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12 Great Places to Find Affordable Furniture

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By Hayley Harrison

Filling your home with furniture is exciting. You can shop for pieces that suit your style, create a different aesthetic in each room of your home and fill your space with items that bring you joy. Unfortunately, buying furniture can be as expensive as it is fun. The average person spends more than $8,000 to fill an apartment with furniture, and furnishing a home is even more costly, with average expenses starting at $25,000.

The good news is you can save money when you’re buying new furniture by shopping at the right retailers. With some smart shopping, you can save on a wide selection of low-priced pieces for every room. Because of their large inventories and low overhead, these online furniture retailers are great options for budget-friendly furniture.

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1. Wayfair

Wayfair is one of the biggest furniture stores you’ll find online and carries everything you need for your home, from that new living room sofa to patio furniture for your outdoor living space. The online retailer has more than 22 million home goods, making it a convenient one-stop shop.1 Everyday prices are competitive, and the site runs sales events for holidays and other occasions for even more savings. Check out the clearance and closeouts section for deals up to 80 percent off original prices.2

2. Mercari

Whether you need a set of chairs for the dining room or a console table for your entryway, Mercari can help you discover pieces you love at prices you adore. Because most things featured on the site are gently used, prices are well below going retail rates. More than 350,000 new listings appear daily, and you can set watchwords to receive notifications when a seller adds something that may suit your needs. For extra savings, take advantage of Mercari’s regular coupon offers or refer friends and get credits when they make their first purchases.3

3. Overstock

Since the 1990s, Overstock has helped customers snag great deals on furniture and home goods. The company buys excess stock, and returned items for low prices and then passes the savings along to customers, offering great deals on well-known furniture brands. Sign up to receive marketing emails and get a one-time 15 percent discount and join Overstock’s Club O to earn rewards on every purchase.4 At 12:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, the online retailer launches a daily flash sale. Plus, you can shop the clearance section for extra discounts at any time of the day.

4. Zulily

If you love the thrill of shopping sales, Zulily is the place to look for your new bed, dining table or anything else you need to furnish your home. The store launches carefully curated sales with prices up to 70 percent off retail every day. You can shop the e-commerce store on your web browser or via the handy mobile app to check out what’s new. Apply for the official Zulily credit card to get $15 off your first purchase and the ability to pay for purchases in simple low- or no-interest installments.5

5. Ikea

Ikea is famous worldwide for selling high-quality furniture with a sleek contemporary aesthetic at accessible prices. Its e-commerce site lets you buy everything you can get in the store, from beds to sofas, and have your order conveniently shipped to your door. Starting prices for items are well below what you’ll find at many other retailers, and many pieces are sustainably crafted. The Swedish retailer is well known for providing smart storage solutions, making their online store the place to shop for whatever you need to organize your walk-in closet, mudroom, playroom or craft area.6

6. Cost Plus World Market

You can get more than just delicious international foods at Cost Plus World Market. The online specialty store also sells quality furniture at affordable prices. Browse Cost Plus World Market’s selection of furniture online, and you’ll find everything from dining room sets to comfortable chairs to bedroom furnishings to desks. The site lets you shop by category, like beds or tables, or browse its inventory by style to simplify decorating. Add yourself to the mailing list, and you get an additional 15 percent off the already everyday low prices.7

7. Poshmark

Poshmark began as a platform for selling gently used apparel but has expanded into home goods and furniture in recent years. Every day, you can find more than 200 million items for sale via the e-commerce site and mobile app. Sellers frequently offer discounts, bundle deals and free shipping on top of the already below-retail pricing. You can even snag authentic vintage furnishings at competitive prices. Take full advantage of the site by selling items you no longer need and then using your profits to furnish every room of your home.8

8. Nordstrom Rack

Looking for deals on designer and luxury furniture? Nordstrom Rack has pieces at prices that will delight you. The e-commerce site is the sister retailer of Nordstrom department stores, selling home goods from the same high-end brands at prices up to 70 percent off retail. Every day, Nordstrom Rack launches flash sales for extra savings, and you can join the Nordy Club to earn rewards on future purchases. Plus, orders of $89 or more ship free to make buying furniture online or via mobile app even more affordable.9

9. Rue La La

Rue La La builds on the concept of daily flash sales, running curated boutiques but allowing you to also shop by category. As a result, you can easily buy designer and luxury furniture for prices up to 70 percent off retail. The category format makes it possible to focus on kitchen and dining furniture, living room furniture and lighting or home office furnishings, so you don’t have to waste time scrolling to find what you’re looking for. New sales launch every day, and items tend to sell out quickly. Fortunately, you can choose your favorite brands to receive advance notice of events.10

10. Discount Mattresses Online

Discount Mattresses Online makes buying a new mattress easy, fun and affordable. This specialty discount e-commerce store offers models from top brands like Serta and Simmons at prices up to 75 percent off the suggested retail price. For even more savings, you get a free spring box or platform with the purchase of any mattress, and every order ships directly to your door for free. The easy-to-navigate layouts let you focus on soft, firm or pillow-top mattresses or browse by brand.11

11. Hayneedle

Part of the Walmart family of companies, Hayneedle stocks a huge selection of brand-name furniture purchased through special negotiations with manufacturers to reduce the cost. The e-commerce site always has some type of sale running, so you can take an additional percentage or set dollar amount off your purchase. Shipping is free on orders of all sizes, and you can take advantage of free returns if you find that the chair or patio furniture you purchased isn’t quite right once you see it in your space. Buy with Affirm financing, and you can get more time to pay, with interest rates as low as zero percent.12

12. Big Lots

In addition to operating more than 1,400 brick-and-mortar stores, Big Lots has an e-commerce site that offers great deals on furniture. The company purchases closeouts from manufacturers and then makes pieces available at prices well below retail. A powerful search function lets you narrow down products by type, brand, color and price, so you can find what you’re looking for fast. Many pieces are available with same or next-day delivery, meaning you can buy patio furniture in preparation for this weekend’s barbecue and not have to worry about it arriving in time.13

Take Furniture Shopping Online to Save

Today, visiting a store to shop in person usually isn’t the most affordable way to buy furniture. E-commerce sites, flash sales sites and resale platforms make it possible to shop a larger selection and get better deals in the process. Buying online also lets you comparison shop to find the lowest prices without having to make several stops during a brick-and-mortar shopping trip. Remember that part of the fun of decorating is mixing and matching, so don’t be afraid to pick up pieces from different sellers to create one-of-a-kind looks for your room.

Hayley Harrison


Hayley Harrison is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh, she changed gears and pursued a career in banking. In 2002, she began producing financial literacy articles, and eventually moved to writing full-time on a variety of subjects, including health, food, travel and career planning.