I bought my first set of IVAR shelves in 1980. Still have them and have added more sections, depths, heights etc over the years. They are solid pine and have been brilliant–easy to break down and move, easy to put together, very flexible in arrangement (although I have some parts that are no longer available).
Bought 2 child’s mattresses 10 years ago and they are still good.
Pyrex storage containers are better quality than those from Aldi, and cheaper than most others.
I usually buy my 100% cotton sheets there. Yes, they usually don’t offer std single, only King Single (and Queen rather than double). As with most of their ranges there are cheap, moderate and expensive options. The cheap ones are OK–at least they are cotton, but a bit scratchy. The middle range are pretty good (~200-400 thread count) and great value.
We did have 6 PAX wardrobes/cupboards for a while, and they were also very versatile in arrangement. But not good for moving house–you really have to disassemble them as they’re not tough enough to withstand a move. And they take some time to reassemble. I would choose them again for a long term situation but not if renting. And many places have built-ins in any case.
I also have 2 adjustable trestle legs and a solid beech desktop, bought in 1980 (and no longer sold). It can be used at various heights, even sloped. Right now it’s up high and used with my treadmill (walking/standing desk).
Overall though I’m pretty judicious about what I’d buy there. And I always research what I’m after at home–compare other shops, prices etc. Some of their products are cheap junk, lots of plastic, short life-span items etc. But there are a few things about the company that I really like:
- Spare parts are available for free. I’ve even had parts mailed to me (for free), and since they were no longer sold here, IKEA had to get them from o/s. It took ~2 weeks to arrive. I’ve also had simple parts replaced immediately, such as screws and lugs, either in-store or mailed to me (all for free). Best spare parts service ever.
- They seem to be doing a fair bit to be environmentally sensitive with choice of materials, flat-packing etc. Of course, some folks hate flat packs. I like them due to better cost and less energy for transport. And if I really want an item then I’m happy to assemble it. (Some are more fiddle than they are worth, IME.)