Ikea curates products into trends, streamlining the shopping process and instilling design confidence in the consumer. For $99.99, the white MELLTORP-ADDE Table and 2 Chairs has a crisp, mid-century modern feel that belies the cost. Yes, it’s melamine and metal, two materials not associated with quality furniture; however, that’s precisely what makes this set so useable. Ikea describes the melamine surface as stain, heat, and moisture resistant. Further, as a space-saving measure, the chairs can be stacked, and the retailer notes that additional tables can be pushed together to make a larger surface. This set has great potential for a small eat-in kitchen or a craft room.
The GURSKEN Bedroom Furniture Set includes a queen bed, nightstand with shelves, and a door wardrobe for $253.99. The materials are fiberboard, particle board, veneer, and plastic, and the listing notes the pieces can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. The set features a natural wood color and minimal style many will appreciate as-is; however, it’s the perfect candidate for some creative alteration. Some design-savvy people shop the furniture store’s simple forms because they’re easy to zhuzh and Ikea-hack into copycats of more expensive pieces. Additionally, the set offers hanging storage, which is ideal for those lacking closet space. However, if you’re concerned with off-gassing manufactured materials where you sleep, SustainabilityNook says a second-hand or solid wood bedframe may be your best bet.