Best Furniture stores in Northern Virginia
Long before AMC’s Mad Men exposed it to new fans, sleek midcentury modern (MCM) furniture captured the attention of the stylish and made its way into tens of thousands of homes. In fact, it’s so popular that there are entire stores dedicated to the style of furniture in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. So if you’re one of its fans — new or old — read on to learn about the best stores the area has to offer. Regardless of your budget or where in the DMV you reside, we’ll give you a run down on the speciality stores and a few hidden bonuses that you may have missed.
NOTICE: Stay tuned for our forthcoming update to the best midcentury modern furniture stores in DC, Maryland (including Baltimore) and Virginia. to be notified when it’s released.
Building ATTIC required compiling the stores we already knew about, plus also finding ones that we hadn’t previously stumbled upon. On the MCM front, we were happy to identify a total of nine independent stores that specialize in wonderful teak credenzas, chairs with lovely tapered legs, sleek coffee tables and much more.
The stores listed here generally offer their inventory at what we’ll call middle to high prices. In the middle range — represented by the $$ filter on our Browse page — you can find very good quality, authentic midcentury furniture. Their selections make excellent alternatives to stores like West Elm, CB2, and Ikea that sell new furniture inspired by the originals. For the higher priced stores — included in our $$$ Browse filter — you’ll find genuine MCM products that rival the quality of Room and Board and Design Within Reach. And to see all of the latest MCM inventory from the stores featured here, use the midcentury filter under Furniture Styles.
7313 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20012
Known by many as the area’s go-to source for MCM furniture, you’ll find great examples of midcentury design here. The quality comes at a price, but you’ll be getting some of the nicest pieces out there. In addition to their Takoma location, they have a second stored located in Kensington, MD.
8101 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, MD 22309
101 N. Haven St.
Baltimore, MD 21224
One way to get a better deal on nice MCM furniture is to make a road trip. How about a trip up to our good neighbor Baltimore? Make sure to stop by the warehouse at Barefoot Dwelling. Another ATTIC Featured Store, Barefoot Dwelling offers a discount on their listings.
Peg Leg Vintage
9600 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740
Quickly becoming one of the area’s flagship MCM dealers, Peg Leg Vintage is located in a nice store between the University of Maryland and Ikea in College Park. Their inventory is reasonably priced for well selected midcentury pieces.
Hearthside is another option for high-end midcentury furniture. A fairly large and regularly updated selection of items are sure to please, albeit at the higher end of the price spectrum. The store currently sells through Etsy, but you can get in touch with the store and make a visit yourself.
91 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
We were giddy with joy the first time we walked into Home Anthology’s large, light-filled warehouse style store. It’s definitely worth the drive, about 2/3 of the way to Baltimore to see their wonderful selection, which ranges in price from the modest for much of the inventory to the high side for some exquisite pieces.
417 Oella Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
Off Main is one of the smaller operations on this list, only adding about three or four items to their inventory per week. The prices are quite reasonable. Their normal sales route is through Etsy, but they prefer local pick up. You can make the visit yourself with an appointment and a short drive up I-95.
Martha Leone Design
If you love midcentury design, but want something completely original, then definitely check out the refinished and reborn works of Martha Leone. She produces some wonderfully creative pieces using a variety of furniture styles (including MCM furniture). Check out her items on ATTIC.
Have we missed anyone? Please let us know. And if you want to see the latest from all of these MCM dealers, keep your eyes on ATTIC’s browse page, updated daily with new inventory listings from these and a total of 50+ local, independent furniture stores.
MillenNium Decorative Arts
1528 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Millennium closed its doors for good in December 2015. Located in a walk down along U St, Millennium is a staple of DC’s MCM speciality market. Their selection isn’t the largest, but it changes often and is all well picked. Their prices are middle of the road and very reasonable given the quality. Recent ATTIC featured items have included these upholstered Knoll chairs and this secretary desk. As a featured store, Millennium offers a discount on their listed items to ATTIC customers.
510 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Update: More sad news. Hunted House closed its doors in March of 2016. We’ve got hope they’ll re-appear as a pop-up or some other form in the future though. Read an interview we did for Popville with the owner to announce the closure and talk about the store’s history. Hunted House was originally located on 14th Street before they opened up a nice two-level store on rapidly developing H Street. Their prices range from the quite affordable to the midrange for the more rare items. Extra good deals can be found in their lower second-level if you don’t mind a ding or taking the time to spruce things up. Take a look at their latest inventory.
2213 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
UPDATE: Mara Home closed their store in the fall of 2015. Mixed in with an offering of primarily new designer furniture, Mara Home located just north of U street carries a small selection of vintage pieces. Check out their MCM pieces.