It's no news that we love IKEA here. 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 at these stores like IKEA stat.
Joybird: For Upholstered Furniture
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: For Accent Furniture
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.
Danish Design Store: For Small Accents
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: For Tabletop Essentials
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.
2Modern: For Trendy Accessories
2Modern features trend reports to help you stay in touch with what's next in interior design.
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.: For Lighting
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: For Art
Dash & Albert: For Rugs
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.
Cotton On: For Soft Furnishings
This Australian brand is expanding in 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: For Storage
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. Head to any of these stores like IKEA to furnish and decorate your space with unique and affordable pieces.
AllModern: For Work Desks
From minimalist to midcentury modern furniture and décor for every room, you can even deck out your home office with AllModern's wide-ranging roster of modern brands at attractive price points. For example, the website lists 13 pages of desks in all manner of materials, colors, and features (like a keyboard tray and USB outlets.)
Crate & Kids: For Customized Kids Furniture
Formerly known as The Land of Nod, Crate & Barrel's kids furniture line Crate & Kids boasts stylish play tables, bookcases, bedroom furnishings, and more. And if you've got a specific vision in mind, take advantage of their in-store and online design services.
Chairish: For New and Used Vintage Décor
Those who enjoy hunting for quality furnishings for less will like Chairish, an online swap meet of sorts that combines new and previously loved furniture, art, lighting, and more. To cut down on shipping costs, try searching for local finds you can pick up yourself versus having it delivered.
Muji: For Dishware
Hailing from Japan, Muji (meaning No Name, Quality Goods in Japanese) has offered minimalistic, streamlined household goods since 1980. The brand's versatile plates, bowls, and tumblers make mixing and matching their Acacia wood, porcelain, and glass collections easy and fun.
Umbra: For Modern Picture Frames and Hooks
A curated color palette of black, white, dark wood, and metal let Umbra's modern shapes shine. While you'll find furnishings for the living room to the kitchen, the brand's got an impressive selection of fun frames and hooks to showcase your favorite memories and practical household items.
Capsule Home: For Small Space Design
This Los Angeles-based design studio taps emerging designers to create elevated modern, multi-functional interiors collections at a more accessible price point. Browse Capsule Home for sofas, chairs, and accent tables designed with small spaces in mind.
CB2: For Collaboration Pieces
Modern furniture and décor collaborations with the likes of Goop, Lenny Kravitz, and Fred Segal, to name a few mean outfitting your home with one-of-a-kind pieces that serve both fashion and function. For example, CB2 by Goop includes tufted love seats and chairs in pastel colors, and curvy side tables.
Dot & Bo: For Outdoor Furnishings
Dress up your outdoor spaces with Dot & Bo's bistro tables and chairs, wooden planters, rugs, and more at budget-friendly prices.
Scandinavian Designs: For Small Space Solutions
Tighter spaces don't have to sacrifice quality and design with this Nordic-centric brand. Find ample, size-appropriate nightstands, dressers, dining tables, to bookcases at Scandinavian Designs.
Urban Outfitters: For Colors, Prints, and Textures
Spice up your bedding with fun linens and comforters from Urban Outfitters in playful colors and textures that add dimension to your bedroom look.