It’s been 16 years since the last episode of Friends hit our screens, but thanks to years of TV repeats and a renaissance on streaming the sitcom is just as iconic today as it was in the 90s. But it’s not just Phoebe’s quirkiness, Chandler’s sarcasm or Ross and Rachel’s on-and-off relationship that we adore – we love the sets, too.
The familiar backdrops of the coffee shop with its eclectic décor and sink-into sofa, or Monica’s cosy (if unrealistically huge) New York City apartment make regular viewers feel at home right away. So, we’ve put together a round-up of the most essential pieces inspired by the show so you can recreate these vibes in the comfort of your own home.
Where to buy Friends-style decor
Finn sofa in Orange, £943.50, Living It Up
You simply can’t recreate the Central Perk look without the iconic orange sofa. This one from Living It Up mimics the button tufting of the original Friends-style couch but gives it a modern update with a straight back and sides. The only downside? If you live in a top-floor apartment, then be prepared to PIVOTTT it up the stairs!
Jouets As Seen On Friends poster with black frame, £36, Amazon
The French advertisement poster features in Monica’s apartment throughout all 10 seasons and has become a recognisable symbol of the show – so we figured we couldn’t do this round-up without it. Give the poster pride of place in your living room or hang it in your hallway to create a warm and welcoming entrance.
French Connection Camden armchair in Steel, £549, DFS
A plump, foam-filled armchair is another cosy must-have for a Friends-style scheme. This DFS version is in-keeping with the couch we featured above with its button detailing, plus its steel-grey colourway complements the orange sofa, too.
Faux fur check cushion, £12, Matalan
Patchwork and checks feature heavily in Rachel and Monica’s apartment – and this stylish yellow and orange cushion will slot into the scheme perfectly. Plus, you’ll be pleased to know that the back has a fluffy faux fur covering for extra comfort and cosiness.
Peephole picture frame, £11.99, Amazon
Friends fans will instantly recognise the picture frame which hung around the peephole on Monica’s apartment door for all ten seasons of the show. For £11.99, you can grab a replica for your own door.
Dutchbone bid Persian rug, £279, Cuckooland
A large intricately patterned area rug is a must if you want to recreate the coffee shop’s eclectic interior. We think this antique-style look from Cuckooland is just the ticket!
Nkuku Datia mug, £13, Amara
A Friends theme wouldn’t be complete without a few giant coffee mugs. Amara has a huge collection in all shapes, colours and sizes – check them out and get the kettle on!
Pure matt paint in Victoria, £47 for 2.5L, Fenwick & Tilbrook
Monica’s purple apartment is bold and vibrant, but undeniably a product of the 90s. If you want to pay tribute to the lilac walls without making such a loud statement then this sophisticated shade from Dowsing & Reynolds is a subtler choice.
French farmhouse rustic solid oak coffee table, £234.99, Oak Furnitureland
A solid wood coffee table is the heart of both the apartment and the café where all six friends come together. This rustic piece from Oak Furnitureland will give you a table which is worthy of taking a similar centre stage in your home.
Ero mustard yellow velvet and tassel floor lamp, £150, Oliver Bonas
Fringing features everywhere on the Friends set, whether it be on sofas, cushions and of course, lampshades. Fortunately, boho fringing is back in a big way, and Oliver Bonas is stocking some beautiful tasselled shades which will slot perfectly into this scheme.
Cascade warm check throw, £19.99, Very
Nothing says cute and cosy more than a snug check throw. This blanket is what you need to tie together the TV show’s warm tones and comforting textures.
Fern artificial hanging plant, £74.99, Dowsing & Reynolds
We don’t know if you Friends fanatics noticed, but greenery and hanging foliage can be seen in Monica’s living room and the coffee shop – luckily, biophilia is all the rage these days! But if you’re not a green-fingered guru then we suggest investing in a few of these artificial ferns instead.
Scruffy dog salt and pepper shakers, £23, Red Candy
We couldn’t resist including this homage to the white ceramic dog statue Joey buys when he makes it big. But for style’s sake, we thought it best to downsize with a more tasteful option like these cute salt and pepper shakers.
And for more homeware inspired by our favourite TV shows, check out our round-up of the best decorative chess sets – perfect for anyone who’s binging The Queen’s Gambit!