Best Home Decor Websites for the Budget-Conscious Shopper

Date posted: Aug. 5, 2016

Photo Credit: Kari Shea


When you hear the words "budget conscious" and "décor," you probably imagine a dorm room or student housing.  You probably think of milk crates, futons, and shelving made of bricks and wooden boards. While this may indeed be the quintessential version of low-budget home décor, this is not your only choice.

There are plenty of ways to make your home look great, without spending a lot of money. You can learn to do it yourself and add paint and temporary wallpaper. You can research the best thrift stores are in your city and become a patron, and you can learn which décor websites are best for the budget conscious shopper. Here are my favourite sites to shop for home décor on a budget:


Specializing in stylish and chic home décor for small spaces, CB2 is a great option if you are looking to furnish your apartment or condo. Featuring a modern and minimalist design, CB2 has everything you need from furniture to housewares. While some of the offerings on this website can be a little on the expensive side, shopping the sales is a surefire way to score a deal.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters is a chain of stores across Canada and the US known for its quirky vibe and on-trend product selection. It also has an extensive website with sections for clothing, beauty, music, and home furnishings.

While much of the furniture on the Urban Outfitters website is not available to purchase online in Canada, their flat rate $10 shipping makes their hip housewares section my first stop when shopping for linens, pillows, cutlery, and wall art.


Overstock is an America Online-Only retailer, but they also have a Canadian website catering to their customers north of the border.  Overstock also offers a huge variety of styles, from modern, mid-century, farmhouse inspired, and rustic. You name it, they’ve got it. Prices at Overstock are always very, very low.

There is the one major downside to shopping at Overstock: there is a broad spectrum in the quality of the items. Some things seem much higher quality in the photos than in person, or the colour is slightly different, or the size is slightly different. To combat this, read as many reviews as possible about the item you are considering purchasing. Fortunately, like Amazon, Overstock has a thriving community of reviewers, and popular items often have hundreds of positive reviews.


IKEA has established itself as synonymous with budget-friendly home décor and as a result has become a bit of a cliché. But there is a reason this Swedish furniture company has cornered the market with well-made budget friendly home décor: by consistently delivering low-cost, high-quality furniture every time.

IKEA’s website has its pros and cons. First, there is no review system, so you’ll need to check Google if you want to know how their furniture holds up over time. Second, not every single one of their items is available online, so make sure to toggle the “available online” option when browsing. On the plus side, their product descriptions are extensive, and shipping costs are minimal.

Shopping online for budget friendly home décor will help you save hundreds of dollars and provide you with unique items not found elsewhere. Just be sure to double check your shipping charges, read plenty of online reviews, and read the return policy of the website before you place your order.

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