Over the past few years, we have all become more adept at choosing and ordering furniture online without feeling the need to pop to a store with a measuring tape and wallpaper samples. Of course, nothing compares to feeling the texture of a fabric and inspecting the design intricacies of furniture in real life, but adaptations have been made, and online retail is only becoming a smoother and more convenient experience.
Below, we've compiled a list of the online furniture stores that we go to on a regular basis, from reliable UK stalwarts like John Lewis, to the quirky homeware brands like Pooky, as well as some best kept secrets gleaned from our stylists and editors.
For those looking for more affordable pieces, there are plenty of high street retailers listed, alongside independent vintage and antiques stores, some British design favourites, and the places to go if you're looking for little luxuries or an investment piece.
Read on for 26 of our favourite stores to browse when shopping online...
Best for: global influences
OKA's style is a blend of cultures and aesthetics – it's quintessentially British, but well-travelled. At the heart of OKA’s collection is a thirst for exploration, evidenced in the abundance of richly patterned furniture and soft furnishings, and global treasures and trinkets.
2. Liberty London
Best for: Unusual home trinkets
Something of a London institution, Liberty's furniture and homeware selection is a riotous peek into the more eccentric side of British design tastes. You'll always discover up-and-coming independent brands, as well as plenty of playful pieces, and of course, the famous Liberty fabrics.
Best for: Printed lampshades
A go-to for colourful lampshades, unique pendant lights, and eye-catching floor lamps. Pooky was made for country homes, and you could kit out every room with their extensive lighting selection.
Best for: Traditional sofas with a twist
5. John Lewis & Partners
Best for: Reliable basics
The go-to for everything home-related, from your coffee machine to your bed frame. John Lewis is the dependable retailer with an array of furniture and homeware to suit every budget. We love the affordable ANYDAY range.
6. The White Company
Best for: Elegant neutrals
If you're shopping for anything neutral, The White Company is the only store you'll need. The picture of understated elegance, their collection covers soft furnishings, decorative accessories, an array of kitchen essentials, and an extensive selection of candles and diffusers.
Best for: Statement oak furniture
Classic interiors, made with conviction. Neptune is the destination for country-inspired furniture made from quality materials. Here you'll find solid oak dining tables made for entertaining, sink-in soft upholstered armchairs and exquisite farmhouse kitchens.
8. Graham & Green
Best for: Eclectic accessories
From gold flamingo table lamps, to fringed velvet feature chairs and recycled cotton hammocks, Graham & Green is home to the quirky, unexpected, bold, and joyful. As well as the online destination, they have stores in London and Bath, and an outlet in Chippenham full of treasures to delight and inspire.
9. Sophie Allport
Best for: Printed kitchen linens
Nobody does playful print quite like Sophie Allport. Her sweet animal-inspired motifs cover kitchen linens, ceramics, and soft furnishings that would be at home in any country kitchen – a Sophie Allport tablescape is really second to none.
Best for: Under the radar homeware
A trove of unexpected treasures. Homebase is the practical homeowners destination for renovation materials, garden supplies, DIY everything, and a growing collection of brilliant homeware finds, from ceramic lamps to chic striped cushions.
11. The Conran Shop
Best for: Investment pieces
A must for mid-century design enthusiasts. The iconic Conran Shop stocks all the design greats, from Arne Jacobsen and Hans J. Wegner, to Verner Panton, Jean Prouvé, Poul Kjærholm, and Charlotte Perriand.
12. Soho Home
Best for: Statement bed frames
If you have ever admired the modern interiors of Soho House, or the country-inspired Soho Farmhouse, then Soho Home brings them to you. The brand was born after guests began asking if they could buy the furniture and homeware on display in their rooms.
Best for: Luxury without the price tag
A British stalwart, and a convenient one-stop shop for all types of flooring. Carpetright is our reliable source of sink-in soft carpets, textured area rugs, pure wood flooring, and realistic laminate. Plus, their clever room visualiser makes it easy to pick the right style to suit your space.
14. Cox & Cox
Best for: Understated finishing touches
Cox & Cox make the perfect complements to an understated home. Their online store is full of neutral colours, whitewashed wood, and textured ceramics – essentially anything you'd find in an elegantly arranged beachfront home.
Best for: Handmade mattresses
Good sleep matters, and quality beds can help. Dreams is the leading UK specialist for beds, and stock a huge array of traditional wooden bed frames, sumptuously upholstered storage ottomans, and the best handmade mattresses.
16. Colefax and Fowler
Best for: Country-inspired fabric
A quintessentially English brand, Colefax & Fowler is renowned for the exceptional craftmanship that goes into its fabrics and wall coverings. If you're after a refresh of any upholstered pieces in your home, Colefax & Fowler has every conceivable colour and pattern available.
17. Emma Bridgewater
Best for: Playful tableware
Pattern, pattern everywhere. Emma Bridgewater is another go-to for accessories adorned with quaint – and very British – motifs. Plus, all of the lovely ceramic pieces are made from in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of British pottery.
18. Home Barn
Best for: Well-preserved vintage pieces
Straight from the glossy pages of Country Living magazine, our editors and stylists use Home Barn the find the best vintage and antique furniture for photo shoots, and to adorn our country homes.
19. Garden Trading
Best for: Anything storage
Thanks to Garden Trading, our utility rooms have never looked so good. This is the shop for well-designed kitchen and bathroom storage, as well as attractive versions of humble household products, like bins and floor mops.
Best for: Little luxuries
Selfridges are great for branded homeware – Diptyque candles, Wedgewood crockery, and Waterford glassware are all under one roof. But you can also find some brilliant garden and outdoor accessories like a striped parasol or traditional picnic basket.
21. Scumble Goosie
Best for: Painted furniture
Another great find straight from the Country Living stylists. Scumble Goosie is as quirky as the name suggests, selling antique and handmade wooden furniture that would be at home in any country cottage. Plus, any wood piece in the store can be painted, stained, or sealed on request.
Best for: Feature armchairs
The purveyors of squishy sofas. You can tell that Loaf make the comfiest, sink-in soft sofas without even trying them out in stores. Fans of pastel colours and extra deep seating will be spoilt for choice.
Best for: Ethical homeware
One of the best sustainable homeware retailers around. Everything they sell, from armchairs to mirrors, is ethical, eco-friendly, and handmade. Nkuku operates with total transparency too, which makes it easier for customers to make informed choices.
24. Barker & Stonehouse
Best for: Industrial furniture
Barker & Stonehouse is an Aladdin's cave of a retailer – if you ever visit one of their 11 locations, schedule plenty of time for browsing. Most people would find something online to suit their taste, and it would be an especially fruitful virtual shopping trip if you are a fan of industrial or farmhouse styles.
Best for: Understated extras
Toast makes homeware for slow living, like organic cotton bedspreads, linen aprons, and essential oil soaps, as well as beautifully designed non-essentials, from a hand-thrown butter dish to a jute water bottle carrier.
Best for: Designer pieces
Heal's have operated out of its legendary Tottenham Court Road store for over 200 years, and its influence on modern furniture retail continues to this day. Online, you'll find a nice mix of designer pieces (a lot of lighting, some traditional Ercol, and mid-century classics,) alongside the well-loved Heal's furniture collection.
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