46 Ikea Classroom Supplies for Your Next Shopping Trip

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Examples of IKEA products in classrooms including SKADIS Pegboard and TJABBA magazine files for storing ukuleles.
We Are Teachers; @teachfromthestager via Instagram; Move Mountains in Kindergarten

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

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.

Buy it: Kallax shelf units

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Move Mountains in Kindergarten

2. Satsumas Plant Stand

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

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3. Bergig Book Display

These book stands are perfect for containing books in your Ikea classroom library. 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

A boy sits at a desk removing a pair of headphones from a white metal stand.

4. Möjlighet Tablet Stand

With the proliferation of tablets and headphones in the classroom in recent years, these tablet stands will come in mighty handy. And at less than $10 each, there’s probably room in your classroom budget for a whole collection.

Buy it: Möjlighet headset and tablet stand

5. Moppe Mini Storage Chest

Constructed of birch plywood, this mini storage chest (16 ½” x 7″ x 12 5/8″) would be the perfect receptacle for art supplies like 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

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6. Branäs Book Baskets

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: Branäs basket

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

7. Lack DIY LEGO Table

This affordable 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. Pelarboj LED Pencil Lamp

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.

Buy it: Pelarboj LED table lamp, multicolor

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9. Klockis Timer

At less than $10 each, these adorable timers are perfect for centers where students need to time themselves or each other. They have multiple uses as a clock and a thermometer as well.

Buy it: Klockis clock/thermometer/timer

10. Kvissle Letter Trays

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

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Fun With Mama

11. Raskog Utility Cart

We are loving this utility cart! There are so many amazing ways to use them in the classroom. 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. Lättuggad Stainless-Steel Mini Containers

They may have been created with spices in mind, but these magnetic, stainless-steel containers are really versatile. They are perfect for storing paper clips, thumb tacks, or even sparkles.

Buy it: Lättuggad containers

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13. Sösdala Memo Board With Clips

Hanging artwork just got easier with this binder clipboard.

Buy it: Sösdala memo board with clips

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14. Bröggan Floor Cushion

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 uses them.

Buy it: Bröggan floor cushion

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15. Sursöt Rubber Ice Cube Trays

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 in them.

Buy it: Sursöt ice cube tray

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16. Spikrak Shopping Tote

This bag could be used to carry library books or to store LEGO or other 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

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.

Buy it: Tjabba magazine file

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18. Halved Colorful Rug

We love this rug as one of our Ikea classroom supplies. It’s perfect for circle time. Also check out our favorite rugs on Amazon.

Buy it: Halved rug

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Ikea Hackers

19. Bolmen Step Stool

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 at Ikea Hackers.

Buy it: Bolmen step stool

20. Lillabo Train Tracks

A perfect STEM activity for young learners, these train tracks can be assembled in a number of ways. You can even practice shape recognition.

Buy it: Lillabo 50-piece track set

21. Sortera Sorting Bins

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

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22. Torkis Rubber Basket

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

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23. Pressa Hanging Dryer

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

Buy it: Pressa hanging dryer

24. Knagglig Wooden Crate

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

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

25. Skadis Pegboard

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

Buy it: Skadis pegboard

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Knock Off Decor

26. Socker Pot and Snudda Lazy Susan

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

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Diggs Diggs

27. Mammut Plastic Stool

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 stool

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Emily Stout of Parker, CO

28. Trofast Toy Storage (white)

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. You can place multiple units together for tons of storage.

Buy it: Trofast toy storage (white)

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Hilary Statum via Pencils to Pigtails

29. Trofast Toy Storage (pine)

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)

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30. Poaeng Kid’s 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 kid’s armchair

A small wooden dollhouse with 4 different sized compartments is setup to look like a barn.

31. Flisat Wooden Dollhouse

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

32. Mala Felt-Tip Pens

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

Buy it: Mala felt-tip pens

A toy kitchen is transformed into a vet clinic (ikea classroom)
My Mom Can Craft

33. Duktig Play Kitchen

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

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34. Latsas 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

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Emily Stout of Parker, CO

35. Lack Wall Shelf

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.

Buy it: Lack wall shelf

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36. Mala Art Smock

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

Buy it: Mala apron

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37. Underhalla Abacus

A timeless learning tool and toy, and the beads are multi-colored.

Buy it: Underhalla abacus

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Ray Hemachandra

38. Lomsk Pod Chair

This darling little egg is perfect when one of your students needs a 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

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39. Duktig Toy Cash Register

Take your lesson on money to the next level with this fun Ikea staple. Kids can practice counting money while playing store with friends.

Buy it: Duktig toy cash register

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Little Lifelong Learners

40. Flisat Children’s Table

This low-to-the-ground Ikea table makes the perfect sensory table in an early childhood classroom. The possibilities are endless as demonstrated by Little Lifelong Learners’ post about why you need one of these tables!

Buy it: Flisat table

41. Bekväm Spice Rack

These spice racks are inexpensive and even light enough to attach to a wall using command strips. We especially love that you can display books covers out so little readers can easily make a selection. Put them low on the wall near some flexible seating for an adorable reading nook in your classroom.

Buy it: Bekväm spice rack

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42. Cirkustält Pop-Up Tent

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.

Buy it: Cirkustält children’s tent

43. Titta Djur Finger Puppets

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

Buy it: Titta Djur finger puppets

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44. Nordmärke USB Charger

Because devices need to be charged!

Buy it: Nordmärke USB charger

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45. Mala Easel

There are a lot of classroom uses for an easel like this one. Kids can use chalk or wipe board markers to draw or play school. Teachers, especially preschool teachers, can even use the board as a parent display outside their classroom to keep everyone informed. We also love the option to attach a roll of drawing paper.

Buy it: Mala easel

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46. Aftonsparv Rocket Ship

We think this rocket ship would be oh-so perfect to pair with a book about space. What’s better than pretend play mixed with a dose of creativity? Kids can spend recess imagining they are traveling to the moon while their friends decorate the outside of their rocket ship.

Buy it: Aftonsparv rocket tent

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