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Let’s be real— decorating your home can be expensive. The costs of buying new furniture are especially if you’ve just paid (or helped to pay) for a wedding. Sure, you may have registered for some staples, and maybe even a smaller piece of furniture or two, but when it comes to fully outfit your space, that’s pretty much up to you and your significant other. Good quality, stylish furniture—that also happens to be affordable—definitely exists and we're here to prove it.
So where to start? First off, Rome wasn’t built in a day. The golden rule of decorating is to build upon what you already have. If you buy everything all at the same time, it will look impersonal—like a showroom. Make sure you’re mixing your budget finds in with a good investment piece here and there where you can. It’s all about the high and low! Also, don’t forget to add a few vintage pieces as well—they can be just as inexpensive as your big box buys and will add some charm to your space. Whether you’re starting small or about to tackle a total home reno, there are lots of great budget options that will make your house feel like a home.
Here, the best affordable furniture brands.
Wayfair has everything (and we mean everything) in the world of furniture you could possibly want. Just type in your keywords, however specific, and we bet you’ll be served a slew of results that is just what you’re looking for.
Not only is their furniture constantly on sale, seemingly every other week they have a new promotional discount that will seriously knock down already low prices. If you love a midcentury look but don't want to pay for an antique, they have tons of modern, yet classic, pieces— like this sleek, nesting coffee table set. Style it out with a couple of your favorite books, a vintage catchall, and a petite potted plant and you’re ready to go.
Yeah, you saw this one coming. Ikea is the place that most readily comes to mind for most people when they think about affordable furniture. Besides the inevitable fights that come with putting together their furniture with your partner (don’t expect to get out of assembling the Kallax shelving unit unscathed), it’s teeming with inexpensive and good-looking furniture that won’t break the bank.
Furthermore, Ikea has successfully been able to straddle the line between trendy, of-the-moment and timeless so you won’t feel the need to ditch that aforementioned shelving unit in a year thanks to the ever-changing design tides. Also, let us remind you that if you search for “Ikea hack” you will thousands of really ingenious ideas for reimagining that $30 side table or console. We love this industrial-style metal chest that could double as a side table or bedside storage solution.
Cost Plus World Market
Although World Market can’t rightly be called “our little secret” since at this point we’re pretty sure it’s known by virtually everyone—whether it be for their delicious foods or perfect giftables—it may not always be one of the first place you look when you’re on the hunt for perfect affordable furniture, but it should be. It’s a treasure trove of unique, beautifully made pieces of furniture, much of it with a bit of a boho flair (for those of you who dream in kilim and tassels).
Find the perfect hand-carved teak cabinet or rattan cocoon chair without breaking the bank. Plus, it’s worth noting that they’re also very generous when it comes to special promotions and sales. Even if you don’t end up buying a piece of furniture from them, we doubt you can walk away without a perfect floor pillow or two.
Get that Prime membership ready, you can not only get affordable, stylish furniture on Amazon but you can get free one-day shipping. You know, for those of us who crave that instant gratification, or wake up in a cold sweat with the need to hurriedly rearrange all of our furniture and add in some new pieces. Just us? Didn’t think so.
It would be useless to begin to explain the pure volume of affordable furniture available on Amazon, but you'd be surprised by what's out there. For instance, this cool mid-century piece is 50% open-shelving, 50% closed cabinets, 100% super adorable and totally affordable. So, you know, do yourself a favor and replace whatever your current entryway situation is with this, asap. Come on, look at those sleek brass pulls and that pretty walnut shade. It basically sells itself.
Urban Outfitters is a go-to for cool, funky furniture that looks both expensive and unique. We’ve more often than once complimented a friend on a piece of furniture—expecting the answer to be a far-flung vintage shop—only to get hit with “Oh, this little boutique called Urban Outfitters”.
Yes, it's true—a totally unique-looking velvet armchair of your dreams can be yours without breaking the bank. Or maybe it's that multi-tiered rattan plant holder to totally make a statement in your home. Urban Outfitters is also great for making utilitarian furniture beautiful. For instance, some of our favorite pieces are storage items for your bathroom or a simple coat racks, but they manage to make the design fun and interesting.
Your mother loves calls it “Tarjay” and most likely it’s been a go-to-affordable-everything-but-still-cool place that has never waned from your lexicon as you grew into adulthood. Now, in your adulthood, Target has done everything from celeb designer collaborations to special furniture lines within the Target brand. The latter should be of particular import. Their lines, like Opal House and Project 62, which have launched in the past couple of years have given Target a real chance to shine in the cool affordable design category.
The ever-popular mid-century aesthetic is particularly well done at Target. This super-affordable wood and laminate table looks and feels like a high-end piece, but the cost is much more approachable.
CB2 may not be the least expensive destination on this list, but they definitely fall under the category of affordable—just a little further up the price scale. It’s safe to say that for the quality of the furniture and by leading the way in what’s trending in the market, CB2’s designs are definitely a good deal. Plus, they’re definitely a brand to watch, as they’ve had some already very cool collaborations and promise to continue with more of them in the future—so keep an eye out!
CB2 also features a design service that allows you to pick pieces you love, snap a picture of your room and voila! You can see how the pieces would work themselves into your home and then you can shop ‘em on the spot. Our most coveted current affordable furniture piece currently? This sculptural white dining table that looks like a piece of modern art.
Overstock has been a quiet contender for affordable and very cute furniture pieces for years, but it always seems to fly a little under the radar. Maybe because it has a vast— sometimes overwhelming—amount of affordable options to sort through. It can feel like finding a needle in the haystack to find exactly the right thing, but it can be done. Trust us.
From sets of dining chairs that are crazy inexpensive to outdoor furniture that won’t break the bank, Overstock is a great resource if you’ve got the time to look, and are looking to save lots of money. We’re currently digging these French bistro stools in the prettiest light grey.
AllModern is the more (you guessed it) modern sister site to Wayfair. We love them both, and some styles carry across both sites, but AllModern provides a very streamlined modern aesthetic that we’re into. They also have a great feature that allows you to browse through styled rooms that are editorialized and not just stock photos, each with a curated collection of shoppable pieces. Not only is it great to see the pieces in context, but it allows you to visualize how you might style them yourself.
Need a new woven-wooden statement chair for your living space? This real leather and mahogany chair will do the trick!
Ok, this one actually might hit you square in a place of “WHAT?!”. You may love this brand for their clothing but didn't realize they also make super cool housewares. Yes, Zara has a home brand, and yes, they make furniture—like, really good furniture. Furniture that makes you feel like it might be time to ditch all the furniture you currently have in your not-worthy apartment and start anew with a brand new everything. Of course, that would be wasteful and not sensible, but we digress.
For instance, this incredibly chic glass dining table has just the right amount of minimalism and polish. On top of their collection of perfectly-worn looking accent stools, sleek marble side tables, and pretty storage furniture, Zara Home also does a great job of showing their customers how to style pieces in inspirational decor spaces.