Sometimes all it takes to tie a room together is the perfect hand-crafted accent piece. Other times, the aim is simply to deck out one’s abode using as few IKEA dowels as possible. Whatever your style (and budget), there's a local home store to match. Here are the best furniture stores San Francisco has to offer—the top spots to score timeless Dutch classics, retrofitted vintage pieces and contemporary accents.
SF's best furniture stores
Zinc Details owner Vas Kiniris has been a housewarming guru for 25 years, since opening his first furniture store on Fillmore Street. Though Zinc expanded into this a location in 2014, Kiniris remains a Lower Pac Heights fixture. The colorful, design-savvy shop specializes in mid-century modern and contemporary furniture from Scandinavia, Italy and France, as well as one-of-a-kind pieces by Bay Area furniture makers. You'll find well-known brands like Knoll, Vitra and Normann Copenhagen here, as well as an assortment bold accent pieces, such as splashy powder-coated steel chairs and shadow-casting laser-cut light fixtures.
The enviable interior of this Mission consignment shop—outfitted with original tin ceilings, reclaimed wood paneling and embossed wallpaper—is a reflection of the revived treasures within. Co-owners Illy McMahan and Kelley Wehman road-trip across the country to compile their stash of mid-century modern and architectural salvage furniture. Then they breathe new life into the dated finds: refinishing wood, repairing lighting and reupholstering damaged couches and armchairs. Alongside kitchen tables, dressers, sofas and Danish-made desks, you'll find a wealth of vintage décor and accessories including bar carts, dishware and well-preserved posters and maps.
This Noe Valley jewel box is the antidote to impersonal big-box stores. Helmed by Cliff Williamson, the store is filled with versatile, sturdily built furniture at an affordable price point. Beds, dining tables, dressers and coffee tables are crafted from solid wood, for those ready to part with their college-era particle board. There’s also a range of mirrors, window coverings, lighting and accessories for decking out your space. The selection is small, but deftly curated. Space-cramped apartment dwellers swear by Echo's custom furniture and upholstery services, particularly for those seeking sofas, sectionals and armchairs.
Run by a trio of proficient garage and estate sale scavengers, Mixed Nuts specializes in furniture and industrial décor from the '30s to the '60s. The owners have a particular penchant for Eames: Dozens of the designer’s distinctive, colorful chairs line the walls. Though the organization is haphazard—you may have to squeeze past a vintage school desk, a trio of dusty globes and a stack of suitcases to check out that '50s chrome diner table in the corner—the thrill of the hunt is part of this spot’s appeal. Since owners Anthony Williamson, Brandon Clark and Jon Rolston scour Craigslist sales to replenish their supply most weekends, the turnover is frequent. The shop doesn’t have a website, but its gorgeous Instagram feed more than makes up for it.
Browsing this contemporary showroom is like meandering through an issue of Architectural Digest. It’s a store for those who embrace boundary-pushing design—much of the furniture here doubles as art (not to mention the more obvious conversation starters). The space showcases a range of contemporary European designers, with a particular emphasis on Italian brands. You'll find seating and lighting from Salone del Mobile favorites such as Moroso, Boffi, Flos and Kartell, as well as relative newcomers like Established & Sons. In 2015, the showroom introduced photography, paintings and sculpture into its repertoire, all curated by Alexa Ray of Five Senses Art Consultancy.
This cavernous 15,000 square foot showroom is a modernist's dream, where statement-making sofas, beds and dining tables are backed by polished concrete floors and timber beams. The high-end stash here includes lighting by Foscarini, Tom Dixon and Boffi; seating by Vitra, Minotti and Edra and beds by Flou. Though the covetable eye candy is undeniably pricey, this showroom offers the broadest array of collector-beloved brands like Fritz Hansen, Minotti and Cappellini in the Bay Area. Located in the heart of the Design District, it’s a particular destination for interior designers.
Headed by married furniture builders Chris Weiss and Monica Reskala, this Oakland shop is a trove of richly grained wood, stark white walls and black floors. You'll find live edge dining tables, sculptural chairs and lamps sustainably built from locally sourced lumber, including black acacia, cypress and redwood. The pair of owners is inspired by contemporary Japanese design, highlighting clean lines and exposed joinery. In addition to their own work, Weiss and Reskala carry a small selection of jewelry, tabletop accessories and gifts by Japanese craftsmen, including glasswork, ceramics and stationery.
This 1,200 square foot former gallery is welcoming and unpretentious, where a vibrantly painted surfboard adorns one wall and a spectrum of upholstery and wallpaper swatches line another. The Sausalito-based brand opened this city showroom in 2014, envisioning a space where design professionals and DIYers could sidle up to the central island and make magic. In front, you'll find rows of seating and accent tables, as well as options for custom upholstery, wallpaper and bedding. One corner is filled with a gallery of original art ($300 to $3,000) from Lost Art Salon, all handpicked by co-founder Serena Dugan. Don't miss the serene backyard garden, where browsers can kick back in one of the hanging rattan chairs.
As the West coast sister store to the original New York-based Future Perfect, this showroom is a haven for lovers of high-end craft. The aesthetic is modern and minimalist, featuring sculptural chandeliers by Lindsey Adelman, textural scrap wood cabinets and dining tables by Piet Hein Eek and wooden chairs by Matthew Hilton. The wares are splurge-y, but never overtly trendy. On the back shelves, browse tabletop accessories and gifts, including feathery cashmere throws, hand-blown glassware and other objects d'art.
A collaboration between interior designer Brooke Livingston and furniture maker Alison McLennan, this Rockridge home store skillfully melds the old and the new. The co-owners scour estate sales for mid-century modern dressers, bar carts, dining room tables and armchairs. The ample barware is particularly covetable, from kitschy sixties designs to brass and stainless steel bar tools. Livingston creates makeshift rooms for the kitchen, living room and dining room, creating homey vignettes for inspiration-seeking shoppers. McLennan is an expert retrofitter, bringing antique lighting back to life and building one-of-a-kind bar cabinets, dressers and record stands.