To-Do Tips Before Furniture Shopping

Before you head out home decor and furniture shopping, it is important to have a detailed plan on paper. Although you think you know what you want to use for colors or style, the minute you walk into a store, the process becomes overwhelming. With so much to choose from, the mental notes goes out the window. Regretfully, you make the mistake of purchasing items, which in the end disappoint you.

What steps can you take to ensure that you are happy with the results? Begin with choosing a color scheme for your space. For a modern interior design, select three complimenting colors. Divide your colors into percentages using the 60-30-10 rule. This translates to selecting a main color for the walls, a secondary color for the upholstery, and an accent color for the decor.

Next, decide on the home’s style. There are so many wonderful styles to choose from. If you need help, visit the home design website, When browsing this site, inspirational photos can be saved into “Ideabooks”. The style used in each photo is indicated to the right of the photo. Once you see a trend in the styles you are saving, that is probably the style you should go with.

Once these decisions are made, enter the information into a spreadsheet. Next, record each room you are planning to decorate. Then, list the items you will need to purchase under each room. Don’t forget about things like drapes, lamps, or labor. Finally, record your budget for each item.

Now that you have decided on the budget and what you want your room to look like, it is time to start shopping. To assist with your shopping spree, we’ve created a helpful list of home furnishing stores and interior decor that have arrived in Sarasota, FL.

Furniture Stores in Sarasota

Wondering what are the best places to buy furniture near me? Or the best home decor stores in Sarasota FL?  Our list of Sarasota stores covers everything from furniture to home accessory stores in Sarasota. Discover the best places to shop for home decor, where to shop for furniture, home accents, drapery, vintage pieces and architectural finds. Learn which stores best fit your lifestyle and budget. Let the shopping begin!

American Signature Furniture 

Showroom Location:  5455 University Pkwy, University Park, FL 34201

Style: Transitional, Contemporary, Rustic, Coastal Contemporary, Farmhouse, Industrial, Traditional

Affordability: Budget-friendly, Moderate

American Signature Furniture University Parkway store carries moderately priced furniture and accessories for almost every room on your list. In the back of the store you will find a clearance center with some great discounted pricing.  Furniture styles range from transitional to contemporary to rustic or coastal. For all you Fixer Upper fans, American Signature now offers Magnolia Homes furniture by Joanna Gaines.

I have personally shopped at all of the home decor and furniture stores on this list, including American Signature. My style is straight out of Restoration Hardware, but to furnish my entire home with their furniture was not within my budget. The alternative solution, copy the look.  After finding an affordably priced sofa at American Signature, I was able to achieve the look I wanted in my family room at a fraction of the cost.

Architectural Salvage

Showroom Location: 1093 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Style: Rustic, Antique, Vintage, Industrial

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

If shopping for vintage decor that traveled the world, then Sarasota Architectural Salvage Warehouse and Garden will suit you perfectly. You will find an array of salvaged items including old windows, vintage gates, gorgeous historic doors, antique lighting, garden accessories, and so much more. In addition, in the back of the warehouse you will discover their on-site, made from salvaged, hand crafted furniture and decor. If you have a vision, but are not talented enough to construct it on your own, they will design and build beautiful pieces of furniture and decor.

Arhaus Furniture

Showroom Location: 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243, (Inside the Mall at University Town Center)

Style: Rustic, Modern Transitional, Eclectic

Affordability:  Upscale

Arhaus Furniture is a high-end home decor and furniture store, offering sustainable, contemporary indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, drapery, lighting and accessories. Their pieces are designed to mix and match with vintage pieces. Originating in Ohio in 1986, their motto is reduce and reuse. The company uses recycled products including copper and tree roots, in addition to natural woods and stone.

Baer’s Furniture

Showroom Location: 5301 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Style: Transitional, Contemporary, Mid-Century, Coastal, Cottage, Industrial, Relaxed Vintage, Tropical

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

Baers Furniture Sarasota FL has a wide selection of indoor and out door furniture, mattresses, area rugs, and accessories in its large, two story building. In addition, their window treatment headquarters is located on the second level. Designers are on staff to provide complimentary design advice. Home delivery is available.

Copenhagen Imports

Showroom Location: 7211 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Style: Modern, Mid-century, Soft Contemporary

Affordability: Upscale

If your preference is Scandinavian furniture, you will want to visit the Copenhagen furniture store. Handcrafted around the world, their furniture styles include mid-century modern and soft contemporary. In addition to uniquely designed furniture, they offer home accents and functional lighting.

Read more about Copenhagen Imports Sarasota FL.

Crate and Barrel Furniture

Showroom Location: 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243, (Inside the Mall at University Town Center)

Style: Urban, Contemporary

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

Crate and Barrel carries a wonderful line of trendy products including furniture, drapery, glassware, dinnerware, and accessories. Their affordable, modern furnishings are perfect for those just starting out. Furthermore, you can shop online and pick up your items at the store, many times the same day. The two story, 18,000 square foot showroom is located at the north wing of the Mall at University Town Center.

Decor Direct Wholesale Warehouse

Showroom Location:   2333 Whitfield Park Loop, Sarasota, FL 34243

Style: Industrial, Rustic, Mid-century, Asian, European, Vintage

Affordability: Upscale

Decor Direct in Sarasota has a large showroom of sustainable furniture with a wide variety of styles Their motto is reclaim, restore, and re-purpose so throughout the store you will find salvaged wood pieces, restored antiques, architectural, nautical, and coastal salvages. Barn doors on tracks are a popular trend in today’s decor, so check out their selection of barn doors and barn door hardware. Decor Direct Sarasota prices are moderate, yet you’ll find unique furniture and accents not to be found at other local home decor stores.

The Decor Direct warehouse is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm.  You must be 18 years or older to enter the warehouse.

View Decor Direct Sarasota reviews.

European Traditions

Showroom Location:  7488 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Warehouse Location:  6030 Clark Center Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34238

Style: Transitional, Coastal Chic, Rustic

Affordability: Upscale

This little known furniture shop, European Traditions Sarasota FL,  carries uniquely designed furniture imported from throughout the world. In addition to accessories, you will find a large collection of indoor and outdoor furniture and bathroom vanities made from reclaimed wood. They continually receive new shipments, therefore the inventory is constantly changing. Furniture packages are available for investors or home builders looking to furnish properties.

Their smaller showroom is located at 7488 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For a larger selection of furniture, be sure to visit their warehouse located at 6030 Clark Center Ave., Sarasota.


Showroom Location: 8599 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238

Style: Transitional, Contemporary, Traditional

Affordability: Moderate

Located in south Sarasota, Haverty’s furniture offers a range of styles in furnishings, home accessories, and mattresses. They carry both in-stock items as well as customized furniture. Located in the back of the store is their clearance center, with discounted items for the budget friendly shopper. Free design services are available.

Hobby Lobby Sarasota Florida

Showroom Location: 8195 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Style: Coastal, Contemporary, Modern, Transitional, Traditional, Rustic

Affordability:  Moderate

Although Hobby Lobby is considered an arts and crafts store, it has a huge selection of frames, florals, wedding supplies, fabrics, artwork, and home accents. Download the Hobby Lobby app and receive 40% off one item each time you shop. In addition, each department has a  50% off sale every other week. If it is not on sale the week you visit the store, then rest assured it will most likely be on sale the following week.

Home Goods

Showroom Locations: 8213 Cooper Creek Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34201 & 3748-B Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Style: Coastal, Contemporary, Modern, Transitional, Traditional, Rustic

Affordability:  Moderate

Home Goods offers accessories and bedding at prices 20-60% below department store prices. With new shipments every week, the inventory is constantly changing. If you find something you like, be cautious about taking your time to think about it!  By the time you return to purchase the item, it may be gone. If Home Goods does not have the quantities you need, its sister companies, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, will often carry many of the same accessories.

Home Goods has two locations in the area. There is a Home Goods store in Sarasota FL as well as a Home Goods Bradenton FL off University Parkway.

Kanes Furniture Sarasota

Showroom Location: 5045 N Washington Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34232

Style: Transitional, Contemporary, Modern, Traditional

Affordability: Moderate

Kanes of Sarasota is a two-story showroom with a large selection of affordably priced furniture to meet your styles and needs. Keep an eye out for advertised specials such as mattress trade in sales, instant rebates, or 0% interest for 60 months. Furniture delivery is available for a fee.


Showroom Location: 8245 Cooper Creek Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34201

Style: Transitional, Contemporary, Modern, Traditional, Rustic

Affordability: Moderate

Kirklands carries an affordable selection of home decor including accessories, artwork, mirrors, pillows, rugs, curtains, holiday decor as well as some furniture. For even more savings each time you shop, download their “Spin to Win” app.

Leaders Outdoor Furniture

Showroom Location: 7680 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Style: Tropical, Beach House

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

Leaders Furniture Sarasota specializes in casual outdoor furniture. Most of their items are hand woven and of quality standard. The majority of their inventory consists of wicker or rattan, lending itself to tropical and beach house styles. You can also find cast aluminum and tropical accessories.

Matter Brothers

Showroom Location: 4675 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Style: Coastal, Tropical, Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

This is a family owned business which originated in Indiana. Approximately three years ago, Matter Brothers  opened their Sarasota location. Their furniture showroom carries indoor and outdoor furniture, youth furniture, mattresses, rugs, and accessories. For those who know what they like, but have trouble pulling it all together, Matter Brothers offers complimentary in-store design assistance.

Pamaro Shop Furniture Sarasota Florida

Showroom Locations:   7782 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 | 5465 University Pkwy, University Park, FL 34201 | 4586 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Style: Coastal, Nautical, Rustic

Affordability: Upscale

With three locations in Sarasota, the Pamaro Shop is your coastal furniture destination. The local family owned business strives to use U.S. made and reclaimed products. The Pamaro Shop Sarasota offers quality and unique furnishings and accessories exclusive to other local furniture showrooms. When you shop any of their three locations, you can expect to be wowed!

Pottery Barn

Showroom Location:  140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243 (Inside the Mall at University Town Center)

Style: Soft Contemporary, Rustic

Affordability: Upscale

The popular and fashionable Pottery Barn is located in the north wing, on the second floor of the University Town Center. They offer indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, bedding, accent pillows, lighting, drapery, and home accessories.  Almost every piece of furniture is fashioned by Pottery Barn’s in-house designers and almost all of their upholstered furniture is manufactured in the U.S.

The Furniture Warehouse

Showroom Location:  4027 N Washington Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34234

Style: Traditional, Tropical, Transitional

Affordability: Moderate

The Furniture Warehouse is a great option for the savvy buyer. From our long list provided to you, I would consider this the best place to buy furniture on a budget. Their line of furniture and accessories includes indoor furniture, mattresses, and accessories. Visit one of their three nearby locations in Sarasota, Bradenton, or Ellenton

Top Drawer Furniture – Closed

Showroom Location: 1955 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34234

Style: Coastal, Soft Contemporary, Rustic, Industrial

Affordability: Moderate to Upscale

This family owned furniture store is located off US 301 in north Sarasota.  The quaint showroom is packed with upscale furniture at affordable prices. Their selections are both comfortable and stylish. Top Drawer Furniture features a great selection of mattresses, furniture, youth furniture, accessories, and lighting. They offer in-house designer assistance, as well as delivery and financing options.  I recently visited the showroom and purchased a Donny Osmand Collection queen bed on special for $300!

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Best Places to Shop for Furniture and Home Decor in Sarasota
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Best Places to Shop for Furniture and Home Decor in Sarasota
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