April 16, 2021

Affordable furniture guide: my favourite places to shop.

FILED IN: The Interiors

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When it comes to shopping for furniture, I could give you a list as long as me of where I like to get my interior fix. From vintage to high-end design brands, I’m not a loyalist to any one brand, but I do have a list of go-tos for affordable furniture. Shop my favourites below and hit me up with any suugestions.

west elm leather swivel chair

West Elm

While West Elm often veers towards a higher price point, the quality of furniture is reflected in this. There’s no flat‑pack here. Watch out for their regular sales to nab yourself some luxury with a discount, and be sure to pay particular attention to their sofas & armchairs which are often statement pieces that will add oomph to your home.

westelm.com* | @westelmuk

vivense affordable furniture


Vivense is a relatively new discovery for me, but I’m obsessed with their design‑led offering which comes at a super affordable price. One look at the Vivense website and you’ll think you’re on a high‑end design site. I particularly love their use of rattan for unique consoles and bookshelves.

vivenselondon.com | @vivenselondon

soft luxury furniture from heals

Heal’s Furniture

Heading into Heals is like heading into furniture heaven. Yes, they are a luxury outlet, but the quality is second to none and you might be surprised by the affordability of some products. Heals really put an emphasis on working with upcoming artists and designers, while also stocking plenty of design classics that you’ll keep forever. Oh, and the bed linen is proper top notch.

heals.com |@heals_furniture

mid-century furniture - urban outfitters home

Urban Outfitters Home

Some of my absolute favourite pieces in my home are from the Urban Outfitters homeware section, but you have to be quick as popular styles tend to sell out quickly. Case in point: my Ria bed which everyone still wants a bit of. I honestly hope that UO continue to expand on their homeware offering and bring us more of the incredible US site.

urbanoutfitters.com* | @urbanoutfittershome

clean interior from John Lewis

John Lewis

John Lewis is the underdog of the interiors world, but one of my absolute favourite places to get furniture. Every season they wow me with their new collections, focusing on quality materials and timeless design. We have a number of pieces in our home and I really rate how the design team is evolving to cater to a range of audiences.

johnlewis.com* | @johnlewis

dining table setup by La Redoute

La Redoute

If you have a style that’s a little boho, La Redoute will be your absolute dream. I adore their dinnerware and textile selection, as well as some of the statement pieces like the Waska rattan bed. Watch out for the mega sales to nab yourself a homeware bargain.

laredoute.com* | @laredoute_uk

Oliver Bonas Tress chair

Oliver Bonas

Oliver Bonas don’t have the largest range of furniture, but what they do have is always a hit with the fashion crowd. I have the Tress Chair (as shown) and I cannot tell you how many compliments I receive for it every time I post a shot with it in. Style sometimes is aimed a little more to a younger audience, but it’s utterly perfect for teens or those with a more eclectic taste.

oliverbonas.com* | @oliverbonas

ikea scandi style affordable furniture


Good ‘ol IKEA, how I love you! Known as the place where you go when you move house, or to test a relationship, I wouldn’t say IKEA has always had a good rep for design‑led furniture. That’s most certainly changed over the last few years though and the brand is now releasing lines that are both stylish and affordable. Plus, you can always try one of the many IKEA hacks out there for furniture that stands out.

ikea.com | @ikeauk

pink 70s style setup by Made.com


If you’re looking for trend‑led design, Made are the go‑to for statement pieces in bright colours. They’re not afraid to manufacture furniture that stands out. I’m a huge fan of the 70s style pieces that they have in right now, and only wish I had room for this sofa.

made.com* | @madedotcom

Rockett St George amber glass coffee table

Rockett St George

Rockett St George provide furniture with a difference in my opinion. While it’s not somewhere that I’ll immediately think of to look, when I do, I always find something completely different. It’s very refreshing to see!

rockettstgeorge.co.uk | @rockettstgeorge.co.uk

loaf pink sofa


Looking for a new sofa? Loaf will not disappoint ‑ they’re honestly the comfiest I’ve ever sat on. Bianca of French for Pineapple couldn’t get me off of hers. See how it looks good enough to sink into? Well, truly, it is!

loaf.com | @loafhome

rattan vintage inspired collection from Shrimps x Habitat


The thing that Habitat really excels in for me is lighting. It’s always on point and the majority of lighting in my home is from there. I also rate their dinnerware. Habitat often collaborate with great designers ‑ they’ve previously worked with Luke Edward Hall and Shrimps ‑ which I think works well to differentiate them from others.

habitat.com* | @habitat

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Emma Jane Palin is a freelance art consultant, interior stylist and multi-award-winning blogger residing in Margate, UK. She has worked with various home and lifestyle brands not limited to West Elm, Apple, John Lewis, Habitat, MADE, Caran D'Ache + No.3 Gin. Emma is also a regular contributor to Hunker where she writes about design trends and interior advice.

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