Urban Outfitters has proven itself to be more than just the store to go to when you want dorm room style. Though still known for a bevy of bohemian-themed tapestries and quirky patterned bedding, the brand has really stepped up their furniture offerings in terms of style. So much so, that every now and then I’ll confuse an UO item for a high-end piece from a pricey designer. The nine products below were all spotted in recent house tours and elevate the look of the rooms they’re located in… without the high-end price tag.
Mallory Fletchall and David Rhoads share a small Brooklyn rental apartment. As the founder of The Reserve, “a thoughtfully and curated vintage textiles and accessories shop, with a focus on ethically sourced handwoven rugs, poufs, and pillows,” Mallory’s space is full of great patterns and textures. But I also spotted a few furniture pieces that had high-end design written all over them. Much to my surprise, they are Urban Outfitters pieces!
With a unique and eye-catching shape, this seems more like a one-of-a-kind pricey find you’d spot on 1stdibs than the bargain it is at $1,600.
This chair combines a material reminiscent of the bohemian ’70s trend—rattan—with a shape that’s at once retro and modern. It looks like the kind of design that may have recently come from a top designer looking to reinterpret a past look.
The Marte Platform Bed has the same rattan material used as its chair counterpart, but its lines are far more delicate and refined than the seat. The bed’s sleek outline reminds me more of the classic creations of famous past designers like Jean Prouve or Pierre Jeanneret.
Strong Eames Molded Plywood vibes come from Urban Outfitters’ Miyu Wooden Chair, only this seat offers a slightly more compact shape (perfect for small spaces). And when purchased in the Rose color, offers a more modern interpretation of traditional molded plywood designs.
If you were too busy drooling over the one-of-a-kind, completely hand-built wood scrap accent wall in the kitchen of this Philadelphia rental house to pay attention to the furniture, no one could blame you. But there’s a piece of furniture in the living room worth looking at: A wooden frame with plush cushions is a subtly sophisticated sofa.
The exact Urban Outfitters sofa in the above house tour is no longer available, but the Minna Velvet Sofa comes darn close. And it’s worth mentioning for its slender wooden frame, complemented beautifully by creamy velvet cushions. It’s simple, un-clunky, and would give a high-end look to any living room.
Adrianne was able to fit a ton of style in her tiny 400-square-foot San Francisco studio apartment, including the two Urban Outfitters finds below.
Though UO has a lot of great graphic, patterned, colorful textiles, I think the more subtle designs are the ones that look the most high end, like this simple geometric woven rug with a soft color palette.
This sleek wall shelf reminds me of the slick mid-century modern Swedish string shelving systems that were all the rage then (and frankly, now). But this shelf’s affordable price and compact size make it more accessible for most.
Man there was so much to love about Melissa’s Dallas home. From bold colors, to cool patterns, it was hard to let your eyes rest on any one detail too long. But there were two objects that did grab my attention, and they are Urban Outfitters finds.
Great for an entryway, hallway, or for a bedroom without a closet, this freestanding clothes rack looks more like a modern prototype from an up-and-coming designer than something you can pick up for a cool $150.
Okay, this one is a bit of a stretch to say that it looks like a high-end design. But, since it’s made of a natural material (so it’ll add texture to a space), has a simple, modern shape (so it’ll go with almost any style room), and offers storage—it’s worth a mention.
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