Wanna spruce up your space? Here's where to buy cute AF apartment decor

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It always seems like when you need to source apartment decor, there’s never anything that fits your vibe, but when you *don’t* have any business shopping, there are tons of things you want to add to your cart. 

It can be so frustrating to move into your first apartment or be in the middle of a revamp only to feel like there’s a shortage of chic and practical items you can use to decorate — but that’s where these shops come in. 

We’ve done the legwork and narrowed down the options to create this list of the best places to buy apartment decor. These spots all offer affordable home accents that complement a variety of styles. Successful shopping and a stylish home await!

1)  Crate & Barrel 

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In my opinion, Crate & Barrel gets a rep for being pricey and out of reach, but the reality is that you can find timeless staples at an affordable price point from this store. You might have to spend a bit more than you would at Target or Wayfair, but you’ll be paying for quality pieces that will last you years. Some items that are great to purchase here include glassware, coffee tables or shelf decor, throw blankets, and organizational items.

One thing to keep in mind is that Crate & Barrel often has sales going on, so if you’re looking for specific trinkets for your space, check the site regularly to score the best deal. Also, this is the place to shop for seasonal decor that not everyone has (I’m looking at you, Target). 

2) Target

There’s really no other place where you can find just about everything you need for your apartment. Plus, who doesn’t love a good Target run? With home decor collaborations with Studio McGee, Opalhouse, and Hearth & Hand, there certainly isn’t a shortage of trendy and cute decor staples. Just walking through the home section of the store is guaranteed to result in some impulse “add to cart” actions. 

When it comes to choosing which items are best to source here, candles, throw pillows, kitchen accents, rugs, faux plants, and bedding are all smart selections. 

3) Urban Outfitters

Good for more than just clothing, Urban Outfitters has unique yet of-the-moment decor that can add a vibrant pop to your space. Many items here are bright, quirky, and colorful, making them good statement pieces for a Gen-Z apartment. The store also has a variety of furniture and accessories that have an interesting vibe that allows them to almost double up as art.  

4) World Market

I used to think World Market was just a place to find rare snacks and candy bars, but it’s actually a treasure trove of decor. The store is known to have a large mix of seasonal finds, as well as everyday classics like picture frames, wall art, and table lamps. Another perk to shopping at World Market is that they also have outdoor furniture and decor, as well as basic kitchen and bath essentials. 

5) Anthropologie

Hear me out — Anthropologie can be expensive, but if you pursue the sale section on their website, you can find surprisingly good deals on home items. They also have a large selection of small decorative items, like candlesticks, hooks, and floor mats. As a side note, this is also the perfect place to grab hostess gifts or birthday presents for the interior lover in your life.  

Kara Thompson

About me: 

Kara Thompson is a Denver-based journalist with over five years of experience writing lifestyle content. She has written for a variety of publications, including townandcountrymag.com, elledecor.com, goodhousekeeping.com, and Parents, where she covered all things home, food, fashion, travel, and holidays. During her time on staff at Parents, Kara launched her own home decor and organization column named Save My Space. In 2022, she left her full-time job as an editor and started her own writing, editing, and social media firm, Kara Thompson and Co.

Tennis, New York City, bourbon cocktails, and her sister's German Shepherd are a few of her favorite things.