Good Questions: Modern Furniture on a Budget?

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Hello AT,

I just signed a lease on an amazing new apartment in Philly’s Queen Village neighborhood. I have a lot more space than I’ve ever had, but it’s a blessing and a curse. My severe lack of furniture has reared its ugly head in a big way.

I made a mental list of everything I need and prioritized it down to three key items that I want to acquire over the next few months. Can you recommend any sources for modern digs within my budget.

Top 3 Priorities:
1.) Love seat + ottoman for den – Budget: $250
2.) New mattress, pillows and bedding – Budget: $850
3.) Sofa for living room: Budget – $500

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I realize that I’ll probably have to get the sofa and love seat used, but that’s oak. I don’t mind spending a bit more for the mattress, because I want a great one that’s new. Craigslist in Philly doesn’t carry much that is modern.

Cheers – Alex

Alex, our best response for you is to check out our Stores Guide in each of these categories as well as all of our readers suggestions in our Best Of The Guide 2005 as it rolls out. In your range, however, you will be pretty limited. We would recommend West Elm and Bo Concept if you want a cut above Ikea in modern. (Pic courtesy of