IKEA’s kitchen section includes many single-task utensils, like egg slicers and potato presses, that probably won't get much use. Unless you're sure you'll rely on the utensil regularly, it’s best to spend your money on high-quality multitaskers instead.
The prices of IKEA mattresses can’t be beat, but their thin structure and subpar life span have garnered many negative reviews. Mattresses are big and important investments, so it’s worth shelling out extra bucks for the highest quality mattress you can afford.
Sheets and Towels
IKEA's sheets and towels are notoriously scratchy. Homeowners should look elsewhere for comfortable linens that won't fray after a few runs through the washing machine. Keep in mind, however, that IKEA manufactures some beautiful duvet covers that are worth a peek!
IKEA sells ready-to-assemble products, and some of their larger items, such as dressers, can be a pain to build. IKEA’s dressers have another downside as well: Some varieties have been recalled for less-than-stellar safety ratings, the result of their tendency to topple. Overall, homeowners may be better off buying fully constructed dressers at another furniture store.
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If you’re searching for step ladders or other functional items that will spend most of their lives in a closet, there’s no need to pay more for stylish design. Purchase these must-haves at a home improvement store for half the price instead.
When you're furnishing your first home, IKEA’s selection of affordabl decor can be a lifesaver. The only downside is that their items are mass-produced, so the store can't be a source of distinctive, one-of-a-kind pieces. If you’re set on originality, consider checking out a gallery or specialty shop instead.
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DOLD Single-Portion Sugar Shaker
The sleek DOLD Single-Portion Sugar Shaker is designed to distribute small amounts of sugar at a time. In reality, though, this contraption is an unneeded luxury, and some reviews complain about leaks and inconsistent portions.
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