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uffington sb
31st Aug 2005, 14:06
My wife and daughter (bless 'em) both love shopping at IKEA but I can't tand the place. Being herded around in a big dark, blue box, with no idea where I am. The so called maps are just diagrams that bear no relation to what's on the ground; and I for one would't like to be in one if there was any sort of fire/smoke, it would be impossible to find away out.
However, I always end up with loads of pencils and tape measures which are excellent for a spot of DIY, and I do like their 'Pear Cider' although on my last visit I purchased 8 cans only to get home and find the words 'NON ALCOHOLIC' on them!!!!
Any other views on IKEA...........

lexxity
31st Aug 2005, 14:09
Personally I can't stand the whole "shopping experience" at ikea, but the products are good value for money and last for yonks. If I could find the same stuff for the same price in a more pleasant environment then I would shop there, but as that's not going to happen I guess we are stuck with it.

LowNSlow
31st Aug 2005, 14:41
I would rather stick pins in my eyes than experience another Sunday afternoon of torture being dragged around Ikea :mad:

The bookcases I bought were good value though and still look nice a few years later. But i was on my own then!!

PeetD
31st Aug 2005, 14:41
think their lights are great. kitchen stuff too. Wembley is unpleasant though. as are the hot dogs, that seem a good idea when it's 9.30pm and you've trailed around for an hour and a half, but always regret when you get back to the car. :yuk:

TheFlyingSquirrel
31st Aug 2005, 14:42
yeah that cider thing caught me out once - was in a Vermont apple orchard farm once and I bought loads of plastic cannisters of apple cider - can't wait to get this home - then my American wife says the next day - why did you buy so much apple juice ? American English should be banned !

LowNSlow
31st Aug 2005, 14:44
FS was that the famous "Dicken's Cider" (say it fast and have a google)

Davaar
31st Aug 2005, 14:58
My dear uffington, you sum it up:
_________________________
1. "My wife and daughter (bless 'em)": I too have one of each;
2. "both love shopping at IKEA": ditto; and
3. "but I can't stand the place": ditto,
_________________________

but 1 and 2 are trumps. Who cares about 3? or the fire hazard, which is 1+++ in my view, but again, who cares?

LGS6753
31st Aug 2005, 15:24
Every male on the planet thinks Ikea is :yuk: :yuk: :yuk:

tall and tasty
31st Aug 2005, 15:26
Never been into a store, looked at their stuff in the catalogues etc but not had the pleasure of visiting. Guess you can guess then I don't posses IKEA stuff. Maybe I will have to go and have a look about to buy a new bed and sofa!

TnT

Idunno
31st Aug 2005, 15:37
I was furnishing a property abroad last year and I spent several frustrating days trolling from shop to shop in the local town, never being able to find exactly what I wanted.

Then I heard there was an IKEA a few hours drive away.

I hired a van, drove down, spent an afternoon in the place and completely furnished the joint - found every single thing under one roof, and at half the price the local shops were charging.

They're a godsend for that kind of thing.

Not sure I'd furnish my own place entirely in IKEA though.

airship
31st Aug 2005, 15:45
A few years ago, one watched a serious TV report concerning IKEA's employment practices and discrimination concerning some of their French stores. Never had reason to go into one before. Even less since! :uhoh:

uffington sb
31st Aug 2005, 16:05
Okay, I admit it. I like also the lighting. Got several of those 'Grono' (two dots above the O's) ligthts. We have Indian Mahrani furniture from JLP and I made a couple of stands for said lights, using the pencils and tape measures in the process, stained them and then polished them with black and the brown boot polish. Came up a treat and they match the furniture, but I still hate the place.

Why don't they have windows?

Paris Dakar
31st Aug 2005, 16:06
....that I've witnessed on both my trips to the said store but I'll tell you what........................................you can't knock the quality of the kit.

I have assembled a couple of 'Billy' bookcases and a cracking 'Bedinge' sofa bed and they are top notch for the price.

I was looking for a cabinet to put the PC in, and I couldn't find anything I liked in the IKEA brochure so I opted for a one in Argos. Huge mistake - the instructions were pap, the wood effect veneer was toss, and half of the holes were not pre-drilled!! It took hours to build and the shelf the monitor sits on is sagging already.

IKEA rocks!

maxman
31st Aug 2005, 20:33
Posted it on here before, but it might be worth repeating. If you need to buy anything big, that is in the wharehouse, make two trips.
Trip one, find the stuff you are looking for in the showroom, make a note of where it is in the wharehouse, take alook in the wharehouse to see where it is, go home.

Trip two. Get there at opening time, head towards refund counter, duck into wharehouse, avoiding the showroom, pick up all the things you want, proceed to empty tills (all the sheeple are still looking around). Pay and leave.:p

rotorcraig
31st Aug 2005, 20:39
Pay and leave.Pay, then get the obligatory Hot Dog and Coke, then leave, shurely?

RC ;)

CWL2YOW
31st Aug 2005, 20:47
I feel like a mouse in a maze when I go to Ikea - getting to the checkout is the ultimate goal where you are rewarded with some cheese. Or a hot dog and coke, if you prefer.

jb5000
31st Aug 2005, 20:58
I have recently emptied out my old room (still living with parents at the mo, just finished uni..), and refitted it with lots of IKEA bits.

I finished it a couple of days ago, and it looks pretty decent now its done. It took me a few trips to decide what I wanted / get the bits that were in stock / get the bits i forgot the first time.

The place drove me absolutely round the bend! They have around half of the staff that they should have. On the final visit I was in there for four hours, and I knew what I wanted before I went in! I also tried the 'go in early' tactic, but I got there just at opening time and there was already a queue outside! :oh:

I had to wait for an hour and a half at the "full serve" counter while they picked the bits for my new desk, only to queue up at the till, to then find that I had been given the wrong items :mad:

Now that its all done I'm really happy with the furniture, especially the custom wardrobes they offer. I'm just over the moon they I will not have to go in there for a few years.

Oh.. and didn't I feel like a dipstick when I left the car's parcel shelf in the loading zone :rolleyes: I went back and they had three others but not mine! D'oh!!!!

Taffer
31st Aug 2005, 21:13
IKEA as has been said, is great value for money.

The shopping experience isn't too bad - just go on a weekday evening and it's so much quieter.

Who in their right mind goes shopping at the weekend - far too busy everywhere!

The store layout is fine - there are plenty of shortcuts to bypass each department - you don't need to follow the whole path round, you know. They even supply store maps showing you the shortcuts, so don't complain!

Carry0nLuggage
31st Aug 2005, 21:45
Don't like or dislike the place. BUT never, ever, visit on a Saturday :} We had to once because we needed a new bed for our new house in a hurry and we find the experience difficult to talk about even now :uhoh: (Croydon - an hour from the Polish War Memorial to the carpark!)

These days we go on weekday eveningsafter work. Straight into the restaurant before heading into the maze. On the way out spend a small fortune on their chocky biccies in the shop.

The bed is still going strong :ok: :E :O

Standard Noise
31st Aug 2005, 23:44
The last time we went, it was a Wed morning and it was rather busy. Mrs Noise likes the walk around where the bedrooms and kitchens are, but detests the downstairs 'marketplace' area before the warehouse. We went to the warehouse and found that they have PC touchscreens and printers where you can punch in the item code (if I remember correctly) and it prints out a small slip of paper telling you the location in the warehouse. So if you get a new catalogue on your first visit each year, then you can pick out what you want, go straight to the warehouse and print off the location(s) of the items you need and beat the queues at the checkout.
Leaves more time for biccy buying and scoffing hot dogs!

Rollingthunder
31st Aug 2005, 23:52
HOTDOGS?

I would have thought Swedish meatballs or pickled herring.

Ali Barber
1st Sep 2005, 05:08
Can't stand the place. Only been twice. First time in UK to get a kitchen chair. Found it soon after entering and just wanted to get to the check out. When I realised you couldn't just go to the checkout and had to follow their stupid maze, I put the chair down, kicked open the fire door and walked outside back to the car. Second time in Dubai. Brought loads of curtains and curtain poles with the wife. Good value but when we got outside wife said we'd forgotten 2 items. I told her if she wanted them she could go back in, but that was me done for life with the bl00dy place.

ORAC
1st Sep 2005, 05:41
Furnished my apartment in Dubai from IKEA. Went in and was shortly after pounced one by one of their (Indian) staff on the look out for discerning customers (suckers).

Once he ascertained I wanted to furnish an apartment he made an appointment and measured up the apartment. He then met me at the store and went round with me making up a list for all the furniture, curtains, carpets etc. One week later they delivered and installed the lot. Painless. :ok:

Don´t think the service is quite the same in the UK though.... :hmm:

(Once I bought my own place in UK I replaced it all with real furniture though. Only got one IKEA cupboard left, and that´s going in the skip shortly.)

RJM
1st Sep 2005, 06:12
The place is a bit of a fake from the start. Much of the stock is made in China (albeit to a very high standard), if you look at the packaging, but when you ring a store you get the husky Scandinavian voice of Helga or Agnetha saying 'Hey, thenk you for ringink IKEA, all our vones are busy right now...'

In our Australian neck of the woods, a local IKEA store (on unused land at Adelaide Airport, no less) is yet to open, so to buy from IKEA we used to have to personally visit IKEA Melbourne, because they don't do mail, email or phone orders, even prepaid, to keep costs down, they say.

I was looking for 6 kitchens identical to one which a client had ordered personally - a total cost of say AUD50K, and they wouldn't fill the order, even if I paid a substantial cash deposit. Had to be a personal visit. Company policy. My business wouldn't turn down a 50K cash customer, in fact I'd even go out of my way...

That's when someone told me about IKEA Perth, a mere 1000 miles or so to the west of here. They are only a franchise unlike Melb which is a company store, they do have a mail order dept and a mail order catalogue, and they're cheaper! They were more than happy to sell me the kitchens, the items were delivered exactly as ordered, and I was very happy to deal with them.

So it's good stuff, true to given dimensions among other things, but the company seems a little dictatorial in how its own branches work, at least. It cost their Melb branch the profit on 50K.

They have weird names for everything, too, like old Leica photographic gear - a certain benchtop might be a PLIKBOG, a particular cupboard a VAARSTA, quite meaningless but suitably Skandinavian-sounding.

acbus1
1st Sep 2005, 06:31
Never been to a store. Probably because I've never liked anything they advertise.

The catalogue seems to be 100% stuffed with things made on Blue Peter* (appearance wise, I mean).



*UK kids programme, for those living in cultural wildernesses.

RJM
1st Sep 2005, 06:44
The place is a bit of a fake from the start. Much of the stock is made in China (albeit to a very high standard), if you look at the packaging, but when you ring a store you get the husky Scandinavian voice of Helga or Agnetha saying 'Hey, thenk you for ringink IKEA, all our vones are busy right now...'

In our neck of the woods, the new IKEA store (on unsed land at Adelaide Airport, no less) is yet to open, so we used to have to personally visit IKEA Melbourne, because they don't do mail, email or phone orders, to keep costs down, they say.

I was looking for 6 kitchens identical to one which a client had ordered personally - a total cost of say AUD50K, and they wouldn't fill the order, even if I paid a substantial cash deposit. Had to be a personal visit. Company policy. My business wouldn't turn down a 50K cash customer, in fact I'd even go out of my way...

That's when someone told me about IKEA Perth, a mere 1000 miles or so to the west of here. They are only a franchise unlike Melb which is a company store, they do have a mail order dept and a mail order catalogue, and they're cheaper! They were more than happy to sell me the kitchens, the items were delivered exactly as ordered, and I was very happy to deal with them.

So it's good stuff, true to given dimensions among other things, but the company seems a little dictatorial in how its own branches work, at least. It cost their Melb branch the profit on 50K.

They have weird names for everything, too, like old Leica photographic gear - a certain benchtop might be a PLIKBOG, a particular cupboard a VAARSTA, quite meaningless but suitably Skandinavian-sounding.

eal401
1st Sep 2005, 07:11
IKEA is good for somethings, the little stuff, crockery, cutlery, little bits and bobs for around the house etc. Some of the furniture is OK, but some seems very expensive indeed. I remember seeing a 3 door wardrobe for over £600 when I was looking for such an item. Paid half that elsewhere.

The downside is the shopping experience. Do not expect to get into the car park at weekends. And then there is the "not letting trolleys into the car park" but providing about 2 loading bays!

flapsforty
1st Sep 2005, 08:14
They have weird names for everything, too, like old Leica photographic gear - a certain benchtop might be a PLIKBOG, a particular cupboard a VAARSTA, quite meaningless but suitably Skandinavian-sounding.


RJM if a name is not in English that makes it "weird' and if you don't understand something that makes it "meaningless"?

I wonder, do you believe that your navel is the centre of the universe? ;)

Echo Zulu Yankee
1st Sep 2005, 09:32
Dear PPRuNe'rs,

Like many of you the significant other has a real desire to visit this place whenever any new item of furniture is required, I hate, hate, HATE the place - you ever tried to fit a "Billy" and a "Malung" in a Convertable with no boot? , its not funny.

There are now, thankfully, a large amount of companies, around every part of Her Majesty's United Kingdom of Great Britain, that will let you select an item from the catalogue, they go pick it up (assemble it too if you require) deliver it to your house and charge you cost of item plus £40 or so.

Hassle free shopping! just like the tinternet only with all the Mrs fav products!

Just google for IKEA Devliery or something similar.

For those of you in Sussex give these chaps a go: http://www.flatpackbrighton.co.uk/

Very good service and no need to go up the '23!

EzY

iskandra
1st Sep 2005, 10:02
They have weird names for everything, too, like old Leica photographic gear - a certain benchtop might be a PLIKBOG, a particular cupboard a VAARSTA, quite meaningless but suitably Skandinavian-sounding.
RJM, they DO ave a naming policy, and most of what you think sounds "funny" are actually Scandinavian place names....And meaningless Leica gear? Only if you don't speak German, I guess...:p

I quite like IKEA, my whole flat is full of the stuff, and it's quite durable. And I like building stuff anyway, so I'm always having loads of fun assembling furniture. But one really shouldn't go there Saturday afternoon, and it's even worse after payday....*groan*

I even like to take my dad to IKEA, but he probably won't make new friends there...he's always complaining about details and quality and stuff.

surely not
1st Sep 2005, 10:09
Mrs SN is fond of shopping at IKEA but I have to admit that it isn't really a place I enjoy going to as it usually means I will be assembling some devilish piece of flat pack when we get home!!

Much better quality than other flat pack stuff though, and the instructions are pretty easy as well!

surely not
1st Sep 2005, 10:19
maybe a German porno camera??

iskandra
1st Sep 2005, 10:22
Whats a Leica NOOKY then?
Unfortunately, I have NO idea! ;) I just assumed they have a kind of naming policy like IKEA... they also like to use pseudo-Latin stuff...

But IKEA names do make sense...I have a bed called Tromsö, like the town, and the shelves all have male names (like Ivar and Billy).

And apart from that, I like the pencils.

EDIT: A german porn cam would rather be called Glotzi or something, from "glotzen" to eyeball! :}

chuckT
1st Sep 2005, 10:28
Ikea... well, all shopping experiences are bad from my point of view. Good thing about their stuff is that it is reasonably priced, so when you get sick and tired of it, you just trash it and buy something new instead.

In Sweden, Ikea also builds houses... I dont know if I would like to live in one, but again, reasonably priced...

link here (http://www.vestaldesign.com/vestalblog/2005/07/ikea-house.html)

And assembling instructions... in danish, but u guys are a talented lot, so I guess you can use the pictorials :ok:

how to assemble your IKEA house (http://www.rommenet.dk/default.asp?page=610)

uffington sb
1st Sep 2005, 11:01
What also annoys me is that I have to drive miles to take the wife and daughter to the ones in noorf London or Nottingham, yet there's a bl**dy great distribution centre 5 miles away on the other side of Peterborough.

Rollingthunder
1st Sep 2005, 11:40
Needed display cases for me model buses and trams (275) and only place I could find them was Ikea. Cheap, sturdy and easy to assemble without that one missing part. Dislike the mindless track through the store.

Davaar
3rd Sep 2005, 00:56
On the other hand, there we were this evening, I droobling along in the rear savouring the books Ikea uses to set off the bookshelves, when what should I find? “Lady Chatterlys Álskare”, classic edition by one Lundkvist, so it claimed, in hard cover. Deeper than you might think, these Swedes.

MarkD
3rd Sep 2005, 01:54
What IKEA is good for in Toronto:

1. Apparently the C$1 breakfast and C$1 coffee are decent according to mrs MarkD

2. De rigeur here for stoo-dents at non-furnished apartments at uni.

3. For barbies etc when having lots of punters who you don't fancy breaking your good glasses, plates etc but think paper/plastic's too tacky, you can stock up for pennies and bin whatever breaks.

4. That kitchen planner download thingy is quite swishy, although we just used it to design our own rather than order the IKEA ones :D

5. Christmas trees - cheap and decent, usually you have to settle for one or t'other.

guccigal
3rd Sep 2005, 04:55
The best thing I've bought from IKEA in Australia is those ice cube trays where the ice is in the shape of a long rectangle (sort of like a pencil). Great for getting ice into a water bottle with a narrow neck, impossible with ice cubes.

halo
3rd Sep 2005, 05:45
My favourite name is for the little wooden shoe rack.......

It's called.....

KNOBRACK

I kid you not!!

acbus1
3rd Sep 2005, 06:42
.....ice is in the shape of a long rectangle (sort of like a pencil).
Gives me an idea, that does.

Ideal for those times when you feel like something cool to slip into. :E

Here I go, no doubt.....censored again.

Before they get me, can any ladies tell me what a certain fluid tast*click*brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Bu99er. :mad:

X-QUORK
3rd Sep 2005, 08:23
After an extremely unpleasant visit (even by IKEA standards) about four years ago , I swore that I'd never set foot inside one of those Swedish PoW camps ever again.

My wife accepted this at the time, but over the last year or so I've been duped back to the Big Blue And Yellow Hotdog Boxes by Mrs X-Q's cunning Psy-Ops program. She accepts that we must have a strict shopping list and be in and out within 60 minutes, otherwise I'll start getting flash-backs and end up taking an IKEA employee hostage and demanding a plane to freedom.

On a day off last week we managed to get everything we needed within the deadline, I even felt relaxed enough to buy some pickled herring and Elk sausage...maybe it's time to call an end to my war with all things Swedish, maybe I've been a bit hard on them.

When we got home I was almost looking forward to the construction phase, this is one part of the process that usually goes reasonably smoothly...simple instructions...check, all the bits present and correct...check, leccy screwdriver charged...check. One hour in and things were looking good, my wife looked on in admiration at her transformed husband.

It was at this point that I realised the drawers wouldn't fit because some pot-smoking, Smorgesbord-chomping, Elk-murdering Scandinavian ar$ehole had drilled two of the routing holes in the wrong frigging place. GAME OVER. Bedside cabinet still in bits....check, IKEA hatred...ON.

Never again....and I mean it this time.:{ :{

halo
3rd Sep 2005, 14:26
Surely somebody who needs storage space has bought a KnobRack.

Is it just me that howls with laughter every time I see it?? :D

tart1
3rd Sep 2005, 16:00
I love some Ikea products.

I agree though that their stores are not very user-friendly and it can be a traumatic experience to shop in one. I would never shop in there at the weekend.

They sell great bedding, towels, light fittings and bulbs, kitchen ware, wrapping paper (!) and pot plants. Their furniture seems to be quite stylish for the price although I have never bought any other than a wooden-framed bed years ago in Berlin which was fantastic.

(I must make a note to look out for a knob rack next time I go - sounds like a good Christmas present! :} )

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd Sep 2005, 19:03
Knob Rack?

Something for the Bionic Pervert, then....:rolleyes: :E

uffington sb
16th Sep 2005, 17:43
Good news!!!!
They now sell that 'Pear Cider' called Koppenberg in J.D. Wetherspoons. So no more having to go to IKEA, well, until the missus tells me we are going that is!!!

Smoketoomuch
16th Sep 2005, 19:06
Ikea is like McDonalds - despite bad experiences and vowing never to return you know you will cos there sometimes is just no better option.
Stupid names as others say, which wouldn't be so bad if they put what a package actually *contains* more clearly.
Stupid pricing too, no logic to it. We got some new feather pillows recently. Soft £3, Medium £20, Firm £7. Bizarre.

hemac
16th Sep 2005, 19:40
They now sell that 'Pear Cider'
Also known as 'Perry' for those who don't know.

Last time I went to Ikea was mid-week in the morning. The place was virtually empty.

Their products are ok at an affordable price, but if it's a choice of going without or going when the place is full of 'the general public' minimalist does it for me.

H.

Burnt Fishtrousers
16th Sep 2005, 23:48
All I want to do is buy a ****i*g pot plant and I have to go via kitchens, beds and furniture, its obvious they employed the same cretin who does one way traffic systems in our towns and cities to design their bleeding store...Ikea makes Airports look slick

flapsforty
17th Sep 2005, 00:13
Smorgesbord-chomping, Elk-murdering Scandinavian ar$ehole had drilled two of the routing holes in the wrong frigging place. Only by the grace of God did I manage miss covering my keyboard with coc cola light X-QUORK.
Bwahahahaha. Poor you :( Heeheehee