Ikea may have been the first (or at least one of the first) to realize there’s a huge market for functional affordable small space furniture but their success has brought a slew of companies into the apartment living business. Today beautiful furniture and home accessories for apartments and small spaces are so popular there’s a plethora of them even just a click away.
Before you buy online
- Check the company’s return policy to find out who pays should you need to return an item.
- Compare the total price before you buy. Factor shipping and other costs, not just the product price.
- Read reviews and rating. Pay attention to poor reviews but weigh them against others and consider whether you might have the same experience.
- Make sure the measurements will work in your space.
These are our favorite sites for apartment decor and furniture.
This members-only site offers limited-time sales on the world’s best brands for your home and life. It’s free to join and you will only be able to access the site if you enter in your email address. Don’t worry, Joss & Main is part of the Wayfair family, a reputable US$2 billion company. You’ll find great quality housewares, furniture, décor accents, lifestyle accessories and more at up to 70% off retail. They ship worldwide.
This brand needs no introduction; they’re an urban favorite around the world. We’re obsessed with their pillows and throws, which have a distinctly polished ethnic flair. We love the quality of the products too. To the touch, the fabrics and textiles feel like they’ll wear well, and usually do. If you love a Boho-chic style or are looking to add a creative mood to your home, you’ll find something you can’t live without at Urban Outfitters. They carry furniture, bedding, lighting, bath and kitchen products, and many lovely items for apartments.
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Great for kitchen and tableware, KM carries a huge selection of well-made barware, kitchen storage, organic-looking home decor, pretty giftware, pots, pans and coffee makers, including the Hario Olive Wood Cafe Press.
Ivy Design, out of Austria makes the foldaway table look chic. When not in use, it hangs on the wall and folds away like Murphy bed to display an over-sized photo or art. To use, it easily detaches from the wall to seat six. Priced at € 2,700, the foldaway table may not be in every budget, but can we just say, damn! Their designs are well-made, and usually worth the extra money. They carry a mirror version of the table and other great (and unique) apartment finds as well.
They are the largest retailer of home furnishings on the web. With stores in Australia, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom they’re serious about their mission: to make Wayfair your favorite place online to buy anything for your home. The question isn’t what can you find there, but what can’t you find. We love their lighting department because they carry so many — from affordable to more pricey ones.
While they only ship to the US we had to include overstock. They have great deals on bedding and if you’re interested in changing out the basic shower head in your bath with something to make your morning ritual a little more ahhh-some, check out their offerings. We’re liking the Aquagenix Razor Mega Size Rain Shower with Extension Arm which runs for about US$60.
The amount and variety of furniture styles that Houzz carries are insane. Considered an interior design community, it’s not uncommon for buyers to upload photos post-purchase showing how they use and set up an item. Their app boasts thousands of photos, so if you’re looking for inspiration to style something you already own, such as a grey sofa, or if you’re looking for gallery wall ideas, it’s a great place to search. A word of caution: since different shops sell on Houzz, at the moment there is no uniformed return policy and you can be stuck paying a return fee if you decide to return an item. This is where reviews are extra helpful and the community is good at leaving dependable feedback.
Anne Matea is Vurb Magazine’s Beauty Editor and also a professional traveler. She is a Romanian native, currently living in Bucharest. Her vurbs include cooking and having friends over for long dinners and even longer conversations.