It’s not often that such a new brand becomes a go-to for designers both pro and DIY. West Elm is one of those brands. The Chairish West Elm shop promises to bring you the sleek, modern and affordable styles that this retailer is so well known for. Looking for a used modern vase for your dining room, a retro-style side chair, or a rug to provide that modern finishing touch? Go West, pilgrim.
YOUR GUIDE TO USED WEST ELM FURNITURE & DÉCOR
Unite a Brooklynite edge with a sense of West Coast cool and you have West Elm, the destination for design darlings with a taste for global glamour and a sustainable conscious. An off-shoot from the Williams-Sonoma brand, West Elm was founded in 2002. Their aim was to curate both an approachable and affordable design brand—a source of inspiration for those downtown dwellers who were ready to graduate from build-it-yourself furniture, but didn't necessarily want to spend a fortune.
With an eye that’s continually in edit mode, West Elm produces seasonal in-house collections, often collaborating with artists and independent designers in the process. When it comes to materials and textiles, they’re known for their hand-sourcing, pulling fabrics from far-flung locales like Nepal and Guatemala. Their signature looks ricochet between design pulse points like Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, and global—their one constant a sense of polished glamour.
Want to learn more about how to incorporate West Elm furniture into your space? We round up the must-have West Elm furniture pieces, room-by-room, below.
THE WEST ELM LIVING ROOM
When it comes to your living room, there’s no better way to set the stage than a West Elm couch. Compact and streamlined, West Elm sofas are launch pads for virtually any style—boho, glam, you name it. Go with a linen West Elm sectional for a contemporary feeling, or choose a leather sofa for a rustic base that can be played as Scandinavian, Mid-Century, or southwestern. To ensure your living room’s a hit, ground your sofa with a West Elm rug. West Elm rugs have an avid following, and for good reason—they’re trendy and durable and bear half the price tag of designer rugs. Whether you’re vying for a fluff-piled Moroccan rug, a natural seagrass rug, or a patchwork hide rug, there’s a West Elm rug to fit your craving. Look for unexpectedly glam details like metallic threading or a mural-like abstract rug (think of them as pastel-hued op art for your floor) if you desire a piece that’s classic West Elm. And the crowning piece? A West Elm coffee table. From bone inlaid cocktail tables to the brand’s beloved pop-up storage coffee table (yes, it’s a thing, look into it now and thank us later), West Elm coffee tables are artfully and thoughtfully designed. Just don’t be surprised if you suddenly deem your remotes unacceptable décor for these guys.
THE WEST ELM DINING ROOM
You know how no one wants a dining room that conjures up stuffy holiday meals? Well, make that a done deal with a West Elm dining table and chairs. West Elm dining tables are notorious for their simplicity, with an iconic example being the West Elm Emmerson table. Featuring a Parson’s-like silhouette, this reclaimed wood plank table conjures up the rugged coastal life—and comes with benches rather than typical dining chairs. So goes the mantra of West Elm: throw tradition to the wayside and embrace your experimental side. Finish off a West Elm-inspired dining room with a West Elm console table topped with a West Elm mirror. Perfect for displaying a dessert bar or setting up an impromptu liquor or coffee bar, West Elm consoles feature super slim proportions, meaning you can factor one into even the smallest of dining rooms. Need something even more compact? Try a West Elm bar cart. Ranging from trolleys to all-out liquor cabinets, West Elm bar carts are the epitome of luxe. Stack a West Elm bar cart high with dishware if you’re hosting a buffet. And not that we think it needs any introduction, but West Elm dishware—with its clean, modern styling—is perfect for the task.
THE WEST ELM BEDROOM
Give your bedroom sanctuary vibes with a West Elm bed or West Elm daybed. Ranging from plush upholstered beds to modern wood canopy beds, West Elm bed frames and beds aren’t just inspired places to catch some z’s, they’re chic pieces on which to build a room. Turn your West Elm bed into an official cloud with downy comforters and a troupe of mix-and-match West Elm pillows, and continue the restful theme with West Elm art on the walls. From bold abstracts to tranquil photography, West Elm art is playful and lighthearted—the equivalent of installing a window with a really great view (but so much easier, especially if you’re holed up in the middle of a city). Use West Elm nightstands to flank your bed—which as a rule come outfitted with plenty of storage and special details like sculpted knobs and pulls. If you have extra room you might consider swapping out a nightstand for a West Elm desk. From petite writing desks to modular wall units, West Elm desks are perfect for sneaking a workspace into any room—in fact some West Elm desks actually double as consoles.