Recently I revisited one of my favorite stores for the first time in a few years. I was visiting my daughter who lives near the store, we love shopping, and so we went. I’m talking about IKEA. Let me share my impressions for those of you who have never been or have not been in a long time and need a refresher.
If you are looking for hand-crafted cherry furniture, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for everything being assembled and ready to bring home and just place in the right spot, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for quiet and peaceful surroundings, this is not the place for you. If you want a fun, colorful, and amazing DIY shopping experience for your home, then IKEA is the place for you.
When the store opens, there are people waiting impatiently to enter. Right inside the front door, there is a place that children between certain ages may be dropped off to play. The area includes a ballroom, place to draw pictures, and an area just to hang out with new friends. Make certain to pick up a catalog and borrow one of the yellow bags or get a cart – you’ll probably need them when you reach the marketplace area.
You’ll wind through rooms and rooms where products are displayed. There are a series of displays for different areas in your home, such as kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, studies, and kid’s rooms. If there are products that you really like such as a table, lamp, or chair, look at the tag and write down how to locate the product. Some products you order at computer stations throughout the store and they are ready for you near the exit. Others you collect yourself from shelves in a warehouse area so you’ll need to write down the aisle and bin numbers where you’ll pick up your product. While still other products can be placed in your cart as you move through the marketplace.
I bought one of the Poang chairs and was amazed at how small the box was when I went to the warehouse to pick it out. It is relatively small, because as with most products from IKEA, there is some assembly required when you get home. While looking at the many options for these chairs I met a couple who had been standing before the shelves deciding for 45 minutes which Poang they would take home. There are several finishes for the frame and many covered pad choices from solid and patterned colors, smooth or textured fabric, and leather. No one hovers nearby, so you can take all day and change your mind as many times as you wish.
After leaving the room display area you’ll be able to grab a meal in the cafeteria or move on to the marketplace. Every time I wind through the marketplace I find ‘must have’ items to place in my cart. There is everything for your home including picture frames and artwork, rugs, window treatments, bed and bath linens, fabric, lamps, storage options, and lots of kitchen essentials.
If your intent is to buy things when you head to IKEA, make certain to have room in your car or make arrangements to have them ship to your home. If you don’t have an IKEA near where you live, try to include a visit to one if you are on vacation near one. It really is an experience and a great way for homeowners to buy reasonably-priced furniture. We have many pieces of IKEA furniture in our home all which have successfully withstood many years of wear and tear that only children can deliver.
And I hope that your visit to an IKEA is truly a fun experience. It is a great place for us homeowners to buy reasonably-priced furniture and home furnishings. On our website we’re always striving to share ideas, resources, and places that will enhance the lives of homeowners.
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