Post # 1
Never purchased anything there and am now in the market for a well-priced armchair/ottoman combo to replace the loveseat we’ll probably have to sell.
Do you have and like Ikea furiture? How accurate are the photos on the website, if you have/had to purchase directly from the website? There isn’t an Ikea within a couple hours of us, so I am a little wary.
Post # 3
Personally, I love Ikea furniture. I have several large and small items from them. I have never used the website though, but I would assume it’s pretty reliable.
Anyways, my only caution is that the furniture isn’t terribly sturdy. I do have Ikea furniture that I bought over 5 years ago that is still in great shape. But I wouldn’t recommed Ikea brand items for heavy duty useage or for homes that have accident prone families.
Setting up Ikea furniture can also be a pain in the ass. But I’ve put together two shelving units, a chair, and a swing by myself.
Post # 4
It depends on how much you’re trying to get out of the furniture. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have children or super high traffic. How much are you trying to spend, where are you located, and what is your style?
Post # 5
I think it depends on what Ikea pieces. I think some of their pieces are meant to be rather temporary and are generally not “great” but some are pretty well-made. I’ve especially been told their kitchen products (e.g. cabinets) are actually very good and their Ikea-branded appliances are Whirlpool. I think it helps to actually look at them in person and see how others have dented/damaged the items to see how it will hold up over time. Some of the plastic chairs, for example, are definitely rickety when you see them in person, but some of their standard items like the Poang (?) chair is pretty good and lots of people own those.
Post # 6
I’m looking for an upholstered armchair w/ matching ottoman. No leather, preferably a linen color. Nothing terribly contemporary or traditional. Simple, modern, and clean. We don’t have kids, but we do have a dog (who isn’t “allowed” on the furniture, but he seems to make his own rules when we’re not home). We’re in NC right now (NC Ikea is 2.5 hours away from us) and moving to VA (VA Ikea appears to be about 1.5 hours away). I would expect it to get a lot of traffic since it would be our large couch and this armchair, and DH and I would spend a lot of time in the living room, but not like jumping up and down on it!! I am in love with one from Crate & Barrel, but it is out of our price range by about $400. I’m hoping to spend about $400 (assuming we can get $100 from our loveseat). I’m also trying to stay away from suede since we have a microsuede couch now, and it’s not the greatest when the dog happens to get up there and lick his paws… :-
Post # 7
We have the MALM bedframe from Ikea and I really like it. It was relatively easy to assemple and it feels sturdy!
Post # 8
We have an IKEA sectional, among other things, and love it. I do recommend that you look at the furniture in person, though, because it tends to look a bit different in real life than on the website.
EDIT: Just wanted to add that the fabric covers are washable.
Post # 9
Had it, won’t be buying from there again.
Post # 10
We’ve got a Poang chair — I love that thing, its super comfy. Our bedframe is from there too, and no complaints so far (had it about 2 years).
Post # 11
For the most part, I LOVE Ikea furniture but I’ve also had some epicily shitty pieces that I wanted to torch. Let’s see…
Couch/Futon (it was kind of a mixture of both so I don’t know what to call it): This thing was AWFUL. We had to cushion our asses with bed pillows just to sit on it. This was the piece that I wanted to torch the shit out of. On a positive note, we actually made a profit on it when we sold it to some clueless schmuck. Good luck with that one, buddy!
Coffee table, end tables, entertainment stand thingamajig: All pretty awesome. I’ve hated our coffee table for a few years now but only because it’s no longer my style. Everything has held up like a champ for the 5ish years that we’ve had ’em.
Bedroom set (includes platform bed, night stands and dressers): Also pretty awesome but I’m ready for something new. The pieces are super modern and I’m kind of leaning more towards the classic look lately but everything is still in great shape.
Office chairs: After 5 years they’re starting to get pretty uncomfortable but I think they’ve served us well.
Desk: No complaints. We’re in the market for something new but the desk is versatile enough so we can find other uses for it.
Up until recently (I say “recently” but it may have been a few years now), you couldn’t really buy all that much online and what you could, cost a f’ing fortune to ship. We have an Ikea about 4 hours away so when we want to shop, we have to make the trip (which usually involves renting a u-haul since we can’t fit much in our sedan). As for the pictures, they’re pretty much as accurate as they can be.
I definitely reccomend Ikea furniture but you have to be prepared for it not last 30 years like some of these pieces you see in peoples homes. You’ll get your monies worth since they’re so affordable but you will have to replace ’em at some point.
ETA: Wow, thats a lot longer than I thought it was going to be! lol
Post # 12
Our nearest Ikea is about 2 hours away, but we always go pick it up from the store; for some reason, Ikea charges ridiculous shipping prices. Most of the time the shipping is more than the price of the item! We have bought furniture from Ikea before, and I’m generally pleased with it. The look/quality is good for the price.
Post # 13
As far as I was aware you can’t buy furniture online. You have to go to one of their stores. (In the UK and Singapore at least) I think their furniture is hit and miss. Most of it’s cheap and cheerful, and spend a little more and you’ll get something pretty solid too. I think it’s good as temporary furniture, but it’s not stuff I’d keep forever, it’ll will probably get dumped when we move. I’ve never bought any of their “premium” products because as I say, for us, it’s functional and that’s it. But I’ve seen some of my friends pricier stuff and it’s attractive and solid.
Post # 14
I would check out West Elm…or even as you said previously C&B is a little more expensive, but they do have financing. If you want it to last longer than a couple years, spending a little extra is definitely worth it. The construction will make all the difference.
Post # 15
@karenlinebarger: I’ve been looking at West Elm and C&B, and since our registry is still active, we would get an extra 10% off furniture…so we’ll have to see! I definitely would LOVE the C&B set!
Post # 16
We have a couple IKEA bookshelves that are pretty nice. We were looking at bathroom cabinets to replace our outdated vanity but they weren’t quite the right size.
Actually I’m going home tonight to hang IKEA bookshelves in the spare room closet. 🙂
PP’s are right, though – you really have to look at the stuff. Some of it is good quality and some is not. You get what you pay for.
My best advice is to go on a weekday, prepare to spend all day (you can eat there!) and have a way to take stuff home – it’s big and heavy! Look up stuff online or in a catalogue first so you know what you’re looking at and aren’t overwhelmed when you get there.