ISSUE 31  |  Height of Summer

Coming to Ikea: The New Root Cellar

August 06, 2015 10:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Mix and match Ikea’s new storage pieces to create an open-air root cellar in your kitchen. 

Coming to Ikea stores this month, a new collection of Skogsta garden-to-table storage crates and kitchen furniture is made of solid acacia (a hardwood so durable it’s often used outdoors). Says designer Markus Engman: “We’d like to think of the Skogsta products like really good shoes. If you take care of your shoes, they will look good for many, many years.”

We’re particularly enamored of the slatted crates, a perfect way to store fruits and vegetables because the open-sided baskets create good air circulation. The most substantial piece in the new collection is a solid wood freestanding kitchen island built to accommodate the crates. 

Ikea is rolling out the collection slowing in some markets. Not yet available in the US, the Skogsta collection already is for sale in the UK (see pricing below):

Above: Skogsta solid wood storage crates are available in three sizes in the UK. A Skogsta Storage Crate measuring 22 long by 11 inches wide and 13 inches high is £11.

Above: Call it a kitchen island or consider it an open air root cellar: the Skogsta Bar Table (as Ikea calls it) is made to fit the storage crates.

Above: A Skogsta chopping board comes in two sizes and already is available in the UK at prices ranging from £10 to £12 depending on size.

Above: A low-sided Skogsta storage crate is £7 in the UK.

Above: A solid wood Skogsta Box With Handle is useful for toting tools or as a portable planter; currently available in the UK for £11.

Above: A Skogsta bar stool has a seat height of approximately 27.5 inches and available in Ikea stores in the UK for £20.

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