You may not be aware, but the world's largest Scandinavian purveyor of put-it-together-yourself-furniture is also one of the world's largest miniature wargaming supply stores. And the best part is, you don't have to sneak away from the spouse to get to the FLGS, you can wrap your "personal" shopping between a stop at Home Depot and Bed Bath and Beyond ("Don't know if we'll have time.")!
Here's a quick rundown of my favorite IKEAhammer(tm) items. As an added bonus, I've included, at no additional cost to you, an excuse to use while throwing it into your cart, so your better-half doesn't suspect the real reason you're buying it.
Tell your spouse you want to help organize the christmas ornaments, or protect those clay projects the kids brought home from summer camp. Then, use this $3.50 box to store your minis and gaming stuff. Also makes a great dice box for rolling them bones.
Alright, here's the finale! If you're not familiar with the wonder that is the Detolf, you're not paying attention. Ringing in at $65 and requiring some two-person lifting, it's an investment that will require some spousal convincing. Tell her you want to show off her Lladro collection . . . but you're going to fill it with space marines. There are a lot of "modding" examples out there, but this thing works great right out of the box. Well, after you put it together anyway. You need one. I have one. Now, I need two.
Once you have a display case, you'll need lighting. I have one set of each of the above. I used the round ones in my Detolf. I used the strip ones to convert my beloved Aunt Mary's china cabinet into "Nerdvana." I will show both examples in an upcoming post, but trust me when I say a $20 lighting purchase can really make a difference in dramatically lighting up your minis. Meanwhile, tell your old lady you're going to put in new under-cabinet lighting for the kitchen countertops . . . next weekend.
Good luck and let me know if you find any other good buys from Ikea and I'll amend the list!