A Few Ikea Favorites

Do you have an Ikea close to you?  I don’t like to peruse much because it can be pretty overwhelming, especially when I try to take my kids, but I now have some tried and true favorites that I have depended on over and over again.  Head straight for the downstairs warehouse area (or online) and go right for these- they will not fail you!

I’ve mentioned them before but hands down, my favorite curtains are the Ikea Ritvas.

Ritva Curtains

The website picture really doesn’t do them justice, but they come in 98″ and 118″ long and range from $25-$35.  They hang so nicely and you really cannot beat the price for that length.  I really prefer to hang my curtains as long as possible- from ceiling to floor.  That can be expensive with custom fabric, which is why I tend to use Ikea curtains.  Hang them with a nice thick, dark curtain rod for contrast and they are just beautiful.

Another favorite that I use quite frequently is the Ikea Ribba frame.  It has a modern look to it- no beveling, and comes with a matte.  Only $10 for an 8×10.  They also come in a big square and other smaller sizes. They are great to mix and match with other frames you may already have.  I have them all over my home, here are just a few spots.

The Eivor throw blanket is a great one for a classic black and white stripe.  Who doesn’t love black & white?  It goes with almost everything.  I use this blanket along with this pillow (The Lappjung Ruta) quite frequently (for myself and clients) because they are just so fun and graphic but don’t require a lot of color commitment.

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As for furniture, I have a few go-to favorites.  I pretty much love anything from the Hemnes line.  Most of it is real wood and they have simple but clean moldings that make them look a little nicer than your typical Ikea furniture pieces.  You do have to put everything together for yourself, but that’s how they are able to keep prices so low.  They come in some great colors.  We have a dresser and some bookshelves from this line.

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Finally, the shelf formerly known as the Expedit.  When I heard they were discontinuing the Expedit, I nearly cried.  Seriously.  We have two of these, and I recommend them to friends and clients all the time.  It is the most versatile, useful, and inexpensive piece of furniture I have ever owned.  But then I found out they just updated and renamed it!  So cry no more, my friends!  May I introduce, the new and improved Kallax.

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It comes in several different size configurations and colors now!  So fun. It can be turned vertically or horizontally and there are so many choices of canvas and woven baskets that fit perfectly in the squares for storage.  We have one in my oldest son’s room and one in our entry way. Both of ours are white, which actually I still think I would choose if I bought them now just because of the versatility.

 It can be grown up or kid friendly.  Create more storage in a closet, or dress it up with some matching lamps in a foyer.  You can even put legs on it and make it tall enough to be a changing table in a baby’s room.  The opportunities are endless!

Is there anything at Ikea that you love?  What would you add to this list? I’d love to hear!

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