When I was younger, IKEA was one of the coolest places in the world to me. One of my good friends in high school always had the most interesting IKEA pieces in her bedroom, and since the nearest IKEA to my home town was over an hour away, I always envied all the random, interesting things she had from there.
Fast forward to being a broke college student — I still didn’t have an IKEA in my city, but my need for decent quality, inexpensive furniture necessitated a couple three-hour drives from Knoxville to Atlanta to score bedroom furniture and other goods upon moving into my first un-furnished apartment.
In those days, IKEA was still pretty magical to me, so imagine my delight when I moved to the Phoenix area and I had an IKEA just a few miles down the street! As an adult, however, I’ve learned that there are items you buy from IKEA and those you splurge on…and while my entire bedroom set may not be from the Swedish retailer anymore, there are a few items I still pretty much always buy from IKEA.
1. Dishes & Glassware
Maybe it’s just in my house, but I find that the most accidents happen with dishes and glassware, so I never like to spend a lot of money on it. This way, if something breaks, it’s only a couple dollar loss.
2. Glass Jars
If you come into my house, you’ll probably spot misc. IKEA glass jars being used in a few different ways in a few different rooms: organizing small craft items in the office, serving water in the kitchen, storing cotton balls in the bathrooms, etc.
3. Curtain Rods
IKEA curtain rods are cheap, adaptable, and they come in a variety of colors, sizes and with choices when it comes to the end pieces.
IKEA has a really great selection of rugs, and with two dogs and a cat in the house, it’s always nice to keep rugs affordable in case they need to be replaced. In addition, my experience with IKEA rugs has been great — pending no pet accidents, they hold up well and look great.
5. Home Organization
Baskets, boxes, storage cubes, oh my! I have a deep need to keep things totally organized around the house, so stocking up on inexpensive home organization items is a must for me.
6. Light Bulbs
IKEA light bulbs last FOREVER. Seriously, like 20 years.
Generally, I avoid cheap candles because they’re usually lacking in the scent department, but that’s not true for IKEA’s candles. I regularly stock up on these little jarred candles — for under $2 each!
8. Michael’s Choice: Cinnamon Rolls
Michael doesn’t share my love of IKEA, but he does love their cinnamon rolls. No trip is complete without grabbing a pack before I check out.
What things do you buy at IKEA?