Pottery Barn is a great store—there's no doubt about it. But recently the major store in my city closed down and I was left without an alternative, well, an offline alternative anyway.
However, as an avid virtual window shopper, there are plenty of other stores besides Pottery Barn that I visit and shop at regularly. One of my favorite stores would have to be Crate and Barrel, which has a very similar style setup with great furnishings, furniture, and other home décor.
If you know of any other stores that are not mentioned here, please go ahead and leave a comment.
Stores Like Pottery Barn
- Crate & Barrel
- Restoration Hardware
- West Elm
- World Market
1. Crate & Barrel
Crate & Barrel is a cool store to browse. Much like Pottery Barn, I can lose myself and spend an hour walking their aisles or scanning their website's pages. Unlike some of the other stores mentioned here, I can actually afford to walk out the door with something new.
Essentially, Crate & Barrel is your typical home wares retailer. They have all of the normal stuff: dinner sets, kitchenware, bathroom, and bedroom, but they also have a cool section on their site called "inspiration" and I'll let you guys check it out for yourselves if you're interested.
Crate & Barrel has standard shipping rates of $4.95 with the option of free store pick-up. Their website also has wedding and baby registries.
2. Restoration Hardware
Yes, Restoration Hardware is one of my favorite window shopping destinations. It is to me what Tiffany's was to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. And one day, I will be able to afford something from that store...
I'm even in love with their website. It's so regal and beautifully designed. And yes, whilst it is very similar to Pottery Barn in the sense that they both sell furniture, in my opinion RH is on another level—a level which is unfortunately, slightly out of my price range.
Restoration Hardware membership is a steal if you're planning on spending a lot of money there. It's $100 for an annual membership, and that gives you 25% off full-price purchases year-round.
3. West Elm
I have done a little shopping at West Elm before, and I can say that they have a great range of modern/mid-century-styled furniture, home décor, bed, bath, and all the usual stuff. While they are rather on the expensive side, some of their items are just too good to pass up (and their merch is of the highest quality).
They are definitely worth checking out if you are looking for something similar to Pottery Barn; however, those living frugally probably won't find much to suit their price range. Students do get an in-store discount of 15%, and design professionals get a 20% discount.
Price-wise, I'd definitely give the edge to Pottery Barn, which at least has some low-end stuff to offer. At West Elm, on the other hand, be prepared to part with $500-1000 for that end table you like. West Elm does offer a credit card with various cash-back offers and other rewards.
You can enroll in their rewards program, separate from the credit card, which is called The Key. The sign-up is free, and you get 3% cash back on all purchases.
West Elm also offers free design and installation consultations with an expert to assist you in a program called Design Crew.
If all else fails, you can find it on Amazon. Amazon isn't a dedicated furniture store, and it definitely isn't as stylish as some of these other stores, but they stock just about everything and are often pretty hard to beat on the price tag.
Their home decor department is pretty huge, and if you have the patience to narrow down your searches, you can find some really nice stuff.
The downside to buying furniture on Amazon is that you'll most likely have to assemble it yourself (like IKEA furniture). The upside, however, is that it's easy to return items on Amazon if they don't suit your fancy.
5. World Market
I only recently discovered World Market and I'm a fan. They stock indoor and outdoor furniture, decor, and kitchenware that is reasonably priced—much more so if you just buy items that are on sale.
While Pottery Barn is a much bigger store and has a bigger range on prices and style, World Market tends to list fewer, more rustic pieces.
Price-wise, Pottery Barn is the more expensive store, in the sense that their highest price tags are generally triple those of World Market. There's typically a "sold as is" section near the front of the store where you can find lightly scratched or dented furniture items for a lower price.
IKEA is legendary for being one of the most entertaining furniture and home goods stores to visit. It's known for its endless passages; trendy, minimalist designs; affordable, do-it-yourself furniture; and, of course, its meatballs.
You could easily get lost in an IKEA, but you're also probably going to find what you're looking for (or something similar) no matter what it is. IKEA is a great option for college students, young people, or anyone else looking to save a buck by assembling their own furniture without sacrificing too much in the quality department.
IKEA, like Amazon, has plenty of do-it-yourself furniture options. In that regard, you can save a lot of cash compared to some of the other, pricier options on this list.
HomeGoods is a great store for bargain-hunting shoppers. Their inventory is constantly à la Tuesday Morning, and you can always find items at discounted prices.
The store doesn't sell items online, but it does have an app called "The Goods" where you can follow local stores and check out upcoming deals and new items. In addition, you can get pretty good deals in-store, including red-tag discounts and deals on damaged items (just ask the manager).
A side note: HomeGoods is known for their stationery, so if you need to pick up some greeting cards along with your furniture, you might want to make it your first stop.
Wayfair has tons of options for buying online furniture. It's known for its variety and beautiful décor, and although it's pricier than some of the other stores on this list, they do frequently run sales across their departments.
Their website has a feature called "Get Inspired" that allows you to search for inspiration by type of room or style. You can also browse their "Idea Boards," which work sort of like Pinterest to give you ideas for your own creative décor endeavors.
The Best Stores Like Pottery Barn
anonymous on January 31, 2013:
Of course, it's another window shopping type of store to some of us. However, I still get lost in their site ogling over the settee's and accent pieces.