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While IKEA has so many great items, some just don’t stand the test of time. So which items are totally worth buying? Here are 10 tried, true and timeless items everyone will love – plus some fantastic kids stuff, too!

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1. HOVSTA picture frame

packs of hovsta picture frames in store


If you’re looking for a staple picture frame to make a gallery wall, or if you’d like to add family pictures and artwork around your house, this is the frame for you! These simple frames come matted, and the sleek wood ensures they fit nearly any aesthetic.

2. RÄCKA curtain rod

black curtain rods on a white display wall in store


I have tons of these curtain rods in various rooms of my house. Not only are they extremely easy to change but they go with almost any home decor style since they are so minimal and neutral. Plus, you literally can’t beat the super low price on them!

3. BILLY bookcase

brown bookcases with one brown bin on it in store

🏷$59-$69 per unit (sold in packages of 2 online)

Simple bookcases can add a statement in any office or living room, and they showcase books, pictures, or home decor so beautifully. At such an affordable price, you can’t beat these sturdy shelves which also come in four different colors! Plus, I’ve even seen these being used for built-in shelf hacks, which will save you a pretty penny over investing in actual built-ins!

4. STOCKHOLM black and white stripe rug

black and white stripe rug under modern wood table and chairs in kitchen


This monochromatic rug has been popping up on many designer’s blogs lately, and I have to say I’m so in love with the design! Between the black and white colors and the simple stripes, this rug can go just about anywhere and goes with anything.

5. FICUS LYRATA fiddle-leaf fig potted plant

potted green plants in store aisle


Fiddle leaf fig trees are on trend right now, and for $20 you can scoop up one of these gorgeous and real potted plants! That’s a deal unlike anywhere I’ve ever seen!

6. Hemnes 8-drawer dresser

8 drawer dresser white with black knobs in showroom


While this dresser does take some time and patience to put together, it is one piece that’s been around for quite some time! The clean lines and simple colors and design make this a useful dresser for anyone.

7. VÄRLDSBRA Shopping bag

yellow reusable ikea bags with blue handles sitting in a large yellow bin


If you love being frugal about plastic waste, this iconic yellow reusable shopping bag is a necessity that so many love since it’s strong enough for tons of groceries and large enough to tote around extra blankets and pillows.

Here are some of our favorites for the kiddos:

8. MINNEN extension bed frame

yellow iron bed next to white bed with blue pillows and blankets


This beautiful iron bed is another item that I see popping up everywhere. It comes in yellow, black, and white, which is my favorite! The details make this piece look expensive (but without the high price tag). Plus, thanks to its handy extension rails, it can grow with your child, making it a long-lasting purchase beyond just your typical toddler bed.

9. DUKTIG play kitchen

natural and white kids wooden kitchen in store with felt vegetables in sink


Calling all miniature chefs! This kitchen has so many possibilities, and for the price tag, you’ll have the budget to do one of the many incredible kitchen hack makeovers I’ve seen on Pinterest for this adorable kitchen. Even left as is, it’s an adorable piece that would be perfect in any playroom!

10. GULLIVER crib

white crib with pink fitting sheet with price tags on front


Looking for a no-fuss crib? This simple crib from IKEA will suit anyone’s needs and goes with just about any decor imaginable for your little bundle of joy’s nursery. Plus, the low pricing will have even you sleeping like a baby!

What’s your favorite purchase from IKEA?

Let me know in the comments below!

Sara (sara@hip2behome.com) loves sharing decor that inspires people on a budget and finds joy in traveling to new places.  

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  1. Corina

    I have an obsession with that store and have so many pieces I love! Our queen bed frame is the Skulsfjord, though we picked wooden feet, instead of the metal shown online. We have the Hemnes shoe cabinet with 2 compartments in our closet. ( I hide gifts in the drawers. ) For my son we chose the bed frame, dresser, and bed side table in the black brown Hemnes and the black brown Kallax cube storage. My daughter has the Leirvik bed frame and white Hemnes dresser, Lindved bed table and Eket to match. We also got her the Pahl desk with add-on unit. The desk legs extend higher, so it can ‘grow’ with her. We have the Bleckberget desk chair to match. We purchased four Ekedalen chairs to go with our kitchen table and bench. I like the Raskog to hold my craft supplies and the Vesken fits perfectly beside my washer to hold detergent and my wool balls/EOs. I plan on getting the Hemnes dresser, chest and bedside tables for our room next. The closest stores are three hours way in either Memphis or Atlanta, so we rent a minivan and go there to shop every couple months and make it a weekend trip.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks for sharing your favorite items with us, Corina! I love the idea of making it a weekend trip! My nearest store is a few hours away too!

    • Diane

      If you go the first weekend of the month and you have any Bank of America credit or debt card you can get into several museum s in or near at Atlanta. One of our favorites for our grandchildren is the Tellus Museum in Cartersville just off I – 75.

  2. Lucy

    IKEA is my favorite store! I’ve heard people say that their furniture is a great short term solution due to its low cost but I disagree. I think if you aren’t rough with your furniture, it can last you a long time. I could spend all day in IKEA and trust their products and quality.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      They sure have some beautiful items! Thanks for taking a moment to comment! We sure appreciate the feedback!

  3. wifeandmomof3

    I love IKEA, just wish we had one close by. The closest one is over 3 hours away.

  4. Astrid

    IKEA is one of my favorite stores! The closest ones are either in Pittsburgh or Columbus, but it’s well worth the drive.
    Like a previous commenter mentioned, you can make a weekend out of it.
    We own a lot of IKEA furniture, and a lot of other items like dishes, bowls, towels, napkins and so on.
    We own the MALM bed.
    Our dresser and wardrobe are also from IKEA, as are our living room table and entertainment center.
    We have the Pjöang chair, an awesome rocking chair, and the Expedit storage shelf.
    Last year, we bought a new couch, also from IKEA.
    A lot of these pieces of furniture we have had for years, and they are still in excellent condition.

  5. Susan

    Purchased one of the Hemnes dressers for daughter and son-In-law a few years ago. Now a baby in the way and they Wanted a white one for baby’s room so we bought another one. They love the dressers! yes it takes patience to put it together but so worth it and great price too!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Good to know how much they have loved that dresser! Thanks for sharing with us, Susan!

  6. Amy

    Totally love IKEA! My queen bed frame, dresser, night stand, and our entertainment set is from the hemnes collection. It has been almost 9 years and it is still holding up after two moves and a crazy toddler who likes to open and close every drawer. My toddlers room has Malm dresser and night stands. Purchased Lego knobs from Amazon. It’s been three years and after one move (moved from LA to Texas) , still good. 🙂
    Currently waiting for one of their sales so I can get more… 🙂
    Ohhh… Kallax is good too! We use them for everything.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Good to know how well your items have held up through the years, Amy! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  7. ella

    I love Ikea for a lot of things, but I think my favorite are the kitchen cabinets. We did a complete remodel of our 70’s kitchen 3 years ago and got rid of old low quality cabinets. The Ikea cabinets have so many great features- soft close drawers, special inserts,etc. We went with all lower drawers instead of cabinets and its unbelievable how much you can fit in a small kitchen when you organize with drawers instead of cabinets!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s SO great to hear, Ella! Awesome that their cabinets are of great quality too! I’ll have to keep that in mind when we decide to replace ours!

  8. crystal

    Number one thing from IKEA is the kallax shelf. Good lord we’ve got 10 of them in our house easy. One for ever kid. One for every adult. Two for entertainment centers, one for a nightstand, bookshelves, toy nooks, ALL THE WAYS YOU CAN POSSIBLY USE THEM. I even covered a grubby one that the kids colored on with patterned contact paper to jazz it up. Absolutely the best thing IKEA has to offer. I’ve built so many of them I don’t even need the instructions anymore and my sister timed me once to see how fast I could do it lol (15 minutes btw!)

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! That’s awesome, Crystal! Thanks for sharing your favorite ikea item! I’ll have to look for those!

  9. Daria

    My hands down favorite item at Ikea is the LYCKSELE sofa/bed. It slides from a sofa to a surprisingly comfortable full size bed in NO time. It’s approximately $120 with the slip cover in your choice of fabrics. The bed is not like the usual pull out mattresses. I do have a memory foam that I lay on top as added comfort, but it’s not needed. If you are short on space and need a bed for guests, you absolutely need to check it out!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      What a neat find, Daria! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  10. Lala

    So the cute yellow kids’ bed is extendable… but what do you use for a mattress & bedding then? I love it but I’m confused

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Good question! If you click through the product link and then scroll down and click on “materials and environment”, you’ll find the “coordinating products”. I see a foam mattress and fitted sheet that work with this bed. Hoping that helps!

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