It's probably already your go-to for affordable home goods, but one of the joys of spending time inside forever favorite Swedish design store IKEA is finding a ton of items you never even knew you needed — or perhaps didn't need but definitely would be happy to have. For example, you come in for a table lamp and end up leaving with a fist full of faux monstera stems as well. And if you haven't stopped in for a bit, right now might be a good time to pay a visit, as some of the best things to buy at IKEA are some of its latest.
Between the expert-approved organizing products (ideal if you're looking to declutter your desk or make your closet more functional), the kitchen hacks and dining essentials that make entertaining a cinch, and all the other affordable design pieces that add that extra oomph to any room, there's a lot ot take in. Thankfully, Janice Simonsen, design spokesman for IKEA North America, is breaking down some of the new (and a couple of the tried-and-true) products that are worth investing in — especially given the price. Ahead, find 10 pieces — from furniture to holiday table decor — that will give you the mini home makeover you're craving this season.
Shopping for big furniture pieces, including dressers, can be intimidating given the usual price points. Not so at IKEA. Case in point, the MALM. Simonsen notes that what makes this one a standout are the deep, smooth-running drawers and the exciting new color, grey.
FRIHETEN Sleeper Sofa
Not only does this minimally designed sofa fold out into a bed (perfect for those hosting family or friends during the holiday), but Simonsen points out that there's easy-to-access built-in storage to stash your extra bedding.
RANDGRAS Duvet Cover Set
Speaking of bedding, IKEA is always a reliable place to find affordable sets when you're in the mood to switch things up. The RANDGRAS is of soft, durable quality, and the cotton/lyocell blend wicks moisture to keep you cooler — and sleeping more soundly — during the night.
It is possible to decorate for the season in a non-cliché way. Simonsen shares that this mouth-blown glass pumpkin — which boasts an opening at the bottom for a battery operated tea light — is a chic way to bring a holiday feel to your home.
Dress up your holiday table with these blue and white bowls that are perfect for holding snacks or condiments.
HIDRASSUND Pocket Spring Mattress
Not only does IKEA stock mattresses, but they've also got an eco-friendly option. This one utilizes natural latex, coconut fiber, cotton, and wool.
MERETE Room Darkening Curtains
Some swear by blackout curtains for the best possible sleep, and Simonsen adds that these best-selling ones are easy to hang, which makes them a customer favorite.
RORSLEV Door Mat
At under $3, this colorful doormat made from recycled PET bottles is probably one of the most affordable and vibrant decor accents the store has to offer.
VARDAGEN Pot with Lid
This pot gives the nostalgic feel of that other well-known enamel cookware brand for a fraction of the price.
For just over $250, this set offers not just a sturdy dining table, but the chairs to match — complete with machine-washable covers.