Where would we be without IKEA? It's hard to talk about setting up a kitchen without bringing the Swedish megastore into the mix. IKEA continues to be a terrific resource for affordable kitchen tools and products, and while it's hard to pick 10 favorite items, we did our best. From a new kitchen cart (in turquoise!) to dirt cheap bag clippers, from basic glass storage jars to a hang-it-anywhere metal rail, these 10 items are tried-and-true purchases for any kitchen:
- 1 RÅSKOG Kitchen Cart, $49.99: This arrived in IKEA stores just this past year, and it's already becoming a cult favorite. It's on wheels, which means you can roll it around as needed, and it's narrow enough to fit in tight spaces.
- 2 TEKLA Dish Towels, $0.79: As we wrote last week, these towels double as dinner napkins for a rustic French look. Buy a few dozen and replace them as needed. You can afford to at this price!
- 3 KORKEN Glass Jars with Lids, $2.99 - $3.00: I have a dozen or more of these glass jars in my kitchen. They're super cheap, durable, and terrific for holding pantry staples.
- 4 GRUNDTAL Rail, $9.99: So basic yet so versatile. The Grundtal rail and the wall shelf ($14.99) are one of our go-to kitchen storage solutions.
- 5 BLANDA BLANK Serving Bowl, $4.99: This stainless steel bowl is a workhorse. It's my go-to bowl for mixing batter or serving salads.
- 6 KRAFTIG Chopping Board, $19.99: Oil this acacia wood cutting board regularly and it will last a long time.
- 7 GRUNDTAL Magnetic Knife Rack, $12.99: this is a simple, affordable, and functional storage solution for your knives if you're tight on space.
- 8 BEVARA Sealing Clips, $1.79/10 pack: Keep a few of these around and you'll soon wonder how you ever managed to live without them.
- 9 TRIPP Containers with Lids, $3.99/3 pack: I've had these containers for the last five years (in a different design - this is the newest version) and I would never have guessed how versatile they'd be. They're great for corraling packaged foods and ingredients.I keep packets of instant yeast in the smallest one, while the larger one is the perfect size to hold a few bars of chocolate.
- 10 RATIONELL Flatware Tray, $12.99: This is one of the more inexpensive wood silverware trays you can find, and it's great. So much nicer than plastic.
What are your favorite kitchen products and tools from IKEA?
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