My love for IKEA runs pretty deep. It’s probably because I have a thing for stuff that doesn’t cost a lot of money and they pretty much win in the home decor department when it comes to affordability. IKEA has a huge inventory so there’s something for everyone in their huge store. That being said, I have to go into IKEA with a certain mindset otherwise I get crazy overwhelmed and will either buy a bunch of stuff I don’t need or I’ll just leave with nothing. Since our nearest IKEA is 90 miles – a trip to IKEA is typically a whole day affair. Since it’s a time investment, I make the most of my visit by prepping for my trip ahead of time. My IKEA shopping strategy is to research first, make a list, then shop. First, I browse their site for anything that might catch my eye. Then I search any particularly interesting products by name on Pinterest or Google to see how others are using that item in their homes. Then if I’m inspired, that item makes it to the list. I typically keep a list of maybes as well so when I’m in the store I can check them out to see if they’ll work for me or not. As I’m prepping for a trip to IKEA, I thought it would be fun to share with you, my favorite “What to Buy at IKEA” items. These are my top 10 staples and why I think they are worthy!
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What to buy at IKEA
1. Dinnerware – I love the dishes at IKEA because they are crazy cheap but they last! I’ve had the same white dishes from IKEA for eight years now. I especially love these porcelain bowls. They are perfect for cereal, soup, or ice cream. Oh, and they are only $2.50 so there’s that! Love them.
2. Dish towels – I think just about everyone who walks into IKEA leaves with a set of these dish towels. They are $4 for a set of four. I like that they are large, they get softer with every wash, and they are modern looking.
3. Basket Trio – This FRYKEN trio of baskets is $10 for the set. I always find myself searching for perfect little baskets for all the things from bathroom storage to playroom storage. I love these for the small toys my kids have like Shopkins and ponies. Since the tops are flat they stack nicely as well.
4. Curtains – The RITVA curtains are my go to curtains for all spaces. I love basic white curtain panels because they work with just about any space and they are simple to customize by adding some decorative trim. The RITVA curtains are extra long at 96″ which is hard to find at such a reasonable price ($25 for two panels).
5. Pillow Inserts – These have to be the most affordable feather pillow inserts available. A 20×20″ pillow is just $6 while a Euro sham sized insert is $10. They aren’t the fluffiest ones I have but they do the job and at that price, I can totally afford to have a gazillion throw pillows without feeling guilty.
6. Straws – Maybe a little random but this is a “must-buy” for me when I’m at IKEA. I love their colorful drinking straws. We all love straws in this house so I always stock up at IKEA.
7. EKTORP Sofa – I still puffy heart love my slipcovered EKTORP sofa. The covers come in a rainbow of colors but I prefer the white so I can bleach it. I’m in need of a love seat or potentially another full-size sofa for my living room and of course, I’m going to get another EKTORP. I love that I can pull the cover on and toss it in the wash whenever my littlest drips popsicle juice all over it (just happened). It’s the perfect sofa for young families that don’t want to invest a ton of money on a couch.
8. LATT Kids Table – We had one of these when P was little and it was perfect. I got it at a yard sale for like $3. It didn’t make it through our last move and now that Mills is getting bigger it’s time to get another one. I love all of the kids’ tables at IKEA but this one is basic and begs to be customized and for the price, it’s a fun project.
9. Outdoor Planters – My last visit to IKEA I was in awe of all the gorgeous outdoor inventory. I love all of the outdoor planters. These colorful sockers are so cheap, I bought a handful and they are lining my fence. I also love this plant stand. The price is almost unbelievable for the size and the modern look.
10. Woven Baskets – I already mentioned the basket trio, I really just love all of the basket options at IKEA. This woven basket with handles is on trend and very affordable. In fact, I just bought a very similar basket for over double the price (yikes). These baskets are great for organizing toys and blankets.
That’s a wrap on my “What to Buy at IKEA” list. Now tell me, what are your “must buy” items from IKEA?