26 of the best online homeware and furniture stores

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Photo credit: Country Living, Neptune, OKA
Photo credit: Country Living, Neptune, OKA

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...

1. OKA

Photo credit: OKA
Photo credit: OKA

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.

Shop OKA

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.

Shop Liberty London

3. Pooky

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.

Shop Pooky

4. DFS

Photo credit: Left: DFS, Right: Country Living
Photo credit: Left: DFS, Right: Country Living

Best for: Traditional sofas with a twist

A British leader in well-made and design-conscious sofas. DFS sell everything from traditional button-back sofas in sumptuous upholstery, to sleek and modern loveseats in contemporary pastel shades.

Shop DFS

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.

Shop John Lewis & Partners

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.

Shop The White Company

7. Neptune

Photo credit: Neptune
Photo credit: Neptune

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.

Shop Neptune

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.

Shop Graham & Green

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.

Shop Sophie Allport

10. Homebase

Photo credit: Country Living
Photo credit: Country Living

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.

Shop Homebase

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.

Shop The Conran Shop

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.

Shop Soho Home

13. Carpetright

Photo credit: L: Carpetright, R: Country Living
Photo credit: L: Carpetright, R: Country Living

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.

Shop Carpetright

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.

Shop Cox & Cox

15. Dreams

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.

Shop Dreams

16. Colefax and Fowler

Photo credit: Colefax & Fowler
Photo credit: Colefax & 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.

Shop Colefax and Fowler

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.

Shop Emma Bridgewater

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.

Shop Home Barn

19. Garden Trading

Photo credit: Garden Trading
Photo credit: 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.

Shop Garden Trading

20. Selfridges

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.

Shop Selfridges

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.

Shop Scumble Goosie

22. Loaf

Photo credit: Loaf
Photo credit: Loaf

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.

Shop Loaf

23. Nkuku

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.

Shop Nkuku

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.

Shop Barker & Stonehouse

25. Toast

Photo credit: Toast
Photo credit: Toast

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.

Shop Toast

26. Heal's

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.

Shop Heal's

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