5 of the best furniture stores to buy chic and affordable fixtures for your apartment

Having a go-to list of the best furniture stores can be helpful when kitting out your apartment.

A collage from a trio of the best furniture stores, including a clothing rail, bar cart and drawers
(Image credit: Walmart / Target / Wayfair)
Quick List: Best furniture stores

Looking for a shortlist of the best furniture stores? Luckily, we can't resist a good home decor shopping spree, so we're happy to lend you our expertise. 

Whether you're leaving the nest for your very own studio apartment or hitting the books at college, we'll make sure to help you find functional, chic, and reliable goodies that will completely transform the empty and dull space you first walked into. 

The internet is a very big, and overwhelming place. Even more so when you can't shop in the same way as you would a brick-and-mortar store. So whether you're after the best sofa bed to get your home "guest ready" or you're on the lookout for the best outdoor furniture, let us offer a helping hand with your haul.

We know these brands like the back of our hand, and for anything we're a little unsure about, you have our word that we'll do our due diligence by checking our star ratings, and real customer reviews to ensure that the product meets your expectations on all the important things like value for money, finish, durability etc.

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Target dining room with small white table, gold chairs, and a boho rug

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The mecca of great finds, Target's home decor offerings are top-notch. Plus, they get a little help from top designers like Chip and Joanna Gaines, Justina Blakeney, and Shea and Syd McGee. Whether you're going for a modern farmhouse feel or want to channel your inner boho energy, Target has a great selection at a fair price (including a dedicated furniture deals page), and it's likely the items you find will carry over from one apartment to the next.


walmart living room display

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Don't sleep on Walmart. It's home to adorable finds in a variety of styles like mid-century, glam, and farmhouse, to name a few. Plus, it exclusively offers brands such as Gap Home and AllsWell. And, don't forget about Walmart's furniture deals page. BRB, just grabbing a mushroom lamp before we steer our carts down the food aisle. 

3. Wayfair

wayfair bedroom display for adults

(Image credit: Wayfair)

It's hard not to find what you're looking for at Wayfair. Whether it's the first time out on your own, or if you're looking to scale up, Wayfair has furniture and decor for all types of dwellers—and all of their styles to boot. And, just so you know, right now Wayfair has its own Big Holiday Sale with up to 70% off selected items.

At Home

At Home outdoor furniture display

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For cute, functional pieces that cater to all types of dwellers, At Home has, quite literally, a warehouse chock-full of things you'll love. As well as a dedicated furniture page, we are particularly enamored with some of the outdoor furniture offerings available.


dormify study area display

(Image credit: Dormify)

Don't let the word "Dorm" fool you — this online retailer is a must for first-time renters and its playful aesthetic basically screams "Gen Z." Dormify's sale page is the place to go for up to 60% off.

Other places to buy furniture

We know we've mentioned Amazon already, but we've done our due diligence on the site to find eight of the best Amazon furniture brands for you. 

Danielle Valente
Content Editor

Pleasure to meet you! I'm Danielle, a content editor at Real Homes who loves scoping out interior trends. I've specialized in lifestyle writing and editing for 10 years with a focus on events, food, and books, among other areas. When I'm not working, I'm usually cooking, reading, or searching for a new project for my apartment.

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