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Information about shopping in Calais for DIY and Decorating goods, kitchen units etc. Day-tripper.net, the web magazine which saves you money when crossing the channel to Calais.

It's not just people with holiday homes in France buying DIY and decorating products. Range, quality and price all come into play for United Kingdom shoppers, even those buying for their United Kingdom homes. Here we list some shops in Calais as well as links to the main French web sites.

Many DIY and decorating items are cheaper in France. Check prices before you go, although the range of goods is often better and wider, in itself a good reason to shop in France.

A Times article recently highlighted the following products as being cheaper; DIY workbench – 71% cheaper, Pine Curtain Rail – 51% cheaper, Bath taps – 40% cheaper, Beech flooring – 31% cheaper, Acrylic bath – 28% cheaper, Lawnmower – 14% cheaper (2006 – before the exchange rate devaluation).

Shoppers tell us tools and electrical goods such as testers, can be cheaper, especially the own brand one.

Best Buys – prices vary considerably, but with DIY goods its best to take an old receipt from a British supermarket or note the prices of things you buy before going.

Paints and flat packs can be more expensive, although taps and showers can be a lot cheaper.

Gardening Shops

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DIY / Decorating in Calais

4 Murs – 4 Murs, Zone La Française (by Auchan), 62231. Calais – Coquelles. Tel: 0033 321 36 34 49. www.4murs.fr

Bricomarche – Brico Dépot – Rue de judée ZA Marcel Doret – 62100 Calais. www.bricodepot.fr

Bricoman – Bricoman – Now in Calais in the new ZI Curie close to the exit 44 (A16). Opposite Calais Vins. Also at Centre commercial Carrefour, EVREUX. Open Monday to Friday 7.30am to 7.30pm. Saturday 8.30am to 7.30pm. Tel: 0033 232 23 33 50 (near Rouen). www.bricoman.fr

Castorama – Castorama (Garden furniture, decorating products) rue de Judée, ZA Marcel Doret. 62100. Calais. Tel: 0033 321 97 25 00. www.castorama.fr

Cedeo – CEDEO, 48 Quai Gustave Lamarle. 62100 Calais. Tel: 0033 321 46 08 60 (Plumbing and heating materials). www.cedeo.fr

Chantemur – Chantemure. www.chantemur.com

Cuisinella – Cuisinella. Kitchen, Bathroom, Household. www.cuisinella.com

leroy merlin calais – Leroy Merlin DIY Shop (more about the local store), Centre Commercial, Coquelles.

Tel: 0033 321 96 50 50. Open: Monday – Saturday 9.00am – 8.00pm. www.leroymerlin.fr

Other DIY / Decorating chains in France

Batiman – Batiman. Windows, doors, staircases, cupboards etc. Southern France mainly. One shop in Pas de Calais (30, Le Mont Wanquetin. 62123 MONTENESCOURT). www.batiman.fr

Bricomarche – Bricomarché – rue Notre Dame. 62480. Le Portel. Tel: 0033 321 80 82 81. www.bricomarche.com

Mr Bricolage – Mr. Bricolage (DIY, Gardening, Decorating goods). Now in Calais!. 69 rue Faidherbe, BP 369. 62205. Boulogne sur Mer. Tel: 0033 321 30 36 30. Open: Monday 2.00 to 7.00pm. Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am to 12.00pm, 2.00 to à 7.00pm. www.mr-bricolage.fr

Bricorama – Bricorama (DIY, Gardening, Decorating goods). 55, rue Camille Desmoulins. 62230. Outreau. Tel: 0033 321 31 71 19. www.bricorama.fr

foir fouille – La Foire Fouille. House decoration and accessories. www.lafoirfouille.fr

gedimat – Gedimat, BMA, 19 rue de Copernic. 62000. Arras. www.gedimat.fr

gp decors – GP Decors, DIY stores. www.gpdecors.fr

HM Diffusion Power tools – HM Diffusion Power tools (nearest shop Lille and Rouen). www.hmdiffusion.com

kiloutou – Kilotou, Building materials and hire as well. www.kiloutou.fr

– Two places in Calais. 1) Reseau Pro, 68 avenue Saint Exupèry. 62100 Calais. Tel: 0033 321 96 69 03. 2) Z.A.C Curie, rue Gutenberg. 62100 Calais. Tel: 0033 321 17 70 70.

Metiers et Passions Power Tools – Metiers et Passions Power Tools (online only). www.metiers-et-passions.com

Weldom – Weldom (formerly know as OBI). None near the channel – nearest is in Compeigne, north of Paris. Zac des Mercières, 60205. Compeigne. Tel: 0033 344 30 12 00. www.weldom.com

Point P – Point.P. Plenty of stores in the North – look under "Sites Agences". www.pointp.fr

Belgium

brico belgium – Brico. www.brico.be

Blacksmiths (Quincaillerie)

Deregnaucourt, Michel. 26 place d'Armes. Tel: 0033 321 34 31 62

Parenty et Cie, 152, Bd. Gambetta. Tel: 0033 321 34 32 69.

Builders Merchants (Bâtiment)

ARC, 15, rue Amphère, 62100. Calais. Tel: 0033 321 00 77 57.

Batiment Amenagement Construction, 30 rue Mollien. Tel: 0033 321 96 52 14.

Yves CARON, 25 rue Becquerel. Tel: 0033 321 36 40 20.

Cauet Constructions, 335 Av. Antoine de St. Exupéry. Tel: 0033 321 34 42 29.

C.E.B.A.T, 292, rue Gravelines. Tel: 0033 321 36 88 15.

Maurice DEMAZEUX, 19, rue Mignard. Tel: 0033 321 34 20 78.

SPIE-CITRA NORD, 54 rue Moscou. Tel: 0033 321 96 56 22.

THELU, 107, rue Descartes. Tel: 0033 321 46 72 00.

Carpets

Saint Maclou – Saint Maclou – Carpets, rugs and plastic flooring. Centre Commercial Auchan, St Martin-Les-Boulogne. Tel: 0033 321 31 90 09. www.saint-maclou.com

Doors and Windows

Côte Menuiserie, ZAC Marcel Doret. 105 rue Louis Breguet. 62100 Calais. Tel: 0033 321 19 20 66. www.cotemenuiserie.com

la peyre – Lapeyre Doors and Windows (Opposite Auchan). Tel: 0033 321 36 33 33. 41 Av. du Général de Gaulle, RN 1 – BP 79. 62903. Coquelles. Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am to midday, and 2.00 – 7.00pm. Saturday, 9.00am to 7.00pm, and 2.00 – 6.30pm. www.lapeyre.fr

Vial Menuiseries – Vial Menuiseries (joinery). Nearest store is in Lille or Rouen. www.vial-menuiseries.com

Kitchens

Mobalpa – Mobalpa (Pierre Guerbadot) 126, Bd. Gambetta, Calais. Tel: 0033 321 344 15 71 57. www.mobalpa.fr

White goods and Furniture

ambience and styles – Ambience and Styles. www.ambianceetstyles.com

Boulanger – Boulanger – Electrical goods. www.boulanger.fr

But shop – BUT (furniture and household goods). 359 Av. St Exupéry. 62100. Calais. Tel: 0033 321 97 36 13. Open: Monday, 2.00 to 7.30pm. Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 12.00pm, 2.00 to 7.30pm. www.but.fr

Conforma – Conforama (Furniture and electrical goods). ZC la Francaise. 62231. Coquelles. Tel: 0033 321 36 61 61. www.conforama.fr

Costkill – Costkill (mostly in the south of France). www.costkill.com

Darty electrical – Darty (an electrical chain in France). There is a branch at Cite Europe. Tel: 0033 321 46 04 70. www.darty.fr

Electro depot – Electro Depot. There is a shop near Cite Europe in Calais. www.electrodepot.fr

Fly Meubles – Fly Meubles. Furniture. www.fly.fr

gifi shop – Gifi, Electronic goods. New store in Calais at the ZAC Curie. www.gifi.fr

Gitem – GITEM. Store in Dunkirk. www.gitem.fr

Keria lighting – Keria Lights (luminaires). www.keria.fr

monsieur meuble – Monsieur Meuble. Furniture. www.monsieur-meuble.com

Survey of DIY products and prices in Calais, France. United Kingdom (£1 = 1.40 euro)

There is a large Leroy Merlin DIY store in Calais. Have a look at Lepeyre as well (DIY shops in France).

Approximate savings when buying the following items in France;

Bathrooms – Save about 20% on a bathroom suite.

Fixtures -Taps are especially good value in France. Expect savings of around 40%.

Accessories – Check the price in the United Kingdom first, but there are savings to be made. E.g. save about 32% saving on a mirrored cabinet.

Flooring – beech laminated wood flooring, costs appromiately 31% less.

Accessories – Floor rugs are often much cheaper.

Windows – Pine curtain rails. Savings of up to 50%.

DIY products;

Cheapest DIY Work Bench (71%)

Hand trowel with wooden handle (62%)

Pine Curtain Rail (51%)

Brilliant White Curtain Rail (51%)

Large Floor Rug (49%)

Art Deco Chrome Bath Mixer Taps and Shower Head (40%)

Coloured Bamboo Roller blinds (36%)

Bathroom Cabinet with Mirror (32%)

Beech Laminated Wood Flooring per Sq Metre (31%)

Silver Novelty Toilet Seat (30%)

Lever action hand secateurs (29%)

Luxury Acrylic Bath (28%)

Toilet Brush and Toilet Roll Holder (24%)

7 Piece Screwdriver set (20%)

5 Metre Tape Measure (18%)

2.4 Metre 7 Step ladder (14%)

Cheapest Electric Rotary Mower (14%)

Double Door Tall Wardrobe (14%)

Carpet Tiles (each) (10%)

Useful Outside links

– Check out the latest catalogue / leaflet offers (PDF). www.bonial.fr

Cote Maison (in French) – a magazine which should give you some idea of what is fashionable in France. www.cotemaison.fr

Home improvement with Godfrey DIY stores. www.godfrey-diy.co.uk

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