Seriously, where would we be without IKEA? Anyone who has started out in a new home or condo, or who has attempted to undergo an (affordable) renovation, knows the value that this Swedish megastore can provide. A terrific resource for affordable kitchen tools, products and even furniture, IKEA has continued to raise the bar when it comes to sleek, stylish and accessible kitchen gear.
So, I've made it my mission this week to undertake the (not so easy task) of narrowing down my 12 favourite IKEA kitchen items. From an all-year aluminum chair in sunny yellow (perfect for indoors AND out) to the coolest turquoise kitchen cart and a wall rail with knobs and a built-in tray (perfect for small space kitchens), I'm sharing IKEA's best kitchen finds, that will help brighten your kitchen AND make your life easier. So grab a coffee and read on for my top 12 IKEA kitchen picks:
1. REIDAR Indoor/Outdoor Chair in Yellow
Sunny as can be, this bright yellow chair will add a splash of colour to any kitchen. Made entirely of aluminium, it is also perfect for (all-year) outdoor entertaining. Add a patterned cushion to make it super-comfy.
IKEA | $49.99/each
2. IKEA Bowl with Lid/Plate (IKEA PS 2014)
I am no longer surprised when IKEA comes up with a genius idea (as they seem to do it so often). This adorable turquoise and white bowl/plate combo is perfect for anyone on-the-go. Simply toss it in your bag along with your lunch cooler, and you've got a bowl and a plate all-in-one.
IKEA | $15.99
3. BISTA Glassware
Spring is the time to brighten things up in your kitchen, and these super-cute and colourful tumblers will do the trick. Featuring a lovely pear-shaped pattern, the simple low and straight shape of this glass makes it perfect for all types of cold drinks, such as cocktails, sparkling soda or even milk or juice.
IKEA | $1.99/glass
4. GUBBRÖRA Rubber Spatula
Any home cook or baker knows that a selection of non-stick silicone spatulas is one of the must-have kitchen tools you need. These colourful ones are not only fun, but they will be gentle to any pot or pan with non-stick coating (which means no scratching). At $2.50 a pop these adorable spatulas are a real steal.
IKEA | $2.50 each
5. BEVARA Sealing Clips
If you're anything like me, you've got at least half a dozen bags of pretzels, crackers, cereal or oats in your pantry at any given time. And really, there's nothing worse than opening up your cupboard to a pile of spilled or stale cherrios. Keep a few of these sealing clips around and you'll soon wonder how you ever managed to live without them.
IKEA | $0.99/10-pack
6. BEFRIANDE Chopping Board with Knife
Another genius idea for those who love freshly baked bread. Featuring a light grain wood, convenient slots for catching all those runaway bread crumbs, AND an invisible slot that stores your knife, this cutting board will not only become a feature in your kitchen, but you will never again be caught searching for that bread knife.
IKEA | $24.99
7. Ordning Timer
Before having kids, I never needed a kitchen timer. After having kids, it has been a life-saver (more than once.) Now, after putting anything in the oven, I set this handy timer and I never have to worry about burnt cupcakes or over-spilled lasagna again.
IKEA | $12.99
8. LYCKAD Oven/Serving Dish
A set of 2 stoneware serving dishes that are dishwasher-safe, oven-safe, microwave-safe and totally chic. Enough said.
IKEA | $15.99
9. RÅSKOG Utility Cart
Okay, this turquoise utility cart could be one of IKEA's greatest creations ever. Seen everywhere from kitchens to playrooms to laundry rooms to bathrooms, the sturdy construction, trendy colours (it also comes in cream and charcoal grey) and four deep casters make this cart, THE CART, you need in your life. Fill it with over-flowing pantry ingredients (think flour, sugar, pasta and rice) or with any small kitchen appliance or tool you don't have room for. A budding food blogger? Toss your camera, q-tips, linens, cloths, cutlery (all the things you need within arms reach) into it for easy access. With an easy-to-maneuver design and a small size, this cart is a breeze to take wherever you need it.
IKEA | $69.99
10. STINN, Oven Mitt Red
Tired of tossing out oven mitts that have been burnt, spilled-on or frayed? This super-cute silicone oven mitt (in coral) provides a firm grip and is heat-isulating. The best part? It's dishwasher-safe, so a cinch to keep clean. You'll never need another oven mitt again.
IKEA | $2.99
11. IKEA PS 2014 Wall Rail with Tray and Knobs
You attach the accessories in to the wall rail from the side – no tools are needed.
IKEA | $24.99
12. VARIERA, Assorted Boxes for Organization
Helps organize things in the drawer. Ideal for storing small items like rubber bands and spices.
IKEA | $4.99/each