Last update: August the 31th 2020
Everyone has at least one product purchased at Ikea at home. The Swedish society has become so popular that recognizing the Billy shelf or the Lack table is second nature to most of us. But why is that?
It’s no surprise, IKEA products are very affordable, functional and easy to build. The wide range of furniture available is also one of their main assets.
During the years, the company has managed to build such a wide range of products that you can find approximatively anything for your home at IKEA. It’s probably the most convenient shop that has ever existed. But as nice as it is to have lots of options, it can also be confusing. It’s not always easy to spot the gems in this plethora of items. But IKEA is definitely full of great finds. Designers are well aware of that. That’s why they very often buy certain pieces at IKEA. Nowhere else you’ll find such good design at such a low price. Like this apartment, which is 99% furnished with IKEA products and is top of the line.
So how do you know when an IKEA product is a great find?
First what defines a great find at IKEA?
- Timeless design
You want to avoid products that strongly anchored in a trend (trends are great but they are meant to go away so don’t buy them if you are looking for something that will stay with you longer)
- The materials it’s made of
Natural or rough material like wood, steel, rattan, linen, etc… are most of the time a good way to tell that a find will last you longer.
Is the item functional? or will you get tired of using it?
So to help you see more clearly the next time you visit IKEA here’s my selection of the best IKEA finds based on these three criteria. I have separated the products into 4 (lighting, furniture, textile, and small items) sections in order to make this easier to navigate and purposedly removed the pieces that are popular to hack such as the Ivar cabinet or the Billy bookcase. I wanted to really make a selection of products that you can “plug and play” with.
1. SINNERLIG Pendant lamp, bamboo CHF 69.95
You can’t get tired of this suspension which, even though it has been used a lot, still makes an impact.
2. RISBYN Pendant lampshade CHF 19.95
A paper lamp is always a classic, and this one with its onion shape adds a touch of originality.
3. EVEDALE table lamp CHF 179
This table lamp is made out of noble material such as glass, copper, and marble. What makes it very convenient is the dimming function and the fact that you can turn the colored glass. These features enable you to get the light you need. A must.
4. NÄVLINGE pendant lamp CHF 19.90
This steel white pendant lamp can be your go-to pendant lamp as it is really easy to match it with any kind of interior.
5. BÄVE Led ceiling track CHF 69.95
A light ceiling track is always needed, this one is well designed and perfectly affordable. You can also check its big sister for bigger light NYMANE.
6. YPERLING Led floor lamp CHF 69.95
A sleek and cozy floor lamp that will fit very well on the side of a couch.
7. ARÖD work lamp CHF 59.95
A design classic, anglepoise like work lamp but at a slightly more affordable price.
8. FADO table lamp CHF 19.95
A globe light is never out of style and this one is a minimal piece with which you cannot go wrong.
9. ODGER chair CHF 79.95
This cork-like chair has very sleek lines and can really make the difference around a dining table or just displayed on its own.
10. YNGVAR bar stool CHF 129
A beautiful bar stool with a bit of an industrial vibe, sleek and modern.
11. BJÖRKSNAS bed frame CHF 529
A Scandinavian style bed frame made of birch and leather for a light look.
12. VITTSJÖ shelving unit CHF 119.95
A simple metal and glass shelving unit to showcase your favorite book or souvenir.
13. SVALNÄS wall-mounted shelf combination (price may vary)
This is a great shelving system if you need something flexible, there are an infinite way of combining the pieces and the result is always stunning!
14. IKEA PS cabinet CHF 99.95
A cabinet locker style to store all the things you don’t want to see.
15. RASKOG trolley CHF 59.95
This trolley has been around for a while. Functional and well-designed, it’s always a handy piece to have.
16. DOCKSTA round table CHF 169
Round table are great for small apartment because they can fit in small nooks in the living area. All in all a sleek piece that look just like the design classic Knoll table.
17. GLADOM tray table CHF 12.95
A functional and easy piece to play with. This tray table can fit anywhere.
18. NORDMELA chest of 4 drawers CHF 199
This is a great piece of furniture for an entryway as it can also be used as a bench. Plus, the design is sleek perfect for any interior and exterior.
19. KRYDDPEPPAR plant stand CHF 39.95
A metal plant stand that can also be a console. Perfect to furnish naked nook.
21. BERGSHULT/PERSHULT shelf CHF 19.95
The association of this simple white shelf with this metal hanging system is of a resolutely modern effect.
22. STOCKHOLM Mirror 80 cm CHF 99.95 – 60cm 69.95
This mirror is simply stunning and at a very affordable price. It can be a huge addition to any entryway. by the way, If you are looking for a mirror you might like to have a look at How to Pick the Right Mirror for Your Entryway
23. MULIG clothes rack CHF 12.95
How do you transform your bedroom into a cool clothes shop? Simple: Put together a cool open closet with this Ikea classic piece.
24. LINDBYN MIRROR CHF 59.95
The whole new Lindbyn mirror collection is a gem. Great design and good quality at a good price = Affordable luxury.
25. STOCKHOLM handwoven rug 250X350 CHF 349
One of the most iconic carpets of the Swedish brand thanks to its graphic design and simple colors.
27. BERGPALM quilt cover and cover pillowcase CHF 44.95
A striped bed linen set is a good base to mix with other more colorful bed linen.
28. VIGDIS cushion cover CHF 9.95
The Vigdis collection is of beautiful quality and has the same feel as linen.
29. DYTAG linen curtains CHF 79.95
Linen curtains, always a timeless and neutral option with which you can’t go wrong.
30. BOTANISK Rug flatwoven CHF 29.95
A nice natural carpet, perfect for an entrance or to brighten up a terrace.
31. KALLNA green glass, CHF 7.95 / 6 pieces
Typical Scandinavian glass in their shape, the greenish color makes them look a little vintage. Perfect for any table setting.
33. GEMAK Colander, off-white CHF 9.95 CHF
To give a little vintage effect to your kitchen, hang it with other cooking utensils.
34. FLÅDIS Basket, seagrass, black CHF 19.95
Another IKEA item you could have brought back from a trip abroad. You can conceal all sorts of things in this basket.
35. SVENSÅS Memo board CHF 14,95
A darker and chicer alternative to the classic cork board.
36. IKEA 365+ Carafe with stopper, clear glass, cork CHF 6.95
A classic, simple but so beautiful.
37. HURRING basket CHF 29.95
A chic basket with sleek lines made of bamboo.
38. SOCKERÄRT Vase CHF 14.95
A vase with a farmhouse side ideal to add a vintage touch.
39. FULLTALIG candlestick CHF 12.95
Black candlesticks with a sleek design for added elegance on the table or elsewhere.
40. CYLINDER Vase set of 3 CHF 24.95
The whole Cylinder vases collection is an easy one to style and will always make the difference whether on a table or on a shelf.
41. GLADELIG dish set, various price
The beautiful sandy-glazed dish set is a charming piece to display on a dining table.
42. MOGONTIDIG Glass dome, CHF 6.95
This glass dome is a sleek and clean decorative element that will accentuate anything you put inside.
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