You can buy just about anything at Ikea, which can make for an overwhelming shopping experience (seriously, who else struggles with all of the choices?!). But if there’s anything you should pick up while you’re at the beloved Swedish retailer, it’s these necessities beyond the bookcases and bed frames that don’t cost a pretty penny (and always come in handy):
Statement lighting is expensive, but Ikea has an amazing selection for every room, most under $100. This industrial style one, for example, retails for just $35. Line three of them up over a kitchen island or just hang a single one above your dining room table. Ranarp pendant lamp, $35, Ikea.
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Originally published April 2018; Updated July 2019.