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Though shopping for furniture online means you have access to an endless selection of sizes, styles, colors, and finishes, it's hard to know if you'll be happy with your purchases until after they're delivered and set up in your home.
We researched all of the top furniture retailers, evaluating inventory, affordability, customer reviews, warranty, and return policies. Our favorites include online-only retailers like Wayfair, Article, and brands with online ordering and brick and mortar stores, including Ashley Furniture, Ikea, and Pottery Barn.
Here are the best furniture stores.
You can choose to visit one of their showrooms to see furniture in person, or go online and use their interactive tools.
This budget-friendly warehouse-style retailer provides rooms to explore for inspiration in any room of your home.
Explore furniture in any style of decor and price range with plenty of reviews and photos to help you make your decision.
If you are looking for modern furniture, this online store has plenty of great options including leather sofas and marble coffee tables.
Known for its collection of mid-century modern furniture, this online-only store offers an array of wood finishes, fabrics, and colors.
This online and brick-and-mortar store provides classic, well-made furniture at a moderate to higher price range.
With a wide range of mid-century modern furniture, this store is also known for its responsible practices and hand-crafted items.
Explore their intricately crafted, high-end furniture online, in-store, or even by catalog.
This online and brick-and-mortar store provides plenty of modern and classic furniture at a wide price range.
Explore their showroom in person, or shop online using their room planners and interactive, instant chat.
Ashley HomeStore is an American furniture store chain that originated in Alaska in 1997. Today, the brand has more than 800 locations worldwide with over 680 in the United States alone.
Though showrooms are vast and have plenty of salespeople who can offer personalized shopping help, shoppers can also take advantage of online offerings for convenience. Though you won’t have face-to-face assistance, tools like a “room builder” and an interactive chat make it easy to find just what you’re looking for from the comfort of your own home.
If you’re looking for budget furniture, IKEA—an internationally recognized Swedish retailer—is the easy answer. The brand boasts hundreds of warehouse-style stores around the world, with approximately 50 based in the U.S, plus a robust e-commerce site that also houses the vast majority of their offerings.
Prices are hard to beat, yet the style is high for the price you pay. You can easily outfit just about every room in your home (including your outdoor space) with IKEA finds in a variety of finishes. Just note that fabric choices and furniture lines do skew towards Scandinavian sleek and modern. If there’s any downside, it’s that the majority of products require self-assembly with varying levels of difficulty.
Wayfair really does have just what you need: You’ll find just about any piece of furniture you could ever want—bedroom sets, sofas, outdoor lounge chairs, and more—at this online giant. And you’re not relegated to style or budget, either. The retailer offers both low- and high-end items in styles that range from rustic farmhouse to chic and contemporary.
Though you can’t try before you buy the way, you might in traditional showrooms, Wayfair has the benefit of speed (most items ship free in just a few days). In most cases, you can browse hundreds, if not thousands, of helpful reviews complete with photos before you pull the trigger.
Article is an online-only store that offers an array of modern furniture—including leather sofas, marble coffee tables, and upholstered armchairs at fair prices. In fact, they promise prices to be up to 30 percent better than traditional retailers, thanks to their direct-to-consumer model.
The customization options are vast: Leather and upholstered pieces come in a wide range of colors, and you can choose from a variety of different stains and finishes for wood furniture.
And for those on a tight timeline, there’s no better way to get quality furniture. The majority of orders ship from the company’s warehouses to your front door in two weeks or less.
A relative newcomer to the market, Joybird is best known for its moderately-sized collection of mid-century modern furniture. Offerings can be best compared to the more popular West Elm, but at a more budget-friendly price point.
Though you can’t view the items in person as many traditional stores offer, you’ll love the customization Joybird offers. Most pieces come in a variety of wood finishes, plus over 50 fabrics and colors. And if you’re overwhelmed by all the options, you can easily order free swatches before you commit.
As an added bonus, shipping is—in most cases—more affordable than other stores with comparable offerings. If you’re eligible for curbside delivery, it costs just $49.
Whether you shop in-store or on their website, Pottery Barn is about as classic as you can get. This retailer has long been a go-to for furniture staples, and for good reason: Stylish but not too trendy, their furniture is well-made and comes at a fair price. Whether it's at the original Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, or PB Teen, you’re sure to find just what you need for your home.
Another perk is their commitment to sustainability and ethically sourced materials. As of 2020, Pottery Barn has expanded its organic, eco-friendly, and handcrafted offerings, and paid $3 million back to workers through Fair Trade initiatives.
Perhaps one of the most popular choices for millennials, West Elm has a very recognizable mid-century modern aesthetic at a price point that’s elevated, but still largely accessible—particularly for investment pieces like sofas, dining tables, and beds.
West Elm (both a brick-and-mortar and online retailer) is also well-known for responsible practices, including the brand's vast array of organic, hand-crafted, and fair trade-certified items in their large line of inventory.
If there’s any downside, it’s that shipping can be expensive and take quite some time. This is particularly the case for custom upholstery, which is more common than you think—most pieces only come readily available in a handful of fabric options.
Though best known for its robust catalog of high-end and intricately-crafted furniture, Restoration Hardware also has an online extension that features the same upscale finds.
To soften the cost just a little bit, Restoration Hardware has a special membership that costs just $100 per year, but grants you early access to sales and “member pricing” (a 25 percent discount on everything). Even if you're only looking to buy a few pieces per year, signing up might be worth it—you can easily get that $100 back in savings on a single purchase.
Crate & Barrel
A moderate to high-end store with both larger and smaller furniture for the home (plus a dedicated kids’ arm), Crate & Barrel is sure to meet your needs. The style suits a broad range of tastes since options toe the line between modern and classic. Plus, most items come in a variety of finishes and fabrics, so you’ll feel like you’re getting a custom product.
For shoppers, Crate & Barrel strikes a great balance because it has a very intuitive website, but traditional storefronts are still plentiful. If you see something you love, it’s easy to visit the store to make sure it’s just right. Just be prepared to pay for shipping if you want the convenience of home delivery. For basic freight delivery, you could pay as much as $159.
Raymour & Flanigan
As one of the largest furniture retailers in the United States (particularly the Northeast), Raymour & Flanigan has just about every type of furniture you could want. The retailer has both brick-and-mortar showrooms and an expansive online offering. In-store, you’ll receive personalized help from knowledgeable salespeople; online, you can access interactive tools like room planners and instant chat.
If you opt not to pick up in-store, delivery can be a bit pricey—the minimum charge for delivery is $299 and the cost can go up to $699. That said, you'll get full white-glove service, including assembly, placement, and removal of any boxes or packaging.
Ethan Allen is an affordable American furniture company with a wide range of original, hand-crafted designs for every room inside (and outside) of the house. Their offerings complement a variety of decor styles, but those with a traditional aesthetic might have the best luck.
Whether you choose to shop online or in person, one of the biggest perks of shopping at Ethan Allen is the free design service they offer. Here’s how it works: You can either work with a designer in a store or through an online chat. Ask anything, like “what fabric is right for my new sofa?”, and they’ll help you come up with a solution, plus assist with ordering the item—all free of cost.
What to Look for in a Furniture Store
Some brick-and-mortar or online furniture retailers and independent shops employ hourly workers who are just trying to pay the bills. But many high end retailers and independent furniture makers have deep knowledge about the furniture that they offer that goes beyond just making sales. Take the opportunity to learn about the furniture you are interested in buying by asking questions. It will help make daunting decisions about choosing furniture less overwhelming once you have some information that can help streamline your decision-making process and figure out your furniture-buying preferences and priorities.
Delivery and Returns
Even the most skilled interior designers sometimes get it wrong when trying to select the right furniture for a space. Whether it be a large anchor piece like a couch or smaller items like nightstands or coffee tables. Look for a furniture retailer that makes delivery and returns easy, particularly if you are buying from an online-only retailer and will be seeing your new sofa in person for the first time when it arrives on your doorstep. Be sure to check the fine print if you are having furniture delivered to an apartment building on a high floor, or you might end up sitting on your brand new couch on the curb wondering who to call.
Increasingly, today’s consumers want to know where the things they buy are made. Whether you’re dealing with a local artisan or a big box retailer, look for transparency around everything. From what materials were used to make your furniture, where those materials were sourced, and to where the furniture is manufactured. Make sure that you are buying quality materials and supporting companies that favor things that are important to you, whether that means using renewable or non-toxic materials, or local labor and manufacturing.
What questions should I ask about furniture?
Some good questions to ask your furniture salesperson include the five essential questions journalists ask when reporting a story: who, what, when, where, and how? First, ask who made the furniture, whether a brand name or a local independent designer. Then ask what it’s made from (type of wood, plastic, and types of filling on upholstered furniture such as a couch or armchair). If the furniture you’re considering buying is second hand, vintage, or antique, ask when it was made (this is often an estimate based on the specialist’s knowledge of furniture styles and periods). Find out where it was manufactured and where the materials that it was made from were sourced. Finally, inquire about how it was constructed so that you can evaluate how long it will hold up and how it would need to be repaired in case it was damaged.
What is the best day to buy furniture?
While you are more likely to find deals on furniture during certain times of the year, and holidays such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are known for furniture sales, there is no one best day of the week to buy furniture. Nevertheless, Hindus who follow Vastu principles around architecture believe that it is inauspicious to buy wooden furniture on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and during the lunar phase of the new moon.
What month does furniture go on sale?
In the U.S., the best months of the year to buy indoor furniture on sale are January and July, since retailers typically begin selling the next season’s furniture in February and August. In addition to this biannual cycle, you can find sales on furniture during holiday weekends such as Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July. Consumer shopping holidays such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and retail-specific days such as Amazon Prime Day are also a good time to find deals. For outdoor furniture, sales generally begin around the Fourth of July, and you can find increasingly good deals in August, September, and October as retailers clear inventory to make room for new season stock.
This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of buying guides, particularly in the home space, for various publications over the last 10 years. Her own home is filled with finds from many retailers on this list, including West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, IKEA, and Restoration Hardware.