Retail Therapy: A Week of Ikea, What is Worth Buying At Ikea?

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Ikea buying listI apologize in advance for the length of this post. If you missed the other Ikea posts this week go here and here.

I am somewhat of a shopaholic. I buy a lot of stuff.

Thankfully people are willing to pay me for my services.

But because I shop a lot for myself and others, I see a lot of merchandise.

That said, Ikea can be a trap. Everything seems so “cheap and shiny.”

But cheap and shiny are not always a good thing.

And while there is a lot of cool unnecessary merchandise , there are things that I think are truly worth a trip to the Swedish mecca.

Here are a few things that I purchase at Ikea. (By no means is this an exhaustive list)

Decorative Pillows- Forms and Covers

I frequently buy new pillow covers to update my existing pillows.

Just be sure to measure your existing forms to make sure the new covers will fit.

16×16, 18×18, 20×20, 24×24 are pretty standard sizes. Prices range from $3-15.

Window Treatment Hardware

Window hardware is another area where Ikea is great.

You can get exactly what you need without having lots of leftover parts.

And my favorite item is the drapery rings with clips, $3.99 for 10 rings. As someone who has paid as much as  $4 per ring this is a steal of a deal.

Tip: Hanging curtains from rings instantly updates them. When hanging panels, plan on 5-7 rings per panel.

Like the pillow covers, measure your windows before you go.

Window Treatments

I also purchase a lot of ready-made window treatments for clients on a tight budget.

Overall, I have been every pleased with the quality of the curtains and roman shades. I also used them in my basement overhaul a few weeks ago.

I love that they sell the curtains in the extended lengths making it easy to install the curtains 8″-12″  above the window frame which makes a room/window feel bigger.

You can easily “hem” them with iron-on hem tape like in this post. Prices range from $4.99 through $50.

Frames for inexpensive art and photos

I love the Ikea frames! I used them in my recent basement overhaul.

The great thing about the frames is that you don’t have to use the existing matting. Or you can back the art or photo with fabrics or burlap (as seen in this post).

So don’t feel limited by the mat size. Be creative. Those huge frames with inexpensive art are calling your name.

Your bare walls will thank you for it. Prices range from $1-$25.

Storage- baskets and bins

I love a clean looking house.

Therefore baskets are the ham to my green eggs.

I can “clean” my house in 5 minutes by just putting everything in it’s appropriate basket (preferably with a lid).

I put them everywhere.

And what’s great is a basket=pretty.

Rubbermaid bin= not so pretty.

Ikea has LOTS of baskets and bins to choose from at great prices! Prices range from $5-15.

Candles and Candle-holders

I usually stock up on candles when I visit Ikea.

Their prices on tapered candles as well as tea lights are great.

I also really like their lanterns and other candle holders.

Tip: Their lanterns make great holiday decorations without being limited to one holiday. Generic decorations = you get more bang for your buck.

Serving and Hosting Items

Ikea has SO many options in great serving bowls, cake stands and party serving items.

The possibilities are endless.

Kitchen Caddies and Islands

I am a sucker for a good butcher block island and Ikea has lots to offer.

I also love their rolling caddies (see turquoise one below) that have endless possibilities.

I think that next summer I will line the mesh shelves with coco-mat and plant my herbs in it . The casters will make it easy to move around and water.

PicMonkey Collage

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Have you ever been to Ikea? Do you have any items that you love to purchase at Ikea?

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