Quick! Name a massive retailer that sells stylish furniture and fun kitchen tools and decor items — on the cheap. Did you think of IKEA? We don't blame you (in fact, we kind of set you up for that with the title of this post). You could have said a few other stores, though. Drawing a blank to name some more? We've got you.
We rounded up this list of IKEA alternatives. While they're not all exactly like IKEA, each retailer on this list can help you find good kitchen decor and accessories — for not a lot of money. Warning: Assembly still (sometimes) required.
We're guessing you've never heard of this site — and that's okay, as long as you take a minute now to get to know it. It sells all sorts of kitchen tools and utensils for just $3 a pop. Beyond that, the site also offers budget-friendly small appliances (like this cute toaster for $34), knives, bakeware, storage stuff, and more.
In related $3 news, everything on this site is $3. Sometimes you get a single item (like olive oil) for $3 or you get a set of something (like two soup bowls). Check out the tableware, the cleaning supplies, the tools, and the food (we're obsessed with the jerky).
Hear us out to understand why Amazon is on this list: Amazon has its own private-label brands of furniture and basic essentials! There's Rivet, which is a gorgeous line of mid-century furniture, and then there's the more rustic farmhouse brand, Stone & Beam. Plus, AmazonBasics, which is exactly what it sounds like, and full of simple stuff that looks like it belongs in IKEA's Marketplace.
This store is essentially a mini IKEA, right down to the fact that the floor plan is a little maze that you have to work your way through. As you snake around, you'll find all sorts of stuff like cheese boards, beverage dispensers, party picks, and more. There aren't many locations in the U.S. and you can't order online, but you can browse — and then send your New York City-based cousin on an errand.
Maybe you wouldn't exactly compare Wayfair to IKEA, but when you think about it, both retailers offer stylish, inexpensive furniture. Plus, when it comes to kitchen stuff like cookware, dishes, and tools, Wayfair carries name brands that you've grown to love and trust. And you can almost always find a sale happening.
We've already used the best way to describe this store, so we're going to use it again: It's like if HomeGoods and World Market had a baby. It's got furniture, cookware, decor items, and more. You can't order online, but you can browse.
We couldn't make this list and not include Target. Between Threshold, Hearth & Hand, Project 62, and countless other private-label and national brands, Target has plenty of stylish finds at near-IKEA prices.
Similarly, World Market had to make this list. Aside from inexpensive furniture and decor, World Market has an entire section of colorful kitchen tools and international snacks that rival the groceries at Swedish IKEA.
Want name-brand products at low, low prices? That's what you'll find at T.J.Maxx. It's an especially good place to look for cookware from top brands like Le Creuset and All-Clad. Plus, you can shop faux plants that you can't kill, frames, organizing solutions, and more.
Just because you've decided you're too old to pull off the clothing at Urban Outfitters (you're not, btw), doesn't mean you should skip the store entirely. The website has a large home section with finds like trendy furniture, cute bar items, and even adorable small appliances.
Any other stores to add to this list? Leave them in the comments below!