If you have been around my neck of the woods for any amount of time, you probably have recognized my love for a good deal. I don’t mind purchasing things for my classroom. I think it is important to get practical things to help organize, and I find importance in creating an inviting space for my students. But if it ain’t a deal… Honey, I ain’t buy-in’ it!! That’s why I wanted to share this list with you. You can find these all at IKEA, and some on Amazon if you prefer free shipping. The best part? They are all under $25.00 (and most under $10!)! Here are my favorite IKEA finds for the classroom:
- Plate Holder — Before you close this browser because I listed a plate holder as one of my classroom finds, hear me out! I promise, I don’t display plates in my classroom. I use this super inexpensive, brilliant tool for my chrome-books! They sit nicely and securely, don’t tip over, and I believe I have around 6 chrome books on each holder. Just wait until you see the price. You will not want to miss this one. It is my favorite!
- Wall Storage Bar – I didn’t really know what to call this one, but for $1.99, I think I will just give it the name “amazing!” I have one of these screwed in the wall beside my desk. Ikea sells hooks and buckets that hang right off of these, so I purchased those as well. This is where I keep my pens, scissors, hand held hole puncher, and other supplies I need quickly. I also stuck one of the plants you see on #8 above in one, and it looks so cute!
- Seating for 2 or 3 – Yeah, okay.. so it isn’t really a bench, but have you checked the prices of benches? You can’t find them for a good price.. ya just can’t! This little beauty is actually a TV stand. It is part of the LACK series which is known to be super inexpensive, but very durable. Two adults can sit on here, and I would guess 3 kids could fit snuggly.
- Photo Frame — AKA super inexpensive sign holder. I use this to label my different areas in my classroom. (Chrome-book center, VIP table, student supplies, etc..) I have also used these to display my “I Can..” statements for small groups. Ive also seen these used to list your accountable talking stems. The options are really endless! You can find these for $1, and they are made of a durable plastic material!
- Side Table – This is another sweet find from the LACK series. I like to use these in the library area. I have seen many teachers use them for flexible seating surfaces as well.
- Classroom Rug – I like classroom rugs. I liked having a space for morning meeting even for my upper elementary students. However, I don’t want to spend a fortune, and I feel like classroom rugs are so often just that…. a fortune! These beautiful rugs match almost any classroom, and they are only $24.99. They measure around 4.5 feet by 6.5 feet, so I bought two and just duct taped the backs together! It 20+ 4th grades pretty easily! I also had a coupon, so I ended up getting one rug for only $5!!
- Stools – Okay.. so I have heard mixed reviews on these stools. Some people have said the screws come out easily. I have had mine for over a year, and they have survived 4th graders thus far. I use these at my small group table and at my chrome-book center. I like them because they stack and they take up less space than chairs. I recommend, but I suggest reading the reviews for yourself before making a decision. For $5.99, you can’t beat the deal!
- Decorative Plants — Ive seen so many classroom themes that are now including greenery, and more of a “home like” feel. If you are looking for super cute, but super inexpensive plants for your classroom or home, you need these! They are only $4.99, so you can get a few! They add just the home like touch you need.
- Curtain Line – While I have seen teachers use these curtain lines to create cute curtains on each side of their whiteboard, I do not use them for that. These, paired with these hooks, make the perfect way to display the students’ work! The price is a little high at 14.99, but here is a cheaper option!
Decorating and buying functional items for your classroom does not have to be expensive! Stay tuned for my next post (or two) on my favorite Dollar Tree finds! I don’t think I will be able to fit that one in just one post.
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