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JUST LIKE IKEA . . . ONLY BETTER!

Where would we be without Ikea? From dorm rooms to first apartments to our current homes, we all have our favorite Ikea pieces we feel like we couldn’t live without. Their designs are functional, affordable, and have great style. We’ve even shared our list of must-haves. And don’t get us started on the rabbit hole we go down whenever their catalogs are released. 

But alas, Ikea is not without its limitations. The furniture is not always of the highest quality, and some pieces can feel a little generic.

If you really love the Ikea look but need something just a step above, we have the solutions for you. Here’s our list of easy ways to upgrade your Ikea faves.

1. Media Unit

With it’s mix of open and closed shelving and perfectly sized space for your television, Ikea’s Liatorp media unit does it all, making it an  ideal storage solution. Good thing Pottery Barn’s Logan Media Unit is just as strong of a multitasker!

2. Sectional

One of the most common requests we get from clients is to add more seating into their spaces. People love Ikea’s Soderhamn sofa for its cool colors and modern look. Room & Board’s Jasper Sofa with Chaise gives you the same benefits with more options for customizations and a little added comfort in your seat.

3. Bed

As far as starter bed’s go, Ikea’s Oppland is an excellent choice. It’s simple design and cozy headboard fit seamless in virtually any space. For the same streamlined look but with added design details and more solid construction, Blu Dot’s Ditto Bed is totally worth the additional money.

4. Dresser

Ample storage and clean lines make Ikea’s Malm dresser practically a cult favorite. CB2’s Latitude Dresser has a similarly unobtrusive look, but with a hi-gloss finish and visually appealing design details, it’s definitely at the next level.

5. Wing Chair

Ikea’s Strandmon is a great budget way to add a comfortable seat and a pop of color into your room. But for a little more money, West Elm’s Erik Wing Chair trades polyester for twill upholstery and boasts legs made from solid wood rather than plywood.

6. Clock

There are so many options for wall decor, and whether you choose to go high or low really depends on how you feel about the particular piece. Ikea’s Skurar Wall Clock packs a lot of design punch while hardly making a dent in the budget. Anthropologie’s Gatehouse Wall Clock has a slightly more delicate look, but an elevated price point to go along with it.  

What are your Ikea favorites? And have you found any upgrades of your own? Let us know! Leave us a comment, send us an email at info@affordableinteriordesign.com, or leave us a message on our Facebook page! 

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