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It’s hard to feel like an adult when the only perch for plates you currently have is a coffee table that you also use as a WFH desk and a nightly dining spot. Which leads us here: You need a dining table and chairs, but you also don’t have a lot to spend right now. So you need a cheap dining table! But one that looks nice!
Don’t stress. It’s absolutely possible to get grown-up furniture this year while also sticking to a budget — you just have to know where to look. Yes, there’s always the (very solid) option of scouring flea markets and thrift stores for quality pieces at bargain basement prices, but for anyone who needs something, like, now (or would rather do their shopping online), we’ve got seven of the best sites for scoring a full dining set on a low budget. Beyond IKEA, that is!
Before we dive in, though, “low budget” is, of course, subjective, so let’s make a few things clear. Typically, at mid-range to higher-end retailers, heck, even some “budget” big-box stores, a dining set for four (including a table and four chairs) would easily break the $1,000 mark — often being twice or three times that much. So, for the sake of this article, we committed to finding shops with a good offering of tables in fresh, modern styles for less than $300 and chairs under $100.
Target has so much furniture online! Way more than what’s in stores. Shop the brand’s in-house lines — like Hearth & Hand with Magnolia (the Chip and Joanna Gaines line!), Project 62, and Threshold — or compare prices for national brands that you might find elsewhere too.
Expect to find: A range of traditional and farmhouse and modern. Target also has lots of options for small spaces.
If you’re thinking that Walmart doesn’t have furniture that’ll mesh with your style, you’re incorrect! The retailer brings some serious design power when it comes to dining furniture, including tufted chairs that look way more expensive than they are, cool benches, and more.
Expect to find: An array of traditional, mid-century and industrial pieces that will seriously surprise you.
Wayfair might not be the most surprising retailer on this list, but it would be a shame not to include an excellent e-commerce resource just for the sake of shock, awe, and stump. A quick filter to set your budget will render hundreds of results in all kinds of aesthetics.
Expect to find: Traditional and transitional styles, plenty of upholstered seating, and pedestal tables.
If you don’t already have Overstock bookmarked as a go-to online home decor resource, you’re missing out. Prices tend to change pretty regularly (very much dependent on supply and demand), so it’s either a game of “hurry up and buy” or “wait out a better price.” They’re also a retailer that sells the same stock you’ll find on other sites (Target, Wayfair, Amazon, AllModern), but often for at least a few bucks less.
Expect to find: Everything from modern to transitional at prices that are honestly hard to beat.
Yes, the same store you frequent for air filters and spray paint also happens to sell some pretty great furniture. You can typically find your fair share of decor like rugs and mirrors in-store, but for larger furniture pieces like dining table and chairs, you gotta head online.
Expect to find: A good amount of pretty basic offerings, but do a little digging and you’ll find some solid choices ,
Owned by Wayfair, Joss & Main used to be a flash-sale site (when that was still a regular thing) that sold furniture and home decor. The site’s style tends to lean more “modern traditional,” which, yes, sounds like a contradiction, but really just means well-known and -loved silhouettes/colors/fabrics with a bit of a modern, fresh twist. Be sure to check out another sister site: AllModern.
Expect to find: Well, plenty of “modern traditional” furniture, lots of Louis XVI-type French seating, and plenty of high-style pieces tailored to a lower budget.
Got any other sites to suggest? Leave your ideas in the comments below.