11 Stylish Furniture Pieces You Can Buy on Amazon Right Now

Amazon
Amazon

Shopping for new furniture for a home, apartment, or office? An increasing number of people are turning to online retailers for furnishings due to their varied selections and low prices. Though Amazon isn't necessarily known for its furniture, the site has a wealth of options that look far more stylish than their price tags would suggest.

Whether you're looking for chairs with a mid-century vibe, shelves that will fit in a tiny apartment, or multi-functional patio seating, cancel your usual IKEA visit and check out some of the great (and cheap!) furniture that Amazon will ship directly to your home.

1. Versanora Divano Armchair // $168 to $240

A yellow Versanora Divano armchair
Versanora, Amazon

This comfortable armchair makes for a perfect ‘50s-vibe spare seat in your living room without taking up a lot of real estate. Choose between aged fabric (a brown color), gray, teal, or the mustard yellow above.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Armen Living Summer Chair // $92

An Armen Living Summer Chair is pictured
Armen Living, Amazon

Tired of sweating it out in overstuffed chairs? This ultra-affordable chair blends modern design with a light construction that won’t stick to you in the summer.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Now House by Jonathan Adler Grid Accent Table // $188

A Now House by Jonathan Adler Concave Grid Accent Table is pictured
Now House by Jonathan Adler, Amazon

Looking for a conversation starter? This table works as an end table, bedside stand, or anywhere you need a decorative accent. Choose between concave (pictured) or convex styles.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Coavas Folding Bookshelf // $90

A Coavas folding book shelf with plants and books on it
Coavas, Amazon

Need a bookshelf but wary of a painful assembly process? These Coavas shelves are foldable. To set it up, all you have to do is open the frame and clip the shelves on.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Whitmor Supreme Baker’s Rack // $60

A Whitmor baker's rack
Whitmor, Amazon

Running out of kitchen storage space? This baker’s rack has places for your food, cookware, and small appliances, and even comes with a removable cutting board.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Ameriwood Home Haven Retro Desk // $54 to $69

An Ameriwood Home Haven Retro Desk with a laptop on it
Ameriwood Home, Amazon

If space is at a premium and you’re tired of doing work while lounging in bed, check out this compact work station that features a separate riser for office accessories. Choose from espresso, gray oak (pictured), sugar pine, or walnut.

Buy it: Amazon

7. King’s Brand Corner Bookshelf // $76

A King's Brand corner bookshelf in a living room
King's Brand, Amazon

If you need more shelf space but can’t make room elsewhere, a corner shelf can be the perfect solution. This five-tier shelf clears up your clutter while remaining unobtrusive.

Buy it: Amazon

8. FDW Sectional Sleeper Sofa // $650 to $999

An FDW sectional sleeper sofa in a living room
FDW, Amazon

If you need versatility in your couch, look no further than this faux-leather special that comes with a left or right-sided chaise lounge and a pullout sleeper. The easy-to-clean surface makes it ideal for college apartments or rec rooms. (Note: It's also available from Walmart, where the price is slightly lower right now.)

Buy it: Amazon

9. Keter Urban Knit Pouf Set // $99

People on a patio rest on Keter's knit poufs.
Keter, Amazon

Summer’s here, and large backyard gatherings mean there are never enough patio seats to go around. Create a cozy two-person huddle with this pouf set that comes with two seats and a table that boasts hidden storage space. Suitable for either indoor or outdoor use, the pouf set is available in dune/misty blue (pictured) and harvest brown/cream.

Buy it: Amazon

10. KidKraft Bookcase // $93

A KidKraft Bookcase with toys and books in it
KidKraft, Amazon

Let your child’s bookcase double as a reading nook with this clever design by KidKraft. Ideal for kids up to age 5, the case features a soft middle seat and plenty of storage for their reading material.

Buy it: Amazon

11. mDesign Extra Wide Dresser Storage Tower // $80

An mDesign Extra Wide Dresser Storage Tower
mDesign, Amazon

This versatile dresser goes anywhere you need it—a back porch, bedroom, closet, or hallway—to store clothes and accessories. The unit comes complete with five fabric drawers. Choose from espresso (pictured), gray, or linen.

Buy it: Amazon

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11 Gifts for the Curious Kids in Your Life

The Play Gym by Lovevery
The Play Gym by Lovevery

No matter their age, you want to find gifts that will keep the kids in your life entertained, stimulated, and give them a sense of accomplishment—even during playtime. Luckily, these 11 gifts will do all of that, and will encourage their curiosity to grow.

1. The Play Gym by Lovevery; $140

Baby playset
Lovevery / Amazon

Specially designed by experts to stimulate infants for their first year, this play mat grows with your favorite baby. It has five developmental zones and multiple activities—like teethers, mirrors, and colorful flash cards. And, when baby becomes a toddler, the mat converts into a tent fort for further imaginative play.

Find It: Amazon

2. Real Insect Superpowers Comic Book; $18

Follow the adventures of the Supersonic Assassin, the Malevolent Mimic, and other insect superheroes as they smash, zap, hypnotize, and sting in this 88-page book that's part comic, part nature encyclopedia.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

3. Droid Inventor Kit; $100

This is definitely the droid you’re looking for. Recommended for kids in grades eight years and up, this customizable robot comes with an app that defines more than 22 missions as well as easy block-based coding activities. And for any Star Wars fans, the Droid makes 20 different sounds, just like from the movies

Find It: Amazon

4. Solar System Chalk; $40

Solar system chalk
Uncommon Goods

This nine-piece chalk set features all the planets in the solar system, along with Pluto. Each piece has multiple colors, which represent the planets' cores, layers, and crusts. And for each set sold, $2 will be donated to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to support autism research.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

5. Jr. NASA Rocket Scientist Lab Coat; $20

Jr. NASA coat
Aeromax / Amazon

Get kids excited about science early with this lab coat, which comes in sizes for boys and girls. Alongside three pockets, the jacket also has the NASA logo and the words “Rocket Scientist.” When your astronaut-in-training is done playing, the coat can be tossed in the washing machine.

Find It: Amazon

6. 3Doodler 3D Pen Set; $50

This wireless pen allows kids to freestyle draw in the air—the eco-plastic filament cools in place quickly, giving kids plenty of practice with spatial reasoning without the costs of a full 3D printer.

Find It: Amazon

7. Giant Coloring Poster; $19

Giant coloring poster
O'Kroshka / Amazon

If your kid is going to color on the wall, you may as well give them a designated place to do so. Children can use pencils, markers, and paints on this 33''x 45'' poster that depicts all types of animals in a zoo. This gift will not only encourage creative expression, but it can also help kids work on their motor skills.

Find It: Amazon

8. Root-Vue Farm; $39

A little girl poses behind the Root Vue farm
Young Explorers

Whether they join FFA or not, kids can get a head start on understanding horticulture with this indoor garden system. Plant the included seeds—for carrots, radishes, and onions—and watch them obsess over the underground view of their harvest.

Find It: Amazon

9. Geosafari Jr. Kidnoculars; $9

Kid-proof and specially designed for tiny hands and faces, these binoculars can help preschoolers get to know the world around them. Play a game like “I Spy” and have them find squirrels in trees, clouds in the sky, or all those Cheerios they spilled behind their bed.

Find It: Amazon

10. Dimpl Baby and Toddler Learning Toy; $13

This brightly colored sensory toy holds a young one's attention with 100% food-grade silicone bubbles they can press and poke—perfect for keeping kids occupied in a stroller or car.

Find It: Target

11. Otamatone; $30

The face on this highly kawaii ribbon synthesizer is made of rubber, and by manipulating it with one hand you can make cool sounds (the other hand controls the pitch along the ribbon controller). With a bit of practice, you can even play real music—check out this entertaining cover of "Take On Me."

Find It: Amazon

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The New York Times's Latest Book on Travel Will Help You Plan the Perfect Weekend Getaway

TASCHEN
TASCHEN

Getting a full sense of a new city while traveling can be tough—especially if you only have a weekend to explore it. But since 2002, The New York Times’s "36 Hours" column has been breaking down destinations all over the world into bite-size pieces, allowing travelers to see the big attractions while still experiencing the city like a local. Now, you can get the best of the column's North American destinations with the fully updated and revised edition of 36 Hours: USA & Canada for $40 at TASCHEN or on Amazon.

Even if you have the original, it’s worth purchasing this updated copy, as this version features 33 new itineraries from Anchorage, Alaska; the Berkshires in Massachusetts; Boulder, Colorado; Miami; Oakland, California; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and many more.

36 Hours: USA & Canda from the New York Times
TASCHEN

The 752-page book also offers more than 5400 hours of travel itineraries, 600 restaurants to dine at, and 450 hotel options. Each city featured includes a brief history, a list of popular destinations, and tips on how to experience it all like a local. For example, the New Orleans guide encourages travelers to start at the French 75 Bar for happy hour and order a Sazerac, a cocktail close to an Old-Fashioned that's a local favorite. Whereas the Miami guide takes you to the Buena Vista Deli, a bistro known for its take on classic French dishes. The travel book also features detailed city maps that pinpoint all the stops, and it's accompanied by nearly 1000 photographs.

Once you've picked your destination, check out some tips on how to craft the perfect itinerary.

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