When picking the pieces for our homes, we all have different considerations from price, to look, to comfort. Perhaps you’ve become more conscious of what your furniture is made from. We chatted to an IKEA interior designer to learn more about the value of investing in different natural materials.

Pine furniture in its many forms

Pine can be enjoyed untreated, like this IVAR cabinet, or painted, varnished or stained, like this HEMNES cabinet. One of the reasons to love pine is that every part can be used, including the sawdust. From big, solid pieces to veneer, plywood, particle board and more – it’s such a versatile material.

Mixing furniture materials for an interesting look

By their very nature, natural materials such as wood and certain textiles can make a space feel warmer. To create a feel with a bit more edge or interest, consider choosing pieces that mix materials, like the cool steel and warmer rattan of this armchair. The juxtaposition is both attractive and intriguing.

Investing in long-lasting household textiles

Both pure linen and cotton have advantages such as breathability and insulation, making them great choices for bed linen all year round. Both materials are also very durable and get softer with each wash, making the investment well worth your while.

Hardwearing materials that are in it for the long haul

Different materials have their benefits, so think about the purpose of your pieces. If something is really going to be put to task, like kitchen chairs and chopping boards, look for materials that are hardworking and hardwearing, such as tougher woods like acacia and pine.

Wasting less, enjoying more

At IKEA, we try our best to make sure as little goes to waste as possible. Some of our pieces are made from materials that would have been discarded, such as certain rugs and this lamp made from bamboo offcuts.

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jar with lid, 1 l, clear glass


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bedside table, 48x38 cm, birch

99 €


basket, 25 cm, seagrass

Old Price 12,99



vase, 29 cm, clear glass


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chopping board, 30x15 cm, beech


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cabinet, 80x30x83 cm, pine

89 €

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chopping board, 72x28 cm, acacia



duvet cover and 2 pillowcases, 200x200/50x60 cm, white black/check


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bench with storage, 100 cm, pine

49 €


rug, 160x230 cm, handmade/off-white

339 €


armchair, rattan/anthracite

119 €


pendant lamp, 45 cm, bamboo/handmade



chair, red stained

45 €

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glass-door cabinet with 3 drawers, 90x197 cm, red stained/light brown stained

Old Price 379 €

349 €


duvet cover and 2 pillowcases, 200x200/50x60 cm, dark grey


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