10 Things To Buy From Ikea And 10 Things To Stay Away From

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I don’t know about you, but I find that whenever I step foot into an Ikea store, I’m immediately overwhelmed. The stores are just so big, and there is simply so much stuff. Ikea also uses genius marketing and merchandizing methods that almost always make you walk out with a pile of stuff you had no intention of buying. To get the most bang for your buck and ensure you’re only buying quality items, here are 10 great things to buy from Ikea, and 10 things you probably want to avoid buying.

Let’s start out with the good buys!

1. Poang Chair

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If you’ve never owned this chair, I’m willing to bet you’ve seen it in someone’s house before. Not only is this chair inexpensive and comfortable, but it’s also the perfect mixture of contemporary and classic. It’ll go with many different styles and can be used for years to come.

2. Raskog Utility Cart

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Working with a small space? You need this cart on wheels. It’s perfect for storing dishware, cooking utensils, baby supplies, toiletries, and much more.

3. End Tables

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Ikea end tables are great for beside the bed or couch. They’re pretty inexpensive, relatively easy to assemble, and pretty darn durable.

4. Gulliver Crib

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The Gulliver crib is a best-seller for a reason. It’s easy to assemble, cheap, and looks great with essentially every type of nursery decor.

5. Kalas Children’s Dishes

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Looking for extremely cheap dishes that will withstand the forces of small children? These dishes are the answer!

6. Throw Cushions

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While Ikea throw cushions may not be the absolute best quality, they come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and patterns, and start at just a couple of bucks! You can’t beat that.

7. Kallax Shelves

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The Kallax line of shelving units is one of the best Ikea buys out there. These shelves are cheap, well-built, and can be used for everything from entertainment units, to book storage, to toy storage.

8. Bekvam Spice Rack

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This birch spice rack is just $4. Enough said! If you didn’t want to use it for spices, it could also be used for magazine or cookbook storage.

9. Dvala Duvet Cover

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For just $25, you can buy this duvet cover and two pillowcases. They come in multiple colors and are soft, lightweight, and wrinkle-resistant.

10. Hemnes Chest Of Drawers

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I own this, so I can vouch for it! This dresser offers so much storage space and has such a classic, timeless look. It’s pretty good quality, too!

And now, let’s move on to the list of items that are probably best to avoid.

1. Spring Mattress

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Ikea’s mattresses don’t tend to get the greatest reviews. Since a mattress is something you sleep on each and every night, it’s best to invest in a great one that’s of high quality and right for your sleeping preferences.

2. Klippan Loveseat

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While the Klippan is lightweight and modern-looking, it’s just plain uncomfortable. If you’re going to buy a couch, you’ll want one that you actually enjoy sitting on!

3. Legitim Chopping Board

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Yes, these cutting boards are extremely cheap. But that’s the thing – they’re so cheap because they don’t last all that long. It’s better to spend a few more bucks and buy a more quality cutting board.

4. Pruta Food Containers

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The problem with Pruta food containers is that they’re not durable whatsoever. If you put them in the microwave or dishwasher, they bend or warp until the lids no longer fit properly.

5. Pokal Glassware

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Although these glasses are super cheap, they’re certainly not durable. They become permanently foggy extremely fast, and they’re quite easy to chip and crack.

6. Knives

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If you’re someone who cooks on a regular basis, you’re not going to be impressed by Ikea knives. They’re cheap, and they’re not designed to stay sharp and straight for very long. Knives are one thing that are definitely worth investing in quality.

7. Bedsheets

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The majority of Ikea sheets are so cheap because they’re just poorly made. They tend to be hard, starchy, and downright uncomfortable.

8. Frajen Towels

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Frajen bath towels are not absorbent whatsoever. They’re also pretty scratchy and tend to shed a lot.

9. Hemnes Bed Frame

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Don’t be lured in by the inexpensive price tag. This bed frame is cheap because it’s quite flimsy. You don’t want a bed frame that falls apart in less than a year.

10. Lack Coffee Table

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Although these coffee tables look alright, they’re not durable. If you have kids, pets, or use your coffee table a lot, you’re better off investing in something a bit sturdier.