*classic pieces that will last for years (yes, these do exist)
*less expensive than similar versions at Target (Target has similar quality, but isn't as difficult
When it comes to IKEA shopping, I stick to simply designed items that I can't find at better prices:
1. Super affordable frames that you'll be able to use in any room.
2. Not only are the dishes cheap, but the simple designs are hard to get tired of. I've had my 365 set for over five years.
3. Yes, these magazine files are cardboard, but they're super cheap and hold up quite well. If you suffer from ugly/ cluttered shelf syndrome (like certain guys I know), these will solve your problems in a hurry.
4. I'll always remember the day that I upgraded to a closet full of wooden hangers- my clothes never looked so expensive. I'll never go back!The duds are usually:
*the impulse buys
*poorly constructed with cheap materials
*the items you buy just because you [traveled far/ waited in long lines/ don't want to go home empty handed]
1. You can do better than fake wood and poorly constructed furniture, especially when Craigslist is spilling over with "solid wood" (use it as a search term) pieces at half of IKEA's prices!
2. The lighting at IKEA can be tricky- an interesting statement piece can transform a room... while a poorly made light can stop working and cause you to pay ridiculous electrician fees thinking that something is wrong with the wiring to your dining room just to find out that their fixtures break easily (I sure wish I would have spent that $200 from the electrician on a new chandelier instead!).
3. I love a cheap rug as much as the next person (I have an IKEA runner in my kitchen), but I wouldn't say that all of their rugs are great buys. Instead of spending $100 on a rug that you'll have to replace a few years down the line, just spring for the long-lasting high quality stuff!
4. I think there's a reason why they've placed the little extras like these votive candle holders near the exit, you're not going to want to leave empty handed and you'll grab the first inexpensive thing you find. Although it might be only $2, put down that votive- you don't need it!
Whew, you can tell that I'm a bit passionate about IKEA shopping! I'm interested to hear what you think, what are your favorite finds from IKEA? Have you ever walked away with a dud*?
*My duds: light fixture that only lasted a few years, ugly "what was I thinking?" accessories like candle holders and mirrors, Euro shams that look cheap on my pillows, bedding that felt too rough to sleep with, chairs with screws that wouldn't go in all the way, side table that wobbled, table that scratched easily, storage boxes I didn't even need... I could go on and on!