13 Ikea Products I Couldn't Live Without
Whenever people talk about aging out of Ikea, or being too old to shop at Ikea, it drives me nuts. Sure, the in-person shopping experience can be harrowing (key tips: shop online, or go late on a weeknight). But no one is too old for excellent design at affordable prices, and shopping at Ikea doesn't mean your house will look like a dorm room.
You just have to know where to look -- the key is sticking to quality basics. Skip the poorly-upholstered couches, brightly identifiable prints, and (most) particleboard furniture, and look instead to the 13 items below. These are my tried and true favs, the pieces people compliment and you get to say, "Oh this? It's just Ikea."
This list is not sponsored by Ikea, but I wish it was.
1. RIBBA picture frame ($19.99)
If I could only buy one thing from Ikea ever again, it would be the Ribba picture frame. Almost every piece of art in my house is framed in a Ribba. I love the squared-off, modern shape of the frame. I love that it comes with a thick mat that you can use or not. I love that it comes in a large size (up to 24x35) that's perfect for posters and large-scale art.
In an ideal world you would get expensive or valuable artwork professionally framed, but sometimes adding $150 to the pricetag of art (already itself not cheap), can feel overwhelming sometimes. So I love that the Ribba makes investing in art feel affordable and accessible.
2. FJADRAR euro sham feather insert ($9.99)
A 26"x26" feather pillow for $10 is amazing -- this size is referred to as a euro pillow or a euro sham. This is a no-brainer purchase. I have them on my living room couch and on my bed, and a couple extras in my closet for guests who visit. If you like your pillows fuller, you can put two inside a pillowcase.
Sadly Ikea doesn't sell many pillowcases online, and I don't love most of the ones they do sell in the store in this particular size. But this purple/grey linen cover is pretty, or you can splurge for these Parachute shams since you saved so much on the insert.
4. BEKVAM spice rack ($3.99)
I discovered these recently and they are fantastic. The wood is pretty IRL and they're deep enough to hold more than just spices. I paired them with these spice jars from Amazon and labeled them with my beloved labelmaker (I sung its praises in my gift guide) and alphabetized them because I'm a psycho. But now I don't have to rifle around the cabinets looking for spices anymore, so I'm happy.
6. KVISTBRO wire coffee table (59.99)
This coffee table is fantastic because it's visually lightweight, perfect for small spaces where you don't to fill the room with a heavy piece of furniture. As a bonus, the top lifts off to store pillows or throw blankets inside.
7. MALM bed ($199)
While I love dreaming about a fancy, chic bedframe as much as the next person, I would personally rather spend my money on a comfortable mattress and beautiful bedding than the actual frame. Because realistically, it doesn't affect how well you sleep and you don't see very much of it under your bedding anyway.
The Malm bed is sleek, unassuming, and just as stylish as beds 10X the price. And it saves you from the eyesore that is metal bedframes the mattress store sells you.
8. SINNERLIG ceiling light ($59.99)
I have this beautiful rattan ceiling light in my bedroom. It's verging on so-popular-it's-identifiable-Ikea, but for a good reason. It's visually impactful and of course, not very expensive. I love it.
12. TUVALIE striped throw blanket ($12.99)
I love stripes, and I love throw blankets. What's not to love?
13. LINBLOMMA duvet (price varies)
Okay this is not really a fair recommendation because Ikea sadly discontinued this amazing linen duvet. However, you can still find them on Amazon or eBay so I had to tell you about it. This is an excellent option if you love the feel of linen but not the pricetags at Parachute -- it gets much softer with age. Ikea, if you're reading this, please bring back the Linblomma!