Easily Upgrade Your Pad With These 18 Stylish IKEA Essentials
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Ah, your first solo place. Your pad. Your crib. It’s a great feeling to walk into a space that’s all yours. While the freedom to do whatever you damn well please is fantastic, there’s also a lot more ground to cover in terms of setting up because you’re not inheriting any of the furniture or home items that roommates bring with them.
Purchasing new furniture for your bachelor pad can be a daunting task. Furniture often comes with a hefty price tag, and it can be difficult to decide what you actually need for your space. Luckily, IKEA is here to solve your furnishing woes. This Swedish retailer has built up a good reputation for offering stylish, yet affordable furniture. Whether you are looking for a comfortable couch to lounge in after a long day or a utility/bar cart to give your pad Don Draper vibes when you host parties — they have it all.
The majority of IKEA pieces require at-home assembly, but as long as you have a basic wrench, a screwdriver, and 20-30 minutes, you’ll have no problem assembling your furniture purchases in a snap. While IKEA furnishings are currently only available on the IKEA site, there are talks of an Amazon collaboration in the near future.
To help you jump start putting your new place together, we’ve rounded up 18 of our favorite IKEA essentials to transform your bachelor pad.
Living Room Essentials
KLIPPAN Loveseat With Slipcover
Comfortable seating is king and sofas can be pricey. Enter the KLIPPAN: an affordable, durable, and great looking loveseat at under $300. There’s a reason why this dynamo has been going strong since the 1980’s, it’s a solid and versatile piece of furniture. A variety of slipcovers are available, so you can tailor it to suit the look of your digs. Try it in black for a sleek look or granite for a sophisticated and modern edge.
$299.00 at IKEA.com
VEJMON Coffee Table
When you think of coffee tables, you often picture old-fashioned clunky glass covered pieces. This table changes that stigma with a contemporary design and unique structure. The VEJMON is a mid-century modern inspired, surfboard style coffee table that will look incredibly cool in your living room and is large enough to hold magazines, books, and drinks.
FJÄLLBO TV Unit
OK, so purchasing a great TV for your pad was probably the first item on your list when you moved in, but to complete the deluxe viewing experience you need an equally great TV stand. This rustic metal and natural wood TV unit offers great style and great functionality. An open back makes it easy to arrange cords and cables, while the industrial looking metal mesh doors offer ample storage for all of your gear.
$129.00 at IKEA.com
STOCKHOLM Floor Lamp
Great lighting is a game changer for setting a warm vibe in your place (this is also key when having friends or a date over), so ditch fluorescent or harsh overhead lighting and opt for a floor lamp to create ambient light. This lamp’s minimalist streamlined design makes it an ideal fit for any style of room. In addition, it includes two switches so you can select a strong light or opt for a softer reading light.
EIVOR CIRKEL Rug
Since wall-to-wall carpeted flooring is not a common design choice anymore, a stylish area rug can bring a touch of warmth to your hardwood or tile. This durable high pile rug will do some serious heavy lifting in terms of adding style to any room for years to come. Plus, its high pile helps dampen noises, so you can avoid angry neighbour complaints.
TJUSIG Shoe Rack
Shoe storage is something that’s often forgotten when purchasing items for your pad. However, a good shoe rack is a piece that becomes crucial for maintaining a semblance of tidiness around your entrance. This affordable shoe rack showcases a clean design made of responsibly sourced wood, and it will keep all of your shoes together and off of the floor. Plus, racks can be stacked and combined with additional TJUSIG racks for additional storage space.
Yes, this chair shares a name with the goofy character from Arrested Development — but rest assured the name is the only similarity. Ultra modern meets ultra comfort in the TOBIAS. Instantly modernize the look of your kitchen or dining area with a set of these cool and clear bad boys.
OUMBÄRLIG 7-Piece Cookware Set
Most of us are stoked when we finally have our own kitchen. It’s a chance to cut back on the take-out and learn our way around some new recipes (not to mention the money saving benefits of cooking at home). The OUMBÄRLIG is a durable set of stainless steel cookware that has all the basics needed for everyday cooking. While cooking sets can often cost an arm and a leg, this set is incredibly affordable and just as durable as high-end competitor’s offerings.
LODRÄT Beer Glass
There’s nothing better than kicking back after a long day with a cold one, so pick up a few specially designed beer glasses to enjoy your beer to the fullest. These are also great to have on hand when hosting friends, to avoid making your guests drink their beer out of your coffee cups and/or water glasses.
UPPHETTA Coffee/Tea Maker
Start your mornings right with a good strong cup of coffee. The UPPHETTA coffee maker delivers full-bodied, French press coffee for under $10. What’s not to love? Plus, if your gal is more into tea, you can easily prepare loose leaf teas in this press as well.
RÅSKOG Utility Cart
Looking for a bar cart? Storage cart for your kitchen or bathroom? A place to store work supplies? Look no further than the RÅSKOG, the ingenious multi-purpose utility cart on wheels. It’s small enough to fit in awkward spaces yet large enough to store a lot of items, and did we mention it’s on wheels? In other words, get one and thank us later.
KARIT Bedspread And Cushion Covers
Say goodbye to your superhero or sports team printed bed covers — and impress your gal with a chic bedspread. With clean lines and a sophisticated color palette, the KARIT will add miles of style to the look of your bedroom. Plus, its quilted style makes it extra soft so you can rest in comfort.
NORDMÄRKE Single Pad For Wireless Charging
While we love our smartphones, their cords and charging needs are not so enjoyable. Set this cool minimalist charging dock on your desk or bedside table and easily charge your phone. This charger can be used wirelessly if your phone supports wireless charging or with an additional wireless charging cover (sold separately).
ALÄNG Table Lamp
Good lighting, guys, we can’t emphasize it enough. A mix of table and floor lamps will create a warmer, more welcoming light throughout your living, bedroom, and workspace — which in turn will help you and your guests feel more relaxed and comfortable. Minimize use of harsh overhead light and maximize ambient light with a couple of these table lamps placed around your home.
FJÄLLBO Laptop Table
If you work from home once in awhile, you’ll want to find a balance between working on your couch and dedicating an entire room to office needs. This industrial style work table has a slim fit that’s ideal for at-home workstations because it doesn’t take up a lot of space and looks great as a standalone piece when you’re not working. Plus, the table’s wheels mean you can move it around the home as you please.
KULLABERG Swivel Chair
Inspired by industrial-style chairs with the addition of modern comfort, the KULLABERG offers swivel functionality and adjustable height. Combine with the FJÄLLBO laptop table for the ultimate industrial-modern at-home workstation.
SAXÄLVEN Shower Curtain
Your pad may or may not have a bathroom that qualifies as “bathroom goals,” but either way, one of the easiest ways to add style to your bathroom (or drastically improve the look of it) is also one of the cheapest: get a great shower curtain. For under $15, the granite-toned SAXÄLVEN will increase the look of your bathroom tenfold.
TORKIS Laundry Basket
Keep your dirty clothes off your floor and all in one place with the TORKIS. These baskets are great because they do not absorb moisture or odors and fold up for easy storage when your laundry is done.