(Closed) What are your thoughts of IKEA?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

I like their bookshelves and will probably look there first if we need more in the future. I also like a couple of their metal tables. But for the most part, that’s about it. Their designs aren’t really our style since we’re more “fussy” and IKEA designs tend to be more sleek and minimal.

It’s funny, I was just thinking about this place today since we just tried shopping there a couple weekends ago. To be honest, I like the store a lot in theory. I LOVE all of the room displays and it gives me a ton of great ideas and just general inspiration, and I think that’s what keeps drawing me back there. But actually trying to shop or just get anywhere? It’s a complete nightmare. We spent 30 minutes in line trying to buy a stupid shelf for $30. When we got there, realized my husband had picked up the floor model so they couldn’t sell it to us (we did get it from the Marketplace, it’s not like we grabbed the display or something), and I was so frustrated I just left right then and there (not my finest moment). I later found a brand new Pottery Barn shelf at Goodwill for $6.

For the most part we prefer to shop second-hand, so I doubt we’ll be getting too much more from IKEA, but we’re not made of money either so I’m not ruling it out forever. They have a TV stand that’s smaller than the bulky one we have now that’s cute and cheap that we might eventually go back for. Who knows what else might sneak its way inside our home. 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Ikea has filled some huge gaps in our house as it’s convenient and affordable. I expect we’ll have most of it for a long time, but it’s stuff I’ll look to replace with solid furniture one day. (And the restaurant is always a good stop, haha).

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I like it for some things but not for others. I like viewing minimalist living rooms and imagining myself as a minimalist person. In reality the style doesn’t really suit us, we prefer more old fashioned furniture – solid wood and furniture that isn’t brilliant white or jet black. We’re in the middle of buying our first house and we’ve looked at IKEA but the style doesn’t work with the house as it’s an older property. So I’m currently looking for a style suited more to older properties but with an IKEA price tag. I do love the storage solutions though. 

We sometimes go for a day out though. Darling Husband really likes order so if he’s having a bad day when nothing is falling into order we go to IKEA, he has some meatballs and we follow the arrows. We go early so there aren’t too many people who break the rules and he can just feel a bit more ordered in life.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

When I first started out, basically everything I had was from Ikea, because it’s so cheap. Most of those items have been thrown out or relegated to spare rooms now though, as we don’t really have that sleek modern style in our home anymore. The stuff was functional and stayed together, but I hated the mattress and couch. We got rid of the mattress, but we still have the couch and it’s become the crappy “dog couch”. Both were extremely uncomfortable.

I do like some of the kitchen and decor stuff though. My everyday dishes and a bunch of my kitchen utensils are from Ikea. 

 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I didn’t even know Ikea was a thing in the US! Always learning smth new with the bee. I guess in Europe it is very very wide spread and popular by people of all budgets because of the minimalist style. It’s also great to be able to buy matching furniture. I plan to buy a lot from Ikea when we get our own place. We are all about open spaces and keeping clatter to minimum, so it suits us.

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I furnished my college apartment with IKEA because of how cheap it was. I don’t agree with PPs that it lasts long. My bedframe, desk, and dresser were totally messed up by the time I left college and I’m not messy or anything. 

Now I look at IKEA and cringe. If that’s your style, nbd. But I quit going there when I realized that it really isn’t that cheap compared to discount furniture stores (like Rooms to go, Bobs discount, etc). I’ve gotten wonderful sets for less money than I would have spent at IKEA and it will last me many years. 

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

Due to a leak, we need to redo our kitchen. IKEA was the only affordable option, if we didn’t want to spend over $10K. I was pleasantly surprised how functional and affordable their cabinents were. We even found something more in line with our style, which is more of the solid wood, natural, genre versus the minimalist styles they have. I think we’ll be pleased with the results.

I think some items are a good buy. There are a few more items I’d like to get. Others are horribly expensive, with no rhyme or reason. I both love and hate walking through the store. Its fun to see the set ups, but I hate how it is a maze.

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee

Some things are awesome from Ikea, some…well, suck. You have to shop around and I read a lot of pinterest pages with reviews on Ikea products. 

I also ‘dress things up’ from Ikea- put new knobs on, or drawer pulls, paint them, etc. It’s rarely expensive, but can give something a little more oomph and make it match our decor a bit more.

I don’t think many things from Ikea are meant to be forever pieces, but some pieces really are great quality (for what you need) at a great price. You have to shop around and read reviews, in my opinion, but many pieces are great!

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We live very close to one and we go fairly often to get plants, picture frames, cooking utensils etc. My girls and I eat at the restaurant- better than most fast food! 

Post # 25
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Busy bee

I would look for Craigslist and estate sale first. Ikea would be my second choice.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I love the style because I don’t like anything fussy or overly decorative.  Their housewares are great – I have tons of really basic stuff from there that is durable and cheap (wine glasses, salad bowl, colander, etc.).

I will never buy another thing from there that has to be assembled, however.  To me, grown-up furniture means that it is purchased already assembled.  

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I just hate putting shit together, so I avoid it LOL. But nothing wrong with the actual items.

Post # 28
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Well, I aspire to no longer own any of it, thats for sure. Definitely want to be aquiring solid wood furniture (that arrives assembled). It just looks cheap and college-y to me but were not going to invest  until we move from our condo into a house in a few years… so IKEA it is for now….

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love it, I wish one was closer! I drive from Rochester NY to Burlington Canada to go!

Post # 30
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

They’ve got a few things I like – the expedite bookshelf, for example.

I do not like going to the store, though. I started off excited to be there and was testing couches and beds and then I got overstimulated and was ready to be OUT and there were still rooms and rooms and goddamn arrows on the floor leading me in hellish circles. I saw someone with food and was briefly bouyed up by the thought of the meatballs but I was even over that by the time we finally got to the check out.

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