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August 17, 2016 10 Classroom Must-Haves From Ikea By Nancy Jang
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Like most teachers, at this time of year I am in my classroom setting up furniture, putting up bulletin boards, and planning a fun, fabulous first week of school. But I'm also on the hunt for some budget-friendly furnishings to add to my classroom.

    If you are lucky enough to have an Ikea super store near you, you have an amazing resource for inexpensive and fun organizational tools and furnishings for your classroom. Let me take you on a tour of my top 10 favorite finds at Ikea and how I plan to use them in my classroom.

    1. Marius stools ($4.99)

    I love these small sturdy stools for alternative seating in my classroom. They are made of steel and come in a few different colors such as red, black, and white that would match any classroom decor. The best thing about these stools, besides the price, is that they stack easily and leave a small footprint. I bought five in black.

     

     

     

    2. Raskog cart ($29.99)

    This steel cart is so versatile and well made! I have one in my classroom for a mobile teaching area. I store my photocopies and teacher binder on the top tier with some office supplies. The middle tier contains my To Do items and Read Aloud books, and the bottom tier holds my sub materials. The one I bought is a beautiful turquoise, but they also had red and black. You can even use magnetic spice containers on the side to hold paper clips, thumbtacks, and other small items. I love being able to wheel it over to the rainbow carpet or horseshoe table or my desk depending on where my lesson is taking place.

     

     

     

     

     

    3. Starholk ($4.99), Rusch ($1.99), and Kubbla ($6.99)

    These adorable clocks were perfect for my classroom even though some have no numbers on the face. I needed a clock for the back of the room because my projector screen covers the existing one in my room. I often use my iPhone as a clock and timer, but occasionally it gets lost in the mess or is too far away to do a quick time check. I choose Kubbla because my kids are always asking me how much longer until lunch. The Rusch clocks are even less expensive, but I fell in love with the fork and knife on the Kubbla clock.

     

     

     

    4. Gles ($1.49)

    Okay friends, these boxes are the FIND OF A CENTURY if you are going to organize your library into bins on a budget. As much as I love the cute colored bins from Really Good Stuff, I have an enormous number of books and I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars. I initially bought twenty Gles bins and then quickly outgrew from there. Now, I have about fifty Gles bins for my picture books and I use clear shoe box containers for my chapter book collections. The Gles bins are sturdy and wide enough for all of the picture books — I have had only one break in five years. The only drawback is that they often only have one or two colors at time, so if you want your library bins to be uniform in color, buy all of them at once. At this great price, it won't break the bank.

     

     

    5. Västerön ($24.99)

    This fun metal bench makes a great place for durable seating for two students. Many teachers are looking for alternative seating for their classroom and this bench would definitely stand up to daily usage. I didn't buy it, but it's on my wish list. I needed a bench that had built-in storage.

     

     

     

    6. Bolmen ($7.99)

    This step stool is made of thick plastic, and is tall enough to help my students reach the sink to wash their hands, but also does double duty as alternative seating!

     

     

     

     

     

    7. Hutten ($9.99)

    I know that you are thinking: "She must drink A LOT of wine in class to have a wine rack in her room!" but this wine rack will be used to hold bottles of paint on my cabinet shelf. Currently my bottles are on a shelf in my office supply cabinet. The wine rack will make it much easier and quicker to find the color of paint I am looking for without having to dig around on a deep shelf.

     

     

     

    8. Trofast ($35.99)

    This organizer is originally intended as a child's dresser or toy box, but it's perfect for the classroom. It comes in several sizes and two finishes. It also has a colorful assortment of bin sizes to suit my needs. My favorite part about Trofast is how many different configurations you can make. You hang the smaller ones on the wall, stack them together and even paint the wood finishes shelves to match your decor. I'm buying the Trofast that will double as bench seating for my kids. Ikea even has a nice pad that is fitted for the top.

     

    9. Päborja ($1.49) and Avskild ($3.99/4 pack)

    The Paborja is a very pretty plastic placemat that can be used at a table during art for easy clean up, but could be used it as wall decor for framing student work. The Avskild placemats are made from a thick cork material that can be used to set up a bulletin board where one doesn't already exist. They come in a pack of four, but you can use them individually or hang several packs together to create a large display.

    10. Pillows and rugs

    There are literally hundreds of fun pillows and cute rugs to add a touch of whimsy to your classroom.

    Whether you have an Ikea in your town or not, check out Ikea online for even more cool things for your classroom. Have you fallen in love with anything at Ikea? What do you wish you had for your classroom?

    Join me next time as I take you on a tour of my class and share my plans for the first day of school!

    Happy teaching!

    Nancy

     

     

     

     

    Like most teachers, at this time of year I am in my classroom setting up furniture, putting up bulletin boards, and planning a fun, fabulous first week of school. But I'm also on the hunt for some budget-friendly furnishings to add to my classroom.

    If you are lucky enough to have an Ikea super store near you, you have an amazing resource for inexpensive and fun organizational tools and furnishings for your classroom. Let me take you on a tour of my top 10 favorite finds at Ikea and how I plan to use them in my classroom.

    1. Marius stools ($4.99)

    I love these small sturdy stools for alternative seating in my classroom. They are made of steel and come in a few different colors such as red, black, and white that would match any classroom decor. The best thing about these stools, besides the price, is that they stack easily and leave a small footprint. I bought five in black.

     

     

     

    2. Raskog cart ($29.99)

    This steel cart is so versatile and well made! I have one in my classroom for a mobile teaching area. I store my photocopies and teacher binder on the top tier with some office supplies. The middle tier contains my To Do items and Read Aloud books, and the bottom tier holds my sub materials. The one I bought is a beautiful turquoise, but they also had red and black. You can even use magnetic spice containers on the side to hold paper clips, thumbtacks, and other small items. I love being able to wheel it over to the rainbow carpet or horseshoe table or my desk depending on where my lesson is taking place.

     

     

     

     

     

    3. Starholk ($4.99), Rusch ($1.99), and Kubbla ($6.99)

    These adorable clocks were perfect for my classroom even though some have no numbers on the face. I needed a clock for the back of the room because my projector screen covers the existing one in my room. I often use my iPhone as a clock and timer, but occasionally it gets lost in the mess or is too far away to do a quick time check. I choose Kubbla because my kids are always asking me how much longer until lunch. The Rusch clocks are even less expensive, but I fell in love with the fork and knife on the Kubbla clock.

     

     

     

    4. Gles ($1.49)

    Okay friends, these boxes are the FIND OF A CENTURY if you are going to organize your library into bins on a budget. As much as I love the cute colored bins from Really Good Stuff, I have an enormous number of books and I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars. I initially bought twenty Gles bins and then quickly outgrew from there. Now, I have about fifty Gles bins for my picture books and I use clear shoe box containers for my chapter book collections. The Gles bins are sturdy and wide enough for all of the picture books — I have had only one break in five years. The only drawback is that they often only have one or two colors at time, so if you want your library bins to be uniform in color, buy all of them at once. At this great price, it won't break the bank.

     

     

    5. Västerön ($24.99)

    This fun metal bench makes a great place for durable seating for two students. Many teachers are looking for alternative seating for their classroom and this bench would definitely stand up to daily usage. I didn't buy it, but it's on my wish list. I needed a bench that had built-in storage.

     

     

     

    6. Bolmen ($7.99)

    This step stool is made of thick plastic, and is tall enough to help my students reach the sink to wash their hands, but also does double duty as alternative seating!

     

     

     

     

     

    7. Hutten ($9.99)

    I know that you are thinking: "She must drink A LOT of wine in class to have a wine rack in her room!" but this wine rack will be used to hold bottles of paint on my cabinet shelf. Currently my bottles are on a shelf in my office supply cabinet. The wine rack will make it much easier and quicker to find the color of paint I am looking for without having to dig around on a deep shelf.

     

     

     

    8. Trofast ($35.99)

    This organizer is originally intended as a child's dresser or toy box, but it's perfect for the classroom. It comes in several sizes and two finishes. It also has a colorful assortment of bin sizes to suit my needs. My favorite part about Trofast is how many different configurations you can make. You hang the smaller ones on the wall, stack them together and even paint the wood finishes shelves to match your decor. I'm buying the Trofast that will double as bench seating for my kids. Ikea even has a nice pad that is fitted for the top.

     

    9. Päborja ($1.49) and Avskild ($3.99/4 pack)

    The Paborja is a very pretty plastic placemat that can be used at a table during art for easy clean up, but could be used it as wall decor for framing student work. The Avskild placemats are made from a thick cork material that can be used to set up a bulletin board where one doesn't already exist. They come in a pack of four, but you can use them individually or hang several packs together to create a large display.

    10. Pillows and rugs

    There are literally hundreds of fun pillows and cute rugs to add a touch of whimsy to your classroom.

    Whether you have an Ikea in your town or not, check out Ikea online for even more cool things for your classroom. Have you fallen in love with anything at Ikea? What do you wish you had for your classroom?

    Join me next time as I take you on a tour of my class and share my plans for the first day of school!

    Happy teaching!

    Nancy

     

     

     

     

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