Published on February 13, 2019

Knowing where to find the best furniture and decor is a skill that can take months (if not years) to refine. So in the spirit of sharing, we’re launching a mini series where our editors open up about their favorite sources for everything from vintage furniture to lighting, pottery, kitchenware, and more. First up: affordable furniture.

It’s easy to revert back to the same brands over and over when decorating. After all, whatever brand is top of mind is usually where we tend to look first. But we also know that the best interiors are collected and pulled together over time from a variety of sources: something old here, something new there, something budget in the corner, and something high-end at the forefront.

Even though we’d love to fill our homes with everything Jean Royère and Tobia Scarpa, our wallets sometimes can skew a little more toward Ikea territory. The trick for making affordable pieces feel high-end? Mixing them up with more high-end and vintage finds and limiting items from the same store to two per room. Ready to give your space an upgrade without spending all your savings? This is where our editors go to for affordable finds.

Alyssa Clough, senior social media editor

Ikea: “It’s not creative or groundbreaking, but it’s true. There are certain super-affordable pieces that just make sense to buy. I have random Ikea finds scattered across my apartment. It’s versatile and works for so many different styles. It also mixes well with other higher-priced items effortlessly.”

Sophie Miura, digital content director

Amazon: Honestly, Amazon’s latest furniture collaborations exceeded expectation. Its Now House line with Jonathan Adler is packed with furniture, lighting, and accessories that look high-end for a fraction of the price. I also love the Glass Ball Lamp by Amazon’s in-house collection, Rivet. The design references the IC T1 lamp by Italian designer Michael Anastassiades for Flos, but it costs $600 less than the original.”

Lydia Geisel, digital editorial assistant

World Market: I’m a big fan of World Market for affordable furniture. It has a fun upholstery selection. I’m in love with its printed headboards as well as its seating selection. There are definitely some hidden gems in there for velvet lovers, pattern fiends, and maximalists at heart.”

Gabrielle Savoie, senior home editor

Kvell Home: This relatively new Canadian brand caught my eye a couple of years ago when I was looking for a small storage ottoman to add to my studio apartment. Its selection of products is quite small, but it’s incredibly well-designed for the price. Many of its products also focus on practical storage solutions that are perfect for small spaces. I own two pieces from the brand and they both blend really well with the rest of my furniture. This brand is definitely worth having on your radar.”

Rebecca Deczynski, digital editor

HomeGoods: No two HomeGoods stores tend to have the same items, but that’s what makes it feel so exciting. I prefer filling my home with unique finds over big-brand buys and I can guarantee that, when I stumble upon a mirror, chair, or small accent in its crowded aisles, I likely won’t see it anywhere else. Since the store’s inventory is primarily overstock, it means I can find higher-end brands and even globally sourced finds for a fraction of what I’d get them for elsewhere. I consider it a game, and if I have to go to multiple locations on the same day to find what I’m looking for, that’s all a part of the fun.”

Elly Leavitt, associate editor

Article: The thing I love most about Article (besides the price tag) is the variety it offers. There’s virtually every item of furniture you’ll ever need, all available in a plethora of styles. That said, the big draw has to be the sofas: If you’re looking to graduate from your college sofa to something a bit more upscale that won’t break the bank, Article is the place to look.”

Anna Kocharian, digital editor

Urban Outfitters: Urban is my go-to for everything from cheeky accent pieces to planters, bedding, and even storage. I love the curation of the pieces offered in its Artist Editions line—a collection of limited edition works by artisans and makers.”

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