IKEA

IKEA is a Swedish company that designs and sells ready to assemble furniture, appliances, and accessories. It was founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad. As of January 2008, it is the world’s largest furniture retailer. They are the largest consumer of wood, using 1% of the earth’s wood supply. As of January 2014 they own and operate 349 stores in 43 countries. That says a lot about their business and how amazingly successful they are.

I, and clearly many others, love IKEA. It’s a great store with cheap, cute stuff. The designs for the furniture are modern. It’s great for young adults especially. It’s a wonderful place for people going away to college; there are a lot of economical and fresh things for them. I was in high school when I got my first IKEA bedroom furniture set: a bed frame, two dressers, a night stand, and a lamp. I got my set from the MALM series in birch veneer. Now, I’m twenty six and I just bought a new desk there last night. I did the build your own custom desk option. I got the high gloss white Linnmon table top, the white Alex drawer unit, and two white Godvin legs. The finished product is stunning and very affordable. It took a few hours to put together with the help of my boyfriend. I’ve also since then bought two more night stands, a dresser, and a book case. I really like the Hemnes line in white as well. That is the style of my dresser and book case. Their stuff is so affordable I can buy new pieces sooner than I normally would if I spent an arm and a leg at a traditional furniture store.

IKEA has yummy, affordable food as well. To name a few big items, they have chocolate cake, Swedish meatballs, and 99 cent breakfast plates that include: scrambled eggs, hash browns, and sausage! They even give you free organic baby food with any purchase! IKEA knows that shoppers with full stomachs are happy shoppers. And happy shoppers spend more money and time in the store and overall have a better experience and thus return. IKEA knows what it takes to be a great business.

IKEA is a great place to shop for practically anything home related. They have numerous departments, of which include:

Living room: sofas and armchairs, TV and media furniture, living room storage, coffee and side tables, living room lighting, living room textiles and rugs

Bedroom: mattresses, beds, bedroom storage, lighting, textiles and rugs, mirrors

Kitchen and Appliances: kitchen cabinets and fronts, interior organizers, appliances, free-standing kitchens, countertops, kitchen faucets and sinks, wall storage, wall panels, kitchen islands and carts, step stools and step ladders, kitchen integrated lighting, knobs and handles

Children’s IKEA: baby, children 3-7, children 8-12

Textiles and Rugs: rugs, bedroom textiles, curtains and blinds, curtain rods and rails, blankets and throws, fabrics and sewing, cushions and cushions covers, kitchen textiles, place mats and dining textiles, bathroom textiles, children’s textiles, baby textiles, mattress and pillow protectors

Business: office, retail, hospitality

Traditionally, you purchase your items and take them home to assemble yourself. IKEA has other options as well if for some reason the traditional route isn’t possible. IKEA also offers home delivery (starts at $59), picking and delivering (starts at $99), assembly with delivery (starts at $79), kitchen services, home furnishing advice (free), and installation.

The return policy depends on what you buy. Unfortunately, they won’t accept returns on used bedding, cut fabric, products from the as-is department, and custom countertops. For most items, you have 90 days to return unused items in their original packing if you are not fully satisfied. Refunds are issued in the same form as was the payment.

IKEA knows that children are very important to parents. Parents cannot be happy if their kids are not. That’s why IKEA provides a supervised play area for children while their parents shop. There is even a ball room! Kids are also more than welcome to go shopping with their parents. There are strollers available at the main entrance. There are also clean feeding and changing rooms for you to take your children. The restaurant also provides kids meals if the little ones are hungry. Children are important and are treated so at IKEA.

Now, I will offer some advice when going to IKEA. Sign up for the IKEA family rewards card. It is free, gives you discounts, you can get a free coffee or hot tea at their restaurant, you get 30 extra minutes at Smaland (a place to drop off your kids to play while you shop), and 90 day price protection. Allow plenty of time, probably multiple hours, because it is a huge store and it always takes longer than you think it will. This is true even if you have looked online prior to going to the store. Be sure to write down the aisle and bin numbers for the products you want, because you have to gather them up in the warehouse after looking in the showroom. Hopefully you live within a close driving distance because there is a good chance that your box may be missing parts or possibly be dented. I always check over my boxes to make sure there are no cuts or dents to the box, to help ensure the product inside isn’t ruined. If you do live far, you should open the box and check your bag of parts to make sure you have everything and all the pieces are in good shape and not defective. Bring an SUV, truck, or car with an empty trunk. You will need all the space you have. Hopefully you have played Tetris as a child, this skill will come in handy when it comes time to load your various sized boxes in your vehicle.

Overall, IKEA is an awesome store. By far it’s my favorite furniture and home goods store. They have great low prices, decent quality, and fresh modern designs. Next time you are in the market for something for your home, try out IKEA.

Resources http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IKEA


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