7 alternatives to shopping at Ikea for affordable furniture

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You’re in the market for budget furniture, but you’re trying to stay away from Ikea. Whether you’re looking for something a little more unique or you’ve determined that the Swedish furniture giant doesn’t have what you need this time around, you’re not sure where else to look.

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This makes sense because Ikea is the go-to place for affordable furniture. Synonymous with low prices, the company has 70 stores in North America, in addition to a strong online presence.

It might be the most popular option, but there are plenty of other places to find chic furniture that doesn’t break the bank. This can be a relief if you want to see the piece in person before making a purchase, but you don’t live near an Ikea store.

Raquel Kehler, house flipper and interior design creator at Room Crush, a home style blog, has lots of ideas for Ikea alternatives where you can find the furniture you need. Here’s a look at seven places she recommended.

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Get in touch with House Flippers

“Since flippers are likely to have replaced most of the furniture in your project, they can have a lot of furniture and items you can use for DIY projects, like a piece of glass for a table,” she said. “Often contractors prefer to donate these unwanted items rather than pay a company to remove them.”

Mutually beneficial, this can be a great way to find unique items on a tight budget.

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Habitat ReStores

Buying for a good cause, Kehler recommended visiting the local Habitat for Humanity restoration—a home improvement store—to find the furniture you need. Items are donated to stores and sold to the public for a fraction of the retail price, according to the company’s website.

“They sell carefully used furniture, housewares, appliances and building materials,” she said. “Not only are these items a fraction of the retail price, but the proceeds help Habitat for Humanity build safe, affordable homes.”

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thrift stores

“Thrift stores have some of the best finds at reasonable prices, especially items like bookshelves that can look like new with just a fresh coat of paint,” she said. “Charity thrift stores are great options because the prices are almost always reasonable and you’re donating to a good cause.”

Additionally, she recommended looking for thrift stores in affluent areas. “In-stock items can be higher-end — and still reasonably priced — than you’d find elsewhere,” she said.

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Garage sale

A tried-and-true place to find awesome items your neighbors no longer want or need, Kehler recommended checking out local yard sales to find great furniture at a deep discount.

“Garage sales have some of the best prices, as the owners of the sale want the items gone,” she said. “To find garage sales near you, keep an eye on your neighborhood flyers, check sites like Craigslist, Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace, or try a garage sale app like VarageSale.”

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Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace

“While some Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace listings can be overpriced, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on those sites for the furniture pieces you’re looking for,” she said. “Not only do you avoid expensive shipping costs by buying a local piece of furniture, but you can also find antiques [and/or] unique pieces that people need to get rid of quickly if they’re moving.”

She especially recommended keeping an eye on Craigslist’s “free” listings page, as items go quickly but can offer the ability to get an awesome item at no cost—especially one with DIY potential.

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muji

“For fans of minimalist design styles, Muji, a Japanese lifestyle brand, is a great choice for furniture,” she said. “From mattresses to dining tables and dinnerware, Muji has most – if not all – of the items needed to decorate a home or apartment.”

As it is not as well known as Ikea, this online store can be a great place to discover unique furniture. Known for its low prices and simple designs, it’s time to put this retailer on your radar.

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fair

If you’re new to Wayfair, get ready for a pleasant surprise. There’s a good chance you’ll find at least one item – but probably more – that fits your needs on this budget furniture site.

“Wayfair is similarly priced to Ikea but has a wider range of styles as the store carries many different brands,” she said. “For the best prices on furniture, look to Wayfair’s seasonal sales, as they can discount some furniture by 50 percent.”

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