A big part of being an interior designer is trawling websites to source the perfect furniture items to compliment your design. This could be large items like sofas and dining tables, or small objet d’art to complete the styling. Either way, if you don’t know where to start, it can be a daunting task trying to work out where best to look.
So to help you, I have put together a list of 5 of the best furniture shops that I use on a regular basis when furnishing homes for my clients, and for my own home too (contains affiliate links).
1: West Elm
This is one of my favourite furniture shops, I am on the website constantly and have included loads of their items in my Five Friday Finds (if you don’t follow me on Instagram, FFF is 5 of my favourite items from that week which you can shop on my stories and highlights). Some of the products are on the more expensive side, but they frequently have offers and sales on, and it's a good place to find that one off piece you might need to really finish off a room (such as this stunning blush pink and gold chair).
2: Maisons Du Monde
This furniture shop is great because it just has SO MUCH STUFF, and it's really reasonably priced. There are lots of different styles of furniture available so it caters for a lot of tastes, although some of it does try and be a little too ‘cool’. That being said, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something suitable for your interior on this site. Here are a few of my favs:
3: Cult Furniture
Another favourite furniture shop of mine is Cult Furniture. One of the things I love about this website is how they have a lot of the items in different colour options, so if you find a style you love, you can hopefully find it in the right colour for your interior (such as the chair below which comes in about 8 different colours). One of the downsides is the lead time, items often aren’t available for immediate dispatch and can take a month or more. However it does tell you this right under the image which is helpful!
4: H&M Home
This is the shop that I immediately go to for styling, for the finishing touches and for all the pretty little extras. You’ll find all the candles and cushions you’ll ever need on this site! Another major perk of course is that they have stores as well as being online, so you can view items in person first and get inspiration whilst in store. The prices are excellent, and the delivery times great too. They have recently launched a furniture and lighting range however I haven’t ordered anything from the new range yet, so I don't know what it's like.
Ok, so this one might be obvious but I can't not mention it, it doesn't matter how horrendous the shopping experience is in store on a Saturday (Oxford Street is probably less crowded than those one way routes in Ikea), Ikea is amazing for furniture. It's cheap, it's readily available in its huge warehouse downstairs, and it's completely adaptable. There's a reason it has its own hashtag (#ikeahacks), because the items are so easy to adapt and upcycle (check out my Ikea bedside table hack), which can add a very personal touch to what is otherwise mass produced cheap stuff.
So there you have it, 5 of the best furniture shops (in my opinion!). There are a lot more I use of course, and it's all very dependant on the clients budget, but these websites are a great mid-range price point, with a high turn over of stock and many different styles and trends, and nearly all of them have stores and show rooms too so you can see the furniture in person.. If you feel like a bit of interiors shopping after reading this, here are the links to all of the websites above:
I'm always looking for great new places to source furniture and homeware from, so let me know your favourites in the comments below!