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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

10 MUST BUY Decor Essentials From IKEA

If you remember, I recently took a trip to IKEA (we are lucky to have two within a 45 minute drive!) to look at sofas and pick up a few items for the basement.  Despite what you may think about IKEA'S quality, they have unbeatable prices on home decor staples that you won't want to miss.   I'm always drawn to the same items when I visit the store and thought it might be helpful to share a few of my favorite must buy IKEA essentials. 

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IKEA is hands down my go to store for artificial plants.  Not only are they super affordable, but they are well made and the most lifelike I've seen. 

life like artifical plants from Ikea

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IKEA has an incredible selection of frames, perfect for creating inexpensive gallery walls.  I've used both the RIBBA and VIRSERUM frames in gallery walls around my home. 

Ikea ribba gallery wall

Gorgeous gallery wall using IKEA Frames

In my opinion, feather pillows are a must!  There's just no comparison between a feather pillow insert and poly filled insert.   Trust me, it's worth the extra couple dollars to have the right pillows on your couch.  On my latest trip I was shocked to see that they had 20x20 inserts for $5.99!!!  Can you believe that? Of course I bought two for our new basement couch.  
$5.00 feather pillow inserts from IKEA

Along with inserts, IKEA also has a ton of pillow covers, most costing less than $10.00  My favorite is the LAPPLJJUNG RUTA that I've used in both our living room and mudroom. 
Ikea Pillow covers

Inexpensive IKEA feather pillows and pillow covers

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS LIST!!! Must buy (afforadable!) decor essentials from IKEA. - Littlehouseoffour.com

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS LIST!!! Must buy (afforadable!) decor essentials from IKEA. - Littlehouseoffour.com

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS LIST!!! Must buy (afforadable!) decor essentials from IKEA. - Littlehouseoffour.com

Does the RASKOG CART even need an introduction?   The organizing and storage possibilities are endless when it comes to this little versatile cart.  I've been using mine for craft storage and it's been a dream having everything mobile and in one spot.  
Gray IKEA Raskog Cart

IKEA RASKOG cart used for craft storage

This $40.00 metal drawer unit is also great for craft storage and almost came home with me on my last trip.
Ikea metal file unit
IKEA has some really fun fabrics that range from $4.99-$8.99 a yard.  If you love bright colors and interesting designs than you'll love their fabric! 

Fabric from Ikea

IKEA fabrics

Along with a pillow addiction I also have a thing for throw blankets.  Not only are they useful on chilly nights, but they are perfect for adding warmth, color and texture to a space.   And if you have children like me then they are a must for building awesome forts in the family room :)

 Black and white IKEA throw blanket

Gorgeous plank wall entryway

I love the classic white flower pots that IKEA carries.  They come in a variety of patterns and are great not only for artificial plants, but real ones as well.  I use them throughout my home and love giving them as gifts paired with pretty flowers. (Think teachers, neighbors, friends, etc.)
 White Ikea potsYOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS LIST!!! How to use everyday IKEA items to update and decorate your home! - Littlehouseoffour.com
***TIP*** There is no hole in the bottom of the pot.  If you use them for real plants make sure to line the bottom with rocks for proper drainage.

Storage boxes can be expensive and add up quick if you need more than a few.  I've saved a ton of money by using many of IKEA's boxes, bins and crates to organize my home.  

Affordable IKEA storage boxes

Most of the bins (with the exception of the white boxes above) received minor updates.  I've created my own labels, added store bought labels or a bit of paint to give them a more unique and custom look. 
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 Inexpensive IKEA storage boxes

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IKEA has great prices on stylish rugs.  My favorite is this one, which is very similar to the rug I have in our laundry room.  They also carry lessor quality rugs that are perfect for sprucing up kids play areas or office spaces.   I currently have a $20 polka dot IKEA rug in my office (see above) that's perfect for adding a bit of playfulness to the space.  
 IKEA Rugs

Whether your opinion of IKEA is favorable or not, I'm sure you'll agree that these items would make a great addition to any home.

***Disclosure***  I am not affiliated with IKEA or being paid for this post in any way.  I am just an average girl who loves decorating her home without spending a lot of money.  IKEA just so happens to be one of the stores that allows me to do just that :)

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  1. Ikea used to have a short two shelf cart that matched the helmer drawers. I bought a red cart and two sets of red drawers. I epoxied the drawer units together and then epoxied them onto the cart (without the wheels). The drawers hold all my screws and drill bits and my drills sit on the bottom shelf of the cart. I just move the unit with me where ever it is needed. Everything is right at hand. I just love it.

    1. That sounds like the perfect place for your drills and accessories. Great idea!

  2. Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!! Awesome list Katie!!

    1. Thanks girl! You really can't go wrong when it comes to IKEA :)

    2. I love ikea. I must have their stuff in nearly every room. Their bedroom furniture is especially good value.

  3. YES!! IKEA is my go to store for so many things! The Kallax (Expedit) shelving and the Alex drawers are wonderful for organizing my scrapbook and sewing items. I also love their artificial plants and picture frames. I could go on and on! What's not to love about IKEA?!!

  4. Great post! I agree with every one of these must have Ikea items. My all time favourite Ikea must have are the feather pillow inserts, they are so cheap!

  5. Ikea is great especially when you can change it up to make it look more like one of a kind!

  6. Ikea is great especially when you can change it up to make it look more like one of a kind!

  7. Great post! I had a trip planned to Ikea for tomorrow. With your great suggestions, it's sure to take me twice as long!

  8. Wow, the Raskog cart only costs 29,99 USD? I saw a lot of ideas for it that I like and would love to try but the cart costs 65 EUR where I live which is about 72 USD! That's insane!