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41 IKEA Classroom Supplies for Your Next Shopping Trip

Ikea has something for everyone, and teachers are no exception! Does your classroom need a refresh? You can use Ikea items as they were intended or take inspiration from amazing Ikea hacks. Get organized and set up the play area or reading nook of your students’ dreams. Get your hands on an affordable toy kitchen then use it as-is, or transform it into a vet clinic! Create a LEGO table from a few base plates and an affordable side table from Ikea. Use an Ikea storage unit or shelf to display books, then add some cute egg chairs or tiny armchairs for cozy seating. Check out these awesome and affordable items that will make your Ikea classroom come alive!

1. KALLAX Bookshelves

Image credit: Hilary at Pencils to Pigtails

Versatile and stylish, the Kallax bookshelves are a staple of any Ikea classroom. Place them horizontally or vertically and pair multiple shelves together. Get creative styling the shelves and take inspiration from these pictures from Hilary at Pencils to Pigtails.

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2. SATSUMAS Plant Stand

A ladder like plant stand is shown with white cups attached that are filled with art supplies.

Image Credit: Move Mountains in Kindergarten

Surely there are a dozen uses for this plant stand with its convenient clip-on containers. You can even create an art center like the one shown here from Move Mountains in Kindergarten.

Buy it: SATSUMAS plant stand

3. BERGIG Book Display

book cases are shown in an ikea classroom.

Image credit: Presley Bryant Clifton from Fine Central School in Star Lake, NY

These book stands are perfect for containing books in your Ikea classroom library. We especially love that they have extra room for toy storage too! Second grade teacher Presley Bryant Clifton from Fine Central School in Star Lake, New York, shows how book displays and other storage items can come together to form a dream classroom library.

Buy it: BERGIG book display

4. MOEJLIGHET Tablet Stand

A tablet stand has a tablet on it and headphones

With the proliferation of tablets and headphones in the classroom over the past year, these tablet stands will come in mighty handy. And at just $5.99 each, there’s probably room in your classroom budget for a whole collection.

Buy it: MOEJILIGHET headset and tablet stand

5. MOPPE Mini Storage Chest

A chest of draws is painted in pastel colors with tubes of paint sitting on the top of it.

Image credit: Emily at Thoroughly Contemporary

Constructed of birch plywood, this mini storage chest (16 ½” x 7″ x 12 5/8″) would be the perfect receptacle for art supplies such as paper, markers, glue, and scissors. Jazz it up by painting it in pretty pastels like Emily at Thoroughly Contemporary did.

Buy it: MOPPE mini storage chest

6. BRANAES Book Baskets

Cube storage is shown with wicker baskets in them.

These sturdy baskets are perfect for your book nook or to organize different book-group materials. Comfy handles make it easy to pull out from shelves and lift and carry.

Buy it: BRANAES basket


A small, white table is shown with 9 multi-colored Lego baseplates on the top. A green drawer is under the table.

Image credit: Primary Scouts

At around $20, this little table offers the perfect base to create a do-it-yourself LEGO table for your Ikea classroom. Just glue some LEGO base plates on top as shown by Primary Scouts, and allow your students to get creative with building!

Buy it: LACK side table

8. Pencil Lamp

A shelf has a lit pencil lamp on it (ikea classroom)

Image credit: Emily Wilde from San Angelo, TX

The harsh overhead lighting in classrooms doesn’t make for the coziest mood, so why not add this adorable pencil light to your reading nook? We love how high school math teacher Emily Wilde from San Angelo, Texas, has styled her pencil lamp. For more inspiration, follow her at @geometryandjokes on Instagram.

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9. KLOCKIS Timer

A hand is shown holding a small white square timer/clock/thermometer.

At only $7.99 each, these adorable timers are perfect for centers where students need to time themselves or each other. They double as a clock and a thermometer as well.

Buy it: KLOCKIS clock/thermometer/timer

10. KVISSLE Letter Trays

A white letter tray with 6 shelves each containing different colored paper.

Image credit: Vanessa of Pre-K Pages

The perfectly stylish way to keep papers straight. Use them on your desk for important docs or on a classroom bookshelf for turn-in baskets. Put them at student height and fill them with different-colored paper like Vanessa of Pre-K Pages did.

Buy it: KVISSLE letter tray

11. RASKOG Utility Cart

A three tier cart has various art supplies in it.

Image credit: Nadia at Fun With Mama

We are loving the utility cart! There are so many amazing ways to use them in the classroom. Not sure how we’ve lived without them. We especially love the idea of using them to contain all your arts-and-crafts supplies like Nadia at Fun With Mama.

Buy it: RASKOG utility cart

12. GRUNDTAL Stainless-Steel Mini Containers

Two carts are shown filled with art and classroom materials. Small magnetic containers are attached to the sides and contain things like paper clips.

Image credit: Subscription Box Ramblings

They may have been created with spices in mind, but these magnetic, stainless-steel containers are really versatile. This image from Subscription Box Ramblings shows how perfect they are for storing paper clips, thumb tacks, or even sparkles. Easily view your items thanks to the clear lids.

Buy it: GRUNDTAL container

13. SOESDALA Memo Board With Clips

metal wire frame memo board with binder clips attached

Hanging artwork just got easier with this binder clipboard.

Buy it: SOESDALA memo board with clips

14. URSPRINGLIG Floor Cushion

Split image of colorful Ikea floor cushion and student sitting on green Ikea floor cushion while writing at a table.

Image credit: Kelsey at Kindergarten Is Great

These bright-colored floor cushions could be used as seat spots to help kids stay in their place at circle time or during small-group reading like Kelsey at Kindergarten Is Great.

Buy it: URSPRUNGLIG floor cushion

15. Rubber Ice Cube Trays

A yellow rubber ice cube tray is pictured.

These colorful trays could hold pushpins, paper clips, binder clips, and more on your desk. Or you could get some buttons or pom-poms and have the kids practice sorting.

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16. SPIKRAK Shopping Tote

A woman is shown from the waist down holding a tote bag.

This bag could be used to carry library books or to store LEGO or building blocks, or you could use it as your teacher bag. Plus it’s washable! Check out our other favorite teacher totes.

Buy it: SPIKRAK shopping bag

17. TJABBA Magazine File

Several magazine files are shown in an orderly fashion housing small guitars or ukeleles on a shelf in an ikea classroom.

Image credit: Alessandra, K-8 music teacher from Toronto, Canada

These magazine files are not just for magazines or papers. Take inspiration from Alessandra, a K-8 music teacher from Toronto, Canada, and use them to house small string instruments. If you love this idea, follow her on Instagram @teachfromthestage.

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18. HALVED Colorful Rug

Colorful rug with square and rectangle colored tiles

We love this rug as one of our Ikea classroom supplies. Perfect for circle time! Plus, check out our favorite rugs on Amazon!

Buy it: HALVED rug

19. BOLMEN Step Stool

two white step stools have a blue and green seat attached to them to form a chair.

Image credit: Ikea Hackers

Helpful for little ones at the sink, drinking fountain, or pencil sharpener. If you’re feeling creative, you can even attach a chair and make for some unique seating like they have done here at Ikea Hackers.

Buy it: BOLMEN step stool

20. LILLABO Train Tracks

Wooden toy train tracks are assembled in a classroom with wooden blocks supporting them at various heights, , as an example of IKEA classroom supplies.

Image credit: Fun-a-Day

A perfect STEM activity for young learners, these train tracks can be assembled in a number of ways. You can even add some extra wood blocks like the ones added to this track from Fun-a-Day.

Buy it: LILLABO 50-piece track set

21. SORTERA Sorting Bins

6 bins are stacked with colorful labels on them that read things like clipboards, ziplock bags, etc.

Image credit: Kayla from Move Mountains in Kindergarten

A great stackable container for all kinds of school supplies like tissues, sanitizer, etc. Just add some colorful labels like Kayla from Move Mountains in Kindergarten did.

Buy it: SORTERA recycling bins

22. TORKIS Rubber Basket

Blue rubber basket at Ikea

We love the sturdy rubber construction of this container. You could store guided reading book sets or professional books, or even put potted plants in them.

Buy it: TORKIS basket

23. PRESSA Hanging Dryer

hangable clothes dryer with eight arms protruding from a center column

Another great contraption for displaying artwork. And it’s an octopus—so cute!

Buy it: PRESSA hanging dryer

24. KNAGGLIG Wooden Crate

Four wooden crates are assembled to form a toy farm stand. A cash register and some fake food are included, , as an example of IKEA classroom supplies.

Casey of Little Lifelong Learners

We love to organize books using these! Each crate could hold a different genre or level. You could even use them to create a cute farm stand like this one from Casey of Little Lifelong Learners.

Buy it: KNAGGLIG box

25. SKADIS Pegboard

A white pegboard is shown with some containers clipped onto it with art supplies and other school supplies.

Image credit: Kayla at Move Mountains in Kindergarten

These pegboards are versatile and affordable. They can hold art and other school supplies like shown in this picture from Kayla at Move Mountains in Kindergarten.

Buy it: SKADIS pegboard

26. SOCKER Pot and SNUDDA Lazy Susan

A wooden lazy susan is shown with galvanized pots on it filled with a variety of art supplies, , as an example of IKEA classroom supplies.

Image credit: Beckie on Knock Off Decor

Pencils, pens, crayons, markers, scissors, paper clips, glue sticks, and so on, and so on, and so on! Add a lazy Susan and labels like Beckie on Knock Off Decor did for a complete art station.

Buy it: SOCKER plant pot, SNUDDA lazy Susan

27. MAMMUT Plastic Stool

A little girl sits on a yellow, plastic stool at a desk.

Image credit: Digs Digs

Great for your reading corner or as a teacher seat while teaching small groups (for those of us with creaky hips or knees who hate sitting flat on the floor). Maybe use it as fun desk seating like in this picture from Digs Digs.

Buy it: MAMMUT stools

28. LACK Wall Shelf

A book case is flanked by a cube storage and a set of wall shelves.

Image credit: Emily Stout of Parker, CO

Shelving and storage are such necessities in any good Ikea classroom, so why not add some Lack shelves into the mix? We especially love how perfect they are for displaying book covers that you want to highlight that week. This picture from second grade teacher Emily Stout of Parker, Colorado, shows how the Lack shelves can be added to other Ikea storage units for an organized classroom.

Buy it: LACK wall shelf

29. TROFAST Toy Storage (white)

A classroom has a large storage unit with 9 by 3 yellow bins inside it (ikea classroom)

Image credit: Emily Stout of Parker, CO

A nice, clean look with tons of storage, these Trofast storage units can be used for so much more than toys. Keep art supplies or other learning materials at an easily accessible level for little hands. Place multiple units together for tons of storage, like second grade teacher Emily Stout of Parker, Colorado, did.

Buy it: TROFAST toy storage (white)

30. TROFAST Toy Storage (pine)

pine storage with white draws is shown in a classroom (ikea classroom)

Image credit: Hilary Statum of Pencils to Pigtails

Looking for a more woodsy feel in your classroom? Choose the pine Trofast storage that is versatile enough to contain anything from toys to art supplies and more. We especially love how Hilary Statum of Pencils to Pigtails has styled her pine Trofast with a grass backdrop and fake plants.

Buy it: TROFAST storage (pine)

31. POAENG Kid Armchair

A small boy reads in a child sized white armchair.

A super-comfortable, just-the-right-size chair for little kids. While you can use it anywhere in your classroom, it will make a reading nook even more inviting.

Buy it: POAENG kids armchair

32. FLISAT Wooden Dollhouse

A small wooden dollhouse with 4 different sized compartments is setup to look like a barn., as an example of IKEA classroom supplies.

Classic wooden design for an old-fashioned favorite free-play activity. You can even buy cute decals like this one from Etsy to transform it into a barn, fire station, and more!

Buy it: FLISAT dollhouse/shelf

33. MALA Felt-Tip Pens

A hand is shown drawing with multi-colored markers.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KI8xA33bYI

You can let your students use these pens or save them all for yourself!

Buy it: MALA felt-tip pens

34. DUKTIG Play Kitchen

A toy kitchen is transformed into a vet clinic (ikea classroom)

Image credit: Jo of My Mom Can Craft

Another favorite area for the little ones to role-play. If you’re feeling creative, turn it into a vet clinic like Jo of My Mom Can Craft.

Buy it: DUKTIG play kitchen

35. LATSAS Toy Groceries

A play grocery store checkout is shown with a basket of toy groceries.

Perfect for pretend shopping trips and meal prep. Etsy even sells adorable stickers to make your grocery store checkout come to life!

Buy it: LATSAS shopping basket set

36. LOMSK Pod Chair

A boy stands in a classroom library. An egg style chair is shown.

Image credit: Ray Hemachandra

This darling little egg is perfect when one of your students needs a little break or wants to have some quiet time. Add it to your Ikea classroom today like the one shown here by Ray Hemachandra.

Buy it: LOMSK Swivel Chair


A little girl plays with an abacus.

A timeless learning tool and toy.

Buy it: UNDERHALLA abacus

38. Pop-Up Tent

A toy circus tent that has been spruced up is shown in a play area.

Image credit: Plaid

This portable circus tent can be used inside or outside. Your kids can use it during free time or quiet reading time. You can even jazz it up to make it extra cozy like they did in this picture from Plaid.

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39. MALA Art Smock

A little girl in an apron colors on an easel.

This one’s perfect for the tiniest (and messiest) artists.

Buy it: MALA apron

40. ASKSTORM USB Charger

desktop USB charger on a desk with a phone connected to it

Because devices need to be charged!

Buy it: ASKSTORM charger

41. TITTA DJUR Finger Puppets

Shelves have finger puppets on them grouped into categories. (ikea classroom)

Image credit: Kayla at Move Mountains in Kindergarten

These adorable finger puppets can be used for pretend play or they can even be used as desk pets. Set them up in groups by subject or type on shelves like this picture from Move Mountains in Kindergarten so your students can easily find just the right puppet.

Buy it: TITTA DJUR finger puppets

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