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

Jun 17, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.