When IKEA first opened here in Charlotte, I was so excited to get there. I wandered around, a little dizzy, with my mouth hanging open and slightly (maybe really) overwhelmed. Whether it’s a regular stop for you or more of a road trip event to get there, I thought it might be helpful to share my shopping list. In my opinion, IKEA is a great place to stock up on basics. I tend to buy less things that scream“Look at me! I’m from IKEA!”, and more things that can easily blend in with other styles and pieces already in my home.
1. The very softest duvet cover—and a pinstripe works with so many other patterns. I actually own four of these now. Two in blue and two in gray; see one here. (New lower price: $29.99 for a full/queen. Hope this doesn’t mean they’re discontinuing it!)
2. I just bought two of these chairs for the ends of our dining table. A chair + slipcover for less than $90 is pretty hard to pass up.
3. My latest IKEA purchase. I know some of you feel strongly about fake plants. But, I kind of love these. I put a pair on a console table where there was no outlet for a lamp and little natural light.
4. The Ribba frame is an IKEA classic because it’s already matted and a great price. They also come in several different colors. (I really like the gray lacquer.) My favorite size is the 20×20 inch square, and they just marked it down to $12.99!
5. The stripe fabrics (in several colors) are just $7.99/yard and are a great weight for pillows or small upholstery projects.
6. I buy nearly all of my down pillow inserts at IKEA. (By the way, upgrading your inserts to down is one of the easiest ways to make your pillows look better and more expensive.)
7. This was formerly known as the famous Expedit bookcase. It looks almost exactly the same to me. It comes in lots of different shapes and sizes, but I love the versatility of this one—tall bookcase, long console table, etc.
8. Great bedside (or anywhere!) storage. This chest has roomy drawers and is the perfect basic shape for any DIY upgrades. I added gold trim and changed the hardware on the pair we have in our bedroom.
9. The rounded top of this mirror gives it a really classic shape and makes it look more expensive than it is. I think it would look fantastic spray painted gold.
10. A pair of great, basic curtain panels for $35—in extra long lengths. I used these in our bedroom, and the weight is heavy enough that they don’t have to be lined. These would also be perfect for adding a fabric or ribbon trim.
What’s on your IKEA shopping list?