We’re frequently citing the versatility and affordability of IKEA’s wide range of furniture and home goods, but when you’re actually in the store, the sheer volume of products can make it difficult to see the true potential of individual pieces. To help you wade through the seemingly endless number of items, we polled some skilled interior designers to find out what they always reach for when shopping at the home décor giant. Keep scrolling to read their picks and shop the items yourself.
IKEA Billy Bookcase ($120)
“I love the versatility of the Billy bookcases—they come in a variety of sizes and widths and can be installed to look like built-ins. I love wallpapering the backs and adding a crown molding.”
–Amanda Reynal, Reynal Interiors
IKEA Sektion Cabinet ($128)
"IKEA is a great resource for custom kitchens on a budget. There are so many color and design options to fit any style, and it offers wonderful quality for the price! The turnaround is quick and IKEA also recommends contractors to make the whole process nice and easy!”
–Julia Buckingham, Buckingham Interiors + Design
IKEA Malm Dressing Table ($149)
“I love the Malm dressing table. The clean lines and drawer make it super-versatile. A fresh coat of paint instantly ups the style factor and makes it look more expensive than it actually is—I even used it in my own home!”
–Kristin Kerr Luber, Kristin Kerr Interiors
IKEA Ranarp Work Lamp ($40)
“One of my favorite Ikea finds is the Ranarp work lamp in off-white. It’s affordable and its simple details, like its patterned cord and brass accents, make it a perfect staple for any desk!”
–Amber Lewis, Amber Interiors
IKEA 365+ Jar with Lid ($4)
"These clear food storage containers are my favorite things from IKEA! I have about 10 of these and use them to store all of my dry foods from sugar and quinoa to rice and flour. My pantry items always look so pretty and organized in these!"
IKEA Byholma Chair ($90)
“I love these chic Byholma wicker chairs! I have used them in lots of places, from breakfast rooms in the city to beach houses. They are wonderfully made and extremely comfortable.”
–Alessandra Branca, Branca
IKEA Kvarnik Storage Box ($17)
"The Vitsjö shleves combined with Kvarink storage boxes is an elegant and clean-looking solution for storage that doesn't break the bank. We love the juxtaposition of the sleek metal and glass shelves with the textured linen boxes and the little paper slot to personalize what's inside allows you add a little more flair with creative penmanship."
IKEA Stockholm Rug ($199 and up)
"The IKEA piece we’ve used again and again is the Stockholm rug. It’s 100-percent wool, comes quite large (up to 8’ x 11’), and its price is crazy reasonable. The design works in a variety of settings, from modern to classic and everything in between. The black-and-white graphic pattern is fresh and timeless at the same time."
–Betsy Burnham, Burnham Design
IKEA Tejn Faux Sheepskin ($13)
"My favorite IKEA product is the brand's faux sheepskin rug. They’re super inexpensive, so I use them often in projects—from draping them over chairs, to using one or two as little bath or kitchen mats (with a non-skid pad underneath). I’ve even chopped them up to fabricate toss cushions and used them as upholstery fabric for dining chair seats. They’re so easy, versatile and fun; you really cant go wrong!"
–Kishani Perera, Kishani Perera Interior Design
IKEA Fjälkinge Shelves ($230)
"The Fjälkinge shelving unit is strikingly minimal; it is truly modernist and reductive in its design. It's clean, white, and thin shelves have an airy proportion that makes the piece perfect for displaying art books, earthy ceramics, sparkling glass bowls, or really anything for that matter."
–David John Dick and Krista Schrock, DISC Interiors