13 things you should always buy at Ikea

These are the items you need to add to your cart at Ikea—and they all cost $40 or less.

By Alexandra Gater, Chatelaine
13 things you should always buy at Ikea

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You can buy just about anything at Ikea, which can make for an overwhelming shopping experience (seriously, who else struggles with all of the choices?!). But if there’s anything you should pick up while you’re at the beloved Swedish retailer, it’s these necessities beyond the bookcases and bed frames that don’t cost a pretty penny (and always come in handy).

Things you should always buy at Ikea that cost less than $40

Pendant lights

Statement lighting is expensive, but Ikea has an amazing selection for every room, most under $100. This industrial style one, for example, retails for just $40. Line three of them up over a kitchen island or just hang a single one above your dining room table.

RANARP Pendant Lamp: $35,

13 things you should always buy at Ikea

Gift wrap

Possibly one of Ikea’s best kept secrets (especially around the holidays!) is their amazing selection of wrapping paper (and ribbon, tags and decorative tape!) that’s super affordable. This pack comes with five amazing designs for just about every occasion.

EKLOG Gift Wrap: $5/pack of 5,

5 multicoloured rolls of gifts wrap from Ikea


Storage baskets

These seagrass baskets are popping up all over décor magazines because of the beauty they add to any room while also providing storage. They’re usually customized with paint or other accessories like tassels, making them pretty expensive. The beauty of these is that they’re plain, meaning you can decorate them yourself or leave them as is.

FLÅDIS Seagrass Basket: $13,

Ikea wicker basket

Pot lid organizers

$13 to keep your pot lids in one organized place? Enough said.

VARIERA Pot Lid Organizer: $13,

Ikea pot lid holders

Children’s seating

If you’re on the lookout for beautiful kids’ furniture that isn’t made of plastic, Ikea is the place. This armchair won’t cramp your living room style, and it’s a comfy place for your little one to curl up. Available in three additional colours.

POÄNG Children’s Armchair: $40,

Green children's armchair Ikea


Edison bulbs

This trendy bulb is back in style, and Ikea’s got all different sizes starting at just $5 a pop. The oversized ones are sold at lots of boutiques, but usually retail for over $20. Ikea’s got the oversized ones for just $12.

LUNNOM LED bulb: $12,

Lightbulb from Ikea

Drinking glasses

Wine glasses can be expensive — but not at Ikea. Stock your bar full of these. At just $5 for a pack of six, that’s less than $1 a glass, making them perfect for large festive gatherings with friends.

SVALKA Red Wine Glass, $5/pack of 6,

Wine glasses from Ikea

Dish brushes

Perfect for scrubbing pots, these brushes have a suction cup at the bottom so they stay put on your sink. Their price means you can stock up on multiples when they start to get grubby.

PLASTIS Dish Brush: $2,

Red green and blue Ikea dish brushes



Made from solid wood, these hangers are excellent for hanging heavy items of clothing like winter jackets and dress pants. At $6 for a pack of eight, you can stock up for every closet in your house.

BUMERANG Hanger: $6/pack of 8,

Wooden hangers from Ikea


Custom-framing anything is a major investment, especially if you’re going for a statement gallery wall. Ikea frames come in all sizes at a reasonable cost, so you can frame your art yourself.

LIMHALL frame: $4,

White Ikea picture frame


Pretty ambiance doesn’t need to be expensive. Stock up on a pack of 100 of these tealights to ensure your votives are never forgotten.

GLIMMA Unscented Tealights: $5/pack of 100,

Tea lights from Ikea


Storage carts

We all need more storage, right? This utility cart is on wheels, making it easy to move from room to room. It’s perfect for the bathroom, kitchen or any other room where you could use the extra shelving. It’s also available in two additional colours.

RÅSKOG Utility Cart: $35,

Black storage trolley Ikea

Shower curtains

A new shower curtain can give your bathroom an instant facelift, but they can get pricey. Not at Ikea, though. They’ve got tons of minimal and bright options, and their shower curtain liners are also a bargain.

VADSJÖN Shower Curtain: $10,

Grey and white striped shower curtain from Ikea

This post is part of Spend It Better, a personal finance collaboration between Chatelaine and MoneySense about how to get the most for your money. You can find out more right here.

Read more: 50 best IKEA finds under $10 10 new family-friendly IKEA products that we love 31 of the easiest IKEA hacks that will instantly upgrade your home

This article was originally published on Apr 27, 2018

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