love me some IKEA. as far as big-box retailers, they seem to be the best one out there-they treat the employees pretty well, quit on the formaldehyde years ago, recycle and were one of the first big-guys that started charging for bags (should have been $1 though, not $0.05). i always suggest my customers to go there if on a tight budget (just dont over-do it, too much IKEA is well, too much IKEA-you gotta mix it with other stuff).
when i first opened the store and was doing a majority of the build-out (about 8 months), i spent a good amount of time there (that and the Depot, salvage yards & flea markets) ...i was quite familiar with the products. over the years i only go a few times and up until last week when i had to pick up another coffee press.
again, IKEA has come out with some pretty neat items, great for the person with a small space or a little imagination.
BYGEL- magnetic knife rack: i have a larger version of this at home for all of my knives, but i HAD to get this cuter, small version and at $2.50 (you get 2 of them), i figured that i could find something to do with them. i actually used them to hold larger scissors that could not fit in the drawer!
KROGEN- pot hangie thing: huge fan of these, but unless you score on one at a flea/yard sale, they can be costly. This version is only $25 and attaches to the ceiling.
BEKVAM-spice rack: yes pretty ordinary, but with some cute bright color this could be super cute and it was only $4!
GLASORT KULLE-bedding: i just thought this we super inspirational to make as a quilt or wall hanging yourself
OSTLIG-plant helper: always expanding on the garden supplies, this trellis is a heck of a lot prettier than the traditional ones...very English garden!
HAVET-chair/bed deal: this is a great idea and so perfect for the person who has zero room, but might have company. what i love most is that it has wheels so you can move it around anywhere...awesome for the loft or bachie-pad, make your own cover from an extra sheet set that you can use with the bed conversion and you dont even have to clean up as quickly when guests leave!- 250 is not really that bad when you think of how many things this can be (mobile comfy chair, bed, and a long bench...even in a pinch a couch if up against a wall with big comfy pillows!)
dont get me started on AS-IS section-LOTS of ideas there!