Finding furniture for your home isn’t hard. From high-end showrooms to no-money-down-easy-payment outlets and thrift stores, the sources certainly abound. The only problem is that you rarely find the color or style you secretly want and just end up settling on a nice neutral color that’s only somewhat comfortable — until now.
Shopping at The Inside is a dream come true, allowing you to choose styles and fabrics that perfectly match your tastes. And the best part? They make it especially for you! Most of the brand’s pieces and accessories are well under $1,000, and shipping is always free. In just two to three weeks, you’ll find your custom-designed piece delivered straight to your door: a wonder to unwrap, and a precious gift you can hardly believe is yours.
How It Works
Instead of visiting a brick-and-mortar showroom, you just go to The Inside website and leisurely start shopping. First, you choose a style from one or more categories, whether it be beds, headboards, benches, chairs, cocktail ottomans, traditional ottomans, removable wallpaper (very cool, especially for apartment dwellers), screen room dividers/accents, or throw pillows. Next, you can choose the upholstery fabric, or order swatches at $1 each so you can examine the texture and colors up-close before placing your order.
Once you’ve decided on that, all that’s left to do is complete your order and wait for your custom furniture to arrive!
Important Things to Know
All the furniture sold by The Inside is made from scratch in the United States. The frames are made from hardwood pine and the filling is comprised of polyfoam and fill. The fabrics are all fire-resistant (OEKO-TEX certified) and free of VOCs. They are also child and pet-friendly, woven with “double-rub” count synthetic fibers, which equals the softness of 10-plus years of use combined with maximum durability. All items have a one-year warranty and are returnable during that time, with terms clearly outlined on the company website.
Wondering how The Inside keeps prices low? It’s actually quite simple. They don’t keep a costly inventory on hand since every item is custom-made. Subsequently, they have no need for big warehouses or showrooms, which means they’re spending far less than almost all of their biggest competitors.
If you subscribe to The Inside newsletter, you get $45 off your first order. And if someone you refer makes a purchase of $199 or more, they get a $50 discount and you get a $50 Visa gift card. Talk about some serious savings!
The Woman Behind It All
Christiane Lemieux, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, is the co-founder of The Inside and serves as the company’s CEO. She also created DwellStudio, which was eventually bought by Wayfair. She wrote two well-received books on design, The Finer Things and Undecorate, and hosted both iconic talk show host Ellen Degeneres’ Ellen’s Design Challenge and HGTV’s popular show Overhaul. As a world traveler, Lemieux gathers epochal fabrics that often inspire the prints available on her site. She also works closely with SF Girl By Bay, Peter Som, Clare V., Scalamandre, Christene Barberich, The Everygirl, and Katherine Carter from Homepolish on designs and fabrics for The Inside.