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Friday Five: Ikea

September 17, 2010
by thenestinggame

I’m starting a new feature here on The Nesting Game called the Friday Five. Technically, I started it last week with 5 of my fave foods, but jumpstarted the whole thing on Thursday. So, from here on out we’ll do it all proper-like and inarguably on the best day of the work week.

Let’s journey off to a country far, far away. Where the girls are blond and named Heidi and stay thin despite eating nothing but meatballs. Actually, that’s not true. There’s herring too, which would encourage me to stay thin from not eating if that were my dietary option on a regular basis. With Scandinavian-design megastore Ikea just a stone’s throw from my office, it’s a fairly regular destination for me. There are a few things that I’m pretty fond of there. What other store actually makes you wish your home were just 270 square feet? And despite it being ginormous, I can make it in and out pretty quickly. The secret is to park near the loading zone and walk in through the exit.

So without further ado, here are my 5 favorite things at Ikea.

1. Fantastik Napkins

As the name implies, these are truly fantastic napkins. They are large and thick and simple. No ribbing. No flowers. Taylor’s kids even remarked how nice they are, and kids don’t even use napkins. (A back of the hand will do.) And you get 100 of them for $2.99. That is cheap. There are cheaper napkins out there, yeah, but you get what you (don’t) pay for with these.

2. Tekla Dishtowels

I love these dishtowels. First of all, they are 49 CENTS. So, needless to say, we have a gazillion of them. I like that all my towels match–it gives a more consistent look to the kitchen, and you’re not using a random Christmas towel on the 4th of July. Also, because Taylor is the pro chef in our house, he goes through about 2 of these babies making one meal. I bleach the heck out of these towels, and if they get ruined one way or another, no biggie.

3. Lack Coffee Table

When Taylor and I were on a hunt for somewhere to put our cable box, dvd player, etc. (yes, we’re one of these people), we had a zillion qualifications. It had to be open on the back, due to an air vent. It had to be less than 40″ long. It’d be nice if it could serve as a bench. We considered building something. Revamping something like this, but couldn’t quite take the plunge. Then one day at Ikea when we had actually gone to buy this piece (which I swear was more expensive at the time), we stumbled  across the $20 Lack Coffee Table. It’s not sexy, but it’s invisible enough which is really more the point. Done. Deal.

4. Ritva Curtains

I originally bought these curtains for our family room, as there were already curtain rods above every window when we moved in. But, our family room doesn’t get a lot of natural light anyway, and with a billion trees in our backyard, there’s no one to see inside in the first place. So, we took down the rods and relocated two of them to the bedroom, where I hung these curtains. They are linen and really nice quality considering they’re only $20 for 2 panels. I washed them, then hemmed them with the iron on tape that came with them (while my used-once sewing machine mumbled expletives at me from the basement).

5. The Edland Collection

Okay, I don’t actually own any of this stuff, but I think it’s pretty darn adorable. I love the color, the curved legs, the teardrop handle, everything. Taylor’s been lobbying to ditch our nightstands for these, but I can’t quite do it. (It’s mostly a storage issue.) We may try to work the dressers into the living room if the built-in situation never comes to fruition. We’ll see.

Honorable Mention: Frozen Yogurt

At the end of checkout, there’s the little food stand selling ridiculously reasonably priced hot dogs, ice cream and drinks. As a reward for making it out alive, I often treat myself to creamy, swirly deliciousness.

Are you an Ikea fan too? What are your favorite finds?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Ryan permalink
    September 17, 2010 2:51 pm

    I just took my virgin trip to Ikea last month and love the place. I have now been twice and ordered even more stuff off of their horrendous website. I already have more things that I want to purchase.

  2. September 17, 2010 3:47 pm

    The napkins are truly nice for everyday dinners when you’re just not prepared to break out the linen. Not only are they better quality, but you’ll only use one. And the dish towels are great, but only after the sizing has come out after a couple runs through the washing machine. They aren’t absorbent until then. If you can’t sew, the curtains are great – they hide the rod, which makes them look custom. And the nightstands, I will get them one day.

  3. Elaine Smart permalink
    September 17, 2010 10:00 pm

    You have me hooked on the dishtowels after spending a week with you guys. They are the best – remind me of my grandmother’s years ago.
    Love the pillow covers and the inexpensive candles too.

  4. September 22, 2010 3:01 pm

    Oh I love all your picks! And now you have me wanting to go to Ikea and drop a ton of money. It will have to wait until I get a new place though.

    My absolute FAVORITE thing from Ikea ever is this sideboard (which I own):

  5. Shaan permalink
    March 2, 2011 10:10 am

    I love the nightstand in your picks. Frozen yogurt… been there done that ;) I love just about everything in Ikea – their candles, cutting boards (which are so cheap you can buy one each month) but I have to say my recent favorite is their ODDA series. The headboard is just too cute and DD loves it in her room!

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