Of course we all love IKEA, but sometimes you want something just a little different (or something that all your neighbors don't already have). The trick, of course, is that finding beautiful, modern furniture at inexpensive price points is a little like finding a needle in a haystack. If you've got champagne taste and a beer budget, take a look at this list of seven retailers where you can satisfy your design craving — while still being able to pay the rent.
CB2 is a little like Crate & Barrel's younger, hipper sibling, and it's been a favorite of mine since I was a newly minted college grad. Their price points are a bit higher than the IKEA average, but you can still find plenty of quality pieces in the under-$200 range.Target.
Muji is sort of like the IKEA of Japan, specializing in simple, streamlined objects at low prices. Besides furniture they also make clothing, luggage, and pretty much anything you can imagine for the home.
Even if their clothing is a bit too Coachella for you, you can still find plenty of reasonably price furniture pieces in UO's 'Apartment' section. The overall vibe is a bit more vintagey and bohemian than IKEA's, not a bad thing for folks who want to shake up their look a little.
You'll recognize a lot of online retailer Dot & Bo's offerings as reproductions of classic midcentury designs — but even if that's not your thing, you'll still find plenty of pleasing modern pieces at lower price points.
Re-edited from a post originally published 2.9.15-NT