By Alicia Adamczyk
November 7, 2017

Sick of your IKEA bookcase and Target sheets, but don’t quite have the budget to splurge on more expensive furnishings? Don’t fret: there are plenty of cost-effective alternatives with wares that will help you differentiate your home — and look more chic in the process.

Below, are 10 stores to add to your shopping list, according to several interior design experts.

Arlyn Hernandez, Apartment Therapy Design Editor

RugsUSA: I have personally purchased four rugs from RugsUSA and have never been disappointed. They have an on-going 70% off promotion and usually throw in an additional 15% off around major shopping holidays. They have a wide selection (I especially love their sisals/seagrass rugs and their shags, both super trendy right now!), ship fast, and honestly, it’s hard to beat their prices.

Land of Nod: Sure, this is technically a “kids” retailer, but Land of Nod has such fantastic furniture like desks, baskets, curtains, lighting and beyond. Certainly a little pricier than your Targets and IKEAs of the world, but still within reach.

Midnight blue campaign desk from Land of Nod
courtesy of Land of Nod.

Urban Outfitters: I’m a sucker for all things Anthropologie, but their price tags can be off-putting. Enter Urban Outfitters. Some highlights from the store include their lighting, rugs, and small furnishings like coffee tables, and accent pieces.

H&M Home: Look here first for throw pillow covers (which usually run about $10), curtains, duvets and bath accessories. Super stylish and affordable.

T.J. Maxx online: It’s a great source for pillows, accent chairs, bar carts, and beyond.


Venus Wong, Refinery29 Lifestyle Contributing Editor

Trouva: This is one of my go-to sites for unique homewares. The online retailer pulls inventory from a network of indie boutiques and artisans based in the UK, so you’ll hardly clash with anyone else.

Wine table from Uncommon Goods
courtesy of Uncommon Goods.

Uncommon Goods: Like the name suggests, Uncommon Goods is a bastion of unique home products that serve as smart solutions to common household problems, from wine tables to phone sanitizers.


Kate Arends and Stefani Ellenbecker, Wit + Delight Founder and Editorial Director

World Market – Great home goods and kitchenware at very affordable prices. If you want to insert a little bohemia into your home while saving a buck, this is a great place to start.

Canvas Home – Canvas Home offers adorable dining wear that is simple, yet sophisticated, at prices that won’t break the bank. We also love their gold cutlery.

Gold Cutlery from Canvas Home
courtesy of Canvas Home.

Home Goods – We love Home Goods for finding that hidden gem. They usually have everything we’re looking for. We walk in and find brand names galore, great quality kitchenware, and even bedding at very low prices.

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