Ikea Beyond Furniture: Decor, Kitchens, Entertaining

Due to Ikea being a recent addition in St. Louis, not everyone is familiar with the wide selection of products they offer.  Everyone knows about their inexpensive furniture choices (that require Mamakea’s assembly services), but there are many other product lines that may surprise shoppers.

Ikea Home Decor

EIVOR CIRKEL Rug, high pile IKEA The dense, thick pile dampens sound and provides a soft surface to walk on.
Eivor Cirkel Rug

Most people are aware that Ikea offers home decor items in addition to furniture. They have an incredibly wide range of lamps, rugs, baskets, vases, and picture frames; you get the idea. All of these items are just as stylish and affordable as the furniture. As an example, the Eivor Cirkel rug is 6’7″ by 6’7″ square for $149.  In fact, 70% of their current rug offerings are less than $200.

FILLSTA Pendant lamp IKEA Diffused light that provides good general light in the room.
Fillsta Pendant Lamp

 

 

 

Ikea also carries all kinds of lighting: floor, ceiling table, LED, recessed. Their selection includes very modern designs as well as simple, more traditional models.  One of my favorite is this modern Fillsta pendant lamp–which sells for only $29!

FORMLIG Vase IKEA The glass vase is mouth blown by a skilled craftsperson.
Formlig Vase

 

 

If you are looking for vases that are high on style and low on your budget, Ikea is the place to look.  This 7 inch Formlig vase is only $9.99 and is mouth blown.  In fact, Ikea is the place to look if you are planning a banquet or wedding and need inexpensive centerpieces.  Combine the decorative vases with their abundance of candle options and voilà!, your centerpieces are complete.

 

Ikea Kitchens

In addition to the furniture, Ikea offers everything a designer needs to remodel a kitchen, including appliances.  A buyer or designer can start by using the planning tool to help choose and layout a kitchen design using their cabinets.  The beauty of this tool is that it creates a comprehensive shopping list for all of the items, including the details, that need to be purchased.  But besides the A small country kitchen with white drawers, doors and black countertops.cabinets, which honestly are just a type of furniture, they also offer high-end appliances.  But again, although they are high in design, they are very affordable options and of course are easy to coordinate with their cabinet designs.  You can see ideas in their gallery, which includes all styles from slick modern to homey to traditional elegance, all of which are extremely functional.

Ikea Entertaining

A ready-laid table with bowls and plates in dark grey stoneware.
Dramatic Table Setting

Ikea offers everything a host requires to set the mood for any occasion.  There are dishes that will work for everyday family dinners or are appropriate for an elegant dinner.  There is a wide range of table linens–place mats, coasters, napkins and tablecloths–that are of course affordable and coordinate with the dish selections.  Ikea also offers a wide range of serving ware that can dress up or down any table design.  And the glassware options are very practical, yet stylish, and the least expensive to be found. Ikea groups many of these as series, as seen below:

The ENIGT dinnerware series is cream colored with green designs and is dishwasher and microwave safe
Enigt Dinnerware Series
Färgrik series
Fargrik Series
Arv
Arv Series

 

 

 

 

 

IKEA Glassware & pitchers
Frasera Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, of course, Ikea has an amazing food selection that allows you to set out a feast on any of these table settings without much time or money.  I am going to cover this more in the future, as well as more detail on topics such as the incredible children’s offerings and paper product lines.

 

Navigating Ikea St. Louis–Overview

I have spoken to many people who haven’t visited the relatively new Ikea in St. Louis because it is so large and different than other stores.  In fact, it can be intimidating to seasoned Ikea shoppers.  I have a friend who has shopped Ikea for years but she still has a process of going once to browse and then going back to actually purchase what she needs.  As I have become fairly acclimated to the store through my Mamakea furniture assembly business, I thought I would try to explain navigating Ikea St. Louis through a series of posts.

This is Part One of navigating Ikea St. Louis and is an overview.  In the beginning, this would have helped me figure out what level I was on and where I needed to be.  Don’t forget, the store doesn’t start until Level Two—ground level is only parking.  This can be a bit disorienting.

  • Ground (First) Level: Parking—outside or covered
  • Second Floor: Småland, carts, Marketplace, self-serve furniture area, check outs, Bistro, Food Market, Customer Service, large furniture pick-up
  • Third Floor: Restaurant, Showroom, Children’s Ikea, Ikea Family
Navigating Ikea--St. Louis Ikea Entrance
Escalator from Second Floor to Third Floor

Navigating Ikea

A Practical Guide (arrows indicating if you are going up or down–find nearest escalator or elevator):

  • Park (covered parking)
  • Outside escalator to second floor  ↑
  • Inside escalator to third floor   ↑
  • Eat at restaurant
  • Down stairs to second floor   ↓
  • Drop off children at Småland
  • Up stairs/escalator to Showroom  ↑
  • Follow Showroom route (make notes of furniture you want to buy)
  • Down stairs to Marketplace  ↓
  • Grab cart/yellow bag
  • Follow Marketplace route
  • Pick furniture in self-serve area
  • Check out
  • Shop the Food Market
  • Grab a snack from the Bistro
  • Pick up large furniture from pick up area
  • Pick up Children from Småland
  • Downstairs to parking  ↓
  • Pull to loading area/load car
  • Home
  • Call Mamakea to assemble furniture!

This is a link to the Ikea explanation of how to shop their store.  My next post will include more detail and some tricks for shortening your trip and finding exactly what you are looking for.