It's hard to have an adult dinner party with friends on a monthly basis when the only perch for plates you currently have is a side table you also use as a desk and a nightly dining spot. Which leads us here: You need a dining table and chairs, but you also resolved to saving money in 2019.
Don't stress. It's absolutely possible to get grown-up furniture this year while also sticking to your resolution — you just have to know where to look. Yes, there's always the (very solid) option of scouring flea markets and thrift stores for quality pieces at bargain basement prices, but for anyone who needs something, like, now (or aren't comfortable with the second-hand lifestyle), we've got five of the best sites for scoring a full dining set on a low budget.
Before we dive in, though, "low budget" is, of course, subjective, so let's make a few things clear. Typically, at mid-range to higher-end retailers, heck, even some "budget" big-box stores, a dining set for four (including a table and four chairs) would easily break the $1,000 mark — often being twice or three times that much. So, for the sake of this article, we committed to finding shops with a good offering of tables in fresh, modern styles for less than $250 and chairs under $100.
Structube is one of those sites that makes you do a double take when you see the styles they are offering at the prices at which they are being offered. Tables that start at $129, chairs that start at $29 ... yeah, it's a home run for design-lovers on a very tight budget.
Expect to find: Lots of mid-century modern silhouettes and familiar favorites
This might not be the most surprising retailer on this list, but it would be a shame not to include an excellent e-commerce resource just for the sake of shock, awe, and stump. A quick filter to set your budget will render hundreds of results in all kinds of aesthetics.
Expect to find: Traditional to transitional styles, plenty of upholstered seating, and pedestal tables
If you don't already have Overstock bookmarked as a go-to online home decor resource, you're missing out. Prices tend to change pretty regularly (very much dependent on supply and demand), so it's either a game of "hurry up and buy" or "wait out a better price." They're also a retailer that sells the same stock you'll find on other sites (Target, Wayfair, Amazon, AllModern), but often for at least a few bucks less.
Expect to find: Everything from modern to transitional at prices that are honestly hard to beat
4. Home Depot
Yes, the same store you frequent for air filters and spray paint also happens to sell some pretty great furniture. You can typically find your fair share of decor like rugs and mirrors in-store, but for larger furniture pieces like dining table and chairs, you gotta head online.
Expect to find: A good amount of pretty basic offerings, but do a little digging and you'll find some solid choices
5. Joss & Main
Owned by Wayfair, Joss & Main used to be a flash-sale site (when that was still a regular thing) that sold furniture and home decor. The site's style tends to lean more "modern traditional," which, yes, sounds like a contradiction, but really just means well-known and -loved silhouettes/colors/fabrics with a bit of a modern, fresh twist.
Expect to find: Well, plenty of "modern traditional" furniture, lots of Louis XVI-type French seating, and plenty of high-style pieces tailored to a lower budget
Got any other sites to suggest? Leave your ideas in the comments below.