Kim Kardashian West could easily be handed the royal rank of Shopping Queen, so it comes as no surprise that the app mogul is tackling a new venture: the Screenshop app. The app launched in November of 2017, according to Architectural Digest, as a place to find and purchase clothing seen in photographs, but as of yesterday, it's expanded into home furnishings, as well. Here's how it works:
- Upload photos or screenshots from your phone including furniture and decor items you're interested in finding.
- Then, the app finds similar or even the same items in your photograph available for purchase. It's able to pick up the majority of the items in each photo, as long as they're not too cut off.
We decided to upload four home photos to test this thing out. Hear about our experience below.
Search #1: A Vintage Couch
The couch in this photo from one of our Austin, Texas home tours is vintage. We were curious to see if Screenshop could find anything similar, and lo and behold, we were offered a near-replica from Urban Outfitters.
Search #2: An Iconic Chair
This photo from one of our São Paulo, Brazil home tours includes an iconic Hans Wegner Wishbone chair. So was the Screenshop app able to recognize this original? Nope. But, it did offer a very similar version from Kohls. The only problem? It's sold out! This one was a bit of a fail.
Search #3: A NuLOOM Rug
We recently featured this NuLOOM rug in one of our Nordstrom Rack shopping guides. Was the Screenshop app able to source the rug back to NuLOOM, or at least to Nordstrom Rack? No. But it found an almost exact replica at Joss and Main. Can't complain about that!
Search #4: A Mysterious Chair
Last but not least we tested out an interiors photo found on Tumblr. We went into this one with no expectations because we have no information about where any of the furniture is from. While the Wayfair chair suggested doesn't seem to be the exact same one as in the photo, it is an admirable dupe. We're deeming this one a success.
Our experience with the Screenshop app has been mostly positive. We appreciate that it links to items at both high end and more obtainable stores, and that the items are very similar to those in our photos. It even found an eerily similar piece to the vintage couch we uploaded. But, if you'll only settle for the exact item in your photo and nothing less, this app may not be for you. It was not able to find the exact pieces in search #2 and #3. Additionally, the best dupe it offered for our Hans Wegner chair was sold out. Final thoughts? We would encourage you to try out the Screenshop app yourself.
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.