As much as we love IKEA, the cost-effective furniture world has so much else to offer...
IKEA hit Irish soil from Sweden almost 13 years ago and so started a complete love affair with cheap and stylish Scandi flatpacks…oh, and those delicious meatballs you get when you go.
Suddenly everyone knew what an Allen key was but more so here was something totally fresh, fantastic AND affordable. But has anyone else got a tinge of IKEA-apathy? Nowadays, the homeware stakes are high – really high – and we prefer to blend the basics with unique standout pieces.
Just as we would carefully curate an outfit, expressing ourselves to the outside world with a mix of textures and colours, we feel the same way about our homes. Not only are we determined to design an interiors concept that feels on-trend and aesthetically thrilling, it needs to be a reflection of ourselves, too.
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And being the unique, stylish beings that we (and you) are, we’re always on the lookout for suitably special interiors and homeware brands to help us achieve this mission. From lesser-known artists and international gems to Instagram brands our friends haven’t heard of, there’s something to be said about being the only person you know to have a new object or piece hanging in your home.
While IKEA’s pieces (and prices) are hard to beat, we’ve found some alternatives at every price point to keep you one step ahead of the homeware curve. Keep scrolling for our edit of the best shops like IKEA.
Offering everything from furniture to wall art, throws, cushions, vases and even a dedicated wedding range. You do have to root around, but you'll find some gems. Check out the hanging chair from their garden essentials, or their Pinterest-worthy Morrocan mirror for €61.99. Their Banana Leaf wallpaper is beautiful with a price to match at €17.99 a roll and this Palma Velvet cushion is perfect for bringing Autumn into your home.
A Danish home retail brand, seen as a rival to IKEA, is set to open 15 stores across Ireland. Following on from their first opening in Naas, Jysk will be opening new shops in Drogheda, Navan, Cork and Portlaoise and this summer. Originally being a one-stop-shop shop for duvets and bedding, they have since expanded their selection to include a wide range of furniture and home accessories, all within the Scandinavian themes of neutral colours and textures, with clean design and low prices to boot.
Mostly known for their clothes, H&M has recently upped its game and stepped into the homeware market. And with pieces such as this rattan basket for just €9.99, it's no surprise the new venture is doing well. While currently there are no H&M home stores in Ireland, their online store is equally as thrilling.
Essentially the basement of IKEA, Miniso stocks everything from Instagram-worthy household and daily life products to super cute and colourful stationery, gifts and electronics. It also has a huge range of health and beauty products and a very impressive toys and kids accessories section. The Japanse-designed lifestyle brand with over 3,000 stores all over the world recently opened in Jervis shopping centre.
Søstrene Grene is a Danish retail chain specialising in aesthetic designs, creativity, joy and ‘hygge.’ The stores offer a wide assortment of products within the categories home and interior, kitchen, craft and DIY, party items and gift wrap, school and office, children and play, and items for the seasons. With an ever-changing assortment and prices that are never higher than they need be, the family-owned retailer has quickly become one of our favourite places to browse and buy.
The larger the furniture, the higher the price, but Urban offers bedding, wall art, organization, and rugs galore that won't break the bank. Outfit (pun intended) your humble abode with all things modern, minimal, and completely eccentric. You've come to the right place to get your novelty fix, as well, with plenty of cooky spins on in-home essentials. Similar to H&M, there are currently no solely Urban Outfitters Home stores but their online store is a treasure.
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