When I recently moved into a new apartment I really needed to furnish it from the floor up. Stat! Without a car, I knew I’d need to buy most of my furniture online, so I started researching where to get the best quality at a price I wanted to pay.
I shopped local auctions and antique markets for small items and accessories but bought big pieces online.
I knew I’d need delivery and was more than happy to take advantage of free or reduced shipping.
A high low mix of new and old is what I love. Basically you’re mixing affordable items with more expensive ones to create the look of more with less 😉
Finding quality antique or vintage pieces is more budget friendly than trying to buy new. When you buy solid wood furniture made decades ago it’s cheaper and more durable than almost anything you can buy today.
You’ll also be able to stretch your budget with vintage finds from local auctions and online auction sites like eBay. Think fixer-upper!
Here’s my sources + tips for the best online furniture shopping
With major brands like Made and West Elm, you’ll be assured of good product and customer service. Online only retailers? You take a bit more of a gamble.
Sites like Wayfair supply thousands of different brands all varying in quality and price which means you’re not buying into one brand or reputation. Which can make knowing what quality you’ll get a little tricky. But I believe sites like Wayfair rely on their ratings, so can’t afford to have unhappy customers.
The only downside to my Wayfair experience was the shipping method, but I was more than happy with the quality of the upholstered bed I chose.
Keep in mind, most if not all new furniture sold online will need to be assembled. Count on a handy friend, a handyman or Youtube videos to help you get it done.
Shop wisely. I was happy to splurge on foundation pieces such as a good quality sofa and bed. Accent pieces and accessories don’t have to be as durable and here’s where you can save some money. Old lamps can be easily recycled by using new lamp shades. Find a dresser or accent table you can paint or upcycle. It’s half the fun of making your home YOU.
USA Only | Used + Vintage Furniture Resources
This beautifully designed and curated website gives you access to tons of vintage finds. I love that you can really drill down into categories, color and style to find the perfect piece. Chairish acts as the go between the buyer and the seller. Large items can be shipped or picked up with the continental US.
You have a two day window to approve your purchase before the seller gets paid, so buyers remorse doesn’t have to be an issue.
Chairish is perfect if you know exactly what you’re looking for. That perfect rattan chair to complete your boho bedroom for example. It takes some of the wild west out of shopping for vintage. Everything is curated before it goes online, so you don’t have to worry about getting a dud or wading through a ton of ugly stuff to find what you want.
- Price range for 3 seater sofa: $135. – 45,000. (as of writing)
- Delivery: Varies depending on your location and item. Buyer FAQ’s
USA – New Furniture Resources
I’ve used Overstock when I didn’t have time to order custom and needed it quick. Love the selection of affordable art and wide selection of rugs. Think of Overstock as a direct competitor to Wayfair. They offer everything from sofas to kitchen sinks so one stop shopping is possible and let’s face it that’s a quick way to get your rental up and running. Overstock.com is easier to shop from than Wayfair for me.
I like the larger photos, with some in room displays. There are more filters giving you the option of drilling down to find exactly what you’re looking for. The range of styles is enormous. Shop both sites and compare, because they stock similar or the same products.
- Price range for 3 seater sofa: $240. – $5400.
- Delivery: Free standard shipping to lower 48 states with $45. or over purchase. If you have to have it right away, there’s a limited selection of furniture available for two day delivery in the US. Join Club O and get 5% rewards and free shipping on every purchase. Overstock does offer international payment and shipping with Bongo.
World Market does a great knockoff at a great price. They have a world bazaar aesthetic in the stores, and the textiles and accessories are great for that boho or eclectic look. The furniture is where they excel in my opinion.
I’ve used the Campaign desk in my office and the Everett Foyer table can float between office and family room depending on how you style it. Available in three finishes, it’s a super versatile piece if you’re mixing traditional with country or farmhouse. Solid wood with on trend finishes, you can’t go wrong.
Dining tables and chairs are also great buys. Limited selection of sofas and accent chairs.
- Price range for 3 seater sofa: $350. – $949.00
- Delivery: World Market has coupon or sale deals and you can currently get 30% off and free shipping with a $199. or more purchase.
UK | Used + Vintage Furniture Resources
Similar to Chairish in the US, Vinterior offers a curated selection of new, refurbished and vintage pieces sourced from independent retailers and sellers around the UK. Think of it as a curated eBay feed where you can buy directly from the seller. If you’re looking for a one of a kind piece to punch up a room, then it’s worth a browse.
Might be pricier than shopping auctions or secondhand shops but you save time by being able to search in one place online.
- Price range for 3 seater sofa: £185 to 17,500.
- Delivery: Varies depending on location, item and seller. Some offer free delivery or collection.
UK | New Furniture Resources
Made offers an “affordable high end” range of furniture and accessories to buy online. Whether you’re kitting out your flat in modern, retro or traditional or a mashup of all three, you’ll find stylish furniture that will fit the bill.
If you like to look, touch and feel before you buy, Made has three showrooms in the UK; in London, West Yorkshire and Birmingham. Each showroom has it’s own dedicated link on the website so you can see exactly what’s on display. Items in the showroom can be ordered via tablets in store.
All in all the Made site is super easy to navigate which is a huge plus when you’re shopping for a specific piece or room. Love that each item has all the details you need to make a decision. Free fabric samples are available to order.
- Price range for 3 seater sofa: £199 to 1999.
- Delivery: £5-40 Express delivery items can be shipped in 2-10 business days. Otherwise it’s 6-8 weeks for delivery. Delivery charge for a sofa is £39 to a room of your choice, delivered up to 3 flights by a team of two. Can’t beat that!
Famously started by Terence Conran in 1964 as a high street shop, Habitat was acquired along with Argos in 2016 by Sainsbury’s. No wonder Sainsbury Home is staying on trend!
Habitat has always been known for a clean no frills modern approach and that trend continues. You’ll find modern as well as slightly more traditional shapes here in sofas and chairs.
Look for on trend shapes such as the new spindle back dining chair popularized by the current obsession with farmhouse style. IKEA does a lot of knock offs of Habitat style.
The website is straight forward and easy to use with filters for color, price range and size.
- Price range for 3 seater sofa: £295 to 5200.
- Delivery: Free over £50. (small items) or £4.95 if spend is less. Furniture £25. over £500. Click and collect is available for small items (not furniture)
USA & UK | New Furniture Resources
If you haven’t seen the commercials for Wayfair chances are you’re not watching much network TV! Wayfair sells a wide range of products for the home: furniture, accessories, beds, mattresses, plumbing, lighting and more. Everything including the kitchen sink and the tiles to go around it.
Both the US and UK Wayfair sites have a huge inventory to shop from, but you can spend a lot of time trying to find just what you want. The search function is not the best; filtering by categories such as “country” or “traditional” will give you irrelevant results.
Wayfair seems to duplicate items in search results so you find yourself scrolling through endless pages. Filter by price if you want to screen out low end products. There’s some good buys if you’re willing to dig.
Wayfair, Joss & Main, AllModern and Birch & Lane are all the same company.
0 % Financing offered through Barclays in the UK. In the US you can apply for a Wayfair credit card.
- Price range for 3 seater sofa: Custom £580. – 1700. Non Custom £273. – 10,778.
- Delivery: Free with over £40. purchase. Very quick too. Even the custom sofas are offered for delivery within 2 weeks.
West Elm is so far, the only Williams Sonoma brand in the UK. Shop online or in their three stores, two in London and one Kingston Upon Thames.
Looking for a modern slash boho look for your home? I once furnished an entire town home in West Elm furniture at the request of the investor who wanted to appeal to a youthful buyer. Wide range of sofas, accent chairs, living, dining and bedroom furniture from contemporary to transitional. You really can’t go wrong.
I’m also a big fan of the Williams Sonoma brand Pottery Barn. Good value, well made and better quality for the price than most online only sites. The only downside is they don’t offer free shipping.
- Price range for 3 seater sofa: £699. – 2399.
- Delivery: West Elm offers three types of delivery, none of which are free. Unless they happen to have a promotion going on. They do offer full service delivery with your item assembled, unpacked and set up in a room of your choice with all packing material removed. Which I happen to think is a pretty good idea. Starts at £60 for UK mainland.
No lineup of affordable furnishings would be complete without mentioning IKEA. This Swedish retailer is everywhere and for good reason. They do a certain style very well at a great price point.
It’s also easy to mix IKEA pieces in with more expensive pieces to get that high low look for much less. I’m impressed with their delivery system and packaging. I recently purchased a sofa and a simple pine table and the delivery by the two man crew was easy peasy.
My sofa is a newer design Stocksund, well made and fairly straightforward to put together. The slip cover is pure genius. You can pop it in the wash if needed which is a huge plus for any family.
My INGO pine dining table was a bit of a nightmare to put together but for the price it can’t be beat. IKEA specializes in furniture that fits in tight European spaces and this table fit the bill. After rubbing the top with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Waxand painting the legs in Craig & RoseMorris Blue, you’d never guess it was so cheap.
You can furnish and accessorise an entire home with IKEA. They make it easy. Before you get too excited though, not all items can be delivered. It all depends on stock in your nearby warehouse. 365 day return policy.
- Price range for 3 seater sofa: £260. – 1150.
- Delivery: Smaller deliveries start at £3.95. Larger deliveries are £39.95 and delivered by a 2 man crew (which is ideal). You can also get items delivered from the store if you buy more than you can take.
These are just a sampling of what you can find online if you start searching. Click on any image to buy online, keep in mind some used items may have sold. Have fun shopping!