IKEA is one of the best places for families to find affordable furniture, decor, and organizational tools to help life function smoothly. You’ll find lots of great ideas online, but all of those ideas may leave your mind the minute you walk into the huge labyrinth that is IKEA.
With many IKEAS several hours away from families, the best way to make the most of your IKEA trip is to have a plan of what you’re looking for, so you can make sure you leave the store with everything you wanted and begin the long trek home.
As a mom of four little ones, I love that IKEA gives me stylish furniture options that I don’t have to invest a lot of money in. When my kids are little, I want comfy furniture that I don’t have to stress about if some drinks get spilled on it or the kids use the cushions to make forts. And IKEA furniture is great for that! Here are some of my top, not-sponsored, picks for different areas of the house.
The EKTORP Sofa
This sofa is one of the most popular pieces of furniture that IKEA offers, and with good reason. It’s comfortable, the slipcover and cushions can be washed in a regular washer, and additional slipcovers can be purchased. It’s reminiscent of a much more expensive, designer couch, and comes in several sizes and colors!
The AGAM Junior Chair
Who has picky eaters in their house? I once read an article from a child food expert on helping children eat nutritious food at meals, and one thing the doctor suggested was to provide your children with a way to keep their feet flat on something, to help them focus on their meal. He suggested trying to sit on a chair where your feet dangle, and notice how uncomfortable it is — but many times, we ask our children to have good manners and behavior at meals, all while forcing them to sit in a chair that wasn’t made for someone their size.
The AGAM junior chair is the perfect compromise. It’s solid wood, stylish, but offers children a seat at the table that brings them up high enough for proper eating posture, but also provides a bar for their feet to be supported on during meals.
This line of their dinnerware offerings looks like something from a high-end catalog or Fixer Upper, but is affordable for the average family who wants some nice looking plates for everyday use. I love using these dishes, and when a child or guests accidentally breaks one, I can reassure them that they are easily replaceable (and who doesn’t love an excuse for another IKEA road trip?!)!
TROFAST Kids’ Storage Units
The TROFAST line is a fun and stylish way to house a child’s belongings, while keeping it organized yet accessible to them. These drawers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be used for anything from LEGOs to clothing.
HEKTAR Floor Lamp
Good lighting can make or break those cozy winter nights at home with the kids. Studies show that soft lighting before bed can help young children (and adults!) transition easily to a restful night of sleep. IKEA makes lighting affordable, and the HEKTAR floor lamp is both functional and beautiful.
FEJKA Plant Line
Every house could use some greenery, but if you’ve got a black thumb, IKEA has some beautiful artificial plants that can spruce up a room quickly and cheaply, and this greenery will never die on you. For those who prefer the real thing, many shoppers have rave about the quality of IKEA plants!
HEMNES Shoe Cabinet
One of my favorites for busy families, the HEMNES shoe cabinet is a low-profile way to keep all those shoes off the floor but easily accessible. It comes in some nice, neutral colors and several sizes!
There are many other useful products and ideas at IKEA, but here are just a few to get you started on planning your next road trip! If you’re making some large purchases for future remodeling or redecorating, consider using a storage unit to house your new things while you wait for the space to be finished. The experts at Self Assured Storage, Rock Springs, WY, can help you find the perfect unit, pack it expertly, and keep it safe until you need it. Give them a call today to see how they can take your IKEA (or other) shopping spree off your hands.