There’s a reason designers, even the most high-brow of them, are willing to brave the crowds to shop at Ikea—and it’s not just for the Kanelbullar (aka cinnamon buns). The Swedish store’s elevated-design-meets-low-prices ethos is simply irresistible. But not every collection gets designers’ stamp of approval. Some items are shabbily constructed; others look too mass market. These eight storage pieces, though, which pop up time and time again in many of our favorite homes, pass the taste test.
The line of raw pine shelving units and cabinets has been around for about 50 years, usually showing up in customers’ attics, basements, garages, and pantries because of its unfinished look. Lately, though, we’ve seen Ivar units front and center in homes, a reflection of the plywood trend that’s currently so big in home design.
Vinyl collectors have long gravitated toward the Kallax shelves; the cubbies are perfectly sized for old LPs. But the Kallax is just as beloved by anyone with a collection—be it toys, books, or ceramics.
One of Ikea’s most hacked storage pieces, the Billy series of bookcases has allowed many a homeowner to mimic a built-in look without paying built-in prices.
There are quite a few attractive Ikea dressers. Malm is a favorite among the design-minded set. And in our office, the Tarva dresser also gets high praise for its streamlined look.
The Algot’s suspension rail system makes for easy assembly. You can buy the shelves and suspension rails separately or purchase entire systems.