The 20 best furniture brands, according to interior designers

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A man is any room he walks into, as the saying goes, especially when it comes to his home. Studies have shown that decorating our space can relieve stress and improve our mood. And in recent years, most of us have spent more time cooped up at home. We turn our rooms into offices, we learn to cook in our kitchens, and turned our living rooms into part-time gyms. That’s why there’s never been a better time to update our furniture.

With so many great furniture brands on the market, we enlisted the help of some tasteful interior designers, decorators and guys to cut through the fuss and find the best furniture brands to buy right now. Among them is Brian Garcia, designer at D&G Interiors + Design, who has seen a recent surge in male customers. “Usually, they are focused on having well-made, beautiful and versatile pieces”, says Garcia. In other words, high-end furniture that can double function and style, especially for city dwellers who want to make the most of their limited spaces. Whether you’re looking to renovate your bachelor pad or simply want to make your home a little cozier, these top 20 furniture brands will enhance any room.

The best furniture brands to buy online

  • Best for apartments: Floyd Home
  • Best Outdoor Patio Furniture: Outdoor
  • Best Value: Novogratz
  • Best for Home Theaters: BDI Furniture
  • Best Office Furniture: Artifox
  • Best Luxury Furniture: Modloft
  • Best Bedroom Furniture: Thuma
  • Best customizable furniture: BenchMade Modern
  • Best Inventory: Frontgate
  • Best for Great Spaces: Vaughan-Bassett

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    best for apartments

    Floyd house

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    design gurus love this Detroit-based newbie for its minimalistic, modular pieces that are easy to assemble and disassemble, which makes it a great choice for guys who move around a lot. Additionally, Floyd keeps prices competitive with a direct-to-consumer model to avoid additional margins. “It’s like Ikea on steroids,” says interior decorator Robbie Randolph. “High quality at a very reasonable price.”

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    Rasheeda Gray of Gray Space Interiors gives this Singaporean startup top marks for its price, delivery speed and variety. “The turnaround time of four to six to six weeks is incredible, especially with the current industry-wide delivery delays,” says Gray. “The semi-custom options available for fabric and leg colors offer plenty of on-trend options… The value is exceptional for the quality.”

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    Buying furniture to fill a room can cost a fortune, which is why stylists recommend this cost-effective line of contemporary and practical beds, sofas and other essentials that come in many colors and patterns to spruce up any space. Novogratz sofas look great and are really comfortable (a rarity in this price range), and most deals can be purchased on Amazon. Guys looking to get an even better deal should check out their five “Room in a Box” furniture packs at discounted prices. An office chair, computer table and lamp for under $400? Add to cart.

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    Founded in 2016, this millennial home brand is now one of the best-selling online furniture retailers. Tell men’s health Executive Editor Mike Darling as one of their satisfied customers. “Simple and elegant, they’re an affordable way to elevate any living room without the worry of getting stuck along the way,” he says of Burrow’s modular sofa. We also love your new line of bedroom furniture.

    Read more: Burrow sofa review

    Best Office Furniture


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    Your choice for splurge-worthy office furniture. Artifox was conceived by an interior designer and architect, which means that each piece is technically made and loaded with style. Grab your sturdy walnut desk, which has pegs for hanging bags and headphones, a metal grille on the back for charging cables, and adjustable feet to sit flush on any surface.

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    best bedroom furniture


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    Most platform structures require tons of tools and assembly. Not so with Thuma, who you’ve probably seen on Instagram. Your platform bed can be assembled with your own hands in less than 15 minutes. In addition, it is made sustainably with recycled rubber trees. “It’s tall enough to provide plenty of storage underneath while maintaining a low profile,” says contractor Thomas Vibe. “It’s a beautiful piece of furniture.”

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    The younger sibling of Crate and Barrel, CB2’s inventory is sleek, sexy, and generally more affordable than its big brother. It’s no wonder that CB2 is a reference brand for interior designers like Mark Cutler. “It’s hard to beat for a combination of style, price and even availability,” says Cutler, who lives in Los Angeles. “They offer apparel products for men looking for a home that has effortless, easy style.” Hard to agree.

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    Looking beyond simple, modular designs? Anthropologie has you covered with their boho-inspired furniture that brings an earthy, rustic vibe to any room (without looking out of place). We especially like their IG-worthy accent chairs that help to start conversations between guests. Sure, Anthropologie is a little more expensive than direct-to-consumer brands, but we’d say it’s well worth the investment.

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    Clean lines, lots of style, and reasonable prices are what you’ll find in Article’s online offerings. They are also surprisingly customizable. For example, you can order the brand’s Sven sofa in two sizes, three fabrics and 10 colors. Customers in Los Angeles and New York say they received their orders within weeks.A lot of faster than other big box furniture stores.

    Best for home theaters


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    Great for industrial homes, BDI has a wide selection of stylish, modern furniture. “They really hit the triad of design, durability and functionality,” says Garcia. We especially love their robust media consoles that are optimized for acoustics and offer plenty of storage. They are the perfect support for your home theater.

    Best Outdoor Furniture


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    This outdoor furniture brand is popping up in TikTok feeds, and it’s not hard to see why. Fans love its modular design that looks amazing in anyone’s backyard. We’ve found your outdoor rattan sofa to be as sturdy as it is stylish and can withstand rain, sleet and snow during shoulder seasons.

    Best for large spaces


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    One of the oldest brands on our list, Vaughan-Bassett offers large, sturdy, farmhouse-style furniture that will last a lifetime. Vaughan-Bassett cabinets are made from real wood (rare these days) and their bed frames stand up to years of use.

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    Mid-century modern furniture might seem a little redundant, but Blu Dot keeps its pieces fresh with unexpected colors and patterns. “Blu Dot is in a league of its own,” says designer Megan Hoop. “The quality of the pieces themselves meet an incredibly high standard. Everything from the comfort of an armchair to the perfect walnut stain, the Blue Dot gets it right.”

    Best Luxury Furniture


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    If you’re looking for the ultimate backyard furniture upgrade, look no further than Modloft. Sure, the Miami brand makes a lot of gorgeous, modern tables, tables, and sofas, but their luxurious outdoor sofas are some of the prettiest patio furniture we’ve ever seen.

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    A division of major retailer Wayfair, AllModern strives to make quality furniture accessible to everyone. Most of their three-seater sofas are under $800 and sales are plentiful. Customers love that most parts require little assembly and delivery times to major cities are relatively quick.

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    Serena & Lily is all about relaxing, coastal vibes. Customers love its cozy rattan furniture and calming patterns that brighten up any space. It is a reference brand for designer David Shade.

    Best Custom Furniture

    Modern Bench

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    An online favorite, Benchmade Modern makes custom upholstery furniture that is relatively affordable thanks to its direct-to-consumer business model. Shoppers can choose from dozens of fabrics and styles with each piece and receive free samples to try on before you buy. Furniture is shipped within five weeks of ordering.

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    Where you’re looking for farm bar stools or tufted sections, Frontgate has it all. We especially love their dining room consoles, which come in many sizes, finishes, and prices to suit anyone’s design needs.

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    Launched in 2018, Target’s in-house brand, Opalhouse, makes incredibly affordable furniture in a variety of styles to suit any environment. We love their recent Lounge Living Collection, filled with bungalow-inspired decor and furniture to add island vibes to any space.

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    Guys who want to make a statement with their space should turn to Jonathan Adler’s high-style decor. “I know I can find an ultra-special image for whatever design I’m creating,” says Hopp. “The brand uses premium finishes in its furniture such as lacquer, silk and lucite.”

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