When you’re trying to decorate your home or apartment, one of the classic retailers that many people turn to is West Elm. However, this well-renowned company isn’t the only place to turn, and thus, we’re going to introduce you to 10 of the best stores that do similar business and sell similar products. After all, furnishing a home should be a fun adventure–not an endless hunt for the right styles and products to decorate your living space.
I’m willing to be that you’ve found yourself in a similar dilemma, and for that reason, I suggest checking out our recommendations below. They might just save you some valuable time and money. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll introduce you to that one furnishing that perfectly ties a room together.
The chic, modern styles on display at West Elm stores (and on the website, which you should take a peek at) have an obvious appeal at first glance. Almost everything that’s sold here meshes perfectly with other contemporary styles that you see out in the world. And no matter which shape your own personal style has taken, the sleek surfaces, clean lines, and minimalistic aesthetic of West Elm furniture can probably find a way to fit into your home. That’s simply a benefit of its stellar design…which slightly manifests in the size of West Elm price tags.
And the price is one of the major factors that tends to convince shoppers to look elsewhere. It isn’t indicative of a bad deal; on the contrary, the furnishings sold at West Elm are expertly crafted and carry with them some fantastic customer feedback. In spite of that, however, many shoppers are furnishing their homes on limited budgets, and can’t afford to spend wildly on every product that catches their eye. No matter how perfect it might look for their particular home.
It’s those frugal shoppers and conscientious spenders that we’re aiming this article for. However, you’re not just going to find lower prices than what West Elm is offering. Indeed, some of our recommendations might have similarly priced items or higher priced items. No, what we’re aiming to give you is more options, rather than just “better deals.” Quite a few customers are ready to spend the right amount for the right item but don’t want to compromise on something that might work in their home. They want certainty, and it’s our hope that these 10 sites can grant a little bit of that certainty.
The West Elm Experience
You probably don’t have to search very far to find a West Elm store. They’re spread throughout the United States, and even outside of it. Often located at shopping centers, they’re in a prime position to show off the aesthetic that the brand is known for. Sophisticated, modern minimalism at its finest, West Elm covers just about every home furnishing category that’s out there. And in spite of how upscale so much of what’s sold tends to look, it feels incredibly comfortable. Cozy, even.
So, why shop elsewhere? Because your home or apartment doesn’t deserve anything less than the perfect furniture fit, and we hope that you’ll agree with us.
10 Stores Like West Elm
As we profile the businesses below, know that we’re not just looking for West Elm copycats. Instead, we’re honing in on stores that give you a familiar vibe when you check out what they have available. You should feel comfortable, even when you’re just browsing through a site, and your bank account should feel equally comfortable.
That said, we’re not just hunting for deals. As often as we’re able, we’ll try to tell you about the price points offered by these various retailers, and how they relate to the products for sale at West Elm.
If you’re going to talk about modern furniture styles, then Ikea is always going to be the elephant in the room. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; it’s just the reality of our market, and Ikea has a throne erected right in the center of it.
Shopping at an Ikea store can be a surreal experience. They’re palatial affairs, offering full-room layouts of styles and aesthetics that are meant to be blended in your home. They’re well-made, but not handmade, which is an important distinction to make. Because of that, Ikea always manages to offer compelling prices on all of its products. If you have a modern home and you want to make it look great, but spend as little as possible, Ikea should probably be your first stop.
From the name alone, you might suspect that Pier 1 gathers materials and products from handy artisans around the world. You’d actually be half-right, too, but only about the “around the world” part. Many of the items for sale at Pier 1 are imported, and they have a luxurious, exotic feeling to them that helps to accentuate the fact that they might be at once modern, and from another region entirely.
However, to keep prices at a competitive point, these goods are largely manufactured. Again, that’s not a bad thing. If you’re looking to spend hundreds of dollars on a single sofa cushion, there are places that you can do that!
Look! A Scandinavian aesthetic that isn’t Ikea!
Okay, you’ll have to pardon our being facetious, but as we said above, there’s an elephant in the room that always requires addressing. However, Scandinavian Designs is very different from that other store, in that it’s more of a boutique than an all-in-one shopping center.
Because the products are slightly higher quality, you should expect to pay a little bit more money. However, they’re right in that same, comfortable price range as many West Elm products. They just happen to embrace an authentic, Scandinavian edge, instead. Think minimalism, but mixed with the allure of raw materials and rustic simplicity.
With a name like AllModern, you should know what you’re getting into. All of the popular aspects of modern furnishings are front and center–matte surfaces, natural light, and wood everywhere. Seriously, is there something particularly “modern” about wood, again? It’s not a complaint, but it is everywhere!
AllModern is known for having particularly good sales and shipping specials, so if you’re looking for something mainstream and contemporary for your home or apartment, this is a good place to shop.
At first glance, it can be hard to tell Pottery Barn from many other home furnishing retailers operating in the same area of business. However, a closer look reveals that the products for sale here are almost more vintage than they are modern, even though their colors and styles will fit perfectly into a modern home.
You’re going to find a lot of (gasp!) pottery and like furnishings for sale here, but you’re also going to get a great selection of living and dining area sets, as well as bedroom furniture.
Because we’ve already given you an introduction to Pottery Barn, we almost don’t have to tell you about Crate & Barrel. However, because these two retailers do offer different products, different sales, and slightly different shopping experiences, we’re going to. They’re similar, but they’re not the same. Interestingly, one way that they are undeniably similar is that they aren’t far-separated from West Elm.
Crate & Barrel fulfills just about every category out there as far as home furnishings go, but it also is a bit more “modern” than “vintage.” It has a great B2B (business to business) section, too, for those occasions when you need to furnish an office.
It’s best to think of World Market as a single step down from Pier 1. The products aren’t as pricey, but they’re also not quite as identifiable as imported. That doesn’t make this any less compelling of a place to shop, however, so we think that you should give it a shot.
And while you’re checking out the diverse selection of interesting home products, be sure to check out the imported food goods. Most of it is pantry-friendly, and there are some pretty great finds that you won’t see at your local grocery store.
Most look to Urban Outfitters as a clothing retailer, first and foremost. You’d be right to do so since most of what’s displayed in stores and online is exactly that. However, there’s also an “Apartment” section of products to browse that could be right up your alley.
Take a look, and you’ll see that it’s populated by popular culture, literally. Styles and quirks from “featured guests” show up often. As of this article’s publishing, The Dove & The Wolf have a specifically curated section of this portion of the Urban Outfitters site!
I’ve always felt that there’s something inescapably bright and exuberant about Wayfair. It’s a pleasant place to shop, and thus most of what you purchase there brings that same exact feeling into your home.
You’re going to find most of the popular home furnishing product categories covered here, too. The online store features a functioning gift registry, and it’s all incredibly easy to navigate. West End shoppers are going to feel right at home with the prices and the aesthetics on display at Wayfair.
Ready to posh up your home? You’ll be able to with the vintage expression of Ethan Allen home furnishings. While you won’t encounter particularly higher prices here than you might at West End, the style is going to be distinctly its own thing.
That’s all right with us since the product lineup at Ethan Allen oozes class from every crease and corner. The furniture here is sophisticated, made from premium materials and gifted with an immaculate finish. Be prepared to drop a chunk of change on more prominent pieces of home decor, here, but also be prepared to be incredibly pleased with your purchases.
There you have it, folks! 10 of the best stores like West Elm, for those occasions that your favorite home furnishing retailers might not have exactly what you’re looking for. We’re eager to hear about your own thoughts (or even some of your own recommendations) so speak up in the comments below!