The IKEA-Like Shops You Haven't Heard Of
It's no news that we love IKEA here. (See Exhibit A and B and C.) In fact, let us count the ways: It's convenient, it constantly floors us with inventive designs, and it's affordable. Yet we love it a little less every time we walk into our friends' apartments and realize that they look just like ours—it's like showing up at a party wearing the same Zara outfit as the hostess. So in an effort to branch out from the blue-and-yellow mold, we rounded up our favorite brands that are both affordable and stylish. While we will never entirely give up the Scandinavian household name, we will happily add these brands to our bookmarks in the name of diversity. Get your online carts ready; you'll want to shop these IKEA-like online stores stat.
Joybird is a collective of handcrafted furniture that's also affordable. Its upholstered seating is endlessly customizable with nearly a hundred fabric options, so you can design your space exactly as you see fit.
APT2B is another affordable furniture company that makes its pieces in the USA. The brand specializes in apartment-size furniture—perfect for decorating your tiny studio. We particularly love its line of side tables and accent furniture.
If you like the Scandinavian style IKEA is known for, you'll love Danish Design Store, which showcases pieces from the best Danish designers of past and present. Though the price tags are higher, some of its smaller accessories are surprisingly affordable.
Poketo is a lifestyle brand with two retail locations in Los Angeles and an online store filled with home accents. The label regularly collaborates with more than 200 international artists to bring unique items to the market, from pottery to dinnerware.
Flying Tiger hails from Copenhagen, so you can bet that the brand knows its Scandinavian style. The store is filled with quirky kitchen accents at über-low prices. It's like a mini IKEA! For now, it only has store locations in New York, but let's hope it expands around the U.S. soon.
Schoolhouse Electric is our go-to for well-designed, affordable lighting. Its style is more industrial and midcentury than Scandinavian, but if simple, well-crafted lighting is your jam, you will love this brand.
Tappan Collective is a great resource for affordable art that features emerging artists. Head to the photography or prints section for more budget-friendly picks.
If you're searching for a quality rug with an IKEA-like price tag, look no further than Dash & Albert. The brand creates rugs in all fabrics, from wool to jute, and they have hundreds of pattern and color options to choose from.
This Australian brand recently made its way to the U.S., and we're loving its home décor selection. Cotton On is über-affordable and great for smaller décor accents. It's almost like Australia's answer to H&M.
Design Public is another store that showcases a variety of brands, many of them Scandinavian. The store has a bit of everything, but we particularly love its workspace section for storage essentials.
Do you know any great budget décor shops we should know about? Share your wisdom with us.
This post was originally published on June 14, 2016. Updated by Sacha Strebe.