Mydall bunk beds by IKEA
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The Very Best IKEA Products for Families

updated Sep 20, 2023
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Here at Cubby, it’s no secret that we love IKEA. We love IKEA’s famously low prices, its Scandinavian style, and the company’s commitment to sustainability. When it comes time to furnish a child’s room, IKEA is often our first stop for its affordable options. We love that IKEA’s designs are rarely baby-ish, so they grow with the child.

We polled our team and fellow parents to come up with a list of the best products for families from IKEA. These are the products that we know work well and don’t fall apart. Many items are made from solid, untreated wood, a staple of IKEA’s collections that appeals for its durability and lack of VOCs. We also highlight the many amazing toys and play furniture that are evergreen favorites.

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The Classic Crib

Made from untreated birch, this crib is a classic design that will match with many styles of decor. The mattress has two heights and one side comes off to convert the Sniglar to a toddler bed later on.

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The Most-Versatile Shelf

KALLAX is our pick for the best bookcase for kids’ rooms: Its cube compartments are the perfect size for toys and books. You can buy a variety of bins that fit in Kallax to hide the clutter.

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The Colorful Bedside Table

The DOMSTEN stools come in three colors and can be used in so many ways. They make great sitting stools at a play table, but we like them as fun bedside tables!

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The Stylish Kid's Bed

The MINNEN kid’s bed adds just the right amount of whimsy to kids’ rooms, and at $170, it manages to look way more expensive than it is.

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The Best-Value Bunk Bed

There’s a reason you’ll find this bunk bed in hundreds of pins on Pinterest: It’s made of solid wood and costs less than $300—an incredible bargain! Plus, you can paint it any color you like!

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The In-Between Chair

The next step after a booster seat, IKEA’s junior chairs, including the Agam, are a genius transition stage before your child sits in an adult-sized chair.

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The All-Natural Rug

Forget the plastic-y rugs marketed to parents, and opt for one of IKEA’s 100-percent wool ones instead. Wool off-gases no nasty VOCs and is naturally stain resistant. If you opt for the HALVED, you’ll get brilliant, rainbow color kids will love.

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The Perfect Stool

This simple stool is made from untreated birch and is just the right size for little kids. It can be used as a step stool or small occasional table too.

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The Best Toy Storage System

The TROFAST system continues to rein supreme atop the toy storage options, with its lightweight, pull-out plastic or wire bins that provide easy access and even easier cleanup.

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The Do-It-All Activity Table

The DUNDRA activity table is a workhorse: it’s big enough to fit 2-3 kids around it, and can be used for everything from building with LEGOs to doing arts and crafts.

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The Classic Train

A toy that allows for endless creation, IKEA’s train tracks are extremely affordable, but be warned they are not really compatible with the similar ones from Brio.

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The Customizable Play Kitchen

A full-sized play kitchen for less than $100 is a great value. Add to that the fact that Duktig invites customization and you’ve got what might be the most popular toy kitchen in the world.

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The Doll Dishes You Can Use

This classic set has been in IKEA’s line for years. The play dishes are made from real ceramic and can be used for kiddie-sized snacks too!

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The $25 Play Tent

You’ll be amazed by all the imaginative play this simple, circus-style tent inspires. It’s big enough for a grown-up to sit in comfortably and can store flat when not in use.

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The Minimalist Doll House

A great beginner doll house, the Flisat can sit on the floor or be mounted on the wall as a shelf.

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The Ultimate Tote

This wouldn’t be a full round-up of the best IKEA products for families if we didn’t mention IKEA’s infinitely versatile products. People have been using IKEA’s big blue (and yellow) bags to tote things other than IKEA purchases for years. We love this rainbow striped version of the classic sack that can be used for everything from laundry to a huge collection of stuff animals.

This post has been updated from its original publication of November 2, 2020.

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