I’ll be honest- I am NOT a fan of Ikea. I believe you get what you pay for, and I prefer to support smaller quality furniture businesses. However in saying that, money is a huge issue for everyone and Ikea does offer some great items. If your handy with an Allen Key and don’t mind building your own pieces, then go for it.
WARNING!!!!!!!: Please do not fall into the Ikea trap- buy a few pieces if you need them, but don’t fill your apartment with Ikea stock, there is simply nothing more boring!
I’ve had a look at the new Tempe store here in Sydney and picked out a few of my fav apartment friendly buys:
Kipplan Two Seater sofa from Ikea. RRP: $699
This sofa is dirt cheap! and quite practical for an apartment being only 180cm wide. Made from split leather it is cheaper then regualr leather as its made from leather fibres that have been bonded together with a polymer.
I really hate the legs as it looks very cheap- I trick I learnt is that you can often replace those unsightly legs by purchasing alternate ones or even getting a nice piece of wood cut at Bunnings then drilling out a space for the metal leg to sit within it. Basically by making a ‘cap’ for the ugly legs to sit in you can create a much more expensive look! Plus you can stain the wood in any way you like to match back with your other finishings.
This sofa is crying out for some colourful cushions, try Kelani Fabrics who often a custom cushion making service. http://www.kelanifabric.com.au/
Stornas/ Henriksdal Ding Table and four chairs from Ikea. RRP: $689.
I’m all for upholstered dining chairs! Not only are they comfy they do add a more expensive look. I love this dining set as the table is extendable! This is perfect for those of you in small apartments who require a larger table every now and then, but simply don’t have the space to have one all the time. This is a real bargain, however, to fight the upholstery fabric (which reminds me of a cheap hotel) think about clashing it with a funky table runner or even seat cushions. I don’t think you can go wrong with this one!
Ikea Ps from Ikea. RRP: $199.
Either you love it or hate it. This is a good buy for those of you that love the retro style. This is perfect as a TV cabinet or even as a sideboard depending on your needs. I can see this working with a really funky vintage lounge. For those of you who love retro/vintage/non-run of-the-mill furniture pieces stay tuned for my next blog as I’m going to drop some great names where you can get great bits at a steal!
Hemnes Mirror from Ikea. RRP $119
Simple, elegant and can be used in any home, enough said! Why pay more?
What is your experience with Ikea? Love it or Hate it?