(Closed) IKEA anyone?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The thing about Ikea is it’s really not meant to last.  It’s cheap for a reason.  Most stuff won’t last you more than a year, maybe two.

We have some Ikea stuff in our house right now.  The bookshelves have been the only thing that have really held up.  The dressers are already breaking.  You can “tell” everything’s from Ikea because it’s all made out of cheap particleboard stuff.

Our Ikea stuff is our “hold over” furniture until we can afford better stuff.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I agree with hotchild. I love IKEA, but nothing will last. I recently moved and my bookshelf and picture frames were broken (and there’s nothing you can do about it because moving companies have policies about fiber board). I’ve also gotten some kitchen stuff from there and its all junky except for a couple of bowls. The quality is hit or miss. I’d register for more expensive stuff that you will be able to keep for a long time to come.

I’m not sure how much is available online, but I know some items are only available in store. I live about 30 minutes from 2 IKEAs and I would not go to IKEA to get you a gift off your registry- I really have to be in the right mood to go to IKEA. But I didn’t know IKEA gave the option to register – so that’s neat.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2001

I have been thinking about registering there, buttttt so much of their stuff is cheap, so its a toss up! but i think if you’re just talking about stuff for decorating, like picture frames, maybe even rugs, it might be ok, since you’re going to eventually get tired of it in the next couple years and want new things. But as far as pots and pans and plates and stuff, we are going to do either kohl’s or jc penny since they have pretty good quality things but will be on mega sale. So theres a couple more ideas for decently price registry places. Hope you get everything you want!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I disagree.  I think some Ikea stuff doesn’t hold up the best, but we have some things from there that have lasted for years!  Also, it’s a great place to buy home decor things inexpensively such as picture frames, candles, light fixtures, shelves, etc. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would advise against it…mostly because Ikea is a shopping expedition that takes a LONG time =) I also agree with the other posters that you have to be particular about what you buy from IKEA b/c some of their stuff is cheaply made. If you have your heart set on Ikea though…I would keep the resistry items to things like flatware, storage containers and the like.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think there’s some good things at Ikea. I wouldn’t get just anything there though. I bought a metal day bed once there and the thing lasted forever. I also like their decorative stuff like statue things, candles, candle holders, plants, lamps etc. Also got a comforter there that was awesome but I bought some decorative pillows which turned out to be poorly made.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Not everything at Ikea is crap — it truly depends on what you get. They have tons of stuff and you can order it online. If your guests have the option of purchasing online then register there if you’re so inclined, but if they have to actually go to the store, I probably wouldn’t.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I didn’t know they had a registry. I buy some things there, but not others. I bought a duvet set for the guest bedroom and one of the pillowcases tore at the seam after the first wash. I can’t replace it because the pillowcases are a pattern that come with the duvet. I’ll buy decorative stuff and I have bookcases with glass doors that are decent.

I also agree that it is an expedition to go shop there. I wouldn’t want to make people go there just to pick up one gift for me. I only live 20 miles or so from IKEA but I only go 1-2x a year.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

hmmm.. either i’m really careful with my furniture from ikea or i am just lucky?!

i am still using the sofa, the bedside table, tv stand, small tv stand (which i use as a small shelf to display photos..etc), and many more, that i bought more than 15 years ago! but i don’t think i was careful with them, besides, i moved at least 8 times within the past 15 years.

i think ikea is a great idea! 🙂

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I also agree with previous posters that I would NOT buy presents for you there as going to IKEA is SUCH a process.  You literally have to walk through the entire store…even if you only want one thing!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

If someone whose wedding I was invited to registered for gifts at Ikea, that would guarantee them a cash gift from me. 🙂 I love their products (some of them, anyway–their bookcases are awesome, and some of their SOLID wood furntiure is great, and you can’t get a better price on wooden picture frames), but I hate the shopping experience. I wouldn’t do it for anyone but myself. 😉

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

I love Ikea, but I don’t own more than a few odds and ends from the store, so I don’t know how good/bad the furniture is. (Honestly, I go there mostly for the meatballs..)

I don’t think that going through the store is too much though.  If you bypass the showrooms and just go straight to the “warehouse” part, it’s just like a big costco.  You just have to know where you’re going and what you want, I guess.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Hmm.  I didn’t think Ikea had a registry.  My cousin, who just bought a new home with his bride, didn’t do a registry.  They had an unregistry, but there were links to the Ikea home page.  So, we got them a gift card (but unfortunately, you have to go into the store to do that–but I think you can go straight from the exit to the register and avoid everything).

We have some wood bookcases from Ikea.  And I have some inexpensive dishes that I use for large groups (24 buffet plates).  But, for heavy use, I usually go elsewhere.  But, for occasional use things and for someone who’s young and just starting out, it’s not bad.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Apparently, the kitchen cabinetry at Ikea is pretty great.

But please don’t register for kitchen cabinets.

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