Compared to fashion, furniture retail has been relatively slow to move online. Now though, we’re getting more comfortable with the idea of making big purchases from internet-only stores, thanks to free delivery, hassle-free returns and greater affordability.
With few bricks-and-mortar stores, or none at all, lots of retailers have moved quickly to bridge the gap between cheap mass-produced furniture and the completely bespoke, offering greater choice for a range of tastes and budgets.
The French catalogue retailer is better known for fashion, but its furniture range is stylish and affordable too. Most of the designs are practical rather than trend-led, with clean lines and minimal details. Think Ikea or Habitat, but with the knowledge that you won’t be seeing this furniture in all your friends’ homes too.
The AM.PM brand has some excellent basics that look far pricier than they are. Look out for La Redoute’s regular sales and special discount events, if you’re planning a purchase.
If you love the look of modern Scandinavian or Italian furniture but lack the budget, Made.com is your answer. Designs are minimal and style-focused, following trends in colour and material seen on higher-end brands at the annual furniture fair in Milan.
The pieces are usually compact and good on storage, aimed towards those living in small urban spaces. Be quick if you have your eye on something, this site changes fast with only its bestsellers staying available for longer periods.
With a fresh approach to traditional furniture, and affordable prices to boot, it’s easy to see why The Cotswold Company is so popular across generations. Oak and pine furniture is the focus, and many ranges have painted finishes in colours like pale grey and dark blue, which nod to English heritage and contemporary taste.
There are currently four UK showrooms if you want to try before you buy, but with free delivery and easy returns, buying from the site is easy too.
This French furniture brand has been going from strength to strength since 1996. It does have several European bricks-and-mortar stores, but in the UK we know it best through its bright and easy-to-use website.
The site has an impressive amount of choice across several styles, from worldly bohemian to mid-century modern, with classic French antique style in-between. Its collections are seasonal and extend to outdoor, junior and even a pet range, as well as home.
If – and it’s a big “if” – you have the time and patience, Gumtree can be a great source for characterful second-hand furniture. It’s also pretty useful if you need to fill a new home fast. Search “vintage” or “antique” to skip the usual half-collapsed Ikea stuff and find something unique.
Unlike eBay, there’s no getting sucked into endless bidding, and you can chat safely with the seller to ask questions before you buy. It’s a sustainable way of shopping, too – helping you find furniture in your local area and avoiding unwanted items going to waste.
Interior designers love Rockett St George for its eclectic collection of furniture and homeware. It’s the place to find individual pieces without having to trawl through flea markets and boutiques for just the right thing.
This passion project of a site has a kind of hard rock-industrial theme – expect lots of aged metal and brass, leather finishes and the odd bit of snakeskin upholstery. Since it’s such an unusual mix, the site’s lifestyle photography really helps you visualise the items in your own home.