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Macy's

151 W. 34th St., at Broadway; 212-695-4400; macys.com

The block-long 34th Street location is one of the world’s largest department stores. The inventory of housewares and kitchen gadgets exceeds most other city stores, and its furniture and mattress departments are attractive alternatives to higher-end designer showrooms. $$

Module R

141 Atlantic Ave., nr. Clinton St., Brooklyn Heights; 718-360-9304; module-r.com

The furniture here is sleek, compact, and, yes, modular. Recognizable pieces like Flux chairs are on display alongside finds from up-and-coming designers, including modular cork coffee tables by Euclid. There’s also a wide selection of homeware, accessories, cookware, lighting, toys, and artwork. $$–$$$

Muji 620

620 Eighth Ave., nr. 40th St.; 212-382-2300; muji.us

Cool kids flock to Muji for its minimalist-chic Japanese imports. Simplicity is the guiding principle for the stores men’s and women’s apparel, office supplies, housewares, and furniture. $-$$

Pier 1 Imports

71 Fifth Ave., at 15th St.; 1110 Third Ave., nr. 66th St.; 212-206-1911; pier1.com

Prices here are low enough that you can affordably decorate your first apartment while still infusing it with some worldly flair and sophistication. $-$$

Pottery Barn

1965 Broadway, at 67th St.; 212-579-8477; potterybarn.com

Some time spent browsing the contemporary, European-inspired furnishings at this home décor titan will make you want to live in its world—where bedspreads are fluffy and bright, rugs are lush and spotless, and knives are always in the right drawer. $-$$ (consulting services)

Target

517 E. 117th St., nr. FDR Dr. (various locations); 212-835-0860; target.com

Target has become synonymous with cheap-chic. The home-décor items skew toward colors that pop, and the home-electronics section carries good-quality brand-name items from toasters to flat screens. $-$$

Wal-Mart

77 Green Acres Rd., Valley Stream, N.Y. (various locations); 516-887-0127; walmart.com

The deal that would have brought Wal-Mart to Brooklyn never quite happened, but you can still head to Long Island for the chain’s famously low prices. $

West Elm Market

50 Washington St., nr. Water St., Dumbo; 718-522-3498; westelm.com

The chain’s new offshoot is more general store than it is home-furnishings emporium. Its four sections—kitchen, garden, care and repair, and personal care—contain everything from all-natural laundry products and potting soil to clocks and immersion blenders. $$ (eco-friendly)

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