The 12 Best Places to Buy Furniture in 2021

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Best Places to Buy Furniture

The Spruce / Sabrina Jiang

Furniture is a big investment. So whether you’re shopping in a store or online, you want to feel confident that you’ll be getting a good-quality product for a fair price—and that you’ll have a service-oriented team helping you along the way.

In-store, that means a friendly and knowledgeable staff, plenty of samples to test or sit on, and clear delivery and return policies that make you confident that you’ll be happy when replacing your furnishings with new pieces. Online, more is more in terms of information: A company that offers measuring or shopping guides, free swatches, and easy, affordable delivery, and free returns will earn our loyalty!

Here are the best places to buy furniture, both in-store and online.

Burrow

Slope Nomad King Sectional

Courtesy of Burrow

What We Like
  • Stand-out modular pieces

  • Easy to move

  • Stylish, functional, and modern pieces

What We Don't Like
  • High price point

For comfortable modular furniture, check out Burrow. This company focuses on creating stylish, functional sofas, shelving units, and coffee tables—though it's rapidly expanding into rugs, lighting, and accessories, as well. 

The modular seating options are the real star of the show, since you can rearrange the pieces as your needs change. For example, the Nomad sofa can be split into two armchairs or converted into a sectional. You will need to purchase an additional set of arms or a corner piece to make these conversions possible, but the flexibility of changing the use or configuration of your current furniture is well worth the cost.

If you’re an apartment dweller or frequent mover, you’ll also appreciate how easy it is to move Burrow sofas and sectionals. Each modular piece connects with hidden, heavy-duty clasps—so moving is as easy as unlatching each piece and transporting the individual sections. 

Wayfair

Bedroom furniture

Courtesy of Wayfair

What We Like
  • Free shipping on orders over $35

  • Budget-friendly

  • A true one-stop furniture shop

What We Don't Like
  • Not the best selection of kids' furniture

Rising to the top of online places to buy furniture, Wayfair is a one stop shop for furnishing any room in your house. The online retail giant offers everything from sectionals to dining sets and stands out for its free shipping. The mix leans heavily into budget-friendly furniture options, so it’s a good pick if you need to furnish a space for cheap and want to save costly shipping fees on large item deliveries. 

While there are plenty of ready-to-ship items to choose from, check out Wayfair’s custom furniture options with options in categories like armchairs, sofas, beds, dining tables, and more. Find the silhouette that fits your style and then make selections on items like finish, fabric, or dimensions. 

Rove Concepts

Ophelia Bed

Rove Concepts

What We Like
  • High-quality, long-lasting materials

  • Company has a hands-on approach to the making of their furniture

  • Contemporary design style

What We Don't Like
  • Must be a member to get the best price

  • Much higher price point

The contemporary looks of Rove Concepts will turn heads, but the quality of the materials means comfort and longevity for years to come. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the company owns an artisan workshop where it oversees the production of the majority of its furniture. This hands-on approach to quality of materials and construction gives the sofas, beds, dining tables, and more from Rove Concepts real staying power. 

Best described as luxury for the everyday, furniture from Rove Concepts represents an investment. However, members gain access to better pricing and early sales, and they also receive a voucher with every purchase equal to 10 percent of the value of the item. These vouchers can be applied to any future purchase. At just $150 (and with the potential to save this sum many times over), it's worth enrolling as a member if you plan to purchase even one piece from this furniture retailer. 

Poly & Bark

Poly & Bark Aida Lounge Chair

Courtesy of Poly & Bark

What We Like
  • High-quality, yet budget-friendly

  • Solid customer-first approach

  • Great for first-time homeowners

What We Don't Like
  • $99 repackaging fee if returning an item without packaging

Aimed at providing quality furniture for an affordable price, Poly & Bark is a direct-to-consumer furniture brand. Outfit every room in your home with options for sofas, armchairs, dining sets, desks, beds, dressers, accent lights, decor, and more. This is a great place to buy furniture for first-time homeowners or anyone looking to furnish a home with quality pieces that won’t break the bank. 

Premium materials, like full-grain, pure-aniline leather for the best-selling Napa sofa, are key to the Poly & Bark collection. However, these spendier items are complemented by more budget-friendly options—like dining tables with rubberwood legs but with a medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and veneer top. 

Poly & Bark also stands out for its customer-first approach to doing business. For customers on the fence about colors or materials, Poly & Bark offers unlimited complimentary swatches. Order the colors and fabrics you’re most interested in, check them out in your space, and then buy with confidence. 

Everything ships free to your door, and there is a generous 100-day return window. If you don’t love what you bought, take advantage of the company’s no-cost return shipping (which applies to all purchases other than sale or clearance items). Just be sure to keep the original packaging or face a $99 repackaging fee. 

Article

Article Taiga Oak Queen Bed

Courtesy of Article

What We Like
  • Emphasis on quality materials and construction

  • Offers furniture bundles

  • Simple and modern aesthetic

What We Don't Like
  • Free delivery only if your order is over $999

  • $49 pick-up fee if you return an item

If you’re shopping for modern furniture, head straight for the stylish options available from Article. This online-only furniture business caters to those looking for a simple, modern aesthetic for their home or apartment. A neutral-heavy color palette prevails, but you’ll see options for accent colors—especially in fabric upholstery options for items like armchairs and ottomans. 

An emphasis on quality of materials and construction is evident, with solid wood construction for the majority of pieces or full-aniline leather upholstery designed to patina with age. For the design-challenged, or for shoppers looking for a shortcut to good style, Article offers furniture bundles. These one-click buying options give you a discount for purchasing multiple items while ensuring everything looks great together. 

Article offers free shipping for orders over $999. To help you avoid worry over buyer’s remorse, the company offers returns within 30 days for a flat $49 pick-up fee. Even better, you can exchange any item for free within the 30-day window at no cost. In either case, just keep your original packaging—or else you’ll shell out $50 for a repackaging fee. 

IKEA

What We Like
  • Innovative, affordable, and ready to assemble

  • Quality, space-saving furniture

What We Don't Like
  • Delivery only available in select areas

While wandering through the supersized blue-and-yellow warehouses is one way to shop IKEA's selections, you can also check out everything from futons to folding dining tables online. Shipping is $49 for large-item delivery and is subject to availability based on your zip code. Shipping for smaller orders starts at $5.99 and increases based on the weight of the order.

While IKEA has made a name for itself with its affordable and space-saving furniture, there’s no shortage of variety in the retailer’s offerings. Shop the basics, or splurge on premium materials and finishes. Smartly designed and carefully engineered features mean the dressers, beds, tables, desks, and other items from IKEA are capable of standing up to daily use for years to come. 

Shop the Swedish home retailer for products that are innovative, affordable, and ready to assemble. IKEA is a top place to buy furniture on budget and is much-loved by college students, first-time renters, and enthusiasts of simple Scandinavian style for cheap. 

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn Livingston Desk with Bookcase Towers

Courtesy of Pottery Barn

What We Like
  • Complimentary fabric and leather swatches available

  • Offers eco-friendly furniture

  • Free design assistance

What We Don't Like
  • Items can't be returned without a receipt

  • Doesn't offer free shipping

Shop traditional furniture at this home retailer, which maintains both online and in-store shopping experiences. In either case, you can take advantage of Pottery Barn’s free design assistance to help you find solutions for spaces large and small. Make an appointment with the Pottery Barn Design Crew in-store or at your home, or chat with a designer online. A virtual room planner lets you visualize and rearrange furniture pieces to find an ideal combination. Complimentary fabric and leather swatches are available, too. 

You’ll find everything from simple sofas to supersized sectionals, from nursery furniture to home office essentials. Keep an eye out for designations like Fair Trade certified or GREENGUARD Gold certified if you’re shopping for eco-friendly options. 

West Elm

West Elm Avery Wishbone Dining Table

Courtesy of West Elm

What We Like
  • Many wooden items are sustainably sourced

  • Furniture can be customized

  • Best for midcentury modern furniture

What We Don't Like
  • Shipping surcharge may be added to items that are bulky, heavy, or of limited availability

If you’re shopping for midcentury modern furniture, West Elm is a top site to shop. With a focus on quality finishes and sustainably-sourced materials, this furniture doesn’t just look good—it does good, too. Many wooden furniture items, like dressers, beds, and side tables, are made with wood that is Fair Trade Certified. What sets West Elm apart from many other furniture retailers is the ability to customize upholstery and color options using the site’s online shopping tool. For some items, like sofas or sectionals, you can even choose options like width and seat depth for semi-custom furniture that fits your space. 

You can shop furniture collections by style, including the brand’s iconic midcentury modern silhouettes or industrial-inspired pieces. Keep in mind that the greatest selection of furniture is found at West Elm’s online storefront, but the brand does have brick-and-mortar locations where you can check out pieces in person. Unlimited flat rate shipping is available for large-item orders. 

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Akina Low Lounge Chair

Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

What We Like
  • Emphasis on natural materials and rich textiles

  • Unique and eclectic options

What We Don't Like
  • Majority of furniture is only sold online

  • Couch, bed, and armchair selection is limited

For unique options to outfit your space, shop the eclectic selection at Urban Outfitters. This retailer is a great place to buy furniture if you want decor that isn’t boring or basic. Instead, you’ll find an emphasis on natural materials, unique forms and shapes, and rich textiles. 

While the selections for large furnishings, like couches, beds, and armchairs are more limited compared to retailers that sell only furniture, there is still a surprising amount of variety. Whether you’re shopping for a boho look for your bedroom or a modern sofa for the living room, Urban Outfitters is worth a look for unique options you won’t find elsewhere. 

The majority of Urban Outfitters' furniture is sold online only. There is a $99.95 shipping fee, but it’s a flat rate for the entire furniture order, so if you’re shopping for several items, it pays to bundle your large pieces together into one purchase. 

Home Depot

aldridge-dinning-table

Courtesy of Home Depot

What We Like
  • Large selection and variety of furniture

  • Free delivery to your home or local Home Depot

  • Carries furniture from other popular retailers

What We Don't Like
  • In-store selection is limited

  • 30-day return policy for furniture

You can shop a surprising selection and variety from Home Depot. Find furniture for the bedroom, dining room, home office, or living room in traditional, modern, or contemporary interior design styles and more. Across the categories, Home Depot’s in-house brand—Home Decorator’s Collection—monopolizes the product picks. But you’ll also see products from home retailers like Safavieh, Noble House, Serta, and StyleCraft.

The in-store selection for anything other than patio furniture is limited, but you can shop online and arrange for free delivery to your home or a nearby Home Depot store. Keep in mind that Home Depot’s generous 180-day return policy shrinks to 30 days for furniture, so if you feel buyer’s remorse, make your move to return items sooner rather than later. 

More than just a DIY destination, shop the furniture selection online at the Home Depot to find everything you need for any room in your house. For the last several years, Home Depot has been expanding its product selections to include furniture and decor. 

Amazon

 HONBAY Convertible Sectional Sofa Couch

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Arrives quickly

  • Most items ship free

  • Many budget-friendly options

What We Don't Like
  • Less likely to find premium materials

Find furniture fast with the help of the Internet’s largest retailer. Amazon is a great place to buy furniture if you are short on time and looking for a budget buy. While you’re less likely to find premium materials like leather or solid hardwoods, most items ship for free and arrive quickly. 

If you’re searching for complementary furniture pieces to finish a guest room or outfit your home office, Amazon is a great resource. There are plenty of choices for items like futons, desks, headboards, and coffee tables. Larger furnishings, like sectional sofas or entertainment centers, are more limited but can be found when perusing the site’s selections. 

Walmart

Rest Haven Durable Classic Framed Wood Platform Bed

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly furniture for every room

  • Free shipping

What We Don't Like
  • Only certain stores carry a limited selection of furniture

For basic, affordable furniture options, consider Walmart. The big-box retailer offers budget furnishings for any room of the house. Shop for couches, accent chairs, media consoles, bed frames, and more. You’ll be hard-pressed to find premium materials like leather or solid wood construction for most items; an emphasis on value means that most items are going to be made of MDF. But for a quick, affordable furniture selection, Walmart is worth a look. 

Some stores carry a limited selection of furniture, but the widest variety is found online. Walmart will ship your selections to your home for free. In the event that your furniture is not a fit, returns can be made in-store for up to 90 days. 

Why Trust The Spruce?

For on-point buying research and the latest in home products, shoppers have been reading articles by Erica Puisis for the last five years. In the last several years, she has often bought furniture online for her home from retailers on this list. Her most recent purchase was a new work-from-home setup from Wayfair and Home Depot.

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