Oh, that? It’s Ikea.

Now that we’ve got an Ikea of our own within driving distance (thanks, Memphis!), we turned to some of our favorite designers for tips on what to pick up during our next scouting mission to the Swedish fast-furnishings megastore.

1. Dalfred bar stool, $40

2. Gjora bed, $360 | We’re daydreaming of slathering this untreated bedframe in Farrow & Ball’s Green Smoke paint.

3. Stockholm rug, $200 and up | Part of Ikea’s higher-end Stockholm collection, this striped classic is still leagues cheaper than most area rugs.

4. Ranarp Lamp, $33 and up | “LOVE this lamp! I’ve used it over and over. It comes in a floor or table lamp. Pretty great attention to detail for under $50.” —Jill White, Jill White Interiors

5. Bjorksnas chest, $250

6. Fejka plants, $5 and up | Designers love to use these faux fronds as filler on install days. (We love to use them because some of us can’t even keep hard-to-kill succulents alive.)

7. Fryken box set, $13

8. Ranarp pendant, $40

9. White ribba frame, $10 and up | “My favorite item, hands down. The 20×20 white frame with white matte is a GO TO. Did I say I hoard them? Because I really do. They can go in virtually any house and I have tested it over and over.” —Jill White

10. Tobias chair, $80 |“It’s incredibly affordable and sleek enough that it pairs nicely with a variety of other traditional or contemporary furnishings.” —Joshua Plumlee, Ransom Interiors

11. Snidad basket, $28


Sure, that Bestå sideboard is just fine as is. But if you’re ready to take things up a notch, we’ve got your Ikea upgrades right here


Why settle for standard-issue table legs when you can have copper hairpins? Tapered, brass-top beauties? Cutie-pie coral numbers? This company—the Mother of All Ikea Hackers—has everything you need to customize your sofas, chairs, tables and whatnots. (prettypegs.com)


Custom-kitchen taste on an off-the-shelf budget? Meet in the middle with Semihandmade’s high-end cabinet door fronts that perfectly mesh with Ikea’s kitchen systems. (We especially love their collab with one of our favorite designers, Sarah Sherman Samuel.) Not in the market for a kitchen refresh? Go smaller scale with their stylish fronts for Ikea’s Bestå and Sektion credenzas. (semihandmadedoors.com)


Is that armchair the right size, the right shape, the right price—and the oh-so-wrong color? Whether you’re after an Ektorp or a Karlstad or any seat in between, this Swedish company can whip up a sewn-to-order slipcover in fabric ranging from 100-percent cotton to pure Belgian linen. (bemz.com)