9 IKEA must-haves that'll work for any apartment

Say hej to handy decor

A mushroom shaped lamp on a table and a wardrobe with a storage unit hanging from it
(Image credit: IKEA)

When it comes to getting must-have items for the home, I always make a beeline for IKEA. It just makes everything so easy.

When I first moved into my rental, IKEA was my go-to for getting pieces to fill my rooms and make them feel more like home. It was the first home I had to decorate by myself, and I wanted to make sure it worked aesthetically and functionally. Luckily, IKEA had my back, and I’ve picked up plenty of pieces over time that I’ve been impressed with.

These items are all renter-friendly, so no need to drill any holes or hang anything up. They’re also all super adaptable, meaning they will work in different rooms in the house and will be useful to have no matter where you end up living in the future.

From adorable lighting to amazing organizers, these IKEA pieces are my absolute faves.

My must-have interior buys from IKEA

Why you can trust Real Homes Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Eve Smallman
Staff Writer

Hiya! I’m Eve, and I’m a staff writer at Real Homes. I’m here to bring you on-trend news pieces, product round-ups, and styling inspiration. I live in a rented Victorian terraced house, and enjoy making it shine with pieces that are both beautiful and practical. When I’m not writing, I’m walking around local beauty spots, nestling into a book, or diving into a cheeseboard (I’m a total cheese fiend!).