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Here's What To Buy And Avoid At Ikea

November 8th, 2018

If you have ever stepped inside an Ikea store, you probably felt overwhelmed instantly. There are so many things to see and buy. If you didn’t want something when you walked in, you will want everything by the time you walk out.

The fact that everything is priced so affordably makes it hard to resist buying everything you want, as do the displays all over the store. Still, it’s nice to refrain from impulse shopping. If you see something you like, be sure to read the reviews.

While Ikea has a lot of really nice products, there are some that aren’t quite as good. You need to shop wisely if you want to get the best deals possible. That means being smart about things. If something seems too good or cheap to be true, then it probably is.

Here are 20 great buys from Ikea and 20 products that you should reconsider. The good news is, there are plenty of alternatives to be found in Ikea. So, if one product doesn’t work out, chances are you can still find another during your same shopping trip.

Best Buys

1. Bekväm Spice Rack

Everyone needs a spice rack, and if you are going to get one, you might as well get an affordable one. The simple design and attractive wood color work well in most kitchens. It can even be painted, if desired. It’s also a versatile piece that can be used as a jewelry holder and even a bookshelf. At just $4, it’s a steal!

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2. Råskog Utility Cart

This little cart might not look like much, but it’s so durable and versatile that it’s a must for almost any home. It can be used to store beauty supplies, office supplies, toiletries, or even as a bookcase or shelf. It’s on wheels, so it can easily be moved around the home. It’s made from strong steel, so it won’t break easily.

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3. Antilop highchair

This highchair looks simple and a little wacky, but it’s actually exceptionally durable and affordable. It’s also easy to put together and take apart. Since it is so lightweight, it’s portable, too. It’s made of strong plastic, so it can take a beating, and it’s easy to wipe clean.

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4. Marjun Blackout Curtains

If you have been looking for some blackout curtains for your home, these are a great option. They are some of the most affordable blackout curtains on the market. They can be trimmed and hemmed to fit most windows, and they are made from a durable fabric that lets little to no light in. These curtains are perfect for the bedroom if you want to get a little extra sleep.

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5. Solbo Table Lamp

If you need to add a little character and décor to your room or home, these lamps can help with that. They come in a couple adorable designs. They aren’t too bright, and they work well for children’s bedrooms. They are also durable, and you don’t have to worry about them being too hot to touch.

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6. Kala’s Children’s Dishes

If you are looking for dishes that are colorful and durable, look no further. Ikea has several options. Kala’s children’s dishes won’t break easily, and they can just be tossed in the dishwasher and reused. They are inexpensive, so you don’t have break the bank to get dishes that will last.

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7. Dvala Duvet Cover

This duvet cover is available at a great price, and it’s comfortable. It comes with two pillow covers, and the fabric help keeps you cool. It’s also wrinkle-resistant, so it always looks great on your bed. It’s a steal at just $25, too.

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8. Eldig Cooktop

You won’t find a better cooktop for the price. It’s a great budget buy, and it stands up to the competition, which is often priced much higher. It’s available in one size and color, but it’s durable and cleans up easily. It also comes with an incredible 5-year warranty. That’s better than what the big names offer.

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9. Frakta Shopping Bag

It’s big, blue, and a great buy. This reusable tote is big enough to hold almost anything. You can use it to store items, like extra blankets at home, or keep it in your car and use it to carry the groceries in. Use it however you want; for a dollar and some change, you can afford to buy a few of them.

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10. Variera Pot Lid Organizer

Where has this been all our lives? No more stacking and searching for lids. This little piece of magic will stack them neatly, so you can easily store them and grab them when you need them. It’s very affordable, so if you have a lot of pots and pans, you can afford to stock up. This is a must-have item.

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11. Poang Chair

This unique chair should be at the top of your list of things to buy at Ikea. Not only does it have a great design, but it is also comfortable and affordable. It matches a variety of décor and color schemes, and it’s not big or bulky, so you can move it around and put it in different places.

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12. Stockholm Rug

If you are hoping for a cheap wool rug, the Stockholm rug might be as good as it gets. It’s got a nice design, it’s available in a few different sizes, and the patterns are modern and trendy. They are surprisingly comfortable and durable, too.

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13. Ribba Picture Frames

If you are looking for an affordable but stylish frame for your gallery wall or just to display your favorite photos, the Ribba picture frame is a great deal. It comes in several different sizes, and it looks great with almost any type of décor. It is available in three colors.

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14. Markus Office Chair

This chair is one of the best on the market, according to experts. It’s also a lot more affordable than similar chairs. It is incredibly sturdy and even comes with a 10-year warranty. It might make those long days at the office a little easier.

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15. Gulliver Crib

Finding the perfect crib for your baby at a great price can be difficult. The Gulliver crib is the best of both worlds. It’s affordable and amazingly durable. Many people who have left reviews about it claim that they have used it with two or three different children, but it’s still as durable as the day they bought it.

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16. Ren’s Sheepskin

Sheepskin décor is all the rage, but it can be expensive, and some of it doesn’t hold up. The Ren’s sheepskin from Ikea is an affordable option. It can be used as a rug or as a shelf liner. It looks great in all types of décor, and it’s incredibly soft.

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17. Kallax Shelving

Cube shelves are extremely popular right now. There are many different options on the market, but these ones are durable and affordable. They can be turned vertical or horizontal, and they look great in any room in your house. You can add storage boxes to them, if desired. Those are also sold at Ikea.

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18. Dombas Wardrobe

These wardrobes are great if you need some additional storage. They are affordable and easy to put together. They look good in most rooms, and they offer plenty of storage space. You can use them to store everything from clothing to holiday decorations.

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19. Nutig Refrigerator

If you want an affordable French door refrigerator in stainless steel, this is one of the best deals available. At less than $2,000, it’s a steal. It’s made by Whirlpool and comes with a 5-year warranty. Customers who own this refrigerator have nothing but good things to say about it.

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20. Sundvik Crib

This crib is stylish, easy to put together, and affordable. It’s also durable, which is good since it even can convert to a toddler bed. That means you can use it for several years, and it’s basically two beds in one. It does require an Ikea mattress because it’s a little bit larger than other cribs.

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Worst Buys

21. Spring Mattress

While the price might be right, this mattress doesn’t get particularly good reviews. People who have bought it really don’t like it. They claim that it’s uncomfortable and thin. You might be better off to spend a little more for a better-quality mattress.

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22. Pax Wardrobes

Pax wardrobes may seem like a cheap and easy way to get a small closet organized, but they aren’t as good as they seem. They’re affordable, but they’re also hard to put together, and the pieces are often misaligned or the wrong size. You may get a good one, or you may get a bad one.

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23. Malm Dressers

At first glance, these dressers might seem like great deals. They’re affordable and have a lot of space. Sadly, they’re also dangerous. They have fallen on and killed at least three children. They simply aren’t worth the risk. You can find other dressers that are safer.

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24. Myskgräs Comforter

It’s hard to pass up a comforter this cheap, but according to the reviews, it’s just not worth the money. This comforter doesn’t hold up well, and it’s not that comfortable. The fabric is scratchy, and the filling moves around too much inside. Just splurge on something more comfortable instead.

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25. Gaspa Sheets

The Gaspa sheets are available for a great price, but in this case, you get what you pay for. Reviewers say that they’re scratchy and uncomfortable. The sheets are supposed to be sateen, but they definitely don’t feel like it. They simply aren’t worth the money.

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26. Klippan Loveseat

It’s modern, it’s lightweight, it’s affordable, but it’s really not as good of a deal as it seems. This loveseat was immensely popular when it hit the market, but most people grew tired of it pretty quickly. It’s awkward to sit on and just plain uncomfortable. There are better options out there.

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27. Hemnes Bedframe

Bedroom furniture is rarely inexpensive. While the low price might draw you into this bed, it’s not of a particularly good quality, and it will likely fall apart after just a few months. The flimsy material can’t handle much weight or movement. There’s a reason the price is so low.

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28. Bekant Sit-Stand Desks

These desks are the new fad. They’re supposed to make people more comfortable at work by allowing them to move their computer into different positions. Many people swear by them. Ikea has them at a great price, but they aren’t very sturdy. You may spend too much time tweaking your desk to make the adjustability worth it.

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29. Alang Floor Lamp

There’s nothing wrong with this lamp at first glance. It seems modern and stylish. The problem is, it’s not exceptionally durable, it’s a little wobbly, and there are better lamps on the market for the same price. Customers complain that the lamp shade is too small and fragile, too. Shop around for a better lamp for your home.

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30. Lack Coffee Table

These coffee tables look great. They have a simple design that means they can fit with almost any type of home décor. They’re also very affordable. The problem is, they aren’t built to last. They aren’t very strong, and they aren’t easy to clean. They may be best for a home with no children or a room that isn’t often used.

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31. Legitim Chopping Board

You might not think that you need to be picky about your chopping board, but some things just aren’t worth your money. This board may be less than $2, but it’s also easily damaged, won’t last through very many washes in the dishwasher, and is susceptible to cuts from knives. It’s better to pay a little more for a quality board.

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32. Fräjen Towels

Everyone wants cheap towels that last, but don’t expect it from these towels. Sure, they’re affordable, but they’re also thin and rough. When you wash them, you can expect to see a lot of shedding left behind. There are other towels available that are just as affordable and probably a little softer.

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33. Pruta Food Storage

These containers are available in many shapes and sizes. They can be purchased individually, or they can be purchased as a set. They’re affordable, too. The problem is, they aren’t very durable. They bend and melt in the dishwasher, the lids pop off and don’t fit after the first wash, and they don’t do well in the microwave.

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34. Algot Closet Storage

These storage tubs may look like they are easy to use and will fit in most places, but they don’t hold up as well as other options. They are hard to install, and the instructions are confusing. The baskets don’t fit on the tracks right, and a lot of people claim that their boxes were missing pieces.

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35. Glasholm Tabletop

The Glasholm tabletop is made to fit on a variety of different table frames. The idea is to be able to use it to create a custom desk or workspace. It’s not particularly durable, and according to reviews, a small scratch can lead to a huge crack or make the whole thing bust.

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36. Minnesund Foam Mattress

If you camp or have a lot of sleepovers at your home, you may be looking for a foam mattress that can be used when needed. This one may be tempting, but it’s not as good as it looks. The mattress isn’t comfortable, and it’s not very durable, either. It likely won’t last through many camping trips.

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37. Malm Bed Frame

This bedframe looks simple and easy to match with décor, but it’s not particularly durable. At this low price, it may be tempting to purchase it, but don’t expect it to last long. The material isn’t strong, and it won’t hold up to everyday wear and tear. There are better bedframe options out there.

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38. Alrik Swivel Chair

This swivel chair is pretty affordable, and it looks fun. However, it doesn’t deliver in durability, and it’s also extremely uncomfortable. The affordable price isn’t worth the back pain or the headache of trying to put it together. Look for a different office chair instead.

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