Vidya Kathirgamalingam - 1 May, 2020

What’s new at IKEA?

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Living in self-isolation has given many interior design fanatics like me the perfect opportunity to do an IKEA run and start redecorating. Not only is it rare that you actually have time to assemble and reshuffle all your furniture, but it also makes the whole experience of staying at home a lot more exciting.

It’s perfect timing that IKEA has also dropped a whole range of new items. If you’re too lazy to browse through the many products on IKEA’s website, have a look at this list of items that you can order online to kickstart your home transformation today!

1. Raskog Trolley

If you’re looking for extra storage space, the Raskog Trolley has you covered. Whether it be to store your stationary in the study, utensils in the Kitchen or toiletries in the bathroom- this trolley is versatile and can be used for a range of purpose. It also features wheels so you can easily manoeuvre it around and it comes in an on trend grey-green colour that will be sure to add some personality to your room.

2. Flisat Children’s Table

With most kids being home schooled at the moment, parents are no doubt running out of ideas on how to entertain them. The Flisat table offers the perfect work and play space for your kids, and is a perfect size as well. The added bonus is that you can clip on the Trofast storage boxes under the desk so that you can eliminate any mess or clutter made by your kids.  

3. Svensas Memo Board in Black

It’s too easy to fall into the habit of sleeping in, being disorganised and unmotivated when working from home. I find that visual management is a great way to organise your day, and the Svensas Black Memo Board will be your best friend when it comes to this. Not only is it magnetic but it also functions as a chalkboard, so you can hang up any important memos and write out any reminders or things to do.

4. Skubb Box Set of Six in White

If you find your drawers are getting cluttered and that everything you put in there seems to disappear into a bottomless pit, it’s time that you declutter them. There’s no better tool to help you with this than the Skubb Box Set of drawer dividers.  With these boxes you can easily organise your clothes, your bathroom drawers and even toys in your kids playroom.

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5. Livboj Wireless Charger Black

If you’re still using a charger that plugs into your phone – you’re doing it wrong! Most of us will be familiar with the struggle of needing to charge your phone but the plug point being way too far away to reach. The Livboj wireless charger is the solution to all your wire related problems. The charger is compatible with iPhone 8/Samsung Galaxy s6’s and any newer models, and comes in a slim compact design that can easily fit in your pocket.  

6. Undvika Corner Bumper

You’re half asleep, it’s pitch black, and you’re trying to make your way to the kitchen for a midnight snack. Then you feel it, the sharp excruciating pain of stubbing your toe on the corner of the wall. If this story triggered painful flashbacks to the many times this has been you, consider investing in the Undvika corner bumpers. This clever gadget will make sure your toes never have to feel such pain again.

7. Skarsta Sitting/Standing Desk

It’s no secret that standing rather than sitting at a desk has been proven to have many health benefits such as reducing back pain and risks of heart disease. The Skarsta sitting/standing desk allows you to enjoy these benefits at the pull of a lever. You don’t have to use it for work only, as by adding drawers and a mirror it can easily transform into a dressing table or a bench for arts and crafts.

8. Komplement Clothes Rack

Do you have extra unused space in your cupboard? Don’t let it go to waste and install the Komplement Clothes rail there instead. For just twelve dollars, you could score yourself extra hanging space. You can also get creative with the rack, for instance, think about hanging this rack on your bedroom wall and pairing it with hangable plant pots to add some extra green to your room.  

9. Fejka Artificial Potted Plant

When you can’t go outside and enjoy nature, why not bring nature inside, instead? The Fejka artificial potted plants are a great way to do this. Not only do they require no maintenance at all, but you also won’t have to worry about attracting pests or falling leaves. It’ll also last you long, so you won’t have to worry about getting rid of dead plants or buying any new ones.

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10. Valdoft Scented Candle

When I’m stuck in the house all day, I find the air can get extremely stuffy. In situations like this, the best way to combat this problem to light a candle such as the Valdoft Scented candle. Not only does it freshen up the air, but it will make your space feel more homely. With a range of scents such as vanilla and strawberry, as well as a range of colours, you’ll be able to find a candle that will create the ambience that you want for your space.  

11. Mala Brush Set of 6

There’s nothing more therapeutic than sitting down and painting. Whether you do it by yourself or you’re hosting a painting party with your friends, it’s the perfect form of relaxation when you’re stuck at home.  If you don’t want to spend heaps of money on fancy brushes you’ll only use once, the Mala brush set of 6 is only $4.99. As a bonus they are also kid-friendly, so everyone in the family can have a go at painting.  

12. Nyboda Side Table with Reversible Table Top

While the Nyboda side table may be small, you can use it for many things. Use it as a nightstand, a laptop stand or even a leg rest for when you want to kick your feet back. The table even comes with a reversible tabletop so that you can choose the aesthetic you want for your room and an extra shelf means that it can act as storage for any remotes, newspapers or magazines as well.

13. Borstad Drying Rack

If you’re living in an apartment or simply want to avoid the shrinkage and discolouration that can come from drying your clothes outside, consider buying the Borstad drying rack. For those who are also pushed for floor space, a good tip is to consider nailing the rack horizontally to the wall so that it can act as a wall rack. The retractable legs also mean you can easily fold it all up when it’s not in use and easily store it away.

14. Skadis Hook

If you’re living in a rental home, you don’t have to leave your walls completely bare. Using removable hooks such as the Skadis hook is one of these hacks. It easily clips onto surfaces such as your door and your bedhead and can be used to hang anything from towels to headphones or even paintings. You can find more hacks on how you can make your home feel more homely here.   

15. Klockren Stainless Steel Strainer

Living in self-isolation has meant that home-cooking is now becoming popular again. If you have trouble when it comes to steaming, this stainless steel streamer will be a life-saver. It’s able to change sizes according to the pot you are using and you can do anything from steaming your vegetables to draining your pasta with this simple insert.

16. Hallbar Waste Sorting Solution with Pull Out

Sorting out your waste properly is an easy way to make sure you’re doing your bit when it comes to helping the environment. Dumping all your waste into one bin will mean you’ll have a bit of a headache when it comes to bin day. The Hallbar Waste Sorting Solution will save you all the hassle. You can even use the bins for storage, whether it’s to hide your stash of toilet paper or simply a way to store all your plastic bags.

17. Boysenbar Plant Pot

This concrete looking pot can add a modern touch to your home. If you’re thinking of starting a home garden to save you the trips to the supermarket, the Boysenbar plant pot will be ideal for cultivating herbs and veggies. If you’re not a fan of the grey concrete look, you can easily go DIY and use paint to personalise the pots as well.

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18. Oddrun Throw

For the next few months, many of us will be spending our nights snuggled up on the couch and binging films on Netflix. A simple throw such as the Oddrun Throw in dark golden-brown can not only add a splash of colour to your couch but will give you the warmth to get through the winter nights that are approaching.

19. Anilinare Desk Organiser Set

A neat and organised desk space is the key to being productive when working from home. The Anilinare desk organiser is the perfect way to achieve this. The cup can function as a pen holder and the other tins are ideal for storing away all those little bits and pieces such as paperclips and thumbtacks that can easily get lost in desk clutter.

 20. IKEA 365 + Food Container

Plastic food containers aren’t just for packing lunch. In fact, they function as really good storage containers. Whether it be for snacks, dry pasta or cereal, these containers not only allow you to store it in a neat and stackable way but it also will keep your food fresh in your pantry. If you want to start reorganising your pantry,  you can find some more helpful tips here.

Words by Vidya Kathirgamalingam

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