10 Favorite IKEA Finds

I have to tell you that I had only visited IKEA once or twice when my girls were going to college in Boston, and they were always quick trips to pick up supplies for their dorms, but once we moved to Illinois and I was able to really look around, I found out that IKEA was so much more than a college dorm superstore.

10 favorite IKEA finds

Now, 4 1/2 years later, I have a pretty good handle on the different departments and the items I’ll go back for. I don’t visit our local store as often as I did when we first moved here, it’s usually too crowded, but when I do I always come out with something I love. So what’s the best things at IKEA? I’m sure everyone has their favorites but these are my top 10 favorite finds.

Pillow Covers – $4 and up

10 favorite IKEA finds from frames to pillow covers to food storage. | chatfieldcourt.comActually, I recently took a trip there trying to find pillow covers for my winter decor and, once again IKEA didn’t disappoint. They always have a great selection and the prices can’t be beat. For someone like me, who changes pillow covers with the wind, it’s a no-brainer.

Tea Lights – $3.49 for 100

10 favorite IKEA


I burn candles and tea lights all the time, especially in the winter, so finding these has been a real money saver, a pack of 100 is only $3.49.

Ribba Frames – $4.99 and up

10 favorite IKEA finds


10 favorite IKEA finds

I love a simple black frame and the Ribba is just that. I have them sprinkled all around my house hanging with more expensive frames and you can’t tell which is which.

Utility Cart – $29.99

10 favorite IKEA finds


Ok, I don’t have one of these, but I look at it every time I go and imagine all the goodies I could put in it. We have a small house and I really don’t have anywhere to put it so this one will have to live in my dreams…for now.

Storage Jars – $4.49 (2 qt.)

10 favorite IKEA finds


Actually, my daughter turned me on to these, she uses them for all of her kitchen storage. I bought several to help organize our stash of nuts in the kitchen (ummm, we’re nuts for nuts 😉 ). They have several different sizes, a tight seal and the prices are awesome.

Rast Dresser – $34.99

10 favorite IKEA finds


I bought one of these a few months ago to use in the bedroom, once I give it a makeover of course. I love that it’s made of solid wood, it’s inexpensive and it’s a blank slate. You could do so much with it (or leave it as is).

I’ve since completed my Rast hack. You can check out what I did to it and how I’m using it, here

Kitchen Sink – $185.99

10 favorite IKEA finds


10 favorite IKEA finds

I literally looked everywhere for a kitchen sink that fit our small space and didn’t break the bank and IKEA had exactly what I wanted. I love it!

Throw – $29.99

10 favorite IKEA finds

I love my throw from IKEA and it’s gets a lot of use in our house. Not only is it 100% cotton but it has some weight to it and washes well.

Pendant Lamp – $59.99

10 favorite IKEA finds


This is something else I’ve admired but not gotten. When we were looking at lighting for our kitchen, IKEA was the first place we looked. I loved this pendant but, sadly, it’s too big for our space. It’s a great looking light, though.

Great kitchen inspiration – FREE

Before we started our kitchen reno we would brave the crowds and browse around all of the beautiful kitchen spaces looking for inspiration and ideas. It really helps to look at different spaces to get an idea of what you like and don’t like and this was just the place. If you’re thinking about a kitchen reno, or just want something to do on a Sunday afternoon, I highly recommend a trip to IKEA’s kitchen area.

What are you favorite finds at IKEA? Are any of my favorites yours?

I have not been compensated for this post. I just wanted to share some awesome finds with you.

Another favorite place that’s filled with awesomeness is HomeGoods, and I’ve shared some tips for shopping there.


Tips and tricks for shopping at HomeGoods. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Tips for Shopping at HomeGoods

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  1. erika
    Monday,January 25, 2016 / 6:51 am

    I totally agree with you, Ikea has so much more then dorm decor. We also purchased that farmhouse sink from Ikea and my talented husband mounted it under our oak counter tops (also Ikea). Actually our whole kitchen, cabinets, appliances, counter tops and sink, came in under $7000. We couldn’t be happier.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 4:34 am

      The farmhouse sink is awesome, isn’t it? Wow, $7000 for a whole kitchen reno, including appliances, is awesome! Congrats to you and your hubby. Enjoy!

  2. Monday,January 25, 2016 / 9:34 am

    My luck is blah today. I wanted to pin the ouse on Nancy’s Joyful cottage but no pin button and I wanted to read your ten tips for shopping home goods but couldn’t get it to open. I have never been to an Ikea store, some day maybe. I think my favorite is the blue cart. It would be perfect in my quilting studio. I could fill it with supplies and roll it from the studio to the living room when I am doing hand work in my recliner. I am going to have to get someone with a big car to take me to the one in Orlando so I can get one. I have a little gas saver that has room for one suitcase. 🙂
    Have a greay week.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 2:29 am

      I’m sorry that you had trouble opening the HomeGoods post Debbie. The problem should be fixed. I think that cart would be an awesome addition to your quilting studio. You might be able to get one in your car. I think it comes unassembled and in a box so it just may fit.

      Thanks for visiting. Hope your luck is better today. 😉

  3. Jessica [Havok]
    Monday,January 25, 2016 / 10:52 am

    I’ve bought very few things from IKEA, and have only been I believe twice. But one of my most favorite kitchen supplies came from there – my cheese grater! It’s the Chosigt, and I love it and wish I had another (we eat a lot of cheese, ha!). Only reason I’ve kept my regular grater is because I actually do need multiple graters – I use one about five times a week!
    I would love to go to IKEA again (it’s not *that* far, but it’s normally pretty busy) just to take a look around again…and maybe grab some of those tealights! Last time I bought some were from the Dollar Tree in an 8 pack, which sounded alright when I bought them (also, black cherry scented!) but 100 for less than 4$ is an amazing deal! Though I would probably end up buying the 30 packs that are scented, because if I light candles, I want the smell, ha! 😉

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 4:39 am

      Hey, everyone needs a cheese grater, or several, right? Fellow cheese lover so I totally understand. 😉 Thanks for stopping in Jessica and I hope you have a great week!

  4. Kim
    Monday,January 25, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Ikea is one of my favorite stores and so many, many pieces in my home have come from it! We were just there a few weekends ago and came home with a chair, some hand towels, a new cutting board, glasses and a pasta strainer! It’s alway fun to poke around, isn’t it?

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 2:22 am

      It is a fun place to poke around. I love to come away with a few ideas, and maybe a few great finds. 😉 Thanks for stopping in Kim.

  5. Monday,January 25, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    i too could not get the homegoods site to open. just have to keep looking, i guess

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 25, 2016 / 4:12 pm

      So sorry Peppi. The issue has been fixed. Thanks for letting me know.

  6. Monday,January 25, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Wonderful picks from IKEA… I am a HUGE fan of IKEA and lucky enough to have a store in my city. I renovated an older home 2 years ago and t every room in my home has items/furniture from IKEA. I used their free kitchen designer to put my kitchen together. The designer was phenomenal and helped me get a ton of storage into a 8′ X 10″ space. One of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon is to go and just walk around the store… I always come out with new ideas.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 4:31 am

      Thanks Carol. Wow, using IKEA’s free kitchen designer is a great tip. Getting storage space in a small kitchen is not an easy thing to do. So glad that it all worked out for you. 🙂

  7. MaryJean
    Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Wish we had an Ikea store near us. Looks like they have some great things!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,January 26, 2016 / 11:39 pm

      They do have some great things. Maybe you’ll get there one day. Hope you are well. Thanks for stopping in. 🙂

  8. Wednesday,January 27, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    I agree with you on all points Kristi! And since I have been there several times lately (for a project I’ll be sharing soon), I have accumulated so much stuff from there already!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 28, 2016 / 4:39 am

      I know what you mean Vel. It’s so hard to go into IKEA and not come out with something good. Can’t wait to see what your working on.

  9. Nancy
    Wednesday,January 27, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I love Ikea. They have such great items at great prices. Unfortunately, now the closest one is hours and hours away. I do love my Ikea sink. Which I know I’ve already told you. LOL Hugs, Nancy

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 28, 2016 / 5:04 am

      I know that you love your sink as much as I do Nancy. It just goes to show you that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have something you love. 🙂

  10. Thursday,January 28, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Those are some great things. I haven’t been to an Ikea in years and I’m not even sure where the one is here LOL It’s far away… that much I know.

    By the way, I don’t know if you realize this, but when I click on your name from my blog post, there’s nothing to click on to take me here. I enter your blog name every time in my search bar. Just letting you know so you don’t miss out on new visitors 🙂


    • Kristi
      Friday,January 29, 2016 / 4:04 am

      Thanks so much for the head’s up Rue, I appreciate it. I had no idea, probably because I know zero about Blogger. I think I fixed it…hopefully. Have a great weekend!

  11. Saturday,February 20, 2016 / 6:19 am

    Oooh, I need that utility cart. I have a spot where extra kitchen items like water bottles and extra snacks just pile up and that cart would be a great place to store them. Thanks!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,February 20, 2016 / 2:08 pm

      Isn’t that cart awesome? It sounds like it would be a great addition to your kitchen. Thanks so much for visiting.

  12. Stahli
    Sunday,February 28, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    I love Ikea! I also have that sink! Isn’t it great!?!?! I don’t think there is a room in my house that doesn’t have something from the store and the list grows every time I go.

    One of my favorite things to get is their cheap (and I mean cheap, like $.79 ea) kitchen towels. I use them in my kitchen of course and bleach them. Then, when they are stained I don’t feel bad about passing them down to be floor towels. Once they are too stained for even floor towels they get tossed or sent out to the garage.

    Another one is the package of kids washcloths. They are white except for the little loop so, I can use them in my kitchen with the same cycle as the kitchen towels. I don’t remember how much they cost but it is less than a $1 per cloth. I also forgot to mention above, when they are demoted to floor towels I cut the loop off and then there is no way of getting them mixed up.

    By the way, my closest Ikea is almost 3 hours away so I have to plan out how I am going to spend my day there. (Or more!)

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 1, 2016 / 1:34 am

      Wow 3 hours to shop at IKEA, that’s love. 😉 Thanks so much for sharing your favorite IKEA finds! I’m definitely going to check out the towels and the washcloths. I’m always looking for things like that.

  13. Sara Haines
    Sunday,February 28, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Have loved IKEA since it opened 2004. If we lived close ,I would volunteer there. Thank you for IKEA .
    Maybe you could work on clothes. Just asking.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 1, 2016 / 1:41 am

      IKEA is an awesome store, isn’t it Sara? Thanks so much for stopping in and, you never know, maybe one day I’ll do a post on clothes.

  14. Katherine Paisner
    Monday,February 29, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Love the utility cart!! It would be a great nightstand in my daughter’s room. I am redecorating my entire home (crazy, I know) . I started with my daughters room and used spice racks from Ikea to create a reading nook for her. I did live near an Ikea for years but we moved you years ago and the closest one is just too far so I order on line. They cost 3.99 each ! Bought spray paint at Home Depot and presto!!! I would love to post the pic but not sure how to do that. Love your blog!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 1, 2016 / 3:52 am

      Isn’t that utility cart awesome Katherine? That’s a great idea to use it as a nightstand. It sounds like you have gotten very creative with your IKEA finds, good for you! I’d love to see your pics. If you want, you could email them to me at [email protected]. Thanks for stopping in and for sharing your ideas.

  15. Praline
    Sunday,March 20, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Thank you for your list of Ikea finds. I’ve added many to my list. I love Ikea even though for me its 230 miles away. I love the little Fixa kits that you can stack neatly on a shelf in the utility room or garage, the bedding, the affordable outdoor furniture and rugs, the lighting, and all of the bins and baskets and drawer and shelf organizers. Oh I could go on and on.
    I too buy their Ribba frames, and I have the utility cart in my coat closet which I use to store frequently accessed files, printer paper, and notebooks since the office is upstairs. It takes up very little space and I can just wheel it out to file and then put it back. If an Ikea ever opens here I would love it! We are getting a Home Goods soon, so I’m going to check out your list for that store next! Thanks!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,March 23, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Hi, Praline. Thanks for visiting and sharing your IKEA favorites. I haven’t seen the Fixa kits and I could use something like that, so I will definitely check them out. I love that utility cart too and I hope that I’ll have room for one in my new house. Thanks again and I hope that you enjoy having a HomeGoods near you. 🙂

  16. Lyn Ermacora
    Friday,March 25, 2016 / 1:19 am

    I love that sink too. I am from South Africa where we don’t have an IKEA but I have been lucky enough to shop in the Dubai store and Italy. I have found that Ikea has stuff you never knew you really needed.
    Thanks for the post.

    • Kristi
      Monday,March 28, 2016 / 11:38 am

      Hi, Lyn! That’s too bad that there is no IKEA in South Africa but I’m glad that you were able to experience their awesomeness. 😉 You are so right about shopping there, though, I’ve walked out of the store many times with stuff that I never knew I needed. Thanks so much for stopping in to visit.

  17. Jan
    Saturday,March 26, 2016 / 10:32 am

    What I love about IKEA is their simple, creative design that goes into every item. For instance, many years ago I bought the simple plastic and paper bag holders that simply snap together and are hung on the wall. I put them in my pantry so that when I empty bags I put them in the containers. When they accumulate, I recycle them or give them to the local food bank. Simple product but clever and so efficient- and cheap!!!

    • Kristi
      Monday,March 28, 2016 / 11:32 am

      Hi Jen! You are so right about IKEA’s simple and creative designs. Those bag holders are awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about IKEA and this great product!

  18. Wednesday,February 15, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    We are lucky enough to have an IKEA here in Charlotte!! I always stock up on batteries when I am there. Also, they are a great spot for wrapping paper at Christmas. The rolls are fairly cheap and last forever!!!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 16, 2017 / 2:47 am

      I agree Dara, I always stock up on batteries too. I haven’t checked out the wrapping paper though. I’ll definitely look into that next Christmas. Thanks for sharing your favorite finds.

  19. Wednesday,February 15, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    I love Ikea but unfortunately there’s not one anywhere near my home. I did get to go for the first time the last time I was in Denver and it’s really a good thing there’s not one near me because I might just decide to live there. They have food and everything! It’s truly an amazing place to shop and I cannot wait to get to go there again one day. For now, I will just have to order online. Thanks for sharing your post at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week. Please join us again next week!!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 16, 2017 / 2:52 am

      We don’t have an IKEA near us anymore so I’m in the same boat, Melissa. It’s a major bummer but I keep a list and we try to go a couple times a year. I can always order online if I just can’t wait. 😉

      Thanks so much for stopping in.

  20. Thursday,February 16, 2017 / 6:41 am

    Love all these pics. I need to make a trip there soon!

    • Kristi
      Friday,February 17, 2017 / 4:41 am

      Thanks Stephanie! I’m itching to go again too. Hopefully soon. 🙂

  21. Friday,February 17, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    When I get the chance I love heading to Ikea. I love carts for organizing. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared.

    • Kristi
      Monday,February 20, 2017 / 5:49 am

      Thanks so much, Theresa! 🙂

  22. Tracey
    Saturday,February 18, 2017 / 7:13 am

    I love IKEA! We have a new one opening in our town in just a few weeks, and I can’t wait! Great finds!

    • Kristi
      Monday,February 20, 2017 / 5:48 am

      Oooo, lucky you, Tracey! Enjoy your new IKEA!

  23. Saturday,February 18, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I am an Ikea fan as well, I have that same throw! Most of my furniture is from Ikea, my favorite piece is my two person chaise lounge. The affordability of the textiles is great too, it makes redecorating easy (and possible) on a budget.

    • Kristi
      Monday,February 20, 2017 / 5:56 am

      You are so right Michelle. IKEA’s prices do make it easy to redecorate on a budget. What would we do without them? 😉

  24. Monday,February 20, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Tea lights are my favourite purchase at Ikea too!!

    Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 22, 2017 / 4:42 am

      Can’t beat the price! 🙂

  25. Karen
    Thursday,March 2, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    I love visiting Ikea. There are 2 in Toronto, Canada. My favourite and the most useful thing I got was a Pax wardrobe many years ago. So much that I bought 2 more in the next few years. They are 6’x3’x2′. I have one in the office to store supplies and toys for the grandkids. One is in the basement that holds all the christmas decorations, hobbies and sleeping bags. The best is in the kitchen and used for holding my pots, pans, baking cookware, small appliances and dry goods. Those are stored in various sized glass storage jars like you have.

    I used their step stools for my old dog who couldn’t climb into the car or the bed and was too big to lift up. I still use the for an old rescue dog who is too small to jump up.

    Over the years I’ve bought many things from them. Storage things, office stuff, lighting, baskets, dishes, christmas decorations and so much more. I can’t wait for the christmas decorations every year. Always something new to see. Their restaurant is great too.

    I just discovered your site and enjoying going through it. Beautiful chriatmas decorated guest room.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,March 5, 2017 / 11:50 pm

      Hi Karen and welcome to Chatfield Court. So glad you found us and stopped in for a visit.

      It sounds like you are a huge fan of IKEA too and have found pieces that you use and love.

      Thanks so much for sharing your favorites. I’ll definitely check out the Pax wardrobe on my next visit.

      Hope you have a great week!

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