10 Tried and True IKEA Items That You’re Going to Love!

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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!

Before you head out, read our complete guide to shopping IKEA!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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