Best Finds at Ikea
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Best Finds at Ikea
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Sweet-ish Deals for the Home

Some of Ikea's products have become so ubiquitous that they're in more homes than not (we're looking at you, Poäng chair and Billy bookcase). But a trip to Ikea can still be intimidating for the uninitiated, especially if you don't know what's worth your pennies. While not everything is a home run, the store is full of great under-the-radar buys, many of which have been thoroughly vetted by happy owners. Here are some of the best. (And while you're navigating all that the Swedish retailer has to offer, be sure to check out 18 Secrets and Hacks for Shopping at Ikea.

Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.

Kura Reversible Kid's Bed
Ikea

Kura Reversible Kid's Bed

Price: $179
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This simple, well-loved wood-framed kid's bed is actually kind of genius — use it as a traditional low bed, convert it to a loft bed with play space underneath, or slide a mattress into the play space and use it as a bunk bed.

Värdera Dinnerware Set
Ikea

Värdera Dinnerware Set

Price: $50
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Clean and simple is the name of the game when it comes to Instagram-worthy plating. This set of dishwasher-safe white dinnerware comes with 18 pieces made of durable porcelain, and owners love the sleek look.

Mörbylånga Dining Table
Ikea

Mörbylånga Dining Table

Price: $629
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The Mörbylånga, made with a layer of oak and dovetail joints, has a more solid, handcrafted feel than many of Ikea's glossier tables. Owners sing its praises, saying it's sturdy and roomy enough for the whole family.

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Bollolvon Blackout Curtains
Ikea

Bollolvon Blackout Curtains

Price: $17
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Perfect for light sleepers or people without your average 9-to-5 gig, these blackout curtains do their job right, according to users. They come in a standard 98" length but can be hemmed to whatever length you need.

Symfonisk Speaker Lamp
Ikea

Symfonisk Speaker Lamp

Price: $179
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Futuristic-looking lamps are nothing new at Ikea, but speaker lamps are. This is a mashup that's as functional as it is pretty, with a Sonos-compatible speaker standing in for a lamp base and a hand-crafted glass lampshade on top.

Duktig Play Kitchen
Ikea
Genevad Armchair
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Bekväm Spice Rack
Ikea

Bekväm Spice Rack

Price: $5
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Sure, you can use it for its intended purpose, but the wooden Bekväm spice rack has ricocheted around the web with dozens of other uses. Good Housekeeping has a nice roundup, showing the spice rack as a bookshelf, a jewelry hanger, and a toiletry holder in the bathroom, among other things.

Evedal Floor Lamp
Ikea

Evedal Floor Lamp

Price: $239
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The Evedal lamp is definitely a foray into higher-end design and materials for Ikea: You'll get a handblown glass shade, marble base, solid oak stand, and brass accents that together make an heirloom-quality piece.

Tekla Dish Towel
Ikea

Tekla Dish Towel

Price: 79 cents
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A favorite among restaurateurs and home cooks alike, these generously sized cotton dish towels have many uses. Some of the reviewers' favorites include storing fresh herbs in the refrigerator, using in a steamer basket, DIY gift wrapping, and of course, washing dishes.

Micke Desk
Ikea

Micke Desk

Price: $90
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Available in black-brown or white, this desk has great storage despite its compact size and is ideal for a small home office or a child's desk. A cable outlet at the back helps keep cords hidden.

Stockholm Mirror
Ikea

Stockholm Mirror

Price: $129
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Class up a bathroom or any room that could use a little more light with this simple, modern mirror, available in ash or walnut. Owners love the elegant, upscale look and the reasonable price tag.

Skubb Box Set
Ikea

Skubb Box Set

Price: $6
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Maximize your dresser drawer space with this set of a half-dozen small boxes. Reviewers say they're hard to beat for keeping smaller items like socks, underwear, and jewelry well-organized.

Hemnes Daybed
Ikea

Hemnes Daybed

Price: $299
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This well-loved daybed is ideal for small spaces. It can function as a sofa, a single bed, or can pull out into a double bed. Plus, it has plenty of storage space with three drawers underneath.

Råskog Utility Cart
Ikea

Råskog Utility Cart

Price: $30
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Owners have high praise for the rolling, three-tiered Råskog cart. They say the powder-coated steel is surprisingly strong for the price, and the cart is versatile enough to use practically anywhere — a small bathroom, a playroom, a craft room, or anywhere else that needs some additional organization.

Äpplarö Patio Table
Ikea

Äpplarö Patio Table

Price: $149
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This solid wood table is the star of Ikea's well-loved Applarö line of outdoor furniture, made from solid acacia wood. It has adjustable drop leaves to fit your needs and a space in the center for a patio umbrella.

Ikea PS Cabinet
Ikea

Ikea PS Cabinet

Price: $99
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This steel cabinet has an undeniably sporty look that makes it a favorite for adding storage in kids' rooms or rec rooms. It's lockable and has a cord outlet for electronics, too.

Rens Sheepskin
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Rens Sheepskin

Price: $30
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What better place to get supplies for a trendy hygge design than Ikea? The Scandinavian retailer delivers with the Rens sheepskin, which can add instant coziness to a room as a rug, throw, or simple accent piece. Owners say it's as soft as it looks and a fantastic value for the price.

Upphetta Coffee Maker
Ikea

Upphetta Coffee Maker

Price: $8
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This inexpensive French press coffee maker makes the perfect amount for two people. Owners love that the simple design is easy to use and even easier to disassemble when it's time to clean it.

Hyllis Shelf Unit
Ikea

Hyllis Shelf Unit

Price: $15
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Everyone can use a little extra storage space, and owners sing the praises of this galvanized shelf unit that can be used indoors or outdoors. Many say they've been an inexpensive lifesaver in spaces including kitchen pantries, garages, and basements. A smaller size is available, too.

Sönderöd Rug
Ikea

Sönderöd Rug

Price: $149
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Owners give this high-pile rug near-perfect marks for its vibrant color and softness. And because it's made of polypropylene instead of wool, it won't shed and fade.

Måla Easel
Ikea

Måla Easel

Price: $20
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Your budding artist will love a space to express themselves, and you'll appreciate reclaiming the kitchen table. This pine easel has a whiteboard and a chalkboard, plus Ikea sells drawing paper that's a perfect fit.

Ofelia Vass Duvet Cover
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Ofelia Vass Duvet Cover

Price: $40
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Crisp white linens will never go out of style, and owners say this all-cotton set washes well despite the low price. It has a bit of dobby texture for interest.

Jokkmokk Dining Set
Ikea

Jokkmokk Dining Set

Price: $129
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This solid pine dining set is sturdier than most Ikea pieces, and users say it's also easy to assemble. Owners particularly love the compact footprint, saying it's ideal for small kitchens or homes without a dedicated dining area.

Toftbo Bath Mat
Ikea

Toftbo Bath Mat

Price: $8
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Owners say these soft, absorbent microfiber bath mats dry quickly and are oh-so-comfy to step on after a bath or shower. Even better, they wash and dry well when they get a little musty.

Strandmon Armchair
Ikea

Strandmon Armchair

Price: $279
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The Strandmon has all the makings of an instant classic, including a timeless wingback look and a low price tag. It comes in several colors and patterns, and owners say it's easy to assemble and surprisingly comfortable. They also love the style.

Dragon 20-Piece Flatware Set
Ikea

Dragon 20-Piece Flatware Set

Price: $13
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This no-frills set of 20 stainless steel utensils is one of Ikea's most well-loved. Reviewers say that the pieces feel durable, and the quality far exceeds the price.

Trulstorp Coffee Table
Ikea

Trulstorp Coffee Table

Price: $99
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If you admire the streamlined look of Ikea's famous Lack coffee table but want something a little sturdier, take a look at the Trulstorp. It also adds another level of function — part of the tabletop can be raised for eating and working, and items can be stored inside.

Borrby Lantern
Ikea

Borrby Lantern

Price: $10
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Whether you use it for indoor or outdoor décor, this steel lantern is a versatile accent that shoppers love. It's sized for block candles and comes in a larger size and a white finish, too.

Knalla Shopping Bag
Ikea

Knalla Shopping Bag

Price: $2
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Ikea's hard-to-miss Frakta bags get a lot of attention, but if you need something a little less blue and crinkly, the Knalla reusable bag has its own devotees. They love how compactly it folds, but how roomy it is for groceries, books, or other heavy loads.

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Förhöja Kitchen Cart
Ikea

Förhöja Kitchen Cart

Price: $109
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Who can't use a little extra cooking space? This birch cart earns raves for its ability to add storage and more surface area in even the tightest kitchens.

Tilkört Comforter
Ikea

Tilkört Comforter

Price: $14 (through Oct. 28; then $18)
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Always waking up in a puddle of sweat? Reviewers love this thin, soft comforter for spring and summer since it's lightweight and comfortable, and it's hard to beat the price.

Alkalisk Alkaline Batteries
Ikea

Alkalisk Alkaline Batteries

Price: $3
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Duracell batteries fare slightly better than Ikea's in expert tests, but the key word is "slightly." But there's nothing slight about the price difference, which will have you paying triple the price for the iconic Coppertop batteries versus Ikea's cheerful yellow ones.

Tärnaby Table Lamp
Ikea

Tärnaby Table Lamp

Price: $25
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This LED lamp has a decidedly old-fashioned feel that stands out among Ikea's modern designs. A built-in dimmer means it can be true mood lighting.

Gökärt Mattress Protector
Ikea

Gökärt Mattress Protector

Price: $15
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Ikea's mattresses can be a hit-and-miss affair, but owners have no such qualms about this machine-washable mattress protector, made with a waterproof layer that helps prevent stains.

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