Where To Get What in Delhi

Unlike in the West where large hardware depots and online stores provide under one roof every conceivable item required by the DIY worker, in India half the job is getting hold of the right materials. Often seemingly insignificant stuff like the right kind of bolt is difficult to come by. I have found that a lot is available, provided one looks for it at the right place. I therefore decided to provide a guide to what can be procured from where in Delhi. This list will grow as I add more details to it over the months ahead.

Item Details Area
Polycarbonate sheets These transparent sheets come in varying width and can be used for a variety of projects since they are tough and shatter proof. But they tend to be expensive. Paharganj, Raiguru Road, Chuna Mandi. Whole lot of lanes (especially Galli No. 2) sell these sheeets.
Acrylic sheets These too are transparent but lack the strength. They cost half the price of polycarbonate. Paharganj, Raiguru Road,Chuna Mandi.
Fasteners Bolts, Fischer fasteners, screws of various kinds. Chawri Bazaar. Near main circle.
MDF, particle board, hard board, plywood, mouldings, veneers, laminates Large stores on the main road (DB Gupta Road) sell 8 by 4 sheets. Cut pieces are available at smaller shops in Raiguru Road. Paharganj, Raiguru Road, DB Gupta Road
Woodworking tools All kinds Ajmeri Gate Road, Chawri Bazaar
Paints, solvents All kinds Khari Baoli, Tilak Market, Chandni Chowk
Electrical Items All kinds Bhagirath Place, Chandi Chowk
Sofa Upholstery Fabric, Faux leather, Jute backing, foam etc. Kirti Nagar. Try the shops in the back streets.
Tap & die wrenches Essential for cutting dies and taps Chawri Bazar, Jain Tools Company


  1. Anonymous11 July, 2011

    Thank you for your very informative article on weather-proofing Teak windows with a Polyurethane finish.

    I do wonder whether this would be effective enough for a coastal region like Chennai. We've tried using before but the finish seems to bubble up and discolour when wet.

    Any thoughts would be deeply appreciated, and once again thank you for a great blog...

  2. Apologies for the delay in replying but I am surprisied about the finish bubbling. I have not come across it before. Perhaps, you are applying it incorrectly because PU is pretty impermeable and water cannot normally get past.


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