Everyone knows that Ikea is the go-to furniture store for inexpensive, yet stylish pieces, but it’s time to start thinking of the Swedish retailer in a different way: as an incredible, and overlooked, wedding registry option. In fact, it would be easy to fill your entire registry with only ikea items and end up with a beautifully furnished, functional home.
We tested this theory and came up with fully furnished room wishlists to inspire your registry. Using a mix of big ticket furniture pieces and small accents, guests will only have to click on one link, you’ll only have to ship from one store, and you’ll end up with an incredibly chic and easy first home.
When choosing the building blocks of a kitchen, there is so much value in creating an airy, bright, clean space. High priority goes to storage, simplicity, and duality, especially in smaller spaces.
Ikea has an incredible selection of items that satisfy all of these needs. We love the contemporary color palette they work with, not only because it is right on-trend but also because it complements more traditional kitchen materials like wood and glass so well. This glass kitchen table, for example, is the perfect blank canvas for peachy colored wood chairs, icy blue glassware, and deep green marble place mats.
Other great items on our kitchen registry list include a cutting board that doubles as a serving platter, a cool geometric shelf to display a small plant, stainless steel serveware, and minimalist serving bowls.
- Gamleby Wall shelf, $79.99
- Torsby Table, $199.00
- Borgerlig Place mat, $1.49
- Blanda matt Serving bowl, $19.99
- Eket Cabinet, $20.00
- Vardera Deep plate/bowl, $3.49
- Rimforsa Chopping board, $15.99
- Sedlig 20-piece flatware set, $39.99
- Svenbertil Chair, birch, Broringe chrome plated, $45.00
- Fjalkinge Shelf unit, $130.00
- Fargrik 18-piece dinnerware set, dark turquoise, $24.99
- Kallna Glass, $6.99
Gamleby Wall shelf, light antique stain, $79.99
This shelf can feel either quaint or cool depending on how you style it, but we think it would look particularly great holding simple white dishes. It could also store dish cloths, smaller pots and pans, or spices. We’re drawn to the natural look of the wood, and it’s super slim size—it takes up a fraction of your kitchen space, yet provides so much storage.
Fargrik 18-piece dinnerware set, dark turquoise, $24.99
This collection of dinnerware comes in several easy to incorporate shades, but we love this beautiful deep blue/green. These stackable, dishwasher- and microwave-safe dishes and bowls come 18 to a set (six of each style) and will add a modern pop of color to any neutral palette.
Svenbertil Chair, birch, Broringe chrome plated, $45.00
These birch dining room chairs make for the perfect set. Register for more than you need for everyday, and just stack the extras out of the way for when you have company. The contrast of the shiny chrome legs with the soft seat curve and pinkish wood makes these a must-have.
When registering for bathroom decor, it is essential to consider how to maximize storage space while keeping everything as uncluttered as possible. This tall, super thin (15 inches wide) cabinet fits those specs, and looks good doing it. A printed shower curtain adds instant design and detail, and little accents like chic candles, small succulents, and monochromatic accessories all create a peaceful space.
Add all of these items to your registry online, or use the extremely helpful Ikea registry App to help streamline the process.
- Silveran High cabinet with 2 doors, $139.00
- Fryken Box with lid, set of 3, sea grass $9.99
- Salviken Bath towel, white $6.99
- Toftbo Bath mat, green-blue, $7.99
- Succulent Plant with pot, $14.99
- Ragrund Chair with towel rack, bamboo, $49.99
- Ekoln Soap dispenser, $6.99
- Ekoln Toothbrush holder, $4.99
- Salviken Hand towel, $4.99
- Njutning Scented candle in glass, $7.99
Ragrund Chair with towel rack, bamboo, $49.99
This is the type of product that reminds us why we love Ikea so much. A chair/towel rack hybrid, all made from bamboo? Genius. Use the seat of the chair as additional display or storage space, or just let it be your finance’s spot to sit and hang while you use the mirror for your makeup and hair (if you guys are into that kind of thing).
Fryken Box with lid, set of 3, seagrass, $9.99
Nothing says adulting like smartly placed decorative baskets and jars. These come in a set of three, are crafted from seagrass, and are all handmade. At $9.99, we say register for at least three sets and use them around the house.
Salviken Bath towel, white, $6.99
Mimic your favorite hotel bathroom with all-white towel set. These particular towels are terry on one side and waffle weave on the other. According to user reviews, they are “absorbent, light, and soft.” Register for as many as your heart desires (they’re $6.99!) and keep some in storage for when you want a brand new towel refresh.
One of the negatives of building a wedding registry is the feeling of permanence you assign to to each item. You are forced to ask yourself if you can see each chair or dish being something you’d want to have in your home for the next several decades, and that question can feel downright daunting.
Using Ikea as your registry site is a great method to counteract this feeling, because these aren’t items that cost thousands of dollars. If you decide in five years that the rug or dresser you chose is no longer making you happy, the guilt from getting rid of an expensive item won’t factor into your decision.
Bedroom furniture is particularly emotionally driven. It’s important to create a relaxing and soothing space that you can retreat to, which is why we were drawn to the many textural options that Ikea offers. By mixing different textiles (woven baskets, vintage inspired fabrics, furs, and linen), you can register for items to help you create your ideal cozy space.
- Pekannot Plant pot, rattan, $24.99
- Valloby Rug, low pile, $129.00
- Gladom Tray table, dark green, $19.99
- Berakna Vase, $29.99
- Bokarv Cushion cover, $34.00
- Hemnes 8-drawer dresser, $249.00
- Fladis Basket, $12.99
- Puderviva Duvet cover and pillowcases, $79.99
- Ranarp Work lamp, $27.99
- Rens Sheepskin, white, $29.99
- Tullsta Armchair, $109.00
- Vitfjaril Cushion cover, $10.00
Rens Sheepskin, white $29.99
Ikea’s sheepskin and cowhide rugs are an industry go-to—they add a unique element to any room, and they are wildly affordable. They can be thrown over accent chairs, layered over rugs, or used as a cushion on a desk chair. Definitely register for multiples—you’ll find spots for them.
Pekannot Plant pot, rattan, $24.99
Nothing changes the feeling of a room with minimal need for effort or budget like a plant. This planter looks at least five times as expensive as its actual price tag, and when potted will add color, light, and life to your space.
Gladom Tray table, dark green $29.99 (sale $19.99)
This well-designed piece is more often used as a side table in a living room or kitchen, but we think it makes a chic and unexpected bedside table. The soft green is soothing and quiet, yet vivid enough to make an impact. Top it with this industrial looking lamp for an interesting mix of styles. Handy note: The tray is easily removable from the legs (breakfast in bed, anyone?).
We firmly believe that big ticket items, like a couch, belong on a registry list. Not only are they perfectly priced, but Ikea also offers a “Chip In” feature on their registry site that allows guests to partially pay for an item they rather not buy entirely on their own. This means that even those pricier Ikea pieces should make the cut when putting together your registry.
Many of those bigger pieces that work best for group gifting are living room decor, like this buttery leather sofa or denim blue armchair. But don’t forget to add a graphic rug, printed pillows, an unexpected pop of color in the form of a coffee table, and a structural plant stand to your list.
- Stockholm Rug, flatwoven, $199.00
- Stockholm 2017 Ottoman, $139.00
- Satsumas Plant stand, $29.99
- Gradvis Vase, $9.99
- Avsiktlig Cushion, $3.99
- Bokarv Cushion cover, $34.00
- Barometer Floor/reading lamp with LED bulb, $54.99
- Jorid Tray table, $49.99
- Billy Bookcase with glass doors, $169.00
- Stockholm Sofa, $1,799.00
- Stocksund Armchair, $379.00
- Koldby Cowhide, $169.00
- Besta Storage combination with doors, $295.00
Besta Storage combination with doors, Selsviken high-gloss/white, $295.00
This glossy three-door piece is great for storage of any kind, but it would make a perfect living room bar cabinet. The shelves are adjustable, so it will fit any stemware you’re gifted. Top it with a metallic tray and tall candles for high impact.
The billy bookcase a 50-year-old design, is one of Ikea’s most popular products. With adjustable shelves and a design that fits with any decor style, this is a must-add registry item.
Strimlonn Throw, gray, $49.99
A throw blanket is one of those small details that transforms a house into a home. Crafted from pure wool and done in a cool herringbone design, this one deserves a permanent spot on your sofa.