Based on feedback from this video, I’m gearing up to do a major apartment tour series, where I’ll share all of my decor and design choices in our home! I know I’ve already shared my home office and a bit of our living room, but I’ve made some post-wedding updates in those rooms that I’m excited to share! While I wait for a few more items to arrive (like our new bed, yasss upgrade!), and a couple more DIYs to be completed, I figured I’d share my favorite places to buy affordable apartment decor. If you’re planning to move sometime soon, or just want to spruce up your current place without spending all your coins, here are some of my places to purchase cheap furniture and decor.
By the way, my decor style leans somewhere between urban chic and modern glam, so I gravitate towards neutrals, such as whites, black, grays, and creams, and metallics. I’ve mostly linked items that fit my decor style, but these stores carry decor and furniture to fit various decor styles. If you’re curious about your decor style, try taking this quiz.
I know Ikea for some people screams just graduated college, but honey I will forever support Ikea because their minimalist designs and affordable prices fit my lifestyle. As long as you don’t furnish a room entirely with Ikea furniture (though our living room furniture is almost all Ikea), you should be fine. In addition to big furniture items, Ikea is also great for storage solutions, whether for a basket to corral knickknacks, or a drawer organizer like this one I have for my underwear. If you don’t live near an Ikea, I heard they might sell their pieces on Amazon next year, so there’s hope!
Target is another go to for me for home decor, because of their vast collection, super fast shipping, and designer collaborations. I literally have to exercise serious restraint not to buy every single thing whenever Nate Berkus releases a new line. Plus, they’re almost always on sale – they’re having a sale right now!
The TJX brand is a great place to score designer decor at a discount – sadly the nature of the store means it’s not the best if you’re an online shopper. Bed linens, throw pillows, and wall art are all great options to buy at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or Home Goods. If you like to have one of a kind furniture pieces, I’ve also seen some great seating and end tables in the stores – just beware that you may not be able to exchange if the store only carries a few of a specific item. Though Marshalls and Homegoods are still only brick and mortar stores, TJ Maxx now sells some items online!
I personally haven’t yet bought anything from H&M Home, but it keeps popping up like a little secret on a couple of my favorite design blogs. Similar to their clothing selection, H&M Home’s offerings are mostly simple and modern, so it’s a great place to stock up on basics, like the well priced linen sheets and duvet covers or trinkets, which start at just 1.99. For another option similar to H&M home, but slightly more expensive, try Zara Home – this table is decor goals and this vase is just like a popular one I’ve seen on Swedish design blogs. If your style is more bold, you can also try Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie (though they’re both a bit pricier).
Craigslist/Apartment Therapy Marketplace
Craigslist is a GREAT place to scour for gently used furniture and home decor to furnish your apartment. My office bookshelves were a Craigslist find! I think it’s best to search the site towards the end of the month, when people who are moving out are desperate to get rid of their things. And always go to pickups with a friend! Apartment Therapy Marketplace is sort of like Craigslist (another option!), but more refined because of the nature of Apartment Therapy’s readership. I think this is a better option if you are looking for a specific item, say a mid-century modern credenza – and are willing to sift through a ton of vintage and some overpriced listings.