This Japanese Brand Is The New IKEA


There's a reason that IKEA is so many people's go-to for shopping furniture, decor, and other home essentials (not to mention those infamous Swedish meatballs): It's well-designed, yet still manages to be shockingly affordable. And if you're a lover of minimalism, there's practically no limit to the stylish finds you can source here, regardless of your budget restrictions. But, as tempting as it is to fill your home with goods from the retailer, it's also nice to switch things up once in a while. Thankfully, there are a few other brands like IKEA that stock the modern designs you're seeking, but won't cost you an arm and a leg.

Interior design experts have noted that one of the biggest mistakes you can make when decorating your home is only shopping at one store. Sure, it's convenient, but shaking things up leads to a more personalized space with some interesting touches. That said, when you're a minimalist, already your options are a bit more limited — not to mention adding in any financial limitations. So where do you turn when you want to try something new for chic storage needs, a fresh bedroom update, or accent pieces to make any room in your house a stand-out? Well, the ahead three brands are giving your favorite Swedish retailer a run for its money with their sleek-yet-functional offerings that happen to stay in a manageable price point. Read on to learn more about each, plus see which key pieces are worth investing in now.


Toronto-based brand Kvell already has a reputation among insiders as a wallet-friendly place to find contemporary and functional design, especially its furniture that doubles as storage, like the Nordic chair and Kube ottoman, which offer sneaky compartments to stash extra stuff. Pieces here range from around $20 for colorful, wall-mounted hooks (for hats and coats) to around $300 for the aforementioned armchair.


If you've stepped foot inside this Japanese brand's storefront (or popped into the online shop), you probably have already noticed its similarities to IKEA. Like the Swedish retailer, Muji stocks a slew of home goods, including furniture, kitchen essentials, and bedroom and bathroom textiles (not to mention apparel, beauty products, snacks, and paper goods) and its sleek, minimalist pieces will cost you a lot less here than many of its competitors. Some things to invest in from here include an oversized body cushion for lounging, a modern and multipurpose table, and beautiful Japanese dishware sets.

Scandinavian Designs

You can still get your Nordic design fix for less by shopping for contemporary home furnishings at Scandinavian Designs. The stylish furniture and accessories here offer a similar aesthetic to your favorite Swedish store, but will give you a fresh set of options. Find plenty of decor pieces under $100 (including table lamps, rugs, wall art, and ceramics), plus sofas starting at $399, and more must-haves for those who love the Mid-Century modern look but don't want to break the bank.