I love Ikea. At least as much as Kanye, and probably more. Everyone does, right? Because what’s not to love about Swedish made furniture with names that sound like they’re actually Simlish? …Furniture that’s only technically Swedish made if you yourself are Swedish, because it sure as hell isn’t anybody but you that’s putting that damn shelf together?
For now, here are my Top 5 favourite Ikea items:
5. Desk System Table Tops/Legs/Drawer Units, $8.49-$169.00 CAD
Ikea’s desk system is great. They let you choose from a selection of desk tops, the cheapest one being $8.49 (they’re having a Sale as I’m writing this, so it’s usually a whopping $9.99), and legs, and you can also use some drawer units as the means to hold up your desk top.
I personally use two ALEX drawer units with 5 drawers and a KLIMPEN table top. Many beauty gurus use the ALEX drawers with a table top for their vanity, since it’s affordable and practical. I actually use them for my desk and I have the 59” KLIMPEN table top because
my parents bought it and didn’t end up using it so I copped it from them I absolutely love all the space it gives me for my printer and desktop computer, which I very easily can shove off to the side and use for various other projects (re: eating a whole pizza strait from the box).
4. PLUGGIS 7-piece container set with rail, $12.99 CAD
These bad boys are super basic but are a really great way to look outwardly organized to all of your guests. You just install the rails on your wall and the containers hook on and are removable, so it really is perfect for hair stuff. I installed mine on the side of a cheap bookcase because it’s right beside my vanity. No wall damage = rental apartment plus!
I store all my millions of hair brushes that I don’t use in the large container, my hair sprays and products in the medium container, and my hair bands in one small container and clips in the other. The small containers are the ones that prove to be the most useful in terms of them being mobile containers since I don’t always sit at my vanity when I’m putting my hair into a style now known as the man-bun-but-fuck-you-I’m-a-woman-and-I-did-this-before-you-became-a-hipster-douche.
Anyway, these are convenient, cheap, and versatile.
3. GRUNDTAL Rail, $4.99 CAD
This thing is basically a mini towel rack: The Grundtal Rail (also known by my autocorrect as Gerundial Rail) is great for its proposed uses as a countertop space saver, kitchen towel rail, or pot lid rack. Ikea sells related products that hook onto the Grundtal, like generic containers, utensil containers, dish drainers, and S-hooks that allow you to hang up anything with a hole in it (well — almost anything).
It caught my eye as I walked past the room in Ikea — and in that moment I felt spiritually enlightened.
You just hook the heel over the rack. Mind you, I haven’t done this yet myself, but it will always be in the back of mind, along with how fun it is to slurp noodles and why Pee Wee Herman is just not alright to watch anymore.
2. RÅSKOG Utility Cart, $34.99 CAD
If you haven’t seen this cart in action before, you must not Pinterest. Or exist in a world with access to the Internet.
I have not one but two of these carts. (TWO?! I am so rich. I am so glamorous. I am so Råskog.) One I use as my main personal makeup storage and it is full to the BRIM. I actually have it in the light turquoise-y/teal shade, which I just noticed is no longer on the Ikea Canada website (WHY?!). But anyway, the second one I have is grey (also no longer an available colour?) and I use it as an all-purpose sort of catch-all on wheels.
The reason I love the Råskog Utility Cart so much is the same reason everybody else does: it is incredibly versatile. Craft cart, Kitchen cart, Bar cart, indoor garden, nightstand…the possibilities are endless with this thing. It’s also a DIYers wet dream, since all it takes is some really simple paint and sprucing and pinches of glitter to make it into something that totally matches their indie-glam 1920s industrial deco art 70s boho-chic aesthetic.
1. BJÄRNUM Folding Hooks, $14.99 CAD/3 pack
I am basically religiously fanatic about these hooks. When I noticed them on Ikea’s website I felt the hand of the Swedish berries graze my face and touch my soul and even though I was left slightly sticky I am still so in love with the idea of these.
Yes, they are just hooks. But they fold. They are COLLAPSIBLE hooks.
I’ve actually installed one on the other side of the cheap bookcase I mentioned earlier since it’s just on the inside of my bedroom door. I unfold it when I want to hang up my bath robe or wet towels there. I used to use an over the door hanger but my door hinges expand and contract with the temperature of my house which basically just means it won’t close sometimes, especially if there’s a hanger in the way.
So the Bjärnum Hook is the perfect fix to the problem I just described that you most likely just skimmed over.
- The aforementioned KALLAX shelf that everyone from your mum to your ob-gyn has transformed into a bench.
- HEMNES shoe cabinet. You can never have enough shoe storage, in my opinion.
- LACK wall shelf. V sleek. V hidden. V mysterious. (Also, makes me want to sound cool by just using a V for very instead of typing 3 more letters to create an actual word. Success rate undetermined.)
- FINTORP or GRUNDTAL magnetic knife racks with GRUNDTAL magnetic containers because magnets.