(Closed) NWR: How much do you love/hate Ikea?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: How do you feel about Ikea?
    LOVE it! : (130 votes)
    42 %
    LIKE it! : (95 votes)
    31 %
    HATE it! : (27 votes)
    9 %
    Indifferent... crappy furniture is crappy furniture. Why go to Ikea? : (45 votes)
    15 %
    Other : (12 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    5958 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I hate Ikea with the fury of a thousand suns!  Furniture is the culmination of comfort, style and personality, I find the Ikea experience similar to that of a rat in a maze, only once you manage to get out, instead of a food pellet, you get to struggle and toil to assemble something you’ll come to abhor in several years.

    Post # 4
    3175 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I hate the process of buying things & I hate putting together furniture. However, I admit that I do like looking through the store admiring styles, and I did buy all the wine glasses & beer mugs for my wedding there and it was super easy (no waiting for my product at the end, just loaded it in my cart) & cheaper than renting glass- yay! Overall: fun for browsing & buying smaller items, otherwise, slightly obnoxious with annoying buying process and hard to assemble/poor quality furniture.

    Post # 5
    3668 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I love it! My SO and I just moved in together in January and we spent an entire day there to furnish our apartment. Putting all the furniture together is fun and really satisfying for some reason… like, “Yeah, I built that!” haha.

    Post # 7
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I just like walking around the store. Usually I pretend I’m going to build things and Fiance takes over because I’m doing it wrong.

    Post # 8
    5011 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Meh! I like IKEA and it’s often all we can afford, but the quality varies (sofas suck but some of their solid wood furniture lasts well).

    I have a strange love of shopping there, though. Not sure why. We have a lot of happy memories there together.

    Our new bed arrived today from John Lewis (very reliable middle-class department store) and I can’t wait to sleep on it!

    Post # 9
    334 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I love Ikea’s prices, but consider my furniture from there to be my grad student furniture, rather than slightly more durable pieces I hope to accumulate in my 30s. As far as the store itself, that places scares the poop out of me. I am always in someone’s way and in danger of being run right over.

    Post # 10
    1460 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    The first time I entered an IKEA I was in awe.  I got over it quickly.  It’s great for first apartment/homes but I’m at a point in my life where I want real furniture…the pricey/comfy kind you can lounge on for hours.  🙂


    Post # 12
    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    @OctBride-2012:  This exactly! I furnished my first few apartments in college with stuff from Ikea. Darling Husband and I checked them out when we were looking for cheap furniture for our first apartment and we were blown away by the prices! I used to justify buying from Ikea because the prices were low so I didn’t feel too bad about getting crappy furniture. Now the prices are way too high for the same shit quality. Doesn’t make sense.

    Post # 13
    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Literally just bought a crap tone of IKEA stuff for Fiance and I’s new apartment. It’s convenient, cheap as hell, and easy. But probably not forever furniture. :/ 

    Post # 14
    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

     I love IKEA!! but then I’m slightly biast being Swedish and all 🙂 

    Post # 15
    114 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @Eckle:  I had a panic attack too!! I think its the lack of windows or something? It really hit me when we were down in the area where you pick out your small items (silverware, stuff like that). I needed to sit down and of course its one of the few places with no where to sit!


    Other than that awful experience I love Ikea. Our living room tables are Ikea, my dresser and our nightstands, as well as a lot of our kitchenwares. I got a great set of pans for only like 30 dollars. 


    Personally I find putting the stuff together fun. I guess I’m handy like that 🙂

    Post # 16
    214 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    The majority of the furniture in our house is from IKEA and we’re very happy with it and we get compliments on our stuff all the time. I think it all depends on which pieces you buy. We bought a large couch with an attached chaise and it was around $1500-the same couch at other stores was more than double the price! My friend and I assembled the couch by ourselves in a couple of hours while splitting a bottle of wine. I just wish the instructions were worded and not just pictures-they can be hard to understand! And often times, IKEA has the only furniture I like! My husband and I looked for weeks and couldn’t find nightstands we liked until we found the IKEA ones and now most of our bedroom set is all the IKEA line

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