Favorite IKEA Things

IKEA makes it tough to pick favorites, seriously, their whole store is my favorite. But if I had to pick, here are some things that I actually have and use in my every day life. I’m sure I could think of about a dozen more, but I tried to condense. ;)

 

LENDA curtains, 2 panels for $19.99

I’m kinda sad that they raised the price from $14.99, but these are still a cheap option for curtains. They’re long, thick enough to filter out hot sun in this heat, and SIMPLE! I love their clean look.

We have them in our family room with our conduit pipe curtain rods. Next trip, I’ll be picking up more for two other rooms.

 

RÖRA mortar and pestle, $9.99

We use unrefined, celtic sea salt in our everyday cooking and although we have a salt grinder, but it’s not the best when cooking in larger quantities or over a steaming pot.

This mortar and pestle set is cheaper than those I’ve seen at garage sales! It’s heavy, well made, and I LOVE the dark color. It grinds our salt really well and in no time! Would be nice for grinding herbs from the garden as well…

 

KRAMA washcloths, $3.99 for 10

These washcloths are simple, big, and CHEAP! I never thought I would use a white washcloth on a messy kid, but we loved them! Perfect for in the bath, or even after dinner, their size is way more accommodating than wimpy baby washcloths I’ve tried before.

When they start to get dirty, recycle them as dusting or cleaning rags!

 

Swedish Meatball plate, $3.99
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Every time I eat at IKEA I tell myself to try something different, but every time I end up caving to the meatball, mashed potato, and lingonberry jam combo. I’ve never tried the at home version, but taking a break from shopping with a plate of Swedish Deliciousness makes my shopping trip even more amazing…

 

DUKTIG play food, $7.99 a set

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While you’re there, just go ahead and purchase the whole DUKTIG line, from the stainless steel pans, to the utensils, to the cups. I don’t need to tell you it’s cute. BUT IT’S SOOOO CUTE!

You’ll see my kids are fans of the DUKTIG food :)

Have a kid (I have two of these) who refuses to use kids’ silverware but will poke their eye out with a regular fork?

Try this DUKTIG flatware set, it’s only $6.99. CHEAPER than the plastic ones and looks just like mom and dad’s! My kids love them.

They also have DUKTIG tools, for your little DIY-er in the making!

 

ART SUPPLIES, various

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Cheap, cute, and typically wooden. As are their kid and baby toys. You know what, just skip Toys R Us and head to IKEA…

 

SLOM glass jar with lid, $3.99

We have these jars all over our house and for different purposes, in the dining room for dry storage, in the laundry room for holding detergent, in a few rooms of the house storing coconut oil (look to the left of the stove for a SLOM in action). I love them, every time I go I pick up a few more.

They’re glass, pretty, have a vintage feel, and are simple. :)

 

LEKSVIK, rack with 5 hooks, $9.99

 

I’ve seen these all over blog land, with the board or just the hooks. I think everyone is drawn to the price and the rustic look of these hooks. I saw one at a friend’s house and got excited that she had a Leksvik (but I think she thought I was crazy…).

Although mine isn’t yet hanging towels, it IS sitting under my bed, waiting patiently to be put together and to good use.

 

FRAKTA shopping bag, $0.59

I almost forgot this one!!! From heading to the pool, to tugging along camping supplies, to SHOPPING, this bag makes everything easier. It’s big and the handles makes heavy loads easy to carry. I always forget to bring mine to IKEA, but I do use them all the time at Aldi, or to bring in garage sale goodies from the car. Just keep a bag in the back and load them into the bag as you go!

Want to know my FRAKTA secret? Use them as a laundry basket! With a downstairs laundry room, it’s a pain to lug a basket of clothes on your hip while trying to not fall down the stairs. I can fit a whole load of laundry in a bag and STILL have plenty of room, and the handle makes it a TON easier to carry. All for .59!

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So those are my personal favorites, ones that I’ve tried, was amazed at the price of, and couldn’t live without in my daily life!

Plants, bedding, mattresses, dishes, decor, frames, rugs…

I could go on forever, but then again you could go on the site and click just about every product and I probably love it, lol.

 

What are your favorites from IKEA?

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Comments

  1. says

    just did a store search…I live in Missouri..closest stores are: Dallas, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Minneapolis!! LOL I guess I could order online, but I like to see things in person. ;)

  2. says

    I live in Ohio and my closest store is about a five hour ride into Michigan. But I make the trip a few times a year :) – I love the play food. My grandkids include 18 month old twins and they love it! I had not seen the breakfast set; it must be time for another trip. I have the greatest ever muffin tin from IKEA. Smaller than a regular – taller than a mini- and a shiny red. Too cool. I always end up with a trunk load more than I went for. You are an IKEA or you are not. My husband is not – so I leave him home :)!

  3. says

    I live in Ohio and my closest store is about a five hour ride into Michigan. But I make the trip a few times a year :) – I love the play food. My grandkids include 18 month old twins and they love it! I had not seen the breakfast set; it must be time for another trip. I have the greatest ever muffin tin from IKEA. Smaller than a regular – taller than a mini- and a shiny red. Too cool. I always end up with a trunk load more than I went for. You are an IKEA or you are not. My husband is not – so I leave him home :)!

  4. says

    I hope we can still be friends, because there's a lot that I don't care for at Ikea (just think the super modern/cheap looking furniture), BUT all the things you listed I know I would like. :)especially the curtains, as they are all over my house. :)

  5. says

    I'm sad for those of you without IKEA's close by! 45 min is too far for me, as most of my favorite things are smaller items.@Mandi – You might have noticed that their furniture didn't make it on our list… I do like some of it, but well-made wood garage sale pieces are still cheaper for me, haha! Still friends ;)

  6. says

    I haven't been to an IKEA in years. We lived in California and not far from one. Then we moved to Colorado, and they didn't have one! IKEA is just now opening out here though, I think today is the big opening day actually! I'm excited, but we're going to wait a little bit, and avoid the madhouse rush. (We first heard of IKEA coming out here years ago. It didn't work out so they didn't start building. Then they found a new site and we've been waiting a couple years for them to finish it.)My favorite IKEA things tend to be the curtains and kids stuff. And the organization stuff. :-D

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