We went to Cincinnati this weekend and bought lots of stuff for the apartment! For almost two and half years, our bedroom has been a hodgepodge of furniture that’s not my style so we bought a whole new bedroom set. We’ve visited several furniture stores in our town over the past few month, but we couldn’t find anything we liked as much as the furniture we saw at Ikea in November.
Here’s what we came home with.
The biggest thing on our list was a bed. We briefly had a plain metal bed frame with wheels on the bottom (yuck), but our cats burrowed up into the box spring which was weird. The metal was also super squeaky, so we’ve just had our box spring and mattress on the floor for most of the time we’ve been living in our apartment. But now we have a bed!!
We wanted a sleek bed that wasn’t super high or super low. A unique headboard and the ability to have drawers underneath was a plus. I looked at the beds on Ikea’s website over and over last week, and we narrowed it down to three beds: the low Malm, the high Malm with two of these super expensive drawers, and the Oppdal which came with drawers but the awesome slanted storage headboard had to be purchased separately.
Price was also a big factor. The low Malm was the cheapest at $149, but it was reaaallly low (too low for storage underneath) and a bit plain looking in person. The high Malm with two drawers was $299 which seemed like a huge jump just to lift up the bed and put some drawers under it. The Oppdal was the most expensive at $379. It also took up quite a bit more space due to the thick headboard.
We were in the bed section weighing the pros and cons when I saw a bed that I didn’t recognize from the website. It was the Hopen, and it was being discontinued. It came with a unique angled headboard, the body was sleek like the Malms and didn’t take up much more room, it wasn’t too high or too low, and you could buy wooden drawers to put under it for $30. It seemed to combine all the features we liked of the other beds. Also, it had the best price! Last year’s price was $249, but we got it for $139! They only had one colour left, and it was the one we wanted. I guess you could say this bed was even more than we were Hopen for. Haha. Sorry.
I tucked in the comforter to show the ledge of the bed frame. This photo makes me realize that the Oppdal and Malm with drawers wouldn’t have worked out since the drawers extend the whole length of the bed. Having a night stand next to the bed would have made one of the drawers unusable!
Now that I’ve written five paragraphs about the bed, I’ll be briefer about the other stuff we got.
I’ve been wanting an Expedit unit for yeeaaars. I have a smaller, less cool version from Target in the office, but for the bedroom I wanted the real deal. Plus, Ikea is the only place I’ve seen with a non-square version, and that’s what we needed. We sat it horizontally under our big framed picture.
Little dresser! Or as we call it, a nightstand.
Metal hatrack for the downstairs closet.
The Poang chair! I love this thing! You picked out the color frame you wanted (we got this medium brown to match the living room) and then picked out your cushion. This isn’t the cushion we got, although I would have preferred it. The cushions ranged from $29 to $89 (or you can be crazy and get the $189 sheepskin cover). We got one of the cheap $29 off-white ones for now. The frame itself was $40 which surprised me. I figured a unique chair like this would be way more expensive.
This is something I didn’t even know I needed. This shelving unit is really tall and was only $15, so it was hard to pass up. Even though it’s metal, I decided to put it in the corner of the kitchen. It doesn’t look galvanized in person.
I’m really excited about this picture ledge. We’re putting it on the bathroom wall to hold my makeup. It will replace a janky little Target shelf that sucks at its job.
(Totally not my house.)
I looked at this, looked at the price and said, “Ok, I need this.” This lamp is a great size and at $25 it was much less expensive than I thought it would be. Everyone seems to think it looks like a lotus, but all I see is Pineco.
No? Just me?
This shelfy dude for the office.
A little outdoor table for the balcony. I couldn’t find it on the website, but I think it was $15 or $20, and it’s a pretty nice size. There was also an inexpensive chair I wanted to go with it, but I couldn’t find it in the store.
Aaaaand the first thing I saw in the whole store. This $12 grey throw :)
Ikea sells glass tops for some of their dressers, and that’s definitely something I wanted to invest in so the cats don’t scratch the wood when they jump on the furniture. We bought the optional glass top for the nightstand because it was fairly small and could fit in the cab of the truck. I wanted to get the glass top for the larger dresser as well, but I wasn’t too sure if it would survive four hours in the back of the truck. I might go back next month with my grandma and her minivan to pick it up. They don’t offer glass tops for the expedit, so I’ll have to get some custom cut. I just hope it’s not too expensive.
Before taxes, we spent $725 which is less than a lot solid wood beds I’ve seen. I know this furniture won’t last decades, but I don’t care for it to. I’m really happy with my purchases, and I’ll post some before and after photos once I rearrange my rooms.