Where to buy furniture (so that your apartment doesn't look cookie-cutter chic)

"Sofa-king" stylish.

dining room display from target next to a living room display from walmart
(Image credit: Target + Walmart)

I like to think of my apartment as a cake. So when looking at where to buy furniture — stay with me peeps — only the best "ingredients" will make a premium finishing product.

Just like when making beautifully-made baked goods, you need some good-quality staples when decorating an apartment. Sofas and tables are the "flour" to give the space structure, lighting = the eggs (aka raising agent to add ambiance). And only then, once you've got your "sponge," can you think about icing/frosting with accessories. Still following?

Not everyone wants their space to look so "vanilla." Heck, I don't even like red velvet (get over it, people). So if you want your apartment to be bougie with flavor that few have, you'll need to spend time sourcing your interior elements.

ICYMI, I've already written a whole piece on where to buy cheap furniture, but if you've got a little more in the piggy bank, come shopping with me.

Where to buy furniture — our top five recommendations

OK, so this isn't blank-check territory, but it is nicer than my more affordable edit. Here, you'll find the places I Google most when it's payday, and I either want to shop now or build my basket for later.

The prices below were correct at the time of publishing this article.

1. Anthropologie

Depending on how old you are, you'll either remember the OG Aladdin (circa 1992) or the live-action remake in 2019. Either way — this reminds me of The Cave of Wonders. Except no peril will come to you if you touch the products. Buying a beautiful area rug or an Anthropologie mirror is highly encouraged. One of my three wishes in fact.

Anthro's memorial day sale may have been and gone, but their classic designs are worth investing in. In fact, it's a known fact that brands we see on the high street dupe their designs. Take the Ikea RAMEBO mirror for example, which is uncannily like the Gleaming Primrose mirror.

2. CB2

Owned by the same parent company as Crate & Barrel, CB2 is a home furnishings division geared toward young adults (I guess that's us, right?) The parent company describes its sister brand as somewhere you go if you're looking for "modern flair" or a "touch of whimsy"

Looking for fun, fresh, furniture for lofts and apartments? Follow me, bb. 

3. Crate & Barrel

From one sister brand to another. If you'd prefer to keep things timeless, C&B might be more your cup of tea. Part of the Otto Group, Crate & Barrel is a brand that bases itself on global influences. It works with more than 100 artists and designers from around the world. From the U.S. to Thailand and countries in between, they curate inspired designs to provide exclusive products in every category.

4. West Elm

If you're a mid-century modern mamma, make way for West Elm. Most people usually assume you've got to have a pretty healthy bank account to step into this store (or a huge house), but I've kept my imaginary cart picks under $800.  Plus, they've even got a small space edit made for pocket-sized pads.

5. Pottery Barn Teen

Home hack! If you like Pottery Barn but feel like you're not quite "grown up" yet, then let me introduce you to Pottery Barn Teen. This, IMO is the halfway house between say Pottery Barn and Dormify for example (just not as "collegecore" as the latter).

Other places to buy furniture

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Christina Chrysostomou
Former acting head ecommerce editor

Hi, I'm the former acting head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a first class degree from Keele University, and a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket and have gone through the internal customer advisor accreditation process.