If you've ever searched for furniture stores like West Elm, you're already well acquainted with the wonders of CB2, Target, and Ikea — so where do you turn when you just want something fresh and new? Whether you're looking for affordable alternatives to West Elm or just don't want to own the same gray sofa as all your friends, there are eight unique home stores with mid-century modern pieces West Elm fans need to get to know.
Arguably the best part of West Elm is that you can order everything you could ever need to decorate your home on its website. From sofas to dinnerware, the store has it all. If you're looking for a similar home store that extends a streamlined contemporary aesthetic to every room in your house, check out Room & Board. The store has a little over 130,000 Instagram followers to West Elm's over one million, and it works in your favor — it means guests will always be asking where you got your unique, Apartment Therapy-tested designer sofa, instead of mentioning they saw it online the day before. If you need even more incentive, Room & Board manufactures more than 90 percent of its sustainable products in America.
Looking for the right piece to tie a room together? West Elm fans need to bookmark The Citizenry. Though the store's selection is relatively small, The Citizenry travels the world to curate its collection of global home goods, sustainably partnering with local artisans and creators. The Citizenry is transparent with where each piece comes from. Why buy the same faux sheepskin as everyone else, when you can buy a genuine white sheepskin throw handmade in Argentina by the Palermo Leather Workshop? And at $95, you could buy one for yourself and someone on your holiday list.
Artemest picks up where The Citizenry leaves off. If you're drawn to West Elm's more luxurious side, browsing Artemest's designer Italian furniture and home decor will leave you breathless. Like The Citizenry, the furniture is attributed to who designed and created it, like this drop dead gorgeous mid-century modern sofa by Atelier Caruso. And if you fall in love with the $7,560 sofa, you can browse the rest of Atelier Caruso's pieces on Artemest, and outfit your home in mid-century modern Italian style. It's a good idea to buy pieces you love before they run out; Artemest's recent SoHo pop-up is about to put the store in American design's spotlight.
Those three stores are only just the beginning. West Elm's title as one of the best modern furniture stores is well deserved, but it's time to adventure out and explore your other choices. Keep scrolling to browse mid-century modern pieces from all eight of the lesser known stores West Elm fans will love.