Navigating your way through IKEA can be daunting, to say the least. The endless maze filled with Ektorps, Nockebys, and bins full of Ormhassels can feel like another planet entirely. Brace yourself for the adventurous task by shopping with a better frame of reference. Our editors have scoured the shelves and tested the best at IKEA to find products that surpass the others. Here are a few of their favorites.
IKEA RANARP Work Lamp ($40)
“The matte finish and gold accents make this lamp look so nice, and I love that it doesn’t have the paper shade you think of when you think of IKEA lamps. This one feels clean and modern, and not so mass-produced.”
IKEA RENS Sheepskin ($30)
“I love how versatile the RENS sheepskin can be. Whether used as an inexpensive alternative to standard upholstery fabrics or thrown over a chair to add texture and warmth to a dining room, these small items can also be used as rugs and are perfect layered over a more structured material like seagrass or jute.”
IKEA VITTSJÖ Shelving Unit ($79)
“Because I live in a studio apartment, this bookshelf is at the base of my bed. It's tall and wide enough to provide separation from my living room area, but the glass panels keep it from feeling overwhelming and bulky!”
IKEA STRIND Coffee Table ($100)
“This table looks amazing on a brightly colored rug (we have a turquoise overdyed kilim and the white looks incredible over it), and the circle shape is such a space-saver—no corners to bump into or walk around, and it rolls on wheels for ultimate functionality. On top of all of that, it has the bottom shelf for storage, which is so crucial for a coffee table.”
IKEA HÖNEFOSS Mirror ($15)
“These hexagonal honeycomb mirrors are so cheap and pretty magical. You can add them to small spaces, like a closet or a bathroom, or get creative and try a striking, larger-scale installation like this goodness.”
IKEA FJÄLKINGE Shelf Unit ($130)
“This series is perfectly sleek and simple. I've seen it used as storage for an office or china display in a dining room. The different sizes and drawer combos allow you to fill a wall and create the illusion of a modern built-in.”
IKEA STOCKHOLM Footstool ($279)
“This cool footstool makes a subtle statement that won't clash with my other décor. Bonus: No complicated assembly required!”
IKEA TOFTBO Bathmat ($10)
At a staggering $10, the TOFTBO is top of the line in terms of IKEA bathmats. It's everything your toes could want post-shower.
IKEA KALLAX Shelf Unit ($259)
"The Expedit is my favorite IKEA piece ever, but since it's been sadly discontinued, the replacement Kallax shelving system will have to suffice. I love how versatile this piece is while also being incredibly useful and modern. I bought a tall unit and one half the height so it forms an "L" shape in my living room. I love!"
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