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Ikea is like that relationship you stay in for comfort and security until you meet The One.
You convince yourself you can make it work, but then shit falls apart rapidly and you realize it just wasn't worth it. Don't let this be you anymore. It's time to move on. You deserve better.
1. H&M Home
If you love getting lost in Ikea's baskets, home decor, blankets, and all things pretty, you'll love H&M Home...and you'll really love its prices. It has a ton of textiles (curtains, rugs, napkins, throws, etc.), along with baskets, candles, vases, and blankets.
Pricing: Everything ranges from $2 to $130.
If you like the way Ikea perfectly combines sleek, modern pieces with more traditional shapes and colors, you'll love AllModern. It's basically where all of Wayfair.com hosts its modern furniture, decor, and kitchen items — so all products are discounted from their original price. Items are offered at pretty much every price point.
If you like Ikea's more boho, textural offerings (think sheepskin rugs and woven chairs), you'll love Urban's "Apartment" section. Urban is definitely more boho-vintage inspired, but similar to Ikea, it carries some amazing pieces that will really open up your eyes to a whole new world of styling techniques. Urban offers everything from furniture to shelving, kitchen wares, rugs, textiles, and decor.
If you love Ikea's reasonably priced rugs, colorful patters, and Swedish food section, you'll love Cost Plus World Market. It carries a great selection of globally inspired and produced textiles, rugs, pillows, curtains, furniture, and pretty much any type of home wares you could want. It also has an amazing food product section!
If you love Ikea for its wacky patterned decor, clever gadgets, and basic shelving, you'll love Fab. It carries a ton of decor, lighting, kitchen gadgets, bedding, and pretty much everything home-related. Most of its stuff is fun and funky, but you'll also find some basic furniture similar to Ikea's.
Pricing: Products for the home range from $11 to $590.
If you are a fan of the interplay of textures, colors, layers and materials often seen in Ikea catalogs and showrooms, you'll love this store. It's a little bit pricier, but products stay true to the mix-and-match feel of Ikea's home wares. You'll find everything from lighting to wall decor to shelving and textiles.
If you like Ikea's minimalist aesthetic, sleek design, and basic storage solutions, you'll love Japanese retailer Muji. This store is basically like if Uniqlo and Ikea had a baby. It sells products for the home like furniture, bedding, shelving, baskets, and kitchen tools, but also makes basic clothing and travel goods.
Scandinavian Designs is a grown-up version of Ikea, which is perfect for anyone who invests in some of Ikea's better-quality pieces. Its prices are higher, but it has some incredible sales that put its furniture at average Ikeas prices — with higher-quality construction. The three-seater couch above was originally $1,299 and is now half the price at $649 and comes in two shades of gray.
If you like Ikea's more sophisticated pieces, CB2 is the place for you. It has a ton of gorgeous furniture, but the real gold of this store is in its home decor and organization. CB2 is Crate and Barrel's sister store, so you can pretty much expect everything you need for your home but at a lower price (you can get a set of eight glasses for $14!).
10. Dot & Bo
If you like Ikea's boldly colored accent pieces and inventive patterned textiles, you'll love Dot & Bo. It carries everything from furniture to decor to kitchen carts and utensils. You can shop by themes such as "bohemian minimalist" or "modern rustic retreat," which is similar to Ikea's room inspo.
You may already know about Target's great home wares, but less people know that Target actually has an amazing collection of furniture at solid prices. If you love Ikea's huge selection of reasonably priced furniture, shelving, decor, and textiles, you should definitely consider ordering from Target. The store also frequently does series of home products with popular designers.
12. Arro Home
If you like Ikea's bedding, blankets, sheets and rugs, you'll love Arro Home. It has some exceptionally colorful and cool textiles, as well as a ton of kids' bedroom and kitchen stuff. It also carries some vases that are insanely gorgeous and pretty cheap.