Start the car! The 2016 edition of the Ikea catalogue is here, and this time the focus is on kitchens. Here are our Home & Garden Director's favourite budget-friendly finds for the heart of the home.
They may not look like much, but these are quite simply the best re-usable food containers I've ever owned. In sturdy dishwasher-safe plastic and microwavable glass, they're easy to maintain and built to last. What's more, the lids make a reassuringly loud "click" when they're sealed—a guarantee those leftovers will still be fresh in the days to come.
Fortrolig jars with lids, $3 and $6, Ikea.
Is your mini-me still too young to help with meal prep? Give him or her the opportunity to practice with this pint-sized play kitchen.
Duktig play kitchen, $199, Ikea.
These solid pine storage crates would bring order to chaotic open shelving. The stackable design makes them a savvy use of space, to boot.
Knagglig storage crate, $14, Ikea.
Tap the "downstairs" style of Downton Abbey with this totally trad sink faucet.
Glittran kitchen faucet in Black, $129, Ikea.
Got a galley kitchen that ends with a blank wall? Put it to work with this charming pine shelf. Once it's packed with pretty patterned plates and teacups, it'll be the next best thing to wallpaper.
Gamleby wall shelf, $89, Ikea.