We adore Target and Ikea, but sometimes having the exact same couch and framed picture as your friend — and friend of a friend — gets a little boring. The good news is that we have a solution to this problem: furniture and decor startups. The eight below have our stamp of approval.
1. Boll & Branch
Boll & Branch offers organic bedding and towels sold both online and in their very first brick and mortar in Short Hills, New Jersey. Most of the bedding comes in the $200 to $300 price range while the towels come in under $100.
Burrow offers environmentally friendly couches that are delivered right to you. All furniture comes in under $2,000.
Eight offers smart mattresses with daily sleep reports, bed warming, alarms, smart home integration, and ability to work with the Amazon Alexa. The mattresses start at $699.
Floyd makes a bed and a table intended for city living, that ships to your door, and is easy to assemble. The bed starts at $489, and the dining table at $595.
5. Maiden Home
Maiden Home sells high-style furniture that's handmade in North Carolina, without the retail markup. Their sofas are in the $2,000 range, their sectionals in the $3,000 range, and chairs in the $1,000 range.
Feather is a reasonably priced, stylish furniture rental company geared toward millennials. Bedroom packages begin at $99 per month, living room at $59 per month, and so on.
7. The Inside
Brandless is a food and household products site that sells affordable items by taking brand names out of the equation. Most items on the site come in at $3 a pop. The home items include tableware, kitchen linens, and more.
Carolin Lehmann is an Associate Editor at Hunker. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and has previously written for HuffPost, Seventeen magazine, and a variety of local news outlets. As a studio apartment dweller, she's always on the lookout for new ways to decorate a rental on a budget.