10 Places to Find Cheap, Good-Looking New Furniture

by Kelly Medeiros on 18 March 2014 2 comments

Finding affordable furniture doesn't mean you are relegated to college dorm decor or dumpster diving. Besides thrift stores, Craigslist, and garage sales, cheap-yet-attractive retail options do exist if you know where to look. Here are some great places to score some stylish furniture on a budget. (See also: How to Save on Patio Furniture)

1. Cost Plus World Market

Cost Plus World Market, which originally got its name from selling items at cost plus 10%, now has 250 locations and an online site selling a collection of home items from around the world at extremely economical prices. World Market's eclectic furniture choices include many decorative fabric chairs for under $300, sofa options for under $600, and tufted upholstered beds under $500. Most products are made of solid wood and quality fabrics, and the site provides helpful running commentary from online reviewers.

2. IKEA

No frugal furniture list would be complete without a reference to IKEA. IKEA has some of the cheapest furniture around, and while it's true this is often due to things like particle board construction, there are a number of IKEA finds that even designers use as high-end substitutes. Check out the super affordable chairs and sofas from the EKTORP line, which start as low as $250 and whose white slipcovers make for a great spa feel. You can also score a good-looking KIVIK chaise for $350 in a variety of colors, while the AINA curtains rival more lux Belgian linen draperies. (See also: DIY Curtains)

3. Wayfair

With over 11,000 brands, Wayfair has an overwhelming number of home furnishing options available on its site. Furniture ranges from the extremely cheap to the high-end name brands, most of which are then discounted well below the original list price. Many pieces also include free shipping, which can save hundreds of dollars over other furniture retailers. Walmart also sells some Wayfair furniture on its site, too.

4. Pier 1

Pier 1 Imports offers some furniture with flair at very reasonable price points. Most items have a global artisan feel, and the in-store displays prove helpful in providing inspiration for your furniture finds. You can now also order online and have items delivered or choose free next-day pickup at a store location. Some of my favorites are their collections of affordable upholstered chairs, which always make a statement with unique fabrics and eye-catching designs.

5. Overstock

Finding 20% or more savings on great pieces of furniture makes Overstock worth a look. A vast furniture inventory and everyday free shipping on items over $50 (including the big stuff) also helps. Some of the more economical furniture buys may require some assembly, but the savings can help justify the labor involved. Overstock often runs additional sales on already reduced items for even more bargain shopping.

6. Home Decorators

If you've ever received one of Home Decorators' catalogs, you know they sell a variety of well-priced furniture items and rugs. It's also one of the few places online where you can customize fabrics and colors for fairly affordable prices. While durability can be questionable at times, a collection of product reviews is available to help you make your purchase. Make sure to check their outlet section and various sales events, too. I have had great luck with many items, including some custom upholstered dining chairs for $150, a hall tree from the outlet for under $100, and a handsome French-inspired settee for around $300.

7. West Elm

As the more affordable sister store to Pottery Barn, West Elm's furniture is best known for small-space living and clean lines with a modern touch. Their Emmerson Collection boasts a rustic look for modern or industrial spaces, while their Mid-Century Collection provides a '50s vibe. Price points are not necessarily rock bottom, but you can score some nice pieces for under $500. Check out their inspiration and ideas sections, or head into your local store for designer advice. (See also: How to Live Large in a Small Space)

8. One Kings Lane and Joss & Main

Flash sale sites One Kings Lane and Joss & Main carry some high-end brand furniture, vintage finds, and affordable furnishings at major savings (think as much as 50% or more). However, you are limited to what's available during the timed sale periods, which means you need to be patient and check back often if you are searching for a particular item. Like many flash sale sites, you'll need to register, and also beware to buy only what you truly are looking for. (See also: Flash Sale Sites: Great Discounts…With a Price)

9. Target

Don't rule out Target for finding some attractive and affordable furniture. The store is great for finding cheap, simple furniture items, like bookcases, tables, desks, dressers, and nightstands for under $150. Like many cheap furniture items, assembly may be required. You can also spiff up some of their relatively modest pieces by buying your own knobs, pulls, and other hardware to make for a unique look.

10. Big Lots

As one of the largest broadline closeout retailers, Big Lots offers some extremely discounted furniture. Shopping Big Lots is easy with over 1,400 stores nationwide and the ability to browse online. Microfiber sofas under $300, nightstands under $70 and majorly discounted Serta mattresses are just some of the extremely cheap furniture finds available.

Where are some of your favorite places for cheap, good-looking furniture?

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Kat

Excellent list! I need a ton of furniture, so do you have any advice on how to compare various pieces online?

Often they have the same manufacturer, but I can't remember which site had the item, in which print and price! So confusing - I'd appreciate any advice.

Thanks,
Kat

Kelly Medeiros's picture

Hi Kat. Thanks for your comment. I buy a lot of my stuff online, so one thing I like to do is keep a running list open as I browse. I copy and paste the URL's of furniture items I am considering onto a spreadsheet, along with the price next to them. It makes it super easy to refer back with just a click once you have a big list going and you can start narrowing down choices.

Also, if you have a specific manufacturer's item in mind, try using Froogle.com (Googles shopping comparison), or just doing a general online search and see what stores have the item at what prices. Definitely read online reviews at each store, as not only will they give you info about your piece, but they offer up a lot of info on delivery and how exactly your item will arrive, which is key when buying online. Good luck with your furniture shopping.