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Sit on It

Or sleep on it. Or hang it from your ceiling. The best furniture for every budget.

  • Starting Out

  • Urban Outfitters

    526 Sixth Ave., 646-638-1646

    Once dorm-room kitsch, now an Ikea alternative. Style a studio in French glam with a curvy green velvet headboard ($270), mirrored three-drawer end table ($200), and Louis XV–esque settee in bright turquoise ($600). The Website has a wider selection.

  • Affordable Style

  • Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams at ABC Carpet & Home

    888 Broadway, second fl., 646-602-3381

    Chains like Crate & Barrel stock upholstery by these comfort kings but come here for the full cushy collection, which runs from traditional to modern and now includes tables and armoires. Average handmade sofa price is $1,500, in under three weeks.

  • Splurge a Little

  • Desiron

    151 Wooster St., 212-353-2600

    The clean, minimal lines and dark woods here speak to stylish thirtysomethings. Sofas start in the mid-$2,000 range, topping out at close to $4,000 for a luscious mohair; side tables are $485. And the wood here—from walnut to wenge—isn’t just a painted finish.

  • Serious Investment

  • Room

    182 Duane St., 212-226-1045

    As close as you can get to custom without taking a photo to a designer. The aesthetic is soft modern, and all pieces are made to order by craftsmen who also supply trade-only showrooms. Sofas can easily top $5,000; chairs average $2,200; delivery time is six to eight weeks.

  • Sky’s the Limit

  • John Houshmand

    31 Howard St., 212-965-1238

    Huge slabs of American hardwoods, fashioned with glass, steel, and bronze into elegant yet raw statement pieces. Because wood takes years to develop character, these are antiques of a sort. Coffee tables start at $6,000; dining tables hit $18,000.

From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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