Vancouver home decor shops to help furnish your student pad

There’s just something about back-to-school time that inspires a fresh start and a change of scenery. Whether you’re decking out your brand new dorm room or redecorating your off-campus digs, here are a few of our favourite Vancouver decor shops where you can get everything you need to outfit your abode.

Army & Navy Department Store Ltd

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27 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G5

Founded in 1919, this discount department store chain is a one-stop-shop for affordable stuff. The home department is stocked with bathroom accessories, towels, bedding, storage solutions, home appliances and many more must-haves. Cleaning up after messy roommates is made easy thanks to the selection of multi-purpose cleaning sprays, scrubbing cloths, dustpans, mops and various other cleaning materials. And if you need to stock up on school supplies before you head back to class, there are plenty of discounted stationery, notebooks, binders, backpacks and other study essentials.

Urban Decor Furniture

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1222 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N3

Trying to maximize space in a cramped condo can be challenging to say the least. This contemporary furniture shop in the West End specializes in multifunctional furniture and small-scale accessories designed to optimize square footage in spatially challenged apartments. Stylish bookcases and television consoles will help keep your clutter organized while ladder-style shelving units are a great option for displaying photos and other decorative knickknacks. Urban Décor also carries hydraulic hideaway beds that lift up to provide additional storage space, making them both comfy and practical.

Front & Company

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3772 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N7

You never know what you’ll find at this Main Street vintage emporium. The curated collection of old and new apparel, gifts and housewares means you’ll discover flea market finds alongside quirky home accessories that’ll set your space apart. Party hosts will love the array of kitchen gadgets, barware, tabletop items and other quirky novelties (think unicorn cookie cutters, bear-claw oven mitts and novelty ice trays). For those who take themselves a little more seriously, antique-style serving spoons, sleek wooden cutting boards and French marble cheese plates would make a welcome addition to an aspiring chef’s kitchen.

The Sellution Quality Consignment

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1009 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5V 3C7

Everything old is new again! And if you’re willing to do a little digging, there are some seriously affordable furnishings to be found at this Main Street consignment shop. Bargain hunters can shop for tables, nightstands, dressers and other practical furniture pieces in addition to antique collectibles and retro novelties – wouldn’t you just love a gumball machine in your living room? The shop also offers glazing and furniture paining courses so DIY-decor mavens can up-cycle their picks with a custom shabby-chic finish.

The Cross Décor & Design

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1198 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2X6

You’ll have the classiest abode on campus after a trip to this Yaletown decor and design boutique. It’s easy to spend an afternoon browsing through the dreamy 8,000-foot showroom filled with feminine furnishings, covetable decor items and pretty pastel accessories. Larger items might be a bit out of your price range, but there are plenty of beautiful statement pieces (think floral pillows, romantic lace bedding and quartz candleholders) that’ll help transform your cookie-cutter dorm room into a home. If you want to dress up drab walls, skip the tacky posters and pick up whimsical illustrated prints from Rifle Paper Co.

ReFind

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4609 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3R6

This shop isn’t just a clever play on words; the pre-loved home furnishings are indeed refined and definitely worth displaying a second time around. Given the nature of the shop, the recycled stock changes almost daily so it’s a great spot for treasure hunters. The style here veers toward a mid-century modern aesthetic, with authentically retro housewares and furniture from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. We love the funky ceramic Tiki mugs (a fun addition to any cocktail party) and the Scandinavian-style antique teak chairs.

Urban Barn

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2354 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3G3

This Canada-wide chain has three locations around downtown Vancouver and is a great spot to do some serious shopping. The Granville Street store stocks furniture, wall decor, lighting, kitchen accessories, bedding and just about everything you need to outfit your home from top to bottom – or furnish your one-room dorm if that’s the case. Items here range from practical must-haves such as bedframes and office chairs to accents that are purely ornamental. Cast iron flying pig doorstoppers and throw pillows made with Mongolian sheep fur certainly aren’t necessities, but they add a pop of personality to any student space.

Stepback

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2936 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G8

Taxidermy and decorative antlers might not be on your must-have list for back-to-school, but these quirky gems are sure to inject some style into a sterile dorm room. This Kitsilano shop is stocked with a curated selection of antique fair finds and newer vintage-inspired items. Add some nostalgic charm to your downtown dwelling with old wooden farmhouse crates (great for storing books and binders) or string up a few vintage pennants. Aspiring writers will love the old fashioned typewriters while doctors-in-training can decorate their space with antique apothecary items and medical prints.

It’s decorative gourd season y’all! The changing seasons are an ideal time to spruce up your interior with festive fall decor. If you’re dreaming of harvest-themed table runners, planter boxes filled with sunflowers and pumpkin-scented candles, it’s time to log off Pinterest and head to these local home decor stores to shop for autumnal accessories. [Photo credit: iStock.com/deiata]
When you’re trying to figure out what to wear for a theme party, there’s nothing better than finding a creative shop with an inspiring selection of dress-up gear. Whether you’re looking for a spooky, sexy or silly ensemble, these Vancouver costume stores can help you transform your look with out-of-the-ordinary apparel and accessories. [Photo credit: DragonImages]
Looking for stylish clothes and accessories that’ll have your little ones looking like they belong at the top of the class? Back-to-school shopping is a breeze at these locally owned kids’ boutiques in Vancouver, where parents can find everything from pint-sized designer duds to budget-friendly basics for growing boys and girls. [Photo credit: iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages]
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