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10 Must-Have IKEA Finds I Want to Own

When it comes to home decor, I find that IKEA tends to be a bit polarizing. Some people seemingly worship the discount Swedish furniture and accessories brand; others loathe its mass market appeal. Truthfully, the nearest IKEA to us is a four hour drive so purchases are slim to none around these parts. I can’t remember the last time I shopped at there, but it was years ago. That said, lately, all I seem to do is fall in love with the Swedes all over again on a daily basis, remiss that I can’t just stroll across town and pick up what I want. So with that said, we’ve finally broken down and are planning a road trip with the exclusive purpose of IKEA shopping in the next few weeks. (Is that sad or awesome? You be the judge!) Here are 10 must-have IKEA furniture pieces and finds I want to own that you’re sure to love, too! (Yes, even if you fall on the loathing side of the fence.)

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    10 Must-Have Finds to Buy at IKEA

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    Blue + White Striped IKEA Curtains

    I can't even believe how high-end these curtains panels look, but I'm crazy about them! The all white look gives them a touch of elegance, while the navy blue stripes makes them more interesting than mundane. And the price? Just $14.99 for two panels — you can't beat that!
    Buy them for $14.99 at IKEA | Photo by Jill DeVries from A Beautiful Mess

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    IKEA Bedding

    Sticking with the textiles for a moment, I've never paid a ton of attention to IKEA's bedding, much of it not suiting my personal tastes. That said, lately I'm loving a lot of their prints, like this soft white and gray botanical pattern!
    Buy it for $39.99 from IKEA | Photo by Mallory Benedict from Design*Sponge

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    IKEA Expedit Bookcase as Buffet

    IKEA's Expedit shelving is near legendary for how popular it is, but this use of an Expedit bookcase as a dining room buffet is genius! It gives the piece a whole new look when styled up with pretty vintage glassware.
    Buy it for $89.99 from IKEA | Photo from Sugar & Cloth

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    IKEA Floating Shelves

    Our kitchen is tiny and has more than it's fair share of storage woes. I definitely want to pop up a few floating shelves to create some additional functional storage for some of the things we use most - like these in this gorgeous farmhouse kitchen! These shelves are also perfect in bathrooms, living rooms and offices, too.
    Buy them for $14.99 and up at IKEA | Photo by Joe Gomez from Design*Sponge

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    IKEA Utility Cart

    I have so many uses for this little utility cart in our home I can't even tell you. In the aforementioned tiny kitchen, in our closet-less bathroom, in my office to collect all those office supplies that seem to run around the room of their own free will. And the price, at just $49.99 is certainly right!
    Buy it for $49.99 from IKEA | Photo by Sugar & Cloth

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    Gold Paint IKEA Vittsjo Shelves

    If I'm being honest, what our IKEA road trip all boils down to in the end are these shelves. I want a pair for added storage in our living/family/dining room. To display glassware and pretty things, you know. (I love how they're shown here styled for an office!) I've been wanting to buy them and paint them gold for months. They're just too pretty and such a steal at the price!
    Buy them for $70 at IKEA | Photo by House of Earnest

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    Gorgeous Kitchen Makeover

    Is it silly to drive four hours to buy a magnetic knife rack? Absolutely. Will I buy one while I'm there? You can count on it! With two cooks in the kitchen on a regular basis I love the idea of having our pretty knives out on display in a way that doesn't eat up our counter space.
    Buy it for $12.99 from IKEA | Photo from Manhattan Nest

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    DIY Distressed IKEA Shelving

    More gorgeous IKEA shelving! (Honestly, this is the area where I think IKEA truly shines.) These have a DIY distressed finish and I love how it pairs with the metal brackets and collection of books and photos. This wold be a great look in our living room!
    Buy them for $6 from IKEA | DIY and photo by Sugar & Cloth

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    DIY Gold Leafed IKEA Desk

    While I'm probably not in the market for a new desk, if I were I'd seriously consider this one! I love the trestle legs and the awesome DIY gold leaf treatment is just, well, awesome. This is a classic piece you'd own for years, no doubt.
    Buy it for $269 from IKEA | DIY and photo from Style Me Pretty Living

     

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    IKEA Stockholm Cabinet

    Another item that's topping my IKEA wish list is this gorgeous glass cabinet! I love the clean lines, the size and the shape, which all make it perfect for just about any room in your home. We need storage everywhere (have I mentioned that yet?) so I'd love to lug home one of these beauties and call it my own.
    Buy it for $399 from IKEA | Photo by Anouschka Rokebrand from Style Me Pretty Living

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