I have something of a love/hate relationship with Ikea. They are so convenient and cheap for so many things and yet if you want to lose your will to live, all you need to do is visit the store north of Paris on a Saturday morning. Their stuff looks so cool and yet you have to avoid ANYTHING with moving parts as it will eventually, inevitably collapse on you. (One memorable night, the CD cabinet that we had actually taken the time to screw to the wall, as suggested in the instructions, collapsed in a glorious pile, breaking hundreds of plastic covers!)
So perhaps we were foolish to buy an Ikea kitchen, but we based our decision on these facts: 1) it was cheap and we had just bought a very expensive apartment 2) it was guaranteed for ten years 3) it was (relatively) hassle-free, in that they help you design the layout and will come and install for you.
And there was one more hidden advantage: all the little kitchen gadgets that fit perfectly in the drawers. And so we come to my hidden treasure, the joy of my life: the spice drawer. In the photo it may look like they are just lying flat, but in fact they are on a bevelled insert. Okay, the spices don't fit exactly and I have to alternate large and small jars. But nevertheless, they are convenient (under the stove top, no less) and it's SO easy to quickly pick out the spice you need. They don't go rolling around and I can almost fit all my spices in one place. Under the old arrangement, I had to empty the cupboard every time I needed a spice, looking for the one way at the back....
So we love some things about Ikea!