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.

By Emily Hsieh and Nicole Sforza
July 02, 2018
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Emily favors vintage rugs because they mask any debris the kids track inside. If they’re threadbare from years of use, she plumps them up with an extra-thick rug pad beneath. Shop the Look: Project 62 wooden armchairs, $230 each; Noren striped pillows, $40 each;
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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 mid-century 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.

Cost Plus World Market

For a home that's stylish but unfussy, browse this affordable emporium, which offers sturdy, reliable standards with an on-trend spin. You'll find wood-top dining tables with a trestle base or hairpin legs 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.

Williams-Sonoma Home

Think beyond 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.


When you're looking for a balance of beauty and affordability, you can't beat Target's selection. If scrolling through the vast offerings of table, chairs, and mirrors online is overwhelming, start by browsing their curated collections, such as the mid-century modern-style Project 62 collection, or Joanna and Chip Gaines's Hearth & Hand collection to give your home highly-coveted modern farmhouse style. 

Crate & Barrel 

For modern classics that stand the test of time, look no farther than Crate & Barrel's dining chairs, barstools, dressers, and nightstands. If you're looking for the little details in addition to furniture, you can't beat their amazing selection of timeless dishware and ever-changing collection of pretty vases

Serena & Lily

If your home decor style is modern bohemian or beachy, Serena & Lily is destined to become your go-to source for furniture. Here you'll find a plethora of rattan dining chairs, the cutest bar carts, and stylish sofas fit for a beach house in a Nancy Meyer's movie. 

Pier 1 Imports

If you've ever visited a Pier 1 Imports store, then you already know that this retailer is a treasure trove of finds—and the online site is no different. While the accessories (hello, storage baskets!) are lovely, their affordable furniture selection is not to be missed. Shop the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Collection for stylish chairs and the most gorgeous canopy bed. Then, stop by the kids' section for quirky finds they'll love, like this plush unicorn chair

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.

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.

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.

Design Within Reach
Don't miss this retailer's museum-worthy collection of high-end contemporary pieces that lend instant clout, including sleek 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.

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 800 styles that run the gamut from classic nailhead-embellished models to sheepskin-topped pieces.

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 and tv stands. 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.

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.


Like the Amazon of home furniture shopping, this online retailer has it all. Round coffee tables? Check! Floor lamps? Check! Wooden dressers? Check! And to help narrow down the vast selection to find, well, a needle in the haystack, you can search furniture by color, dimension, style, and cost. 

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. 


If you're looking for a site that has already curated the best modern furniture the internet has to offer, turn to Domino magazine's online home decor shop. From chic poufs to stylish desks for your home office, you'll find chic picks worth saving up for and splurging on. 

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