Cheap and Chic: 7 Ikea Pieces Designers Use (and Love)

St. Amour also mentions that the 1-foot-by-4-foot Kallax configuration can easily be made into an entryway bench. “Pop it onto the stand, add a cushion from Etsy, and you have a custom, one-of-a-kind bench,” she says.

The Kallax is great for storing shoes, hats, and other accessories. “You can even paint these to match any design aesthetic—just don’t forget to use a lacquer-based primer first,” St. Amour says.

Mike Semegen, owner and project manager for Hello Home Studios, in Kelowna, BC, Canada, is also a fan. “This is a versatile and stylish shelving unit that can be used in many different ways,” Semegen says. “You can easily combine several of them to create a storage unit wall.”

Kallax shelves are also useful as a room divider, bookshelf, or TV display unit.

3. Soderhamn sofa

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Above: The Soderhamn Sofa.

If you’re looking for a sofa with a luxurious aesthetic, similar to the popular Neva sofa from furniture company Sixpenny, check out Ikea’s Soderhamn sofa. This couch, available in five shades, is design-forward while still being reasonably priced.

“The Soderhamn sofa is great, because it has a unique design with right and left armrests that can be exchanged,” says Carmelo Carrasco, an interior designer, real estate agent, and co-founder of Axel Property Management, in Allentown, PA.

Because of its versatility, the Soderhamn sofa can easily fit into any living room.

4. Pax closet system

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Above: The Pax System.

Another of Zimmerman’s favorite Ikea pieces is the Pax closet system. “This is a great option for anyone looking to create a high-end, built-in closet system without breaking the bank,” she says.

With the right molding, paint, hardware, and planning, you can transform this budget-friendly piece of furniture into your own.

“Plus, it offers a ton of storage space, which is always a plus when it comes to selling a home,” Zimmerman adds.

5. Harlanda armchair and 6. Ekkronmal throw blanket

Above: The Ekkronmal Blanket (at left) and Harlanda Armchair (at right).

If you’re in the market for an armchair, Rice recommends Ikea’s Harlanda option. This timeless piece of furniture is available in six colors and can be used in living rooms, bedrooms, and dens. “We often see similar, if not identical, items in stores like Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn,” Rice says. “This is a price point you can feel good about while still making sure you get a classic silhouette that feels and looks expensive.”

Ikea is also a great option for inexpensive home accessories, such as throw blankets. “Why are cute throws so expensive?” says Rice. “They don’t have to be!”

For an affordable throw that only looks pricy, Rice recommends the Ekkronmal blanket. “I love that this one adds a dash of color that feels warm, inviting, yet still subtle,” she says. “Pair it next to a vase of fresh sunflowers.”

7. Sinnerlig pendant lamp

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Above: And Ikea’s Sinnerlig Pendant Lamp.

If you want to elevate a bedroom or dining room, pick up the Sinnerlig pendant lamp. Easy to integrate into many different aesthetics, this lightweight fixture adds character to any room. “It makes a statement that would look just as great in a coastal dining nook as it would in an organic-modern bedroom,” says Rice, noting that for $129, the Sinnerlig is an excellent size for the price.

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