36 of the Best Ikea Classroom Supplies for Your Next Shopping Trip

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The 36 Best Ikea Classroom Supplies

IKEA: inspiring, affordable, and exhausting! What a perfect source for teachers looking to get their classroom organized or just jazz up their decor a bit. WeAreTeachers took a field trip recently and found these fabulous IKEA classroom supplies.

1. Metal desk tray

Perfect for keeping your desk brilliantly organized.

Metal Letter Tray - Ikea Classroom Supplies



2. Magnetic chalkboard

This message center features handy compartments at the bottom to hold important things like lunch or library cards, recess duty whistle, etc.

Magnetic Chalkboard - Ikea Classroom Supplies

LUNS $14.99


3. Utensil holder

Indestructible pencil, marker or scissors holders.

Utensil Holder - Ikea Classroom Supplies

ORDNING  $2.49


4. Chair pad

These could be used as “seat spots” to help kids stay in their place at circle time or during small group reading.

Chair Pads - Ikea Classroom Supplies

BERTIL  $4.99


5. Utility cart

Who couldn’t find a zillion uses for something like this? Perfect for papers, books, homework, etc.

Utility Cart - Ikea Classroom Supplies

KOG $24.99


6. Rubber ice cube trays

These colorful trays could hold pushpins, paperclips, binder clips, etc. on your desk.

IKEA teachers

PLASTIS  $0.99


7. Sturdy tote

These bags could be used to carry library books, store LEGO or building blocks, or you could use one as your teacher bag.

picnic basket

SOMMAR 2017  $9.99


8. Colorful rug

Perfect for Circle Time and (can’t help it) cute as a button!

buttons rug

TASTRUP $49.99


9. Step stool

Helpful for little ones at the sink, drinking fountain, pencil sharpener.

step stools

BOLMEN  $7.99


10. Wooden hangers

These clip style hangers are perfect for displaying beautiful art work.

wooden hangers



11. Storage cart with baskets

These would be great for storing math or science materials, playground equipment such as jump ropes and sidewalk chalk, or classroom supplies like Ziploc bags or boxes of tissues.

drawer set

ALGOT  $47.99 (each basket just $7.99)


12. Mesh basket

Another great container for library books, playground equipment, or stuffed animals

mesh basket

SKOGHALL $3.99 (not available online)


13. Rubber basket

Love the sturdy rubber construction of this container. You could store guided reading book sets or professional books or even put potted plants in it.

rubber basket

TORKIS  $6.99


14. Hanging dryer with 16 clips

Another great contraption for displaying art work.

hanging dryer

PRESSA $4.99


15. “Leather” desk organizer

This would look super polished on your desk or on your storage shelves.

desk organizer

RISSLA  $9.99


16. Storage boxes with lids

MUCH cuter than hand me down boxes from the grocery store or office supply.

box sets

PINGLA  $7.99/2 pk


17. Wooden crate

Love to organize books using these! Each crate could hold a different genre or level.

wooden crate



18. Kid-powered flashlight

This flashlight is a fun tool to teach kids about energy. Kids have to wind the handle to get the light that they need. And since the energy is stored inside, there’s no need for batteries.


LJUSA $6.99



19. Wall clock

I don’t know about you, but I need more than the one clock provided in my classroom. Nothing worse than having to turn around to check the time during read-aloud.

wall clocks

PUGG  $12.99


20. Galvanized pots

Pencils, pens, crayons, markers, scissors, paper clips, glue sticks, and so on and so on and so on!

galvanized pots

SOCKER  $0.99


21. Galvanized tub

Wouldn’t your students look classy using this to carry your class’s sack lunches to the cafeteria?

galvanized tub

GRASLOK  $19.99


22. Plastic low chair

Comfy for kids and adults alike. Great for your reading corner or as a teacher seat in small groups (for those of us with creaky hips or knees who hate sitting flat on the floor).

outdoor plastic chairs

PS VAGO  $29.99


23. Shopping bag

These inexpensive, sturdy bags would be perfect to send home with kids filled with at-home reading materials.

shopping bags

KNALLA $0.99


24. Book rack

Classic look, plenty of storage. Maybe use it for special read-alouds or focus books for a unit.

wooden book rack

FLISAT  $19.99


25. Kid chair

Super comfortable, just-right size chair for little kids.

POANG chair

POANG  $29.99

The last ten items would be perfect for daycare, preschool or kindergarten classrooms.


26. Wooden doll house

Classic wooden design for an old fashioned favorite free-play activity.

wooden dollhouse

FLISAT  $29.99


27. Dollhouse furniture

Well, if you have a cool dollhouse, you have to furnish it with cool IKEA furniture!

dollhouse furniture

HUSET  $16.99


28. Play kitchen

Another favorite area for the little ones to role play.

play kitchen



29. Shopping baskets and groceries

Perfect for pretend shopping trips and meal prep.

shopping basket

LATSAS  $12.99 and DUKTIG  $7.99


30. Cash register

Fun for playing store, but you could also use them for number recognition and simple addition and subtraction.

cash register

DUKTIG  $16.99


31. Pod chair

This darling little egg is perfect when one of your students needs a little break or wants to have some quiet time.

pod chair

PS Lomsk  $69.99


32. Eagle costume

One of the many colorful dress-up options. Could be a costume for a play or reader’s theater.

dress-up costume

LATTJO $26.97


33. Tambourine set

Inexpensive option for music time.

tambourine set

LATTJO  $12.99


34. Abacus

Timeless learning tool and toy.


MULA  $9.99


35. Pop-up cube

This portable cube can be used inside or out. Your kids can use it during free time or quiet reading time.

pop up cube

BUSA  $9.99


36. Pop-up tent

This one’s perfect for all the little circus performers in your class.

kids tent



What are your favorite Ikea classroom finds? Please share in the comments.


Posted by Elizabeth Mulvahill

Elizabeth Mulvahill is a passionate teacher, writer and mom who loves learning new things, traveling the globe and everything Zen.

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