(Closed) What are your thoughts of IKEA?

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Post # 31
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

TwilightRarity :  thats the piece I have too (x2). One day it will be relegated to the craft room…

Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

MrsBuesleBee :  my mother loves it for storing sewing items! It seems like a great craft room piece to help organize a variety of materials.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee

We have a lot of IKEA furniture and appreciate it for what it is; affordable, manageable and practical.

We have desks, bookshelves, bed, dining table/chairs, coffee table, bedside tables, drawers, wardrobes and dressing table. I was going to say that I’d replace XYZ but actually I can’t see any reason to. Maybe once we’ve bought our own home and recovered from the financial shock of that and a wedding, we’ll start “upgrading”.

Post # 34
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Buzzing Beekeeper

In my 20’s I moved to a new city every year for my career. Ikea was great! It was inexpensive, functional and easy to sell on Craigslist when I had to leave. It became my tradition to buy a bunch of furniture, buy some wine and rent movies. Then proceed to drink, watch movies and assemble for a few nights to set up my new apartment. Silly, but makes moving much more fun.

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I have mixed feelings on IKEA stuff.  Most of the bigger items I have bought have either fallen apart or I was never able to assemble them properly.  But I have bought smaller things, like stuff for the kitchen, that has been fine.

I find that some people have really strong opinions about IKEA, especially their furniture.  I am the selling agent for a friend’s house.  She completely redid the kitchen with IKEA cabinets and granite; her appliances are from a big box store.  I had a couple around my age walk in and the guy immediately noticed the cabinets were IKEA (how he knew I do not know) and walked out.  My friend probably did spend less than if she went to a cabinet shop or ordered custom but I think her kitchen looks great.  Unfortunately I was unable to convince that one guy to change his mind.

Post # 36
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We furnished most of our house with Ikea, and are slowly replacing things as they get damaged or worn out.  I think Ikea is fine if you don’t buy the cheapest of the cheap stuff

Post # 37
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Busy bee

Can’t stand it and the store layout makes me want to poke needles in my eyes. 

Post # 38
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I love ikea. All our everyday dishes came from there, plain white and easy to mix and match some fun pieces in with it. Lots of small storage accessories from there and some stuff for the garden. I’m going to order my craft desk from there and our kitchen cabinets are also coming from there. I did lots of research on their cabinets and they have a great no fuss 30 year warranty program on their cabinets. I’ve talked to a few builders and if you’re not going top of the line then they’ve said ikea is a great alternative and I’m not willing to put 30k worth of cabinets in. I didn’t care for any of their furniture, except the desk but we don’t need any furniture anyway. I wouldn’t buy any linens or bedding from there, lordy, those are horribly thin and scratchy.  

Post # 39
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

submart :  that’s where we get most  of our stuff. Love it. 😍

Post # 40
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

cheap quality, but it’s affordable. So don’t expect much wear out of the furniture. 

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

snowflake8 :  lol it’s an adventure that warehouse  

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

I do have to wonder what kind of stuff people are getting that’s falling apart so easily? My two Billy bookshelves have lasted through three moves and a long stint in a storage unit, and they’ve held up just fine. Granted, when I first got them my dad did reinforce them both with an extra piece of wood on the back, so maybe that’s why. 

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We love ikea, which is good because it’s <1 mile from our house. DDs entire nursery is IKEA (crib, hemnes dresser, hemnes daybed, billy bookcases), plus our nightstands, dining room table, buffet which acts as a china cabinet, Entertainment center, and hemnes bookshelf (plus some wall shelves). Our dining table has two leaves so we can get up to 12 at the table, which is perfect for us. We even have some hand-me-down pieces that are over 10 years old and still in great shape!

Post # 45
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I feel like IKEA is more for those who are just starting out or on a budget. I go in there and everything looks clean and nicely designed but it’s just not my style. I’m very much a preppy coastal living style and everything in IKEA I feel it just too modern for my taste.

I’ve got some cool housewear items from there but as for furniture it just doesn’t feel well made to me.

I actually own an office desk w/ hutch from the Hemnes line. I bought it because my old office desk was WAY too big for my home office. I wanted a desk w/ hutch and most of them I found are huge and super expensive. I’d been eyeing the IKEA one because it was cheap and would fit the space better. I went into it knowing that it probably wouldn’t last years and years. I ended up buying the desk, hutch, and small filing cabinet. I’ve had it less than a year and it’s already pretty beat up.

Now with first hand experience of the furniture I wouldn’t buy any more for my house. We’re really into investing in nice quality pieces that stand the test of time. We’d rather save up and buy something we love.

On the flip side I have friends who have furnished their whole house at IKEA. They love it, it fits their style/budget, and they’re ok getting a few years out of something before replacing.

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