Confession: We have a serious addiction to IKEA. But thankfully, we know we're not alone—interior designers are just as obsessed with the Swedish retailer. Whether you're a minimalist at heart or a fan of the cozy hygge style, IKEA caters to all design aesthetics, at every age. But while the design is on point, so is the price. They offer fashion and function at a fee we can't refuse, making frugal look downright chic.
So in honor of one of our favorite high-street stores, we decided to share with you the best IKEA products of 2016, according to us. This cool mix covers a variety of design styles and purposes from the kitchen to the home office. Scroll through and try not to add them all to cart. Happy shopping!
"The Viktigt collection is one of IKEA's strongest lines, and this simple bamboo chopping board and bowl are standouts. I'd use the blond wood board as a cheese platter or even topped with candles and eucalyptus for a unique centerpiece."
"IKEA's flatpack wares often steal the limelight, but the Swedish brand also has a gorgeous range of understated glassware. This rosy-hued carafe makes the perfect desk or tabletop addition."
"Matching storage boxes elevate any closet or cupboard, but buying multiple woven baskets can add up quickly. These ones are made from poplar and pine and cost $15, so you don't have to feel guilty about buying in bulk."
"I usually look to IKEA for simple storage and practical pieces, but this corner sofa is a stunning statement find. It's the perfect size for a small apartment. Add a floor lamp and thick knit throw, and you've got a seriously cozy reading nook."
"Display candles, curious, or flower buds in an elegant glass cloche and group them in odd numbers to make everyday items look a little bit luxe."
"This removable tray table is so well priced and cute—it could blend into any décor. I love the bold colors, but the white is nice too."
"The Söderhamn sofa collection is seriously sleek and looks anything but budget. It's by far the best IKEA sofa option."
"This is the best pendant light you can find for under $50. Its oversize nature makes a statement in any room without being overpowering."
"The perfect affordable rug for a minimalist. I love the uneven stripes—and it's fair trade!"
"This secretary looks great as an entrance console or a bar station. Wallpaper the natural wood to elevate the look."
"I have been eyeing off this striking chair ever since Tali Roth of Homepolish chose it as her favorite IKEA piece earlier this year. Not only does it look seriously cool, but it also serves a dual purpose. It's a chair and a towel rack—genius. I love it when fashion and function come together."
"I'm a sucker for a good pitcher, and this one ticks all the boxes. The glass design is classic while the cork stopper adds a unique trend element. Now that's how I want to drink my H2O."
"I love the spherical shape of this table lamp. It's so unexpected, modern, and sleek. It's also a stylish option for a nursery or child's night light."
"It's hard to tell from this photo, but this little stool is so very cool. It has a vintage texture to the finish for an almost rustic aesthetic but more refined than farmhouse. I could see this living happily in my small bathroom."
"No office is complete without a stylish seat, and this one has that hip industrial appeal without the vintage price tag."
"I'm seriously in love with the industrial appeal of this pendant lamp, and for $35, you really can't go wrong."
"It's my New Year's resolution to reinvigorate my green thumb. This cool design doubles as a chair and a planter so you can grow microgreens and herbs at the back. It's definitely the way of the future."
"If space is an issue, this desk is a great option for anyone who just needs to sit with their laptop and a few desk knickknacks. The sleek design adds style to the room while accommodating your essential desk needs and hardly taking up any floor space."
"Don't let the price of these shelving units fool you. They're surprisingly sturdy, are beautifully minimalistic, and make an impact—especially when stacked. Build them on top of each other so they rise all the way to the ceiling (it's not in the instruction manual, but it's easy to figure out). I then fill them with books, picture frames, and art pieces and top them with ivy that hangs down over the edges. It really heightens the look of the room. Believe me."
"This simple wall shelf is an attractive solution to accommodate kitchen needs and clear your countertop. There are additional pieces in the series you can attach to the unit to hang cookware, hold utensils, and even carry potted plants."
"This two-tone wood table is a great shape. Plus, it offers an extra lower shelf for your favorite coffee table books, so the trays and vases can take the top bunk."
"Small bathrooms can be tricky, especially when it comes to storage. This one is easy to install, simply lean it against the wall."
"Kitchen counter space is hard to come by, especially when you live in a city apartment like I do. A sleek, modest-size island like this one is a great way to cheat the system (and it's cheaper than a remodel)."
"If you're looking for an affordable sconce, this one is perfect to put by a bathroom mirror or above a nightstand."
What is your favorite IKEA piece of all time?