Today I want to chat about Ikea! In our travels we’ve run into clients who swear by Ikea and others who absolutely loathe it. We’ve literally had a project where we could ONLY order from Ikea
There’s a theme right?!?! LOL!
…and at least one where we were forbidden from it.
Either way, people have visceral reactions to Ikea, and I find it fascinating!
In a recent conversation I found myself defending Ikea which was a bit unexpected. While I know they’re not the best buy for everything, they do have some gems that consistently beat the competition in quality and for an unbeatable price! So today I thought I share them with you.
If you can get past the maze-like layout and find your way to the self storage bins, you’ll find 5 hidden gems that no one does better than Ikea!
There, I said it! 🙂
Here are my top 5 sure bets from Ikea. Can’t beat the bang for the buck on these guys!
These frames offer a straight-forward simplistic sophistication that is unmatched by the competition, especially for the price! Believe me, I’ve looked! I loved Ribba Frames of my own volition and my own experience but when I saw one of my design idols, Jane Lockhart, using them, the deal was sealed! Haha! They’re sturdy, come in multiple sizes, they’re are easy to hang, and they offer a beautiful matte that adds class to any photo. On top of that, they start under 2 bucks!!! Can’t be them!
Much like the Ribba Frames, these shelves are very simple, with a strong classic shape. These are great because they offer storage, they’re extremely versatile as they can be placed horizontally, vertically, wall mounted, stacked, and even serve as seating! They also come in different sizes and colors! For under $40, it’s a no brainer!
So I generally don’t swear by Ikea furniture. However, these little chairs are great! Small, yet sturdy, and their low profile is great for adding seating while keeping a space feeling open. They fit perfectly in the smallest of spaces and for under $100 the price is always right! I’ve used them enough to know they’ll get the job done!
Pictures ledges are great in general for adding depth to a space. Instead of doing what’s typical, what’s expected with your pictures, these ledges allow you to so something different! For that, they get my vote! I’ve also used them as candle holders and cut them to the various lengths to accommodate the size of a specific frame! For under $10, they’re a steal! I found similar ones at a different for more than 3x the money!
I LOVE the Lack Floating Shelf. The hidden brackets create a clean contemporary look and in classic Ikea form, the simple shape makes them workable with almost any design style. They hold a decent amount of weight and they offer extra storage, are great for displays, and always add depth. I love how easy they are to install and once again the price starts at under $15 for a 43 inch shelf. That deal cannot be matched! If you have an Ikea near you these shelves are worth their weight in gold!
Whether you love it you hate it, Ikea is here to stay! I can’t vouch for everything but these 5 pieces are guaranteed winners in my book!
Got any others to add to this list? Let us know!!!