The 18 Best Spots to Buy Furniture Online

Presenting Real Simple’s carefully curated list of the very best online sources for furniture. Find your ideal sofa, table, bed, and more by shopping these standout sites.

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Bedroom Furniture

Ballard Designs
Well-made pieces that look like heirloom antiques (without the hefty price tags) are what you'll find here, with stately wood and metal side tables, chic leather X-benches, and ladylike linen vanity stools among the standouts. "I love the upholstered headboards—they're curvy and elegant, with details like nailheads and tufting," says designer Jessica Becker. Also notable: a supply-your-own material program. The site outlines the yardage and the specs needed for each item (like an ottoman or an armchair); you send in your fabric for a custom piece.



Overstock
The gems at this easy-to-search online warehouse never cease to amaze. Filter your results by price, pattern type, color, style, and more to comb through the reliably great selection of steeply discounted furniture in every style, with (bonus) free shipping over $50. The range of chests and dressers is especially stellar. Think traditional, goes-with-anything painted-wood pieces and dressier mirrored styles.

West Elm
This mecca for clean, contemporary furnishings turns out high-design, reasonably priced goods, including leather beds, lacquer nightstands, and reclaimed-wood dressers. Largely responsible for making the trendy midcentury style more mainstream, this retailer has deftly crafted pieces that strike a beautiful balance—bold enough to anchor a room yet subtle enough to seamlessly blend in. City dwellers: Behold the plethora of options for small spaces, like beds with built-in storage and nightstands with petite proportions.

 

Bookshelves and Storage Units

CB2
Sized just right for small spaces, the clean-lined, well-priced offerings—many in glossy lacquer—feel fresh but aren't so ultramodern that they'll look out-of-date in a year. The wall-mount storage shelves are particularly useful for hiding eyesores, such as cords and chargers.

Ikea
Fact: The Swedes know storage, particularly when it comes to minimalist, modular units that are easy on the eyes. Customizable options abound (adjustable shelves, vertical or horizontal configurations with or without basket inserts)—as do the astoundingly affordable prices. It's no wonder legions of folks around the world have bought a Billy bookcase at one point or another.

Pottery Barn
You'll telegraph a nicely grown-up vibe with PB's sturdy, substantial wall storage units. Many are made from solid hardwood, with special features, like beveled glass—a fine means of corralling bric-a-brac while helping the other pieces in a room feel pulled-together.

 

Consoles, Coffee Tables, Desks, And Side Tables

Allmodern
True to its name, contemporary pickings are the go-to here, all easily searchable by material (wood, glass), category (computer desk, writing desk), and even width, depth, and height. "The metal Strut table by Blu Dot looks great as either a desk or a dining table, and it comes in pretty colors, like watermelon and navy," says designer Kimberly Ayres.

Candelabra
For sleek, decorator-beloved pieces in unusual materials and bold colors, you've come to the right spot. Case in point, the brightly colored grass-cloth side tables and lacquer consoles by Bungalow 5, a line favored by designer Jenny Komenda: "If I'm looking for a show-stopper for the entryway, this site is always my go-to."

Ethan Allen
Originally known solely for traditional furniture, this company now also offers an expanded collection that includes Bauhaus-inspired metal coffee tables and modern wood designs. Rest assured, you can still count on the same handcrafted, long-lasting quality, with 70 percent of its merchandise still made in North America.

Zinc Door
It's hard to imagine a more robust selection of modern-glam pieces (hundreds of coffee tables alone!). Designer Catherine Brophy is a fan, particularly of consoles like the Woodard, from Worlds Away: "It's light and only 10 inches deep, so it works well in a hallway with a pair of lamps on it and art above, or behind a sofa in a tight space."

 

Dining Tables And Chairs

Cost Plus World Market
For a dining room that's elegant but unfussy, browse this affordable emporium, which offers sturdy, reliable standards with a stylish spin. You'll find wood-top tables with a trestle base or hairpin legs, classic tub chairs in sleek metal, and upholstered seats in a panoply of unexpected shades (like topaz, peacock blue, and fuchsia). Keep an eye on the home page for promo codes to apply discounts or land free shipping.

Design Within Reach
Don't miss this e-tailer's museum-worthy collection of high-end contemporary pieces that lend instant clout, including groovy Saarinen tables and iconic metal Tolix Marais stools. "Classic Eames chairs in fun colors always brighten up a kitchen or less formal dining space, and this site offers 14 hues," says feng shui expert Catherine Brophy.

Wayfair
Turn here for a mind boggling array of styles (seriously—the site has 7 million items from more than 7,000 suppliers), all competitively priced, with free shipping over $49. The product categories, including patio pieces and bathroom fixtures, are wide ranging, but dining-room furniture is a major draw. This is the place to go for anything from washed-wood Parsons-style tables to Lucite chairs. Check out the Real Simple Shop for editor-approved furniture picks and clever decorating tricks at wayfair.com/RealSimple.

 

Ottomans, Poufs, And Benches

One Kings Lane
Circle back often for the steeply discounted, blink-and-you'll-miss-out selections of furnishings at this flash-sale stalwart. The bench selection alone includes more than 600 styles that run the gamut from classic nailhead-embellished models to sheepskin-topped pieces.

Williams-Sonoma Home
Think past cooking tools. Here you'll find an array of posh, well-made seating options in countless fabrics and colors. Ottomans have unique appeal by way of Lucite legs and zebra-motif cowhide; benches come in all styles, from Chippendale to minimal and modern.

 

Sofas and Accent Chairs

Jayson Home
You would be hard-pressed to find a more sophisticated assortment of statement-making seating than the one at this high-end vendor. From a regal emerald green settee to handsome tufted wing backs, nearly everything can be customized with the fabric, wood finish, and cushion fill of your choosing.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Each piece in this designer duo's awesomely broad upholstery assortment is carefully crafted in North Carolina, the furniture capital of the United States. "I love Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams's quality and fabric selection, from buttery-soft leathers to the silkiest velvets," says Komenda. "Their London sofa is my current obsession—it's the perfect mix of traditional and modern."

Monarch Sofas
The secret is now out about this under-the-radar source specializing in fully customizable American-made sofas. Choose from hundreds of fabric options, then specify your dimensions, leg and arm styles, cushion fill, trim, and seam styles. And—are you sitting down?—prices start at $649!

 

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