardware is a hardware and home furnishing platform geared towards home renovations and interior designers. It’s not a general hardware and tools store. You might find that it is slightly more similar to Hoe Kee Hardware – a place where you’ll find new fixtures for home renovations, and a mix of general home repair tools, wall brackets, hinges, bolts, and screws.
Excel Hardware is located at 10 Admiralty Street, Northlink Building, #03-35, Singapore 757695.
6. Chuan Heng Hardware
Chuan Heng Hardware shop was first opened in 1982 along Jalan Besar. They started out selling PVC and copper plumbing pipes etc. fittings mostly to plumbers and contractors.
Fast forward to today, the store still has a focus on plumbing products, although they have also expanded to selling bathroom, kitchen, and other home appliances such as fans, washing machines, and portable aircons.
Even though it’s still named as a ‘hardware store’ from its history, you won’t really find general DIY home repair hardware tools such as screws, wall paint, or power drills here. This is more of a place for homeowners who are looking to renovate their homes and need to view and buy new home fixtures and appliances.
Chuan Heng Hardware has 4 retail stores across Singapore.
7. Ascend Hardware
Hardware Shop in Ang Mo Kio
Not exactly a general DIY home repair tool type of hardware shop, Ascend Hardware carries home fixture security products from 5 brands. They are namely Autoseal, Dormakaba, Philips, Nikawa, and Schlage digital locks.
Expect to find items such as Philips Hue light bulbs, digital door locks from Nikawa and Schlage, laundry hanging rack systems, safe boxes, door stopper closers with slides. Not the greatest array of products – Ascend Hardware seems to be very focused on the few products they sell.
Ascend Hardware is located at 5022 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2. Opening hours vary depending on the day of the week: Mon to Wed 9am – 8pm, Thu 9am – 530pm, Fri 9am – 8pm, Sat 8:30am – 7pm, and Sun 11am – 7pm.
8. Liang Chew Hardware
Hardware Shop in Little India
Liang Chew Hardware is more of a plumbing hardware store for buildings under construction, landed property homeowners and their architecture teams, and commercial building work.
If you’re a regular HDB or condo homeowner looking for some silicone sealant to replace that mouldy silicone strip by your kitchen sink, this is not the place for you to saunter in. Instead, you can visit Liang Chew Hardware’s online Lazada store to find that particular elbow pipe part that you need to replace your sink’s rotting one.
Thanks to their plumbing expertise, Liang Chew Hardware offers a comprehensive range of plumbing parts online. Brands that they carry include Norika, Kembla, Sekisui, Era, and Rigid.
Liang Chew Hardware is located at 133 Kitchener Road, WhatsApp 9137 1409 for product orders.
9. Lian Hock Hardware
Hardware Shop in Jalan Besar
Lian Hock Hardware has a pretty storied history in Singapore. It opened doors in 1975, supplying hardware to the construction and shipping industry. Here is the place where you’ll find all sorts of random general hardware items like PVC safety cones, the white and orange PVC safety barriers you see on the roads, or even the yellow and black accordion-style crowd control barriers for snaking queues!
This is truly one fun store to take a weekend walk around for a home DIY lover!
Lian Hock Hardware also has an online store that, unfortunately, exists in the form of a mobile app called “AhpohStore” – available both on Google Play and the Apple App Store. Unfortunately? Some avid shoppers may love it, but for regular cynical folks like me, it’s too much commitment for a first dip into the Lian Hock brand – especially when app scams are rife. We wish the online Lian Hock Hardware were just a regular online shop!
Lian Hock Hardware is located at 560 Serangoon Road.
Hardware Shop in Woodlands Marsiling
If you are living in the North area of Singapore, you’ve probably already heard of David Hardware & Electrical. This is an old school general hardware store that has been serving residents of the North for the past few decades.
If you are searching for heavy-duty or industrial grade tools, accessories, TV brackets and water taps, this hardware store will fit all your needs. While it doesn’t have great lighting or shelving like Selffix, be rest assured that it compensates for it with low prices.
Do note that David Hardware only accepts cash!
David Hardware & Electrical is located at Blk 18 Marsiling Ln, #01-261, Singapore 730018.
Hardware Shop in Ubi
For anyone that lives in the East, Ubi is your go-to place for any hardware-related buys. You can find a hardware shop at almost every corner of the industrial estate of Ubi without having to search too hard. Among the hardware shops in Ubi, Horme Hardware is probably the most popular one.
A warehouse-sized general hardware shop that is located in the industrial estate of Ubi, it sells all kinds of imaginable tools. They have more than 55,000 products across 22 different categories, from cleaning to bathroom and power tools to light machinery.
While they also have a website, reviews claim that it doesn’t have every item listed online. So, if you are looking for something very specific, you might want to give the physical store a try or drop the owner a call first.
Horme Hardware also has an outlet in the west located in the Jurong industrial estate. You don’t have to travel all the way to the East for your hardware needs. Prices here are pretty affordable, too.
Horme Hardware’s flagship store is located at 1 Ubi Cres, Number One Building, #01-01.
Hardware Shop in Jurong
Don’t be confused by the name – it has nothing to do with the Nanyang Business School (NBS). The only similarity between them is that they are located in pretty close proximity.
Unlike the other hardware shops, NBS Hardware specialises in your everyday sanitary equipment from toilet bowls to bidets to taps and shower accessories. You can also find painting material at NBS Hardware like Nippon Paint and Jotun and other general tools (bolts, nuts, screws, etc.).
Interestingly, NBS Hardware also sells ready-made furniture if you are looking for one.
NBS Hardware & Houseware is located at 762 Jurong West Street 75, #01-262, Singapore 640762.
Hardware Shop in Tanjong Pagar
Shopping for painting supplies to give your home a new look? Brandon Hardware Paint & Plumbing Supplies is the place to hit. It is centrally located near Outram Park and easily accessible by public transport. From spray paints and ready-made paint to customised Nippon paint, it is a convenient store to grab your supplies for a complete paint overhaul.
Another great service that Brandon Hardware provides is its plumbing tools. If you have any plumbing tools that needs replacement, you will be able to find them here. Besides providing plumbing tools, you can also get plumbing services from Brandon Hardware.
Prices here not the cheapest for some, but definitely competitive. Oh, did we also mention that Brandon Hardware is on Carousell?
Brandon Hardware is located at 3 Everton Park, #01-65, Singapore 080003.
Hardware Shop in Woodlands
By now, you’ve probably realised that there is a pattern to where the hardware shops are located. Most of them are located in industrial estates or industrial parks. After all, industrial sites are where such tools will come into use.
So, if you are living in the northern region of Singapore, you can try out The Hardware Shop for your hardware needs. It is located in the Woodlands Industrial Park, which is convenient for those living in the North compared to Ubi or Jurong Industrial area.
The Hardware Shop is stocked with basic hardware equipment for both personal and industrial usage. You can also find hardware tools such as spanners, pliers, screwdrivers, nuts and bolts of all shapes and sizes.
The Hardware Shop is located at 280 Woodlands Industrial Park E5, #01-25/26 Harvest @ Woodlands, Singapore 757322.
HardwareOnline.com.sg is like Singapore’s own Amazon for hardware equipment and tools. It has everything you need to make your claim to fame as a professional contractor.
A quick browse on their website will leave you in awe of the types of hardware equipment you can get for your home. Think items like a mini compressor and hydraulic tools to start building your own cupboards, shelves or furniture in your own home.
You can also order your own electrical wiring and cable tools to be your own electrical contractor. Add to that a plethora of wall paint supplies are also available.
HardwareOnline.com.sg has Visa, MasterCard and PayPal integrated into their payment system to make it a seamless experience for you. The only downside is that you need to spend a minimum of $200 to be eligible for free delivery.
Visit the Hardwareonline website.
Hardware Shop in Clementi
Besides the bigger hardware shops in the industrial areas, there are also small neighbourhood hardware shops that can fulfil your DIY needs. Most of these neighbourhood hardware shops do not have any industrial grade tools or equipment, but they can definitely provide you with tools or equipment for personal use.
Samroc Paints & Hardware Supply is one of those neighbourhood hardware shops you might want to check out, especially on days where the bigger hardware shops are closed (they typically close on weekends since the industrial area is pretty dead on weekends).
As its name suggests, Samroc Paints & Hardware Supply has both hardware tools and equipment as well as painting tools for you to embark on any DIY home project.
Samroc Paints & Hardware Supply is located at 354 Clementi Ave 2, Singapore 120354.
Hardware Shop in Clementi
If you can’t find what you need at Samroc Paints & Hardware Supply, try its neighbour and competitor: Sun Hee Hardware Paint & Electrical.
Sun Hee Hardware Paint & Electrical is one of the most reviewed neighbourhood hardware stores on Google Maps. According to Google reviewers, Sun Hee Hardware provides customers with a reasonable price and has a wide product range to fulfil your DIY needs.
If you’re unsure about what tools or equipment you need, their staff are also friendly and approachable, and will provide you with suggestions on the right items.
Sun Hee Hardware Paint & Electrical store is located at 354 Clementi Ave 2, #01-237/239, Singapore 120354.
18. Home Fix (closed in 2019)
The rise of home-grown hardware store Home-Fix mirrors the evolution of the Singapore home from simple kampung dwellings to modern houses and high-rise apartments. Before Home-Fix founder Low Cheong Kee was born, his grandfather opened Chop Tian Seng in Geylang Road, selling charcoal and chopped firewood in the early 1960s.
Later, in the 1970s, his parents saw how Singaporeans were moving out of kampungs and into HDB flats, and realised that paint, plumbing items and tools were in demand, while charcoal and firewood were going out of fashion. They added these items to the inventory for sale. They also moved the store across the road to Geylang Serai Market after the original shop closed and renamed it Tian Seng Hardware And Paints Enterprise.
Two decades later, as homeowners flocked to malls to shop in air-conditioned comfort, Mr Low set up the first Home-Fix DIY store in Siglap Centre in 1993. He stocked up on the latest power tools and gadgets, and created new sections for gardening and home appliances over the years.
At its height in the late 2010s, he owned 23 Home-Fix stores in Singapore, including the newest one, Elements by Home-Fix at Marina Square, which has new and exclusive brands ranging from cookware to tools to home accents, as well as a Do-It-For-You department, where customers can talk to specialised product experts about home improvement needs.
Overseas, there were nine stores in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and he opened the brand’s first franchised store in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in August 2014. He opened another in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in November 2014.
Home Fix, however, closed all 23 physical stores in Singapore in 2019.
Part of this story first appeared on on the SingSaver blog.