By Elly Leavitt

Published on March 24, 2018

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Red alert: Ikea is having a massive kitchen event. From now until April 8, the retailer is offering 15 percent back on an Ikea gift card plus free delivery when you spend over $2,000… in other words, consider this your sign to take the plunge and get those new cabinets you’ve been meaning to upgrade to.

One tiny catch: The offer is valid for Ikea Family members only. And while this might sound like a deterrent, you should know that Ikea Family is free and comes with tons of perks (gratis coffee at all stores being one of them), so if you’re not already a member, consider this your sign to join ASAP.

Once you’ve bought the bigger furniture pieces for your kitchen—and got a handy TaskRabbit to assemble them—it’s time to set about outfitting your new and improved space. To assist in this task, we’ve pulled together a list of our favorite Ikea kitchen and dining pieces that look a lot more expensive than they actually are. Because sometimes, deception is okay if it’s in the name of affordability.

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Kastrull Saucepan, $19.99

Between the enamel steel material and gorgeous seafoam green hue, there’s not much we don’t love about this tiny saucepan. It’s lightweight, meaning you can easily hang it up above the stove to save space if you have a small kitchen.

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Domsjö Chopping Board, $18.99

The steel handles lend an industrial feel to this chopping board, while also elevating the design to make it suitable for use as a more casual serving vessel. Cheese board aficionados, you need this in your life.

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Gemak Colander, $9.99

Never worry about burning your fingers trying to use the lid of your pot to drain water again: This colander is not only a kitchen necessity, but is also a great multipurpose storage utensil. When you’re not using it, display fresh produce in the colander.

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Dish Towel, $5.99 for a 2-pack

Black and white checks and stripes offer a timeless pattern that’ll match essentially every decor scheme out there. Stock up on these tea towels while you’re at it: $6 will get you two, so you can be sure you always have one at the ready.

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Dinera 18-Piece Dinnerware Set, $34.99

When building a homeware collection, one of the things worth investing in to make your home look more put-together is a matching dinnerware set. Luckily, Ikea prices mean your investment isn’t technically that much of an investment at all—pick up this trendy pink stoneware set for an instant pop of color in your kitchen cabinets that won’t set you back too much. 

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Carafe with Stopper, $4.99  

Far more stylish (and eco-friendly!) than a plastic water bottle, this glass carafe both fits in your fridge and makes a sleek addition to your tabletop when you need to use it to serve drinks. Bonus: It also holds hot beverages.

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Sommar Tumbler, $1.99

Pick up a few of these inexpensive tumblers to instantly elevate your servingware. The contemporary two-tone design will pair especially well with a minimalist aesthetic.

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Finstilt Deep Plate/Bowl, $4.99

This stoneware bowl looks like you picked it up at a trendy little antique boutique or Parisian flea market… which is exactly the origin story you can sell when people inevitably ask you where you got this simple yet gorgeous piece.

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Senior Frying Pan, $39.99

A cast iron pan under $50? We’re in. Off-white coloring and a rustic wooden handle make it a little more unique than the standard all-black cast iron kitchenware.

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Stockholm Serving Plate, $24.99

As part of Ikea’s Stockholm 2017 collection, this blue glass plate is the product of designers and Swedish glass-blowers working together to produce items that pay homage to the country’s traditional craft scene.  

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Intagande Carafe, $7.99

It may look basic, but the sheer pink design is enough to transform this glass carafe into something a little more upscale than the standard transparent options. Use to display your favorite spring blooms as an easy centerpiece.

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Vardagen Ramekin, $2.99

Frequent bakers are sure to appreciate these ramekins, which are super affordable and have so many uses that they’re definitely kitchen essentials. They also look sophisticated enough to serve individual desserts in without having the servingware feel like an afterthought.

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Lyckad Oven/Serving Dish, $9.99

Painted in of the season’s reigning trendy colors, this mint green casserole dish is another essential you’ll want to actually display on your table. Stoneware material ensures its durability, meaning this is one item you’ll be able to get use of for years to come.  

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Soaré Place Mat, $3.99

If you’re not a tablecloth person, dress up your table with these natural woven placemats. Each one is handmade from water hyacinth and is perfect for adding a summery vibe to your tabletop.

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