28 best things to buy at Target 2022
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Anyone who’s shopped at a retailer with few physical storefronts knows it can be hard to know where to start. There are many options that all seem equally valid, but the reality is that the products of any Mark are not all created equal. When you shop as regularly as we do, you learn that many brands simply do some things better than others. Target, with a massive inventory of furniture and home decoration of its many house brands, is one such brand. To help you find the best items from Threshold, Opalhouse, Project 62, Magnolia, and more, we’ve compiled all the products our writers and editors — plus the designers, artistsand other cool people they interviewed – recommended.
Bedding | Kitchen | Furniture | Lighting | Storage | Kids | Decor
If you’re buying sheets for a college student, this set was recommended by former strategist writer Chloe Anello. “For the price, they don’t pill as quickly as you might expect, and they’re easy to maintain – basically any cheap detergent and outdated washing machines and dryers in your dormitory won’t destroy them,” says Anello. Malik Logan, lead designer of Tailored Interiors, also describes them as “super soft”.
Rated the best velor option in our roundup of the best duvets, this Threshold blanket features channel stitching, which decorator Carrie Carrollo says is stylish yet easy to incorporate into any decor. Besides the cream color pictured, there are a few more shades available including Mint, Charcoal and Green.
In our comprehensive guide to the best place settings, Heather Goerzen of online interior design service Havenly recommends this gold set for its “simple form, sophisticated finish” and, of course, price. The rust-resistant 20-piece set includes dinner and salad forks, knives, spoons, and teaspoons.
Associate Strategy Editor Jenna Milliner-Waddell opted for this Brightroom trash can, our pick for best slim trash can, to go in her studio kitchen. After two years of stepping on the pedal, it still hasn’t failed him, says Milliner-Waddell. And with a glossy, fingerprint-resistant finish similar to Simplehuman’s, the box costs just under $50. “If you want a large, relatively inexpensive stainless steel trash can, this one won’t give you anything you’re complaining about,” says Milliner-Waddell.
Anne Sanger, artist and owner of the Pinkwater Gallery, recommends this structured bean bag chair from Pillowfort. Named our top pick for small kids, it has two handy side pockets big enough for picture books, toys or even a water bottle. Sanger says that for toddlers who can’t sit still, this chair will hold its shape better and provide more support than other beanbags.
This bar stool looks like the Shaker-style one on our list of the best dining chairs but taller and a quarter of the price. New York Associate Editor Alexis Swerdloff has five in the (now discontinued) light wood finish, but the black shown is just as impressive and will look great on any kitchen counter or island. Plus, says Swerdloff, “they were extremely easy to put together.”
This woven side table, which is on Strategist Editor-in-Chief Jen Trolio’s favorites list, would make a lovely plant stand.
In our roundup of the best floor lamps, we named it the best task lamp thanks to a recommendation from Alessandra Wood, vice president of style at online interior design service Modsy. Because of its classic look, Wood says, it won’t go out of fashion. “It has the perfect blend of vintage and industrial charm, and the distressed brass introduces a warm, upscale feel to any rustic space,” she says.
If you’re looking for a more affordable floor lamp that’s great for bedtime reading, Strategist Junior Writer Brenley Goertzen owns this one, which has an adjustable arm and a clear glass shade.
weird eyeBobby Berk loves this desk organizer from Threshold, which is upholstered in a light gray fabric that he says looks stylish. “I love how this has a dedicated space for everything; you can put your notepads, post-its, pencils,” he says. “I don’t think anyone needs a bigger organizer because do you really have that much stuff?” It will end up being boring.
These Pillowfort organizers were recommended to us by professional organizer Britnee Tanner specifically for storing children’s toys. Available in small and large sizes, they can be stacked to avoid taking up floor space, says Tanner. Or you can place several side by side on a shelf, which will make it easier for toddlers to grab their LEGOs, dolls or books.
Strategist editor Maxine Builder has several of these baskets to organize her wardrobe, though she says they’re “cool enough to leave out.” You can choose from three colors, all of which are accented with contrasting handles.
Trolio uses these placemats for “Play-Doh, paint, or whatever messy art stuff” his kids have in class. They can also be used during mealtimes – Trolio says if you’re “going to leave them on the table most of the time and wipe them down there, they clean up really well”.
Swerdloff says that even though this bucket contains 273 pieces, it’s “not an overwhelming amount of little bits to add to an already cluttered apartment.” Containing wooden craft sticks, googly eyes, pom poms, fuzzy sticks and felt shapes, the kit “comes with a bunch of super easy craft projects for particularly uninspired parents”, explains Swerdloff.
Mondo Llama’s smaller individual craft kits range from $5 to $15, making them “great birthday gifts when your kids are invited to parties,” says Trolio. She especially likes this one because you can use it in a play kitchen after painting and drying it.
Like the kit above, the quantity and variety of this set provides excellent value for money, says Trolio. Her 7-year-old was thrilled to make a bracelet with the name of the beads, while her 4-year-old could manage to string the biggest beads.
When we asked cool people about the best doormats, former strategist writer Leah Muncy recommended this one as the traditional coir option. Even after four months of constant use by three roommates, the rug “hasn’t yet shown any significant wear,” says Muncy. And it’s “just fancy enough for my entry without looking too Bohemian.”
Taking the top spot in our roundup of the best curtain rods, this adjustable steel style from Project 62 is “simple and timeless,” says Dani Mulhearn, senior designer at Havenly. With a sleek, streamlined silhouette, this cane looks more expensive than it is, which is helpful if you’re buying it in multiples. It is available in four finishes, including matte black and brass, with cylindrical end caps and matching hanging hardware.
Trolio has this rack, which it says is useful for bathrooms that don’t have an intuitive place for a wall-mounted towel rack.
And these hooks from the same collection can be “hung by the back door, in the kitchen, especially at a child-friendly height for backpacks and jackets,” says Trolio.
If your style is more modernist, Milliner-Waddell has three of these hooks in her apartment entryway and says they can hold “tons of purses, tote bags and a few jackets and hats.”
Rattan is having a moment, and this vase from Target’s recent collaboration with Studio McGee (you might recognize Netflix founders Shea and Syd McGee Dream home makeover) offers an affordable version of the trend. In fact, Strategist editor Chelsea Peng says she first noticed this vase when it was touted as a dupe for an urn and pedestal combo coveted by fashion and design folks alike. design. Pair this vase with the coordinating Jungalow table above for a similar effect.
“I limited myself to just one,” says strategist writer Latifah Miles of this smiling six-inch planter, which she considers more of a “decor piece than a functional plant holder.” Add a small fake plant it and place it on a shelf.
Target sells some of the most beautiful (and affordable) artificial plants we’ve seen, like this impressive banana leaf plant.
If you’re looking for a tabletop greenery option, this plant has silver-green eucalyptus leaves, comes in a modern white melamine pot, and is sort of only $5.
Strategist writer Dominique Pariso bought these lights with pine sprig pom poms to hang around her apartment for the holidays. Although they’re “definitely more decorative than useful,” Pariso says the soft glow is nice to have on winter nights. They’re also battery-powered, so you don’t have to worry about outlets when hanging them above your bed or in an entryway.
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