We love IKEA for its Scandinavian style-for-less reliability. To be more specific, we love how easy it is to get that empty one-bedroom apartment off the ground with a few starting pieces and home essentials. We also highly anticipate the release of its catalog each year. From its clever storage systems to its ever-evolving kitchenware collection, there's no contest: IKEA is our go-to for all things pretty and practical. It's the accessibility of the Swedish décor giant that makes it so good.
However, even us die-hard IKEA fans will admit that sometimes you want something that’s not sold in 43 countries around the world and in everyone's living rooms. To help expand your horizons, we rounded up 11 shops worth similar fanfare. Are you looking for the perfect rug, quality lighting at affordable prices, or a kitchenware upgrade? Get ready to bookmark these IKEA alternatives filled with unique, accessible décor.
For conversation-starting design; unique, eye-catching pieces; and gadgets aplenty, A+R is unrivaled. This IKEA alternative features handpicked products from the best designers worldwide, offering both classic midcentury designs and up-and-coming brands.
If you love the versatility and clean lines of IKEA's furniture, Blu Dot will certainly appeal. Timeless yet modern, the brand's thoughtfully designed furniture pieces will stand the test of time both aesthetically and physically.
For earthy, beautiful, and artisanal-style home décor like textiles, tableware, accents, and more, the well-curated selection at Burkelman will be a very pleasant discovery for IKEA fans.
Canvas has a great assortment of versatile homeware essentials. Its table linens and dinnerware are especially strong. Its furniture is both beautiful and affordable, making it one of our favorite IKEA alternatives.
Looking for on-trend style for less or home essentials with a dash of modern design savvy? CB2 is a go-to, and despite having some pricier items, it stocks tons of downright steals.
Shop here if you're looking to inject some whimsy, color, and vibrancy into your home. Leif offers every manner of décor—from art prints to tabletop pieces—at an affordable price point.
Lulu & Georgia is a gold mine for charming décor accents with a feminine-meets-bohemian flair. Its collection of rugs is especially extensive.
Looking to inject some endless vacation vibes into your home? Serena & Lily is full of breezy linens, accents, and more. It’s perfect for the eternal summer home.
If interesting objects and décor from rising design talent are on your to-buy list, Shop Horne is one of the best IKEA alternatives. It stocks some high-end, expensive items, but its accessories and accents tend to be affordable.
If you love the aesthetic of antiques but maybe don't have the time to hit the flea market every weekend, Wisteria is a perfect fit. The online and catalog retailer stocks traditionally leaning furniture and home décor with unique details.
If vintage-inflected, heirloom-minded accents are your jam, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. will deliver in terms of industrial lighting buys, bed and bath linens, and more.
What is your favorite go-to shop for home décor?
This story was originally published on July 27, 2016, and has since been updated.