5 Assemble-It-Yourself Furniture Brands That Aren’t IKEA

I’m not an IKEA hater, and I’ll never be. There’s a reason they’ve become such a success. Their pieces are functional and affordable, and there’s something to be said for that. IKEA also basically put flat-pack furniture on the map, which is a win for all of us. Other companies have followed suit, and if you’re looking for something that might last a little longer than IKEA’s entry point pieces, you’ve come to the right place. We rounded up some of the newer kids on the block when it comes to flat-pack options, and from the looks of things, these companies’ pieces have real staying power potential.

Take your storage game up a notch with Kvell, a modern furnishings company that launched back in 2017. Most of their products pack flat, including an assortment of storage cubes, ottomans and occasional chairs. Several are also collapsible, meaning they’re clutch in small spaces. Kvell’s Nordik storage lounge chair and matching storage ottoman, for example, are two pieces that offer hidden storage in the seat, utilize flat pack construction, and boast an assembly time of just a few minutes. Color is another strength of this line—there are tons of on-trend options from wine and mustard to navy and flame orange. And the prices aren’t crazy.

The founders of Campaign felt like there was a gap in the market for flat-pack, assembly-required furniture that didn’t feel disposable. Point taken. If you live in a city, chances are you’ve seen a MALM dresser or KLIPPAN sofa laying out on the curb on moving day. So building on the idea of “campaign furniture”—quality mobile pieces created for 19th and 20th century British soldiers out on military campaigns—all of Campaign’s furniture can be set up in 15 to 20 minutes with one to two people and no tools. The brand focuses heavily on seating: Sofas, loveseats, chairs, and ottomans, but all items are made from American steel, hardwood, and sustainable fabrics in a variety of colors. And Campaign hits the longevity angle by offering extra cover and leg options, so you can update your piece if you tire of the finishes you originally chose.

“It all started with four legs,” reads the Floyd website, referencing the fact that this company got its start making metal legs you could clamp to any surface to create a table. In that respect, Floyd feels the most DIY and industrial of all the flat-pack brands here—those steel legs and brackets are still a part of all of their offerings. But since then, they’ve expanded their collection to include a bed, a table, a side table, a desk, and coming soon, a sofa. So they cover more categories of product than most of their competitors. Shipping is free, and same-day delivery is available in certain cities.

If modular furniture is your thing, then you’re going to love Burrow, a New York-based sofa, chair, and ottoman company. All of Burrow’s pieces are made from sustainable wood and chemical-free fabrics, plus the packaging, which looks like cardboard suitcases, is made from recycled components. Burrow doesn’t offer quite as many color choices as the others, but they’re among the most affordable and literally look like their pieces snap together, so sign me up. And there’s definitely a millennial vibe here, too. The arms of the chairs and sofas have hidden integrated USB chargers, the cushions are reversible, and you can add or remove sections of a sofa as your needs change, which is brilliant.

Think of HEM as kind of like IKEA’s cooler older cousin. This Swedish design house announced plans for a fully flat-pack sofa, the Kumo, and a flat-pack conference table earlier this year, and they should be rolling out any day now. I wouldn’t call HEM affordable exactly, but it’s not outrageous, and the more flat-pack pieces they offer, they cheaper they’ll be here in the states. But if you want to give off major Scandinavian modern vibes, HEM’s pieces definitely have a little more style and point of view to offer than the rest of the bunch.

What other flat-pack brands are you loving right now? One of my favorites, Greycork, shut down last year, so clearly there are still challenges in this space. But I’m hopeful that more companies will get in the game.

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