The Best Under-The-Radar Ikea Alternatives For Every Budget
We love Ikea as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just have to change it up. Yet many of us are at a loss as to where else to shop for furniture. Whether you’re looking for a different style, higher-quality pieces or simply something that feels more grown-up, it can be challenging to scout out the right places with the right prices. So, we did some digging and compiled a list of the best under-the-radar online furniture and decor shops. Here, where to get fresh design finds at every price point.
This site is our obsession—it's like the best flea market you've ever been to, with tons of amazing vintage pieces on offer from private sellers (not just chairs, by the way). You can definitely spend a lot if money is no object, but you can also find some real steals if you invest time in seeking them out. Start a bargaining process akin to what you might experience at a local swap meet. As shipping costs are the biggest barrier to budget-friendliness here, we recommend you look for local items you can pick up rather than have delivered. The best part of buying from Chairish is that your treasure will likely have more resale value than something you picked up at Ikea.
Channel-Back Lounge Chairs, $96 for two
Launched in 2006, this site aims to make modern design accessible regardless of budget or geography. If you like simple, clean looks from brands you recognize, shop here for sofas under $500, chairs and tables under $100 and rugs around $50 and up.
Domino Cube, $99
The store itself isn't under the radar, obviously, but its apartment offerings are the unsung heroes of the brand. If you like Anthropologie's home selection but find the prices prohibitive, we highly recommend you check out the selection at UO.
Harper Side Table, $129
Dot & Bo
Specifically geared toward millennials with the mission of helping them "create the home of their dreams," the e-tailer's curation allows you to easily shop by style (rustic, mid-century, etc.).
Talia Writing Desk, $163
Toronto-based Umbra was born when co-founder Paul Rowan couldn't find a window shade for his apartment and decided to make one himself. Now he has a full design team creating unique pieces at a budget-friendly price point.
Loop Side Table, $50
You can definitely satisfy a variety of budgets at LA-based Apt 2B. Its offerings are priced well for their quality and level of design, and you can find some real steals if you search.
Magnolia Arm Chair, $190
If you're shopping for substance, look no further than The Citizenry, which stocks artisan, handcrafted goods from all over the world. This swoon-worthy shop is perfect for those world travelers who constantly bemoan the fact that they can't bring large pieces home as well as for those who just want to support independent makers across the globe.
Aldama Chair, $825
With a well-deserved emphasis on the designers it sources, this site provides origin details for each piece. The curation at A+R is to die for, so ready your credit card accordingly.
Ding Table, $490
We challenge you not to be obsessed with everything this Brooklyn-based shop has to offer. Beam's website describes its aesthetic best: "Our style is a little bit mid-century, a little bit rock 'n' roll; a Southern California meets Brooklyn mashup; equal parts left brain and right brain; and a mix of vintage and brand-spanking new."
Lucy Wire Chair, $450
Founders Maurice Blanks and John Cristakos started Blu Dot after finding they didn't like the furniture they could afford and couldn't afford the furniture they liked. The company stocks modern pieces designed in-house.
One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa, $1,999
In this LA-based studio that believes good design should be available to everyone, emerging designers are scouted to create capsule collections for the brand (hence its name). If you like high-quality minimalist pieces with a bit of unexpected detail at great price points, this is your shop.
Open Frame Dresser, $1,499
This online shop is a wedding-registry favorite for a reason! It's got great furniture offerings—we love the Montauk Chair, for one—but the unique tableware is worth obsessing over.
Slab Pitcher, $118
The creative minds behind Schoolhouse are aiming to create "the next generation of heirlooms": pieces that will be around forever. The selection tends toward a masculine vibe.
Equestrian Love Seat, $2,499
Horne's motto is anti–fast furniture—the shop aims to sell pieces that will be in your home for years to come, and not just because you can't afford to buy replacements. Here, find modern furniture sourced globally.
LAX Platform Bed With Storage, $3,030
This one's a mixed bag, style-wise, so there's a little something for everyone. Items frequently go on sale, so if you have your eye on a specific piece, it might be wise to hold out a bit.
Elegant Étagère, $1,540
This is another Scandinavian find, and the website is as no-frills as its furniture. If you like clean lines but don't want to buy cheap stuff, Menu is worth a gander.
Afternoon Lounge Chair, $1,500
For most of us, this site will have to serve as inspiration alone, as the pieces it features are quite pricey. That said, it's great for a browse if you're looking for a little motivation to work, work, work. We want one of everything.
Half-Moon Mirror, $2,100
Modern furniture with flair—nothing offered here will fly under the radar in your home. We're particularly obsessed with the selection of eccentric seating.
Pop Missoni Lounge Chair, $2,200
Candelabra may be known for lighting, but the company is no slouch in the furniture department. The Made Goods stuff it stocks is our favorite.
Made Goods Bistro Chair, $1,050
You didn't know you needed a vintage Tibetan lamb chaise until you saw it, did you? Homenature offers the dreamiest nature-inspired pieces, both contemporary and vintage.
Vintage Tibetan Lamb Chaise, $7,800
An antique aficionado's dream, 1st Dibs pulls products from the world's best sellers, dealers and galleries, and the result is a virtual wonderland of rare goods. You can find some affordable pieces if you scour, but this is definitely no Goodwill.