The 12 Best Places to Buy Furniture in 2021

Online and brick-and-mortar outlets for every style and budget

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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 with your new furnishings. 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, the best places to buy furniture, both in-store and online.

Burrow

Slope Nomad King Sectional

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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

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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

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, Rove Concept furniture represents an investment but members gain access to better pricing, early sales, and benefit from a cash-back voucher for dollars spent in the first year of membership. At just $100 (and with the potential to save this sum many times over), it's worth enrolling in Rove’s membership project if you plan to purchase even one piece from this furniture retailer. 

Poly & Bark

Poly & Bark Aida Lounge Chair

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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, décor, 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 an 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, then buy with confidence. 

Everything ships free to your door, and there is a generous 30-day return window. If you don’t love what you bought, take advantage of the company’s no-cost return shipping—just be sure to keep the original packaging, or face a 30 percent restocking fee. 

Article

Article Taiga Oak Queen Bed

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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 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 delivers to your door for free over $999. To help you avoid worry over buyer’s remorse, the company offers free 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

While wandering the supersized blue-and-yellow warehouses is one way to shop IKEA selections, you can 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. 

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 more 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

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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, and nursery furniture or home office essentials. Keep an eye out for designations like Fair Trade Certified, Sustainably Sourced, or Certified Non-Toxic if you’re shopping for eco-friendly options. 

West Elm

West Elm Avery Wishbone Dining Table

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If you’re shopping for mid-century 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 wood 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 pieces with the 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 mid-century 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

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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 décor 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 leather sofa for the living room, Urban Outfitters is worth a look for unique options you won’t find elsewhere. 

The majority of UO’s furniture is sold online only. There is a $99 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

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You can shop a surprising selection and variety from the retailer. 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 90 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 décor. 

Amazon

 HONBAY Convertible Sectional Sofa Couch

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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

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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 on 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 5 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 set-up from Wayfair and Home Depot.

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