27 Contemporary Midcentury Modern Furniture Ideas That Don't Cost a Fortune
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27 Contemporary Midcentury Modern Furniture Ideas That Don't Cost a Fortune

Jul 06, 2023

By Angela Wei

Illustration by Katarina Kovac

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Design is cyclical. Once-popular movements often find their way back into mainstream trends, and midcentury modern furniture is one of the styles experiencing an unparalleled resurgence in popularity. Emerging during post-war America in the mid-1940s, the design movement is defined by clean lines, a somewhat futurist aesthetic, and an emphasis on functionality—think earthy wood tones, sleek lines and organic shapes, and leather and plywood textures.

But let’s be real: Not everyone can afford an Eames lounge chair or a Florence Knoll couch, especially if you’re a recent graduate or on a tight budget. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy midcentury modern aesthetics—precisely why we’ve rounded up 28 midcentury modern best sellers from a range of stylish and affordable decor and furniture stores below.

Walker Edison Mid Century Hairpin Metal Frame Square Modern Side Accent Table


If you’re looking for a catchall to organize your magazines, vases, or cups, this metal and wood side table does the job while adding just the right amount of texture to a small space.

Mid Century Modern Rectangular Pillow


No home is complete without a few good throw pillows. Dress up your couch with this simple retro-styled design that will instantly make your minimalist space feel homier.

Hearth & Hand Metal & Faux Leather Mail Sorter Tan/Brass


This understated mail sorter is ideal for cluttered spaces. The faux-leather compartments and brass-finish metal frame make it feel both elegant and timeless.

West Elm Mid-Century Wood Lanterns

West Elm

Light up your deck this summer with these smartly designed mango wood lanterns. They’re ideal for creating an ambient setting so you can enjoy those leisurely summer evenings while sipping a cocktail outdoors.

APICIZON Black Rattan Nightstand Bedside Table


The rattan detailing gives this mini side table an airy and organic feel. And at under $50, we think it’s a real steal.

IKEA Gradvis Vase with Metal Insert


Tastefully display your florals with this beautifully grooved vase. The transparent body means it won’t clash with your existing decor.

IKEA Varmblixt Serving Bowl with Lid


Get your hands on this coveted candy-colored glass serving bowl while you can. As part of the limited edition IKEA x Sabine Marcelis collaboration, it makes for the perfect dinner table centerpiece.

MoMa Design Store Wideboy Alarm Clock

MoMa Design Store

Inspired by British clock designs of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Wideboy alarm clock will add a touch of vintage to your nightstand.

WallBeyond Asymmetrical Decor Irregular Accent Wall Mirror


We’re always fans of unconventionally shaped mirrors, and this one is a standout. With its wood finish and asymmetrical shape, this mirror is an easy way to add some warmth to your space.

MaxSmeo Mid Century Modern Nightstand with Drawer


Nearly 500 people have given this nightstand a positive review. Use it as an end table in your living room or a fixture next to your bed, and choose from one of the 10 styles and shades available.

ELUCHANG Mid-Century Modern Chair


Nothing feels better than sinking into a comfy chair after a long day. This one is available in neutral shades of beige, blue, gray, and yellow to complement any color palette.

Stell Paper Paper Garden

Drool Art

Improve your wall art display with this stunning multicolored print reminiscent of Matisse’s cutouts.

MoMa Design Store Heng Balance Lamp

MoMa Design Store

Step out of your interior design comfort zone with this Heng Balance lamp. Unlike most lamps that turn on with the flip of a switch, this one activates by lifting the bottom ball into proximity to the upper ball.

Urban Outfitters Elias Wall Shelf

Urban Outfitters

If you’re fighting for floor space, this Elias wall shelf is a smart idea. Doubling as a miniature bookshelf, it’s sturdy enough to display all your prized tchotchkes.

AOTIFARM Console Table with 2 Drawers Rattan Entryway Table


This chic credenza epitomizes midcentury-modern furniture with its simple rectangular design and two rattan drawers that are great storage cabinets. It’s the perfect sideboard for grounding your interior design if you are going for an understated look.

TOOU Cadrea Side Chair


This elegant dining chair is sturdy and understatedly stylish. It comes in five different colors and in stock at Wayfair for just under $150.

HAY Pao Portable Lamp


Add a whimsical touch to your bedroom with this fungi-shaped table lamp—available in neutral black and gray, or red (if you’re feeling adventurous).

HAY Bottoms Up Vase


This Danish-inspired sculptural vase is an undeniably fun accent. Style it with a bouquet of your favorite florals or let it shine on its own.

Minted Arches Print


Let this geometric collage be the finishing touch that ties together your midcentury-modern living room.

Deny Designs Jazz Leaf Matisse Edition Mid Century Series Art Print


Liven up your home office with this bright Jazz Leaf Matisse print. Available in a range of sizes, the piece complements any modern, minimalist space.

Modern Boho Accent Chairs for Living Room


With an ergonomically curved backrest, sturdy hardwood frame, and a price tag that’s difficult to refuse, this Scandinavian-style reclining chaise is the ideal setup for both outdoor and indoor seating arrangements.

Nettie Mid-Century Modern Rectangular Dining Table Walnut


Constructed from solid wood, this dining room table embodies the simplicity of midcentury-modern design.

West Elm Henry Ceramic Pendant

West Elm

You could also swap your traditional chandelier with this unique pendant that’s a sure conversation starter.

Article Amoeba Wild Walnut 29.5" Wide Coffee Table


This coffee table features soft, curving edges for a minimalist finish that makes it ideal for displaying your coffee table books or decorative vases.

CB2 Mantis Swivel Wall Sconce Brass


A handsome wall sconce with a midcentury twist. The best part? It’s pivotable, allowing for a 360-degree shade rotation.

Corrigan Studio Brocklin Vegan Leather Armchair


For spaces where squeezing in a loveseat is a challenge, opt for this midcentury-modern chair with faux-leather upholstery instead.

AODAILIHB Loveseat Sofa Mini Couch


Anyone who is searching for a classic sofa silhouette, look no further. This sumptuous design is cushioned with resilient sponge and baby cotton, providing maximum comfort after a long day of work.