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Five top online homeware stores

When it’s time to deck out your new home, make sure your laptop’s fully charged and you’re ready for some high-powered online shopping. You could bag a bargain, and maybe even get some design ideas in the process. Here are some of our favourite online retailers.

Big-name bricks-and-mortar stores like MyerDavid JonesIkea and JB Hi-Fi have large online stores (especially worth remembering at stocktake sale time). If you’re looking to save cash by buying second-hand, browse other people’s unwanted items on classifieds site Gumtree and auction platform eBay.

But it’s not just the big-name retailers offering great products. Here are five of our favourite online stores selling products to make your home more beautiful and comfortable.

Temple & Webster

Temple & Webster is one of Australia’s more prominent online furniture and homewares retailers, with thousands of products and over one million members. It’s free to join, and you get access to daily sales – special collections of products at member-only prices. With everything from bathtubs to wall art and bunk beds to toasters, this is truly a one-stop shop for your home makeover. The blog is a great source of inspiration with style tips and how-tos.

Amara

When you’ve got the big stuff sorted, try Amara for high-end finishing touches. It’s ideal for the style-conscious and budget-relaxed, packed with luxury and design brands like Missoni, Orla Kiely, Alessi and Christofle. This site is where you’ll find that exotic Roberto Cavalli bedspread or slick Ralph Lauren drinks trolley to really bring the room together. Look out for their regular sales to bag luxury homewares for a steal.

Appliances Online

With the huge range of brands and products at Appliances Online, the keen pricing, the free delivery and connection of your new fridge, and the removal and recycling of your old one (depending on where you live), do you even need to consider bricks-and-mortar for your new whitegoods? They also sell home entertainment, heating and cooling units, small appliances and barbecues. The clear, comprehensive product descriptions give you all you need to make a well-informed purchase.

Society6

Breathing new life into the idea of affordable art, Society6 is a platform that allows hundreds of thousands of artists from around the world to upload and sell their original designs in the form of wall art, cushions, rugs, shower curtains and other items that add colour to your home. The options are so endless you’re sure to find a design that feels like it was created specifically for you.

Grays Online

If you love a bargain and relish a treasure hunt, you could save big on your refit by haunting the auctions at GraysOnline. Under the hammer: new furniture, appliances, whitegoods, home entertainment and more, direct from the manufacturer or distributor. You can get great deals on big brands like Smeg, Panasonic, LG and Sony if you learn how to play the game and win the auction. Know exactly what you want, and how much you’re prepared to pay.

Buying from online retailers is a great way to add variety to your new home. It’s also a useful way of comparing prices and delivery charges, while product reviews can help you decide between those two funky floor lamps. With every imaginable product and a huge range of local and overseas suppliers, your new home will be decked out in no time.