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

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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

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Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.