The Ultimate IKEA Shopping List:
9 Cheap, Chic Classics

I knew I was a grown up the moment I switched out my IKEA mattress for a much more comfortable mattress I could invest in (and it was the best decision I ever made, but that's a different post for a different day). Still, there's a lot of great stuff to be found at the Swedish furniture giant. These nine pieces are tried and tested purchases that even grown-ups with grown-up money should consider snatching up for their homes.

Based on how often they're spotted in tours and projects on home blogs (including right here on Apartment Therapy), here are the 9 Best Things to buy from IKEA.

STOCKHOLM Rug, $199
Pricey, for IKEA standards, but this black and white striped rug has been holding ground in some of my favorite spaces.

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BILLY Bookcase, $79.99
Adjustable shelves and the ability to stack and layer pieces from the entire system makes this basic bookcase the most versatile storage in any home for any price. It's so popular, it's also used as an economic measurement tool.

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KALLAX Shelving Unit (formerly the EXPEDIT), $49.99-$169
Anything looks better stocked up in the perfectly square cubbies of this bookcase. They're literally everywhere.

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DOCKSTA Table, $199
This knockoff of the iconic Eero Tulip Table is just as modern and versatile, but way more affordable.

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RIBBA Picture Ledge & Frames, $1.99-$19.99
The frames themselves are great basic frames for gallery walls, but I think the picture ledge is the standout here. Solid and sturdy, use it to hold books, cords or, you know, pictures.

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LACK Side Table, $9.99
One top, four legs, and a world of possibilities. They're literally everywhere and last forever. OK, they last long enough to save up ten bucks for a new one (or fifty).

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MALM Chests & Dressers, $49.99-$189
Whether three drawers or six is enough to stash stuff, the perfect dresser is out there. The clean lines make it perfcect for painting and customization.

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DALFRED Bar Stool, $39.99
A cool adjustable stool you'd see sitting at the desk in an architect's loft, but just the right price to buy a whole row of them to cozy up to a kitchen island.

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MELLTORP Dining Table, $65
Whether used as a dining table or a desk, this melamine table comes in two sizes and works as a basic piece in any decor.

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And as a bonus...

GLIMMA Unscented Tealights, $3.49
Four bucks for a hundred candles, and they take up, like, negative space almost.

FRAKTA Shopping Bag, 99¢
It's huge. It's a workhorse. And it's 99¢. I buy one every time I go just to lug my haul to the car, then keep them around to have a supply of sturdy bags I don't mind leaving behind at a friend's house after an ambitious potluck or at my parents' house full of Christmas presents.

Re-edited from a post originally published 12.17.13 - cm

(Image credits: Emily Henderson; Emily Henderson; Chris Gardner; LeSueur Interiors; Lonny; Glitter and Goat Cheese; The Everygirl; The Everygirl; Southern Living; Kyle Freeman; IKEA; IKEA)