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 eight 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.
If you're looking for super affordable modern furniture (we're talking sofas under $500), Structube is your spot. They offer goods for your living room, bedroom, dining room, even art and lighting. Plus, they have a dedicated site for our Canadian friends!
Blu Dot specializes in modern pieces at reachable costs. And if these prices prove to be a bit high for your current budget, they also make a line for Target.
As the selection is expansive, it may take you a bit of digging, but there are some really nice, really affordable pieces on AllModern — definitely worth the hunt.
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.
At Scandinavian Designs, you'll find plenty of envelope-pushing pieces, many at wallet-friendly prices. Their loveseats (perfect for petite apartments) are priced great, though also be sure to check out their coffee tables.
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 — AH