I love me some Ikea. Recently I was reflecting on all the items I have bought from Ikea over the years and I realized just how many pieces in my apartment are from the Swedish store. In the past three years both James and myself have invested in buying some basic furniture pieces for our apartment — some that lasted and some that hasn’t. Whether you’re starting off in your first apartment or looking for practical needs for your home, this is a list of the top ten Ikea purchases that have served us well.
Great for bathroom storage.
A necessary piece that easily organizes and contains messes.
Though I’m not entirely thrilled with owning art that everyone and their mom has, I do think that Ikea has several great prints (two of which I own). Besides, starting out in apartment life usually means you can’t yet afford to own originals of anything, so Ikea can get you started with a number of chic and stylish pieces.
Ikea is awesome for candle enthusiasts…and this is coming from an addict. Ikea is a great store to buy your basics so you can always have some on have on hand when you’re in the mood for a candlelight evening.
I own several of the Burken jars
which are great for storing everything from pasta to flour.
I love boxes and baskets… mainly because they can hide clutter and messes.
I bought the Ekby Statlig
set to use as my spice shelf and it’s awesome. It’s also fun to mix and match the shelf material/color with the various bracket options available.
These are great. Whether you’re trying to contain the odor of kitty poo, composting indoors, or just need a cute garbage bin, these will do the trick. By the way, I would totally compost indoors but because of my lengthy experience with roaches and mice at previous apartments I don’t want to jinx the good fortune of not having pests at our current place.
Whether it’s floor lamps, table lamps or ceiling lamps Ikea has it all. My Dudero
paper floor lamp has lasted me through 5 moves and I hope to have it for many more.
For those with simple taste and an appreciation for affordable window treatments, this is the place to be. We had to buy a number of curtains for our new place and instead of spending hundreds of dollars elsewhere we opted for Ikea. It works for us now and for the foreseeable future.