Stores like Restoration Hardware

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If you’re searching for stores like Restoration Hardware, you’re probably after high-quality furniture that’s also high style.

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Restoration Hardware, AKA RH, is known for its neutral color palette, glamorous-yet-organic style, its super comfortable sofas, and its massive catalogues that feel more like phone books.

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While you won’t find all of that in another retailer, you will find plenty of high-end furniture stores that sell comparable furniture from a quality, pricing, and/or style standpoint (including a few stores like RH but cheaper!).

To help make your shopping journey a little bit easier, here, I’ve rounded up the stores that are most similar to Restoration Hardware.

What Style is Restoration Hardware?

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Before I dive into the list of stores like RH, I thought it would be helpful to share more about what style Restoration Hardware actually is. That way, you can look for similarities in other retailers.

Restoration Hardware definitely has a style. You know it when you see it. But what’s it called? While there isn’t really a name for the style, aside from “the Restoration Hardware Look,” like I mentioned above, Restoration Hardware style is all about organic glamour, with elegance and sophistication at the forefront.

However, outside of that, Restoration Hardware style is characterized by a few key attributes:

  1. It’s neutral. Almost all of RH’s offerings are done in shades of cream, white, brown, beige and gray. Those tones are accented by wooden and metallic details, but that’s pretty much it. RH kids throws in shades like pale pink and navy blue, but otherwise, you’ll almost exclusively find neutrals at Restoraion Hardware.
  2. It’s large. The furniture at RH tends to be oversized. When I took my British co-workers to RH in the meatpacking district in NYC for the first time, the first thing they noted was how large all of the furniture is. RH modern tends to have smaller, more streamlined offerings, but overall, Restoration Hardware Furniture is done on a grand scale.
  3. It’s layered. The RH style is a combination of glamorous elements, like luxurious upholstery, bejeweled light fixtures and grand lines, with rough-hewn wood tones, natural fabrics like linen, organic pottery and plenty of earth tones. The combination makes this luxurious style feel warm and homey, too. You’ll also find a mix of clean lines and more elaborate, French-inspired details.

It’s also important to note that Restoration Hardware has a few different lines, including:

In addition to its core collection, RH also offers style- and lifestyle-specific collections including:

Each of these collections has its own unique aesthetic.

Stores like Restoration Hardware

1. Arhaus

gray sofa in a blue room

Arhaus is one of the stores that’s most similar to RH in terms of quality, selection and pricing. Like RH, Arhaus is on the more expensive end of the mass-market furniture spectrum, but the quality of the items is also top notch.

If you’re looking for pieces that are more colorful, smaller, or sleeker, you’ll be happy to know that the Arhaus style isn’t quite as narrow as RH, so you’ll find more options, style-wise.

2. Four Hands

Four Hands isn’t technically a furniture store, it’s a manufacturer and wholesaler based in Texas. But, it’s on this list because not only is the aesthetic very similar to RH, Four Hands is rumored to actually make some of the RH furniture and decor.

So, if you’re looking for items to complement what you already own from RH, or just some additional resources for similar styles, search for Four Hands furniture. It’s carried by many retailers online, like Wayfair, Perigold, Kathy Kuo, France & Son, Raymour & Flanagan, and Burke Decor.

3. Serena & Lily

You’ve probably seen Serena & Lily on Instagram, since it’s a favorite of home decor influencers.

Like RH, Serena & Lily is expensive, but if it’s in your budget, it’s a must-visit for preppy-traditional and coastal-inspired furniture and decor. (If you live near one of their brick-and-mortar stores, definitely visit, they’re beautiful).

The Serena & Lily selection isn’t quite as large as what you’ll find at RH, and the look is very specific, so you’ll know pretty quickly if it’s for you or not.

4. Crate & Barrel

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Like RH, Crate & Barrel is one of the largest and best-known furniture retailers in the U.S. Both brands are also known for quality furniture and an extensive selection, but Crate & Barrel’s furniture is priced more moderately than RH. C&B also has a number of RH dupes, including the Lotus Sofa, which is comparable to the famous RH Cloud.

5. Lulu & Georgia

A rug from Lulu & Georgia

Lulu & Georgia is one of the “it” furniture retailers of the moment, thanks to it’s on-trend, but high-quality furniture selection, and partnerships with top designers like Sarah Sherman Samuel. Like RH, it’s also a California-based, but the Lulu & Georgia look is more contemporary and bohemian.

6. Perigold

Perigold is like Wayfair with a luxury angle. The website, which is actually owned by Wayfair, offers a furniture and decor selection that focuses on luxury and designer brands. If you get overwhelmed shopping on Wayfair and want an edited selection of the good stuff (think: Kelly Wearstler, House of Hackney, Charlotte Moss, Kartell) check out Perigold.

7. Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams has long been a favorite of interior designers. The North Carolina-based company is designed by partners Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. The company’s furniture is handcrafted by a team in Taylorsville, North Carolina, so you can count on the quality.

8. Anthropologie

Anthropologie may be best-known as a clothing retailer, but it’s also a great spot to shop for stylish furniture.

The Anthro look is more unique than RH. Think, green mohair sofas, floral-patterned wallpaper, and fringed ottomans, but you’ll also find staple pieces that suit an RH-inspired aesthetic, like the famed Evening Primrose mirror, and classic boucle and leather pieces.

9. Room & Board

Room & Board is a great place to shop if you’re looking for staple furniture items like dining tables, sofas, beds, dressers and arm chairs. Style wise, Room & Board is sort of a cross between West Elm and Crate & Barrel – the style can lean midcentury, and the lines tend to be clean.

10. Pottery Barn

If you’re looking for a sofa that’s comfortable and long-lasting, but don’t want to pay RH prices you’ll find slightly less expensive options at Pottery Barn. Pottery Barn’s style can mimic that of RH, because it tends to be neutral and traditional/rustic. However, Pottery Barn lacks the element of glamour that’s an RH signature.

What is RH?

RH, as it’s now called, used to be called Restoration Hardware.

The store began in 1979 as an upscale retailer of home goods. It was sort of like Pottery Barn. or Crate & Barrel, in that you could find it in more upscale shopping malls, and it was a go-to for plush towels and staple furniture pieces.

Sometime in the early 2000s, though, the Restoration Hardware brand became much more exclusive. The company started opening stunning flagship galleries in historic buildings. I actually went to the RH opening in Boston, and it was literally so crowded it got shut down by police. I kid you not.

Anyhow, after these gorgeous galleries started opening up, the brand starting adding cafes and restaurants, making the stores more of a lifestyle destination. RH has since also added yacht and jet design to it’s list, solidifying its place as a luxury retailer.

Is Restoration Hardware furniture considered high-end?

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As far as mass-market furniture retailers go, Restoration Hardware is considered high-end. Prices are higher than the more middle-market furniture stores like Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel, and the furniture is high-quality and made to last.

RH is also actively curating a luxury lifestyle image through its marketing. The company runs upscale restaurants in its major markets including New York and Chicago, and also promotes its two beautifully decorated private jets and mega-yacht, which are available for charter. RH also offers private jet and yacht decorating services.

At the same time, there are many smaller furniture manufacturers that are considered more luxurious than Restoration Hardware furniture. Many of them are to-the-trade brands, though, that are only accessible through interior designers or design professionals.

A fabric-upholstered sofa by designer brand Verellen, for example, typically runs anywhere from $8,000-$30,000, while a fabric-upholstered RH sofa will cost somewhere between $4,000-$10,000.

Arhaus Vs Restoration Hardware

Arhaus and Restoration Hardware are often compared because they are two of the higher-end mass market furniture stores in the US.

When it comes to differences, there are a few.

For one, the style is different. While you’ll certainly find pieces that overlap between the retailers, RH tends to have a more specific “look,” while Arhaus stocks furniture to fit a wider range of styles. RH also usually has limited color selections that center around neutral hues, while Arhaus offers more color.

Arhaus also has laid out its commitment to becoming more sustainable, while RH has not yet done so and is notorious for making decisions that are not sustainable, like printing massive source books, and owning two private jets.

Price wise, the stores are comparable, especially when you factor in the RH member program, in which you pay an up-front fee, but get discounted pricing on all RH orders for a year.

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