Reader Jonathan asks:
I live in NYC, and am renovating a tiny apartment in the Marais. The end is in sight and I'm now turning towards furnishing the place. I need to take care of the basics first - a bed, a table, a chair - and I need to do it long distance.
Would you consider doing a round-up of reasonably-priced French chain stores which might help with that sort of thing? In the US, we have easy options like Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Room and Board etc. Is there anything similar in France, ideally something shop-able online?
Many Parisians start with the inevitable trip to IKEA. And for one-stop shopping, there is always the
BHV, although you can't order online. Here's a short list of everyday Parisian furniture and home resources for the average budget that have online ordering. Good luck!
The go-to store for Parisians in need of all manner of home appliance, from refrigerators to televisions to washing machines to irons, and everything else in between. Free delivery on large items, free removal of your old appliances, good customer service.
Habitat has stylish, pretty good quality furniture at reasonable-for-Paris prices. Habitat has recently revamped its website -- better, but still not the best -- and, more importantly, joined the 21st century by now making it possible for you to buy your bed or couch, as well as some rugs and light fixtures, online. You can also pay in two installments without extra charge, can pay a reasonable fee for assembly if needed, and sofa deliveries are free.
Matelsom delivers quality mattresses -- and everything else you may need for the bed -- in 48 hours, will set up your bed for free, and will even take away your old mattress for a €9 fee. Matelsom even offers a 30-day trial period, in case you aren't happy with your mattress. Free delivery.
Muji has been a Parisian staple since 1998, beloved for its problem-solving streamlined design and reasonable prices. You can order a selection of their goods online.
Online retailer giant La Redoute has pretty cheap and fairly attractive bedding, decorative items, mattresses, couches, appliances, and everything else you need for the home. It's a mix of very basic stuff with guest designers like Christian Lacroix or Atelier LZC, with reliable delivery and frequent sales.
Castorama sells very middle-of-the-road home and garden goods and accessories designed for the masses, with prices to match. You have to shop carefully here but can find bargains on certain staples.
A sort of Home Depot à la française, Leroy Merlin is an everyday resource for home and garden supplies, including flooring, bathroom and kitchen materials, light fixtures, decorative items, hardware, portable fireplaces, and more. Online ordering.