Most of us have a real love/hate relationship with IKEA. Yes, it’s infuriating… the crowds, the enormous bunch of labels you can never quite fully rip out, the labyrinthine layout, the way the holes never *quite* line up on self-assembly items, the way you feel like a tit when you have to call the products by their ‘names’, how you remember that you actually passed the one thing you actually came for about 75 miles back through the one-way system… Myself, mysteriously spending either a) £78 or b) £231.50 almost to the penny on every single trip, irrespective of what I went there for.
BUT… we all end up in there. Why? Because it’s easy, and it’s cheap. It has pretty much anything you want and need, in a style approximating a style you like, within a price range you can afford.
In a quest to make our home not look exactly the same as everyone else’s, for some years now I’ve been desperately trying to de-IKEA our home, replacing IKEA items with more unique ones, particularly the larger, more noticeable furniture items.
However, I still think IKEA is absolutely brilliant for affordable, subtle, accessories that you can use and tailor in a really personal, individual way – using them as the supporting cast rather than the ‘leads’, so to speak. Pinterest is wonderful for finding ideas for IKEA hacks and customisations… so I had a good trawl through for visual inspiration, and as a result…
Here are my favourite 6 inexpensive, versatile, simple IKEA products (most of them under a tenner) that you can easily use and customise to make kids’ rooms look ace.
1. MOSSLANDA picture ledge from £4.50
I love these. We have them all over our house. They look ace and have the added advantage that you can change your displays as often as you like without repeatedly hammering into walls or making holes or worrying about new wall layouts. For kids’ rooms – brilliant for books, toys, pictures… basically anything. I absolutely love the little dino display.
2. REGOLIT pendant lamp shade £1.50
This decades-old, cheap-as-chips staple can be transformed from ‘student house’ to a brilliant kids’ lampshade just by adding pops of colour and/or shapes of your choice onto it… the best ideas I’ve come across are coloured dots, bunting-style triangles, kids’ handprints, dip-dye, and hanging a toy from the bottom of it so it looks like a balloon.
3. RÅSKOG trolley £49
Slightly more expensive than the other items in the list but still very affordable for a decent storage solution. Great little portable shelves in a lovely turquoise colour (or can be spray painted whatever colour you like). Perfect for books, toys, craft supplies, nappies, shoes and clothes, and I’ve also seen this used as a homework station and also as a bedside table with a lamp on the top and books / teddies underneath.
4. BEKVAM spice rack £3
Such a great little product. It can be used in a similar way to the MOSSLANDA picture ledge, for books, toys, pictures etc, but you can also paint or stain it and it’s a fair bit deeper for larger items, with a higher, more robust front edge to stop things falling out.
5. FINTORP cutlery stand (£2 nickel, £5 white/black) with rail (£6) and hooks (£3)
Great for a little art and craft supplies station or for toiletries. IKEA also do Grundtal cutlery stands in a slightly different design for a similar price.
6. BEKVAM step stool £13
Joe has one of these so he can reach up to open his skylight windows (his bedroom is in the loft), but they look amazing painted and can be used for bedside tables, shoe storage, as a kids’ desk, and as a seat with a footrest.
Do you have any IKEA favourites for kids’ rooms?