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151 W. 34th St., at Broadway (various locations); 212-695-4400;

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. $$

Muji 620

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

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

Pier 1 Imports

71 Fifth Ave., at 15th St.; (various locations); 212-206-1911;

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 (various locations);

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 always find their way into the right kitchen drawer. $-$$ (consulting services)


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

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. $-$$


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

The deal that would have brought Walmart 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;

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

west | NYC HOME

135 Fifth Ave., at 20th St.; 212-529-3636;

A finely chosen selection of clean-lined furniture, lighting, and accessories, plus refined, design-forward storage systems for home and closet. There’s a second showroom, called West | Out East, on Newtown Lane in East Hampton. $$$


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