5 Companies that are Disrupting the Way We Furnish our Homes
From the sofa we sit on to the mattress and sheets that we sleep on, the way we shop for home furnishings has evolved, and honestly, it’s about time. It used to be that you walked into a store, sat on a floor model, flipped through a few swatches then a short 8-10 weeks later the costly white glove delivery service rolled up and brought in your (hopefully intact) piece. With this new guard of businesses comes increased affordability; custom fit pieces, often in a mind-boggling array of finishes; shipped affordably (or even free) and generous return policies that let you try things out in your own home for sometimes up to a year.
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With its direct to consumer model, Article offers modern furniture at affordable prices by cutting out the middlemen, furniture ships for a flat rate of $50 and there's a 30-day return policy without restocking fees although you are still charged for shipping ($50 each way). While best known for their stylish yet affordable sofas, Article stocks furniture for every room of the house along with accessories including rugs and some seriously stylish lamps.
Named for the original "campaign furniture" that was built to travel with soldiers in the 19th and 20th centuries, Campaign designs flat pack furniture that ships free and fast. It is made to transition through life with you, breaking down to move quickly and with removable covers that allow you to update your upholstery easily, without having to invest in new furniture.
This company is accredited with shaking up the mattress industry by taking an experience akin to buying a used car, out of the hands of showroom salesmen and into homes with their streamlined offerings and direct to consumer model. Choose from one of three models and while you're at it pick up "the pillow" or their exclusive sheets with special touches like slip free elastic and snaps to keep your duvet in place. The mattresses ship free and the company offers a risk-free 100 day trial at home with free returns. They ship compressed and expand to full size once unpacked in your space.
With quality bedding and bath essentials at a reasonable price point, Parachute takes on the sometimes mystifying experience of finding the perfect sheets. Choose from Percale, Sateen or Linen according to your preferences and select a shade (we're partial to the blush and indigo). No obsessively comparing thread count and other marketing ploys. Just simple, luxurious bedding that won't break the bank.
I stumbled upon Joybird when shopping for a sleeper sofa that would blend with the style of our living room, without screaming "sleeper sofa" or feeling too chunky, a surprisingly difficult task. Joybird furniture is made to order meaning the customization options are fantastic, from an extensive selection of upholstery options to the orientation of a sectional to wood finishes, dimensions and even mattress type (should you also be shopping a sleeper) depending on your selection. Order fabric swatches to get started then enjoy the flat rate furniture delivery of $99, 365 day home trial and free returns.