The 5 IKEA Products Professional Home Stagers Swear By

published Jun 13, 2019
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When it comes time to sell your home, staging can make all the difference. The right design really helps potential buyer to imagine their lives there, which real estate experts say is key to making a sale.

You may think refreshing your home will cost a fortune, but you can elevate your space affordably—just head to IKEA. That’s what professional home stagers do, after all. Here, five low-cost solutions experts use to take homes from “Blah” to “Ahh!”

RIBBA frame

These frames‘ unobtrusive design and variety of sizes let your artwork do the talking.

Justin Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer, a Pacific Northwest-based design agency, likes to use a whole set of the frames to create “series art.” He says they often will put some prints in oversized frames, and will cut custom mats. The frames can then be put together in a variety of configurations for an easy gallery wall.


Cathy Lorenz of New York City-based Cathy Lorenz Designs loves the DOCKSTA table, an affordable version of the classic modernist tulip table. She’ll often pair it with four ghost chairs to leave a subtle, yet elegant impression.

UTSUND LED string lights

To instantly glamorize your outdoor space with cozy ambiance, add these string lights.

“They even have a built-in timer, which turns them on at the same time every day and shuts off after six hours,” says Stephanie Plymale, president of Heritage School of Interior Design.

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RENS sheepskin rug

A versatile rug can do more than just cover a floor. It can also hide a stain on a piece of furniture or work as a throw blanket to brighten up an old sofa.

Allison Chiaramonte of Warburg Realty in New York City loves this soil-repellent sheepskin rug. She says it adds texture, lightness, and a sense of warmth to any room.

DINERA dinnerware

“Changing out your dinnerware is an easy to way seasonally update the kitchen or dining room—and IKEA makes it inexpensive as well!” says Plymale.

She recommends the DINERA set in light pink for a breezy summer look that will easily pair with any linen. The matte finish on the glaze lends an elevated cool to your table.

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