11 IKEA Finds (Under $30) Every Homebuyer Needs


You did it! You’ve got the keys to your new place in hand — but between a down payment, closing costs and that hefty movers fee, there’s not a lot of dough left over for all the extras.

No fear: Just like in your first-apartment-out-of-college days, it’s IKEA to the rescue! Only this time, instead of a particle board coffee table, you’re walking out with a few small but mighty pieces that will make your transition to homeownership a breeze.

Every new homeowner needs tools at the ready for improvements or the other sometimes unfortunate reality of homeownership: repairs. This compact kit comes with all the standards — hammer, wrench, pliers, etc. — and is small enough to tuck out of sight when not needed.

For a dollar and change a piece, what do you have to lose? Not only are Ikea’s signature blue bags super-affordable, but they’re also massive. And versatile. These workhorses make great moving “boxes” for lugging stuff to your new home.

It’s a conundrum anyone who moves knows all too well: what do you do with all the odds and ends you’ll need during your first few days? If you packed them in a box, it’d be the equivalent of a giant junk drawer. Pick up a few Nordranas instead, pack (logically sorted) bits and baubles into them, and roll them up for easy transport.

If you’re looking for a fantastic housewarming present for a new homeowner, look no further than a Rens (or two). Not only are these sheepskins oh-so-Scandinavian-chic, but they’re like interior design camouflage. Sofa caught a snag coming up the stairs? Drape a Rens over it. Floor get a scuff from sliding furniture? Toss a Rens down.

When you just move in and haven’t 100 percent figured out where everything will go yet, it can be a pain lugging lamps from outlet to outlet (not to mention you run a higher risk of breaking them). These delightfully industrial spotlights can be attached directly to the wall and easily moved once you get your aesthetic nailed down.

On the surface, this may seem like an unassuming wooden step stool. But don’t let its simple looks deceive you. This bad boy can work in so many ways. Stepping stool, side table, night stand, painting ladder, magazine rack — its only limit is your imagination.

Part of the fun of moving into a new place is stocking it with fun new stuff. However, a side effect of your shopping sprees (in addition to a hit to your bank balance) can be the occasional plastic grocery bag pile-up. These cheap dispensers offer a convenient way to corral those bags, but they can also be used to hold other household items like umbrellas or wrapping paper.

The team player award goes to this little utilitarian rolling beauty. With three spacious bins, it can be used for everything from carting around home improvement tools and paint cans to wheeling in groceries and organizing laundry products. Is it any big surprise the Raskog is an IKEA best seller?

This stainless steel magnetic strip is obviously good for storing and displaying cutlery, as its name implies. If you think outside the box, though, it has other practical applications — especially for new homeowners. Think about how frustrating it is to try to hold onto screws, nails, and other DIY bits while you’re working. But slap ’em on the Kungsfors, and you won’t have to worry about dropping a screw every three seconds.

There are no bounds to what these tiny shelves can do when it comes to organization. Sure, their original purpose was to store spices and herbs, but they’re just as suited for storing cookbooks, kids’ books, beauty products, and more.

It goes without saying that once you’re a homeowner, you have lots o’ important paperwork to keep track of. This sturdy plastic box with lid provides an ideal spot protected from the elements to stash mortgage papers, deeds, and all of the other documents that define adulting.

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