Let’s face it: It’s hard not to love IKEA. Along with thousands of sleek, Scandi-style home furnishings, almost everything at the Swedish mega-store is priced fairly—and affordably.
But what to do when you’re in the market for furniture that looks a little more expensive—on an IKEA-only budget? We scoured the retailer high and low and gathered some of their most luxe-looking—but reasonably priced—products. From a brass-accented serving stand to a mid-century modern-inspired desk, read on for eight IKEA buys that don’t scream “IKEA” when you see them.
A bestseller at IKEA for a reason, when laid properly, the RENS sheepskin throw can elevate anything from your living room sofa to your bedroom floor, for just $30. And considering it’s made of durable (and soil-resistant) wool, this versatile throw-slash-rug only looks expensive.
The only thing better than a posh piece of multifunctional furniture is one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Case in point: This IKEA and Tom Dixon-designed DELAKTIG chair, that transforms from a low-lying ottoman to a shapely armchair in seconds, thanks to removable back and armrest cushions. Simply buy the super stylish base and build it up as your budget allows.
Few things can dress up a dinner table like expensive-looking serving ware. The eye-catching three-tiered FÖRÄDLA serving stand is composed of shiny glazed porcelain dishes and a fancy brass stem, but will only set you back $25 bucks.
Nothing says “expensive” like a lavish chandelier, and believe it or not, IKEA has a few. The sculptural IKEA PS MASKROS pendant lamp, for instance, truly looks like a pricey ceiling fixture, but is unbelievably priced for under $100.
Searching for an affordable but attractive dining table for your tiny apartment? The glossy white TORSBY table boasts a compact, not to mention chrome-plated, frame that can comfortably seat four people at a time—for just about $200.
Chic and affordable floor mirrors aren’t easy to come by, but that’s exactly what IKEA offers with the IKORNNES. Along with a smooth ash-veneered frame and stand, this 5-and-a-half foot tall floor mirror has a built-in garment rack on its back, so you can hang up (and show off) tomorrow’s outfit.
When it comes to elevated (but reasonably priced) IKEA finds, the HILVER table might take the cake. Made of eco-friendly and durable bamboo, this mid-century modern-inspired desk offers both sustainability and a clean-lined silhouette—for less than two hundred bucks.
It’s not everyday you come across a commercial-grade kitchen cart at an affordable price point, which is why we have to pause and celebrate the KUNGSFORS in all its glory. Inspired by restaurant kitchen storage units, this stainless steel stunner comes complete with a removable tray top, lockable casters, and three tiers of storage space for about $150.
*Re-edited from a post first published 10.23.2018 – B.M.