IKEA for Grownups: 5 Next-Level Scandinavian Shops

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Although we would never want to put an age limit on shopping at everyone’s favorite Swedish superstore, a new study by the lending company Earnest found that IKEA’s popularity tends to drop off at around age 34. While definitely not the case for everyone, you may find yourself feeling like the affordable, functional pieces you picked up 10 years ago were great for the twenty-something you, but now you’re wondering, “What’s next?”. If you’re ready to expand your shopping horizons, but are still hooked on Scandinavian style, you’re going to love these five online shops.

Based in Venice, California, Huset—which means “house” in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian—stocks the most sought-after Scandinavian furniture and accessories. In this online shop, organizing products by HAY and Muuto sit beside Iris Hantverk brooms and Menu mirrors. As its name suggests, you can outfit your entire house in the store’s clean, minimalist designs, right down to the details on your desk.

I always look forward to the day when the latest Ferm Living catalog lands in my inbox. This Danish company knows how to mix neutrals with those lush, complicated pastels contemporary Scandi design is known for, and they deliver it with a side of cheeky, playful fun. Don’t be surprised to find a flamingo-printed pillow thrown into a sea of subtle, sophisticated hues. While the official Ferm Living site doesn’t ship to the U.S., Clever Spaces is the shop’s official retail partner in the U.S. and Canada, meaning we can still score our favorite finds stateside.

Its tagline—”We bring Scandinavian design to you”—says it all. The SDC carries many of the best-known Scandinavian brands and offers worldwide express shipping. Products you would once have to go on a vacation to find are now easily accessible and shipped to your apartment. Their selection can be overwhelming, but if you know what you’re looking for or have specific brands you like, use the search filters to help narrow it down.

Normann Copenhagen strives to produce pieces that will stand the test of time, through both durable construction and classic designs. For many of us, the furniture here would be considered an investment, but you can be confident that you’ll live with these furnishings and decor for decades.

This Nordic shop offers a mix of both popular Scandinavian brands and up-and-coming designers. The curated selection is meant to give you a taste of the best Finnish and Scandinavian design has to offer, saving you from endlessly scrolling through a vast selection. Shipping to the U.S. starts at $8.85 and depends on the weight and size of the order, but can often be very reasonable.

Re-edited from a post originally published 2.13.17

Katie Holdefehr


Katie is a fan of all things handmade and nature-made.