Living overseas for the short term, our rented house is very basic in furnishing. Because we don't own it, we can't remodel the house to install cabinetry for storage/organisation that is customised to our needs.
IKEA's extensive range of affordable and functional furniture and household items help to fill this gap, allowing me to set up a well-organised, clutter-free and inviting Montessori-inspired homeschool.
I love that in recent years, IKEA is gravitating towards a sustainable approach in its manufacture of products. More products are using environmentally friendly, natural materials like solid wood or bamboo, which is Montessori-aligned.
My IKEA Montessori Top Picks for a Child-friendly Home
These are my top IKEA picks for a Montessori home, keeping in line with the Montessori ideal of an inviting 'yes' space for children, while providing practical, affordable and lasting value at friendly prices.
- Montessori shelves: KALLAX, EKET (Note: Find baskets/trays that fit compartmentalised cubes) / MACKAPÄR, NORDKISA (Shoe racks/benches can be converted into wide, low shelves)
- Reading book shelves - FLISAT (Floor), FLISAT (Wall), BEKVÄM (Smaller version of FLISAT for the wall)
- Art supplies trolley - RASKOG utility cart, MOPPE drawer and DYNAN wall shelf
- Table - FLISAT (Adjustable height which can grow with children), LÄTT (Seats 2 children)
- MÅLA easel
- Baskets/Boxes - GABBIG, LURPASSA, KLYFTA, LUSTIGKURRE, FRYKEN, BYHOLMA
- Trays - KLACK (With handles) and FÖRMEDLA (Great as open-ended art trays as they have large bases and are easily wiped down)
- KNAGGLIG pine box
- SKOGSTA bench - Thinking to get this for our electronic keyboard
- KUNGSFORS mesh bags (Great for placing hand towels/training pants at toddler height for accessibility)
- TROGEN step stool
- SMABIT knife and peeler
- SLAT egg slicer
- SMÅBIT Knife & Peeler
- PROPPMÄTT wooden cutting board
- SPRITTA citrus squeezer
- TOPPKLOCKA apron with chef hat
- CHOSIGT funnels
- VARDAGEN measuring spoons
- VARDAGEN measuring cups
- DUKTIG Play Kitchen (Google "Montessori functional kitchens" for ideas to transform into practical water and snack station)
- MULA abacus (Great for one-to-one correspondence and math skills)
- DUKTIG cash register (Great for pretend play and money skills)
- Walker (For little ones learning to walk)
- Building blocks (Comes with a wagon)
Art & Craft Supplies
- MÅLA watercolor
- MÅLA paint brushes
- MÅLA scissors
- MÅLA apron
- GRILLTIDER squeeze bottles (Great as water refill bottle during painting sessions)
- MÅLA drawing paper roll
Live green plants aren't available for sale online, but are available in IKEA physical stores. Be mindful of COVID safety rules before visiting. Taking care of plants is a great practical life activity for children.
There is demand and supply for secondhand, good-condition IKEA products on platforms like Facebook Marketplace.
This means that if you're running on a tight budget, you have an alternative of easily sourcing IKEA items from secondhand markets. Also when your IKEA items are outgrown, you could resell them without difficulty.
- IKEA has different inventories for different parts of the world. The recommendations I shared above are available on IKEA US, but might not be available in other parts of the world. You might like to look for IKEA Montessori recommendations from your local blogger.
Other Montessorians' IKEA Recommendations
These are really helpful. I like that some blogs are consistently updated including seasonal items.
Wishing you joy and luck as you do up your Montessori home!
Follow our Instagram, Pinterest or Facebook Group for more ideas.
You might also like:
Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.