Top 10 Designer Approved Ikea Products: Design Lesson 10

Hi everyone! Welcome to another design
lesson video. In each video I’m going to review some key design principles that
you should keep in mind when you’re thinking about renovating or decorating
your space so if you have a design dilemma and need some answers feel free
to comment in the section below with your questions or you can tweet me your
questions on twitter at designer chicky your dilemma could become one of these
design lesson videos right here in the meantime let’s get to today’s topic today I’m giving you my top 10 IKEA
product the designers love you may have seen my top 3 lists in a previous video
but I’ve expanded my list because everyone loves IKEA this isn’t a paid
promotion of IKEA but I just love mixing in a few I can have pieces in my designs
when the budget is tight so this list is all about great design versatility and
affordability let’s go shopping again the lack shelving system is number 10 on
my list who doesn’t love a floating shelf the
lack shelf comes in a variety of finishes and lengths which means the
creative solutions are endless here’s a couple of ways I love using the last
shelf I love using it as one long floating shelf above the sofa it’s the
perfect way to casually show off some art without committing art to hooks
layer them up like this for a relaxed look keeping the Shelf similar in color
to the walls makes the art stand out on its own speaking of layers why not stack
several lakh shelves on top of one another from floor to ceiling I
especially love the way these shelves are tucked up against that side wall it
is a great way to play around with the idea of a floating shelf but having many
floating shelves together makes them look like one large bookcase instead coffee tables can be hard to find they
tend to be bulky and cumbersome but the Hemnes coffee table is a style favorite
because it virtually has no style it’s square which I love and it’s simple and
simplicity makes for a great design I love the sleek look of the white in a
bright modern setting like this but it’s just as great in a more traditional
setting like this again the simplicity of this piece is what’s key dress it up
with your accessories and you’ll have a classic coffee table for a long long
time I love the look of stainless steel and
the flip that trolley is all stainless steel aside from being a very sleek
trolley cart it’s also very durable and versatile I love the idea of
incorporating it into a typical kitchen like this use it as additional storage
and a mobile work surface tuck it away to one side of the room like this
the Flippa isn’t just for kitchens you can use it in your dining room for a
pool bar cart or even in your laundry room as a folding surface like this well
this little guy has become synonymous with Ikea the billy bookcase is a great
example of affordable and versatile and it’s number seven on my list with a
variety of Heights and widths there’s virtually no space where a billy
bookcase won’t fit or two or three here we see two different sizes lined up
together making for a very dramatic wall I also love lining up shorter Billy
bookcases like this you can fill up the shelves with books and accessories and
then still arrange art in a creative way on top it’s a very chic look for a very
little cost no IKEA list is complete without
lighting and my favorite is the ran up lighting products whether it’s a table
lamp wall sconce or a pendant like this the ran up is just enough industrial to
make a statement without it looking like you’re trying too hard the large pendant
is perfect for your dining room the smaller pendants are great above a
kitchen island – or dropped over your sink and I love love love the
wall-mounted versions of this light you can clip them to bookshelves to light up
your library or use them as reading lights like this next to your bed the Alex desk is pure modernism it has
clean lines and no visible hardware and it comes in white or gray and it’s
number five on his designer’s list this desk is great for your home office and
best of all it’s great from all angles so if you need it in the center of your
room this is the desk for you but this beauty isn’t just for work you
can use it as a console in your hallway and fancy it up with artwork baskets
maybe even an upholstered stool underneath the pax wardrobe system
really took IKEA shopping to another level no more our custom walk-in closets
only for the few now you can create your very own dream closet line them up and
pick from several finishes Heights whips and door styles from shaker panel to
modern frosted glass there’s a style for you make them disappear wall to wall and
hide all your stuff on the other hand they’re so great you don’t even need to
cover them up with doors your stuff automatically looks great when they are
sorted into drawers hooks hangers and all the other cool inserts they offer
and my number three on my list of faves from Ikea is the nod yes a garbage pail
I love the look of this garbage pail in either white or black it’s perfect for
paper recycling under any home office desk but it’s so much more than that how
about using the non pail as a planter or how about a great firewood pail
I love how the handles have been upgraded here now that’s an IKEA hack
that I’m loving my number two on my list is the Aleks
drawer unit it comes in a variety of sizes white and gray and you can have
Castor’s like this I especially love the no hardware drawer fronts just a cutout
the Alex is the perfect storage cabinet for craft room or artist studios the
thin drawers are great to store paint paper and all sorts of supplies you can
easily incorporate the Alex cabinets into a work island or Peninsula like
this it’s so great to have storage under large work surfaces this would be great
for creative studio office or crafts room or wrapping room Martha Stewart
would be proud and my number one I love love love the IKEA PS cabinet it comes
in white blue and red but I’m loving the white it’s a metal cabinet with a soft
industrial look side by side they offer tons of storage and a great surface to
showcase some great lighting and having that gallery wall above is so very cool
it’s the perfect sideboard in any room you can even use it in your bedroom like
this I love a great big nightstand and the PS cabinet is the perfect height
next to your bed and of course it’s great as a media cabinet under your TV
so there you have it my expanded list of top 10 IKEA products that I love these
are all products that showcase great design versatility and can be used in
different settings and most importantly they’re affordable mix them up with
other great pieces and you’ll have an eclectic mix of furniture in your home
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plus if you have any IKEA products to add to our list let me know in the
comments section below I’d love to know what you’re loving from Ikea
again thanks for watching this video and I’ll see


  • myloveofcrafting

    I love the Raskog unit for all my crafting supplies. Great video!

  • Jennifer Grey

    Really enjoy your videos, but I find the background music distracts from your message. Could it possibly be lowered or removed all together?

  • P.E.M. Bakker

    Love your channel — thank you for all the amazing tips!!! Would you have some ideas for an extremely tiny bedroom and organizing an open clothing storage wardrobe to create an open and less furniture heavy space that doesn’t eat up all the room? Thanks heaps!

  • enchantedapril52

    I hate when white items are shown against a white background. No details can be seen! Many online shopping sites are guilty of this.

  • Rebecca Noriega

    I love the kallax.

  • Pi La

    What is with the music? Please no more music!

  • Cheryl Idler

    Zhi, thanks for this video… I got several good ideas for my sewing,computer, crafting room storage components makeover… I want to reorganize the whole room with proper organization, there should be room for everything I hope!! Not knowing where to start, it is overwhelming to think about, but visual aids like this are very helpful for me. Its inspiring and I know Im going to have to sit down and draw up an actual blueprint in order for my project to be successful in the end! id like to turn it over to some professionals completely, but I cant afford to go that way, I think some brainpower and Ikea will win out eventually.. wish me luck !!🦉🙈🙊🦚🍀🍁🍁💐💥☀️🔥💨🌬. Best….cheryl🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

  • Setara Janassary

    I saw your video for first time, because I am searching for a new idea for my dining room. I found your list good, especially the craft room. I love it and would love to have in my house 😊

  • The Tattooed Crafter

    Loved the video. I’m struggling to decorate a small living and dining space in our new build house, especially in an industrial feel. Any advice would be amazing x

  • Shar D

    ? love the music and great tips thanks

  • angeltoestats

    WHAT? no Kallax?

  • Jeanette ramos

    I too love ikea the colors & all thx for sharing

  • Gisi

    I’m totally agree with the Alex, I have a small one in my home office (I’m an Illustrator ) and they fit an A3 comfortably. A huge need of my work.

  • Maxine F

    Enjoyed your video. Will be purchasing the Lack shelf unit to add above my couch 🛋. Great idea

  • Amanda Perez

    Great video! I love short & to the point. I have a room I’m struggling with. It’s a very small living room in a big house. It’s opposite the kitchen, only 2 full walls, other wall has a window & back door. It also has a diagonal fireplace. It’s maybe
    18×15. Any help or suggestions would be awesome!
    Oh & of course there’s large furniture in the room which isn’t working.

  • Cara Coates

    Can you give some ideas on how to update late 2000s kitchen with out ripping everything out? I am talking the era of golden brown wall paint,Venetian gold granite,travertine back splash and maple cabinets.

  • Jeremy Dinsmore

    1:18 – I was thinking about putting beachcombing artifacts on my shelf. Who doesn't like a good shell-lack?

  • Marianne Dijkhuizen

    Thankyou for great ideas. I have a 'problem' having 3 Balinese cats. In wintertime with the heater on stand 10 they lose there coats all day long. But I love them to pieces😍💖 don't want live without them.
    Question: what kind if interior is good for us?

  • catgirldo

    When you put a video together and have to compete with the annoying and loud music that you have chosen – well, there is a lack of professionalism because we, the audience, are no longer focusing on what you are trying to impart.

  • Sunshine

    Can u give some modern fireplace ideas in a budget… m in the process of building a new house

  • Susan Fudge

    You can buy solid pine, tall bookcases for 100 or less and paint them white. Much better option than those cheap Billy bookcases.

  • lisa hobbs

    Love the ideas! I love white on white! Just found your channel and enjoying it

  • Joan Clarke

    I would love to watch your entire video but after 5 mins of listening to you try to over-talk the dreadful music, I had to move on to another video. Consider no music so watchers can concentrate on your delivery.

  • Tammy Williams

    Yes, music is really irritating. Your message is lost. Try it again without the music.

  • designchickee

    It's amazing that one of my most popular videos is the one that irritates the most people as well! LOL
    I've adjusted my latest videos because of your feedback. Thank you, thank you… and thanks for watching!

  • angangaus


  • private user

    would it be possible to re-record without the music? sorry, i can't watch it.

  • Nikki K

    Your editor isn't doing their job.

  • Evgenia Litus

    my fav is pine table top from IKEA it is durable and lasts a long time

  • Dana

    Yes music too upbeat & distracts from your delivery. If you feel you need music keep it subtle. Unwanted noise is a stressor!

  • Dana

    2.05. I’m out! Sorry!

  • Wesley Wright

    This was an excellent list, and video. I've just subscribed!

  • Sandra Weiler

    Could you please tell me the name of the sofa that you are using in this video?

  • mselbit

    Do you think Flytta can be used on a balcony in a desert environment? We have two balconies: one covered and one with a pergola, meaning semi-covered. Do you happen to know its height?

  • cristiana bastos bastos

    Can you help me decorate my 11 years old daughter? Um from Portugal

  • Happybidr

    Good content, I like the photos you used. Get rid of the music and you’re good to go. You chose a lot of my favorites, too. I would add these: First, the Ekby Alex shelves with two slim, side-by-side drawers, the LACK wall shelves with its nice vertical look, and the Hemnes glass door cabinet with three nice sized drawers on the bottom.

  • CICI 111

    Music is SO disturbing! 😩

  • Crystal Wong

    Lack is a disaster base on my personal experience. I was not able to install it firmly on the wall after trying different wall plugs and eventually left a few holes on my wall. A quick search online you will find many people complain the same thing. The technical design is definitly flawed. Be very careful if you are going to buy it.

  • Caroline Y

    Annoying with the loud music…

  • Linda McAndrew

    Fabulous style! 😎

  • James Sumpter

    Smart, relevant, useful. Very nicely curated and excellent ideas — thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  • Anurag Singh

    Vid starts at 1:07

  • Marilyn Barker

    Great choices!

  • Angela Berni


  • michelle cooper

    Great Info. But I loved the music!

  • Stacy Wyatt

    U look like Donna from That 70’s Show! 🤗

  • TCJones

    A rapping room, talk about 1st world problems…

  • Rosyclaire

    1st buy a huge house/apartment!

  • Beatriz Yoda

    I love the imagem that you present. The music… Big no no

  • Amalxox

    Okay so I’m going to be moving in to a new apartment and I just wanted to make my comfy and cozy. The wall colours are cream/beige and then I have a built in wardrobe, coloured dark brown/wooden wallpaper.
    What type of bed colour would you recommend?

  • Adam Hasani

    The picture with the „lack“ shelf you are showing at the first picture isn‘t a „lack“ shelf, it‘s the „moslanda“ frameshelf.

  • cre8ingwords

    Interesting video. It's the first of yours that I've ever seen. I'm researching some furniture pieces from IKEA and would enjoy watching more of of your videos but it's a bit difficult to tell which products you favor most aside from your rating when everything is so "loved."

  • C h

    Newer Lack shelves sag. The old ones didn't do it but the new ones do

  • Chander Kapoor


  • jojo 1998

    Love your video!!

  • Jeff Roze

    No. Keep the music…

  • Dee Ferry

    Great video but the music is too loud

  • Aurelie

    Hi Olga! We are currently renovating our house and we are stuck with colours. We have chosen very easily the colour palette for the kitchen (BM chantilly lace or simply white for the cabinets and onyx for the island with touches of brass with the faucets and handles/knobes). We also agreed on a light wood floor. However we don't know if we should go all white with the house or create a colour palette for the house? If we create a colour palette what colour will transition easily from the kitchen (dinning room, living room..).
    Even with the white, we don't know if we should pick the same white for wall and trims?
    I know we have a lot questions here 🙂
    Thank you so much.

  • G. G.

    :34 designer is spelled wrong 🤦🏽‍♂️

  • T V

    "Moment Lyx" sofa in grey leather, is one of the most sought after – and internationally approved IKEA designs ever..

  • Bobo

    The background music is really annoying!

  • Shade Ani

    My entry door opens straight into my living room. I don’t have a hallway at all. How can I create one.

  • Rachel Ross

    Great tips but lose the music, it’s not necessary and distracts from the message.

  • Suzanne Othmer

    I love music

  • Jaishree S

    Loved the list.

  • getlauriekor

    Great video! Music was annoying but I subscribed based on this video. Can’t wait to watch more.

  • Nancy-Katharyn McGraw

    Not watching after 1 minute as music competes with your talking; NOT A GOOD CHOICE. TOO BAD. LOST ME.

  • Rosemary Castillo-Sartin

    Great ideas! Love the cool jazz vibe in the background. It’s not for everyone but I dug it. Cheers!

  • Google User

    Loved it…and the music was not bothersome…at all

  • Leanne McIntire

    Hi. Yes i agree the music is very distracting. But like your content.

  • 1978ajax

    Had to click out when I realized the 'music' just wasn't going to stop. Design lesson for you: more is less.

  • Charles Zhang

    Color tone is too light and too airy for me.

  • P M

    Very inspiring. Well done, IKEA.

  • Frühlings Frisch

    The background music hurts my ears tremendously!

  • My Favorite Planet

    The background music is over her voice too much.

  • LEONOR Martinez

    Hi I'm really enjoying your videos, I'm a new subscriber 😀! I'm wondering can you do an Ikea on country decor 🙂 blessing to you!

  • Alison Kirk

    Loved this Top 10 and always room for another fantastic item!

  • P M

    I made a long LACK shelf as a window seat by notching the ends to fit into and on top of my existing window ledge. Add hidden support underneath. I've used the large, 5×5, ExPEDIT room divider / wall unit in all of my homes. Try to float it in the middle of a small space to create 2 zones, and room to walk around both sides. The larger size has the right scale for most 8 foot ceilings, actually making the space feel vast.

  • Joni Sousa-Guthrie

    Love your video. Didn’t even notice the music mentioned by others. Can u pls tell me the name of the paint you used for the grey background wall?

  • Zaar

    Small tip for all people complaining about the music. Mute – add subtitles. Watch

  • Robert Drake

    1:05 obviously not reliability as their crap falls apart in short order.

  • Sunduan

    Can you please re do your title on the intro Top 10 “DESGINER…..etc.” The word designer is misspelled, sorry it bothers me to see a published work with misspellings because it shows it was hastily done. Thank you.

  • Julie Anderson

    Favorite designer!!

  • Kamalani Hurley

    Good info. Check that misspelling of the word design in your opening slide. The music is distracting.

  • Adro ID

    cool, thanks!

  • Ideffix_Cat22

    WOW thanks OMG I love it ☯️💖🎊🥰💡♻️

  • Mär & Maid Lyric Videos

    great inspirations

  • Janet Miller

    I love, love, love your channel! Great tips-thank you.

  • Sultana Sadia

    Thank u so much

  • Jamil Gannaban

    Who ever's married to this woman is a blessed man.

  • Douglas Wells

    Great vid as usual but one misspelled word at the beginning. Details matter as you know.

  • Nikki Edwards

    What color should the shelves , wall and frames be?

  • Gost731

    The music can really stressed u up

  • Joe De La Garza

    More Ikea hacks please

  • Max Baker

    Please no music

  • Nancy Mac

    Awesome choices! I enjoy Ikea products – the ones that are sturdy – so it was interesting to see what your faves were. One of the obscure things I liked about your video is your voice. It's great to hear a voice with a good timbre and the fact that you ended each sentence withOUT a question in your voice was sooooo refreshing! I don't know how the trend of raising a voice at the end of each sentence (making it sound like a question) got started, but it needs to stop. LOL! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us! (And, yes, I would have preferred no music.)

  • Alyson Draper

    Love the video, but I, too, found the music distracting. It was just too much, even for someone who enjoys the genre.

  • Senia Rasmussen

    Wow! I looove this video. Please make an updated one 🤞🤞😀😁😍

  • Eve Starling

    Aggghhh eardrum abuse


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