The Best of IKEA
1. Glass Food Storage Jars
IKEA has great glass food storage jars. I have a bunch of the KORKEN jars in different sizes and they are great for storing food in your pantry. Best of all - they are affordable! (the largest jar is $3.99).
2. Wine & Champagne Glasses in Bulk
Sometimes it just isn't possible to use a matching set of good wine glasses when you have a large group of people over for a dinner or party. IKEA's SVALKA red wine glasses and champagne flutes come in a pack of six for $5.99! They look great but do seem to be more fragile than other more expensive glasses, so be extra careful when washing them. This may be more economical than renting glasses from a party service, so this is definitely a great option (if you have room to store them).
3. Clear Storage Boxes
The SAMLA clear storage boxes are GREAT! They come in so many sizes, are stackable, and best of all, are relatively affordable. I use so many in our condo for various items and always seem to grab another when I am at IKEA. You have to buy the top and bottom separately, but the price is still great for both pieces.
4. White Bathroom Towels
Ok, so no offence to IKEA, but I would not recommended their towels for everyday use in your bathroom. They aren't the softest and don't feel very luxurious. I would however, recommend their HAREN towels for the gym! We have a bunch and they do the job great. Best of all, there are several sizes and the largest size is only $2.99! They are EXACTLY what you need in a gym/workout towel.
5. Pillow Inserts
Custom pillows are definitely expensive and even store bought pillow covers add up! I never buy pillow inserts at other retail stores as they are often overpriced. IKEA's FJADRAR cushion inserts are 100% cotton, filled with duck feathers, and come in three different sizes (the largest is 26 by 26 inches and is only $12!). You want your cushion inserts to be filled with feathers rather than synthetic polyester as this is what gives pillows that magazine look and feel. Seriously, these are such a great deal! A couple of times a year, IKEA usually has a 25% off sale on pillows and I tend to stock up on pillow inserts.
Kind of random, but seriously a great buy! IKEA's FANTASTISK napkins come in several colours and some colours come in two different sizes. The larger everyday white ones are $2.99 for 100 napkins and don't have that 'paper towel' look and feel. I have also bought the orange napkins in the past for Thanksgiving and the red ones for the Christmas season.
That pretty much sums up six everyday items that I continuously purchase at IKEA, but the Swedish based chain is also great for other larger items.....
IKEA has great options for simple, clean line furniture pieces that are certainly affordable. Their DOCKSTA dining table is a copy of the iconic Knoll Saarinen Dining Table (also known as the 'tulip' table) for a fraction of the price. Like a steal.....$269 versus over $2100! If you like that look but not the price tag, keep the IKEA option in mind.
IKEA also has great area rugs. The LOHALS (jute) and OSTED (sisal) are both natural fiber rugs that are priced right! The black and white striped STOCKHOLM rug, which is often seen in various publications is handwoven, made of wool, and is available in different sizes (including 8 x 11 feet). This is a great option if you need to cover a large surface area on a budget and like the striped look.
Curtain panels! If you aren't going the custom route, there is no need to spend an arm and a leg on curtain panels. IKEA has some great options and all their panels can be shortened to fit a specific window. My advice - look for panels that are 100% cotton or 100% linen. I used the AINA curtains in our spare room in light grey and they look great for the price ($70 for two panels). I was looking at other retail stores and their ready-to-hang 100% linen panels were over $500!
IKEA also has some great children's toys! There is a array of classic wooden toys, art supplies, playroom furniture and chairs, and great everyday learning toys.
Don't forget to pick up the 40th anniversary catalog next time you shop at IKEA! Please keep in mind that all prices mentioned in this post are in Canadian dollars. Prices will differ if shopping in the USA.
Have a great week everyone!