I discovered IKEA five or six years ago and ever since I did, I’ve been a big fan of their affordable products. We’ve turned their Billy bookcases into built in shelving, used IKEA kitchen cabinets to make a window seat, and their Vittsjo shelves to store books and games too.
IKEA products have been popping in homes featured in Better Homes and Gardens for years! Some of their units have been discontinued but other popular pieces like the Expedit and the Maskros ceiling pendant are still available.
IKEA’s Expedit shelf is a popular choice for its contemporary clean lines and functionality. When paired with the Knipsa basket, it makes a great organizer for the home office or playroom.
Since the piece is finished on both sides, it works equally well as a room divider.
Consider it for your collection of dishes, bowls, and ceramics for an open display in a dining space.
Some Lack shelving units (since discontinued) were turned sideways to create a unique storage center in the dining space below, but today’s narrow Expedit could achieve a similar look.
Stand it straight up to maximize vertical space in a small room in need of storage.
The IKEA Maskros chandelier for makes a big statement in a bedroom, dining room, or office.
IKEA’s Majby woven chairs are no longer available but there are few similar rattan chairs in stock that work in any casual dining or gathering space.
Navigating an IKEA is practically an all day event when you visit their design center, but I’ve learned if you know what you want before you go, you can find the larger pieces by bin or aisle number online, saving yourself valuable time by heading straight for the stock room.
Here are 12 very versatile IKEA staples for the home!
From top left: Maskros fixture, $90; Byholma chair, $90; Jonsbo Barby table lamp (three colors), $60; Vittsjo shelf, $70; Bjursta table & 6 chairs, $899; Stockholm coffee table (2 colors); $199 Billy bookcase (with doors); 149; Expedit shelving (five colors), $90; Ektorp chair (five colors), $150; Nordli bed, $249; Hemnes dresser (four colors), $299; 5 x 7 Alvine rug, $199.
Have you shopped at IKEA for your home? What is your favorite piece?
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