8 IKEA Products Interior Designers Swear By

Personally, I have a love/ hate relationship with IKEA. I kind of think most people feel this way. The prices are amazing and the Swedish giant always offers a furniture collection that is both classic and on trend. But the whole IKEA trip can be draining and time seriously confusing.

So to save you time and your sanity I have devised a list of the 8 pieces every interior designer swears by. So that next time you are in IKEA you can pick, purchase and leave FAST!!! You are so welcome..

#1 MALM bed frame

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This bed has been used in soo many high-end interiors by both designers and décor lovers alike,.Why? Simply put it is an unbelievable design. It’s simple, clean-lined and the price is not too bad either. The MALM bed frame looks great just off the shelves or if you are a bit of a DIY junkie like myself.  The hacks for this pieces are endless. Look out for my IKEA HACKS blog next week where I will go through my favourite hacks for the Malm bed next week…


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Okay so this is a bit more pricey, well for IKEA standards, but this black and white striped rug has been a long term fave of mine and also a major player for Interior Designer Emily Henderson. (I have a slight girl crush on her) But anyways in her own words. ‘We have used it over and over, and because of the simple pattern and black-and-white palette, it is totally timeless and can be used with so many different styles.” — Emily Henderson, director, Emily Henderson…if its good enough for Ms Henderson it’s most certainly good enough for me ..

#3 BILLY bookcase

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I will always be a fan of the BILLY, it understated simplicity works in most interiors. This bookcase is over 7years old and still a firm favourite and best seller in IKEA. But why? Mat Sanders, co-founder and creative director of Consort Design in Los Angeles puts it best  “A great room should be mixed with new and pieces having a variety of price ranges to achieve a layered, well-rounded personality in the space. When used tastefully, the Billy can feel very upscale.”… The BILLY is also amazing when some personal touches are added. I will show you my favourite hacks for this piece next week.

#4 DOCKSTA table

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Eero Saarinen designer for Knoll needs full credit for the beautiful Docksta Table. The IKEA Docksta table is a very obvious replica of Saarinens famous Tulip Table. So us lucky designer junkies get the tables at a much more affordable price…I am talking a lot more affordable. The Tulip table will set you back at least €2000!…Glup…Anyways I’m obsessed with the sleek look of Ikea’s Docksta Table. Its works brilliantly in both modern spaces and also mixed in with traditional pieces for a more contrasting space. Personally, I like to pair it with an assembly of different chair styles…resulting in an uncomplicated and chic space.

#5 HEMNES dresser

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Even the name HEMNES sounds chic, but it is not just the aesthetics of this dresser that make it a popular pick with Interior Designers it is the Hemnes versatility. The dresser comes in a 2-drawer, 6-drawer  and even 8-drawer model, as well as multiple colours. So it can be accommodated for most spaces. Simple hack! Change the knobs to make it a unique piece.

#6 RAST 3-drawer chest