I don’t know about you, but nothing makes me crankier than a bad night's sleep. Well, that and the times my grocery rearranges its aisles. There's little sway I have over neighborhood retail, but I probably have more control over the quality of my sleep than I realize.
Or do I? I take myself to bed on time (give or take), put my phone as far away from me as is humanly possible to still hear the alarm go off, and have made temperature regulation a scientific quest—and I'm still not the best sleeper.
It was after one of those fitful nights that the latest IKEA catalog got dropped off at my desk (OK, inbox)—and, like a cruel joke, it's dedicated entirely to the joys of great sleep. IKEA has decided that what the world needs most right now is “lovely, life-affirming sleep"—naturally, I frantically read through the pages.
Turns out that sleep has as much to do with physical rest as it does with a mental reset—and how your home supports that . Do you have a quiet corner for power naps? Does your home allow you to channel your creative energy? And can you do something about those city noises that seep in? (Several "aha" moments ensued for me.)
The catalog is full of the bigger ideas on how to create inviting, comforting, and clutter-free spaces—and the pieces that help you achieve that: blackout blinds, hardworking beds, smart lighting, and lots of cozy furnishings (perfect to load up for fall).
Keep your eyes peeled for the new products as they start rolling into stores this month, but in the meantime, enjoy a little preview.
A recliner that's perfect for sitting and reading, leaning back and watching television, or lying flat and napping. It's also a "sleep-supportive" piece if there ever was one—we can already imagine the hours of daytime snoozing. Plus, everyone could use a light brown–pink armchair.
SYMFONISK Table Lamp with WiFi Speaker
Like IKEA says, "Just about everything in life is better with sound." And adding warm lighting to the mix? Genius. This collaboration with speaker giant Sonos delivers a great-looking lamp that's also great-sounding, and it's exactly the kind of mood-boosting dynamo we were looking for.
ODDLAUG Sound absorbing panel
In a noisy city these sound absorbing panels will be your very best friend (along with every previously annoying neighbor). Sound dampening is a new area for IKEA; it has previously tackled air pollution, and this is its very first take on noise pollution. The best part about these panels is that they can be hung anywhere, and it really helps that they look sculptural.
Every home needs a mood-enhancing chest of drawers. Designed by IKEA with a "shared, spunky, urban pad" in mind, this unique set of drawers will bring uniqueness as well as function to your storage needs.
FLOTTEBO Sleeper sofa
Is it a sofa? A chaise? A bed? It's all of the above—aka a space for everything in your life. Just move around the cushions to make this sofa comfy for sitting on, lying down, or catching up with a friend. While the sofa design isn't new, it now comes in a spunky purple, and that's an update we think is worth calling out.
VITVAL Bunk & loft beds
These new bunk and loft beds are a great solution for apartments short on space (aren't they all?). Designed for kids, but sturdy enough for adults, they give you the option of several different structural combinations—plus, an optional attached desk.
Lubban serving cart
Whether you use it as a bedside table, or wheel it out with cocktails for guests, this versatile rattan (so on-trend) storage cart will become one of your favorite pieces at home. Plus, we all know the restful benefits of bringing nature into your home.
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Arati grew up hanging off the petticoat-tails of three generations of Indian matriarchs who used food to speak their language of love—and she finds herself instinctually following suit. Her life has taken her all across the world, but she carries with her a menagerie of inherited home and kitchen objects (and altogether too many spices) that serve as her emotional anchor, no matter the living situation. She's an impassioned ambassador for life in Brooklyn, and a fierce critic of the vast amounts of cream cheese on a New York bagel.