The IKEA sale is on, and Livingetc's editor has handpicked the best hidden gems

The IKEA sale is full of brilliant bargains, and our editor Pip Rich has selected the five smartest pieces for your home

Ikea RÅVAROR used in a minimalist home office
(Image credit: IKEA)

The IKEA sale is an overwhelming place to shop. It's full of plastic tubs that you're meant to need in your life, and assorted ornaments that, well, didn't even attract consumers at their full price of $5. 

Which is why we asked our editor Pip Rich to select the ten IKEA sale pieces that are the diamonds in the rough, the gems in crown, the treasure in the trash. Some of these might need you to draw on your best IKEA hacks knowledge, others will fit seamlessly into your home. 

The 10 best IKEA sale buys

1. RÅVAROR storage on wheels

RÅVAROR storage on wheels | Was $99.99, now $69.99

RÅVAROR storage on wheels | Was $99.99, now $69.99

This was the year we truly appreciated versatility in design, and being able to move pieces around your home as your requriments change. The simple little RÅVAROR can be a cabinet one minute, a chest of drawers the next followed by a place for your shoes in the entryway after lunch. Just wheel into position.

2. LEVLA Wall organizer

LEVLA Wall organizer | Was $8.99 now $6.29

LEVLA Wall organizer | Was $8.99 now $6.29

This was a bargain to start with, but it's now pretty much an essential. Home organizers have told us all year that a decluttered home starts in the entryway and this charming vintage-esque organizer is the perfect place to drop keys, mail and other bits immediately. The challenge, of course, is to then keep this tidy....

3. Morabo sofa

Morabo sofa | Was $1199, now $849

Morabo sofa | Was $1199, now $849

Caramel and honeyed tones are a key interior design trend for 2023 - aren't you just drawn to their warmth - and this clean-lined sofa shows why. I'd pair it with some soft beige linen pillows to round off its hard edges, and pale walls for a soothing scheme.

4. HAUGESUND Spring mattress

HAUGESUND Spring mattress | Was $329 now $249

HAUGESUND Spring mattress | Was $329 now $249

There's a myth that the best mattresses cost hundreds of dollars. Yes, many of them do, but this one is well-sprung, comfortable and now at an ideal price to refresh your guest bedroom with.

5. Bror work bench

Bror work bench | Was $249 now $199

Bror work bench | Was $249 now $199

You know, this utilitarian work bench is being marketed as something to use in a garage or workshop, but it could easily become an island in a small kitchen. It's the ideal height for food prep, and with two shelves beneath becomes perfect for plate and pan storage, too. 

Pip Rich

The editor of Livingetc, Pip Rich (formerly Pip McCormac) is a lifestyle journalist of almost 20 years experience working for some of the UK's biggest titles. As well as holding staff positions at Sunday Times Style, Red and Grazia he has written for the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and ES Magazine. The host of Livingetc's podcast Home Truths, Pip has also published three books - his most recent, A New Leaf, was released in December 2021 and is about the homes of architects who have filled their spaces with houseplants.  He has recently moved out of London - and a home that ELLE Decoration called one of the ten best small spaces in the world - to start a new renovation project in Somerset.