Powder coated steel shelving, kitchen cart and desk accessories, new from Ikea


ikea kitchen cart raskog

When this story was first written in 2012, it featured a number of products at Ikea — mostly shelving and storage — that were made of powder-coated steel. Over the years most of those products were discontinued — although the trusty Raskog storage cart (new in 2012) became an instant classic and is still available in 2012. In addition, Ikea is always introducing new products — check them out, perhaps they have other painted or powder-coated steel products in their lineup right now! 

kitchen cart from ikea

Above: The Raskog kitchen cart in blue from Ikea. This is super cute. Also, how about considering it for the bathroom for toiletries and other small storage…  for the mudroom for gloves… or for the office studio for art supplies.

See the latest versions of the Raskog cart at Ikea.

  1. Serge Young says:

    Some Ikea stuff is okay. But a lot of it lacks integrity in will find its way to a landfill before long. In this case the kitchen cart looks like it may last but I have a feeling the shelves may not.

  2. lady brett says:

    i love those shelf rails. not so keen on the shelving itself, but a bit of lumber isn’t hard to come by – i’m thinking the green would look lovely with a nice walnut-stained shelf. the only problem (other than pricing if we want to run them to the ceiling in a couple of places) is that it looks like it only comes with three shelf rails, which means you can’t put your shelves less than about a foot apart (as pictured). any idea if you can get extras? i don’t see any indication on the site.

    oh, and that kitchen cart is lovely – it looks so wonderfully midcentury (like it was made to match our cosco stool with the fold-out steps).

  3. kelly says:

    Love or hate Ikea, it really does embody the ethos of many of the early modernist designers like Gropius and other Bauhaus designers — those who embraced simplicity of design, mass production, and modern technology in order to bring good design to the masses. Nobody does that more than Ikea. Not that Gropius or the others would have been wild about crappy pressed-wood bookshelves!

  4. Carole says:

    As with any store, you have to know your quality and be aware that what you’re buying may or may not last indefinitely. That said, what does in this day and age? When we remodeled our kitchen I researched and shopped, and eventually spent a large sum of money on a porcelain kitchen sink by a well known national company. It has not held up well because it was glazed improperly. Makes me tentative to ever spend more than a couple of hundred (and IKEA has some beautiful kitchen sinks). If a less expensive model is going to last as long as the expensive high end, why waste the money?

    The store would have been a God send for hubby and I when we were first married. Not that I minded going by way of every other generation and using cast-offs from my parents, but it would have been nice to have something new and that was all ‘ours’. And IKEA merchandise (even the lowest quality) is better than some of those shelving units we used to buy from the local hardware/variety store (you know the ones, they fell apart almost as soon as you assembled them, and disintegrated if they ever got wet).

    We’ve never had any issues with assembly.

    My only real issue is that more of the merchandise isn’t ‘environmental’, but we pick and choose.

    IKEA built a store near us a few years ago (by near, I mean over an hour away), which I have visited many times. They’re great for small decorative things, frames, vases, etc., and they have some of the best silk flowers around if you’re into that sort of thing. We do own a few pieces of furniture, a twin platform bed, two Poang chairs, and an Expedit bookcase, that may or may not be permanent fixtures in our house, but for now they do what they need to do. The bookcase cubbies can be fitted with baskets, drawers, doors, all of which we’ve done with ours so it can be multi-functional.

    I loved that cart as soon as I saw a picture of it back in January. Unfortunately, I may never get a chance to see if it’s of any quality, because our local IKEA has yet to stock the thing (it was supposed to be in Apr. 1).

    Never have liked the meat balls. lol Now the cinnamon rolls, that’s a different story. And the frozen yogurt is fabulous. lol

  5. Chris says:

    I love Ikea! We have one very near us in Atlanta. Love the meatballs! Love the cinnamon rolls! Love the inclined conveyor belt to the parking lot!

    I will follow up by saying that my love of their furniture has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that my husband is amazingly handy! He is an industrial designer, so all the little pieces and parts and diagrams make total sense to him. We have some wonderful bookshelves that he has adapted to look like built-ins. We have big interior decorating dreams – without the big budget. Using Ikea stuff here and there has really been a nice compromise.

    Again — if it were me having to build the stuff, I’d be lying on the floor in a pile of hardware with an empty bottle of tequila by my head.

    Another more serious comment about Ikea… we’ve noticed they have varying levels of quality with corresponding prices. Sometimes you just want the junky little thing. Other times you want something that will last longer. Sometimes you have to get something to hold you over till you can afford that wonderful “forever” item.

    And did I mention the meatballs??? 🙂

    1. pam kueber says:

      I should add, we REALLY like our Trofast storage units. I don’t think they were even particularly expensive: https://retrorenovation.com/2012/03/28/affordablework-bench-design-made-from-ikea-trofast-storage-unit/

      As I recall, though, we had that one very bad experience with an office table that got us off Ikea for a long while… today, there’s not one nearby, so it’s also a non-issue for me. All that said: I am going to begin paying more attention because they do have some things worth paying attention to — often at great prices and totally reasonable quality especially given the price.

  6. steve66 says:

    That kitchen cart would be great for the laundry room. I think I’ll have to check it out – along with a Swedish meatball lunch. I like Ikea, although sometimes I feel that they can be too focused on price. If they charged just a bit more for some things they could probably vastly improve the quality. A lot of their stuff seems to be designed for a very quick store-dorm-trash life cycle.

  7. Jay says:

    Having witnessed the birth of IKEA’s first store in USA in eighties, I was an early devotee but as I have gotten much older I no longer have the patience to sort through bags of hardware to match the assembly guide pictures, the holes that didn’t line up, etc. I would go to Conran’s, drool over the stuff and go to IKEA to buy the cheaper and more affordable version. Uggh! It always looked like ready to assemble pieces when finished.

    1. pam kueber says:

      My husband taught me a saying that has proven correct over and over again: “Good… Fast… Cheap: Pick Any Two.”

  8. Just another Pam says:

    I’m not Ikea’s biggest fan either, Pam, though they do make some cute stuff.

    The prices in Canada are shockingly high compared to the US. On a very small rug for example…..70 dollars in the US as opposed to 120 dollars in Canada. Yikes. The things you can learn on a Google search.

  9. Kate says:

    Ohhhh I love the kitchen carts! I could totally use one of those to put next to my easel for painting supplies!!!! Great find Pam!

  10. vintage_vantage says:

    I don’t mind Ikea, but for me they are not local. The metal shelves from above are easily found at most big box home improvements stores. I have a set of shelves that are over 30 years old. Good ole quality construction!

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