Design Bloggers Spill: "The Best Thing I Ever Bought at IKEA"

Remember when mom said she loved all her kids equally-just differently? That's what shopping at IKEA is like. You love everything...except for the things you love just a little bit more. Here, design bloggers share their favorite finds.

Funky Fixture

Knappa Pendant Light Photo

"Seriously... one thing?" says Cassie Freeman, just prior to listing her many IKEA loves, from plastic bins and $1.99 scissors to cheery tablecloths and cheap wine glasses. But what the Hi Sugarplum! blogger really adores are the amazing and affordable light fixtures, especially IKEA’s flowery hanging KNAPPA lamp. “I used this funky fixture in my mudroom."

To buy
: ‘KNAPPA’ pendant lamp in white, $24.99 at

Sofa So Good

Karlstad Sofa Black Photo

Looking for sturdy yet stylish place to kick back? “We love the Karlstad sectional!” says Young House Love blogger Sherry Petersik. “We went with the dark Sivik gray cover for it, and it's awesomely dog and kid friendly while being really comfortable. You can just remove the covers and toss them in the wash, and it can fit a ton of people for a spur of the moment movie night."

To buy: ‘KARLSTAD’ sofa and chaise, $698- $998 at

Curtain Call

Merete Curtains White Photo

"My favorite IKEA items are the white drapery panels. They are awesome because you can do so much with them from jazzing up a boring window to using them as fabric for an upholstery project," says Jenna Burger, Interior Designer & Blogger of SAS Interiors. See what she did with hers here.

To buy
: ‘MERETE’ curtains, $24.99 for two at

Cool Case

Billy Bookcase Photo

"The Billy bookcase is one of my absolute favorite items," says Just Us Four blogger Shannah Coe. "It is so functional and very easy to "hack" and make it look like a much more expensive bookcase with just a little work.” Born in the late 70s, the once basic adjustable bookcase now comes in tons of colors and options, including this brown beauty with floral glass doors ($159.99). It’s also inspired companies like Mykea to create awesome hack-inspired decals for bedecking Billy and other popular pieces.

To buy: ‘BILLY’ bookcases, $39.99-99.99 at

Right Lines

Eivor Throw Black White Photo

"I love the bold stripes," says Girl Loves Glam blogger McKenzie Guymon of her cheap and chic EIVOR throw. Black and white always adds a bit of dramatic flair, plus the versatile afghan fits into lots of different design styles and spaces, says Guymon. "It is one of my favorite decor items in my house!"

To buy: ‘EIVOR’ throw in black and white, $19.99 at

Summer Breezy

Aina Panel Curtains Pink Photo

"I love the AINA panels first of all because of the price, and second because of their look. The fabric is a lightweight, neutral linen and it's perfect for summer," says Postcards from the Ridge blogger Angie Kraeske. At 98" they're also much longer than your standard off-the-shelf curtains. "I like to hang the panels up next to the ceiling to give the room some added height." They come in several shades, including white, grey, natural and a soft pretty pink.

To buy: ‘AINA’ curtains, $49.99 for a pair at

Bin There, Done That

Trofast Storage Bin Photo

"I love the Trofast storage units. I used them in all of my kids' closets and they are perfect," says Landee See, Landee Do blogger Landee Anderson. "What I love about them is that they are so functional! The drawers/bins can be removed and taken to where they are needed and then put back in place so easily. My kids love them for organizing their toys, doll clothes, video games, etc. I also love that they come in a variety of colors to go with any decor."

To buy: ‘TROFAST’ frames, $24.99 and up; bins and boxes, $2 and up at

Give 'Em the Slip

Ektorp Sofa Blue Stripe Photo

"My favorite item from IKEA is the EKTORP slipcovered sofa. Aside from being cute and budget friendly, it is very versatile," says Sarah Macklem of the blog The Yellow Cape Cod. Since additional slipcovers are available in lots of different colors and fabrics, the writer/stylist suggest snapping up several. "This makes it easy to change the look and feel of a room when the mood strikes." Choose from a dozen fabrics, including Idemo red (a cherry hue) and Abyn blue (a preppy stripe).

To buy: ‘EKTORP’ sofa $399-$599; separate slipcovers, $49-$249 each at

Four Squares

Pallara Yellow Black Box Photo

"I am a big fan of any bin, basket or tote from IKEA whether it’s clear plastic for use in the garage or has a designer look (like the ones shown) for the closet, bedroom or on open shelves in the home," says Peter Walsh, star of TLC's Clean Sweep and OWN's Extreme Clutter. "Bins and totes enable you to keep like things together and to set clear limits for the volume of stuff you’re keeping, thus helping to control clutter and make the things you own far more accessible.

To buy: ‘PALLRA’ boxes in dark yellow, $14.99 for set of 4 at

Storage War Winner

Expedit Shelving Red Wood Photo

"I bet I'm not alone on this, but I love IKEA’s EXPEDIT shelving. I love its versatility and how easy it is to store a whole variety of items in it. I also love that it can be used vertically or horizontally and that you can put legs on it,” says Janine Adams, Chief Order Catalyst + Founder of Peace of Mind Organizing.

She’s right; she’s not alone. Darcy Struckmeier, blogger for Just a Night Owl is also a fan. “It organizes an insane amount of stuff. The cubes are the perfect size—not too big, not too small. Plus, IKEA sells a ton of different looks for baskets, boxes, and things to help further organize each cube. Every time I reorganize or move I can NOT get over the amount of stuff that fits inside of it!”

To buy: ‘EXPEDIT’ shelving, $39.99 and up at

Gingham Style

Emmie Ruta Pink Duvet Photo

"Both my girls have this bedding set and they love it! We prefer using the striped side over the pink plaid design. The sheets are easy to care for, at a really great price point, and the pattern is perfect—modern and girlie at the same time," says Paislee Press’ Liz Tamanaha. "And they make for great photos."

To buy: ‘EMMIE RUTA’ duvet cover and pillowcase, $39.99 at

Foxy Boxes

Kassett Boxes Red Blue Photo

“I love these boxes because their smaller size can't be overstuffed, so it's easy to find whatever I'm looking for in my home office,” says Crafty Staci’s eponymous blogger. “The metal-framed labels on the front give them a little character and allow me to reach in and quickly grab the one I need. I have them in two colors, which I alternate so they create a nice pattern that can be seen through the frosted doors on my cabinets.”

To buy: ‘KASSETT’ box with lid, $3.99 for 2 at

Crafty Keeper

Helmer Drawer Red Photo

"I love the HELMER 6-Drawer Unit! I've found them to be very versatile," says blog Oh So Chichi blogger Jaime Clay. "While living in Germany, we had no closets and storage was a challenge ... especially for little things! I kept 4 lined up under my craft tables and they housed the bulk of my small supplies. Now that we moved back to the U.S. they made a seamless transition into my current craft studio." The rolling metal workhouse come comes in white, silver and red.

To buy: ‘HELMER’ drawer unit, $39.99 at

Accessory Hang Out

Komplement Hanger Closet Photo Adams

Lisa Adams, CEO of LA Closet Design and star of HGTV’s new show Million Dollar Closets, has a thing for rings—specifically IKEA 's ringed KOMPLEMENT catchall. “I like the multi-use hanger because it's as thin as a slim-line hanger, and can store 28 different accessories. It helps to organize scarves, belts, ties, shawls, handkerchiefs, etc. in a chic way. It can also be cleaned by hand washing!”

To buy: ‘KOMPLEMENT’ hanger, $7.99 at

Like these tips? Find more Ikea ideas here:
-- Ikea Hacks: Vittsjo Shelves and Tables
-- Ikea Hacks: Expedit Shelves
-- Ikea Hacks: Billy Bookcase
-- 19 Ikea Hacks: How to Transform and Repurpose Your Ikea Furniture

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