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10 key pieces to buy at IKEA Canberra

Beatrice Smith

Don’t get the fuss around IKEA?

Let us convert you with these 10 multi-use items that will help you get through the silly season and beyond…

KALLAX bookcase $159


Perfect for storing any size of book, using as a space divider or storing beautiful crockery or trinkets, the KALLAX bookcase is perfect for any space

You can deck it out with KALLAX inserts with doors to create closed spaces or buy a pack of KUSINER or DRÖNA colourful soft boxes ($9.99 or $4.99) and use it to organise toys.

LYCKSELE HÅVET chair-bed $499


This wondrous creation arrives just in time for Christmas guests.

LYCKSELE is a comfortable large chair during the day, it converts to a wide single bed with one easy movement, which would also make it perfect to pop in the nursery as a space saver for new parents wanting to nap in the same room as a bub.

Extra seating while unwrapping presents and then an extra bed? Yes please.

LILLABO Wooden train set $14.99



IKEA personified in a toy: cost effective, simple and functional.

Train sets make great Christmas presents for children of any gender or age and the LILLABO range can be added to with a variety of colourful cars, extension sets and extras like bridges.

PAX Wardrobes $215 to $1,915



Give yourself the gift of easy organisation this Christmas and visit the PAX section at IKEA. If there’s a way you envision storing your clothes, PAX can accommodate with a seemingly infinite number of combinations to suit all budgets and areas made from a range of minimalist wooden materials.

RÅSKOG trolley $79


A truly versatile trolley perfect for renters. I use mine as a bar trolley in my sharehouse’s living room, but you could easily use it in the kitchen for portable storage options, in the dining room as a bar cart or to store crockery or in the bathroom for accessories. It can even be used as a chic bedside table as it comes in three colours – beige, aqua or charcoal.

BEBOELIG pop up kids tent



Give your kids some space and a place to retreat this summer holidays. BEBOELIG comes in a range of prints to inspire the worlds they create inside.

Perfect for families with multiple kids, open plan living or renters who can’t create a permanent cubby house outside.

ÄNGSÖ outdoor dining suite $589


A beautiful Hamptons style outdoor dining suite just in time for summer.

Perfect for outdoor entertaining and able to be furnished with additions such as extra chairs from the same series or matching benches and storage options.

MELLTORP / MARIUS table and stools $90.96


A table with stools for under $100? Perfect for those setting up house for the first time, extending your dining options over the festive season, as a kids table or an outdoor option. Affordable, simple and kid-friendly.

RIMFORSA bamboo stand $14.99


The perfect gift for tech aficionados and aspiring chefs alike, this multi use bamboo ‘wave’ could be used for tablets or cook books – perhaps simultaneously!

IKEA PS 2014 desk/bureau – $279


This is usually employed as a space saving desk for teenagers (IKEA PS is their kids and teens range) but some have pointed out that it could potentially serve as a very chic retro style bar. Cheers to that.


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

  • Saffron Urbaniak

    I have my eyes on the Linnmon / Oddvald trestle desk!