It's no news that we love IKEA here. (See exhibits 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 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
One of the first home décor companies to ender the e-commerce space, 2Modern has a highly curated modern design for every room in your home along with 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
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.
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 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: 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.
This post was originally published on June 14, 2016, and has since been updated.