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ikea - The Ikea logo
@BunGirl (2639)
United States
January 28, 2007 1:32pm CST
Just got a new Ikea mini-catalog in the mail today, and I totally LOVE that store. They have a million great storage and space-saving ideas, and it's all VERY affordable. Are you an Ikea fan too? Or do you prefer another furniture store?
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@beckyomg1 (6758)
• United States
28 Jan 07
i get emails from them all the time, have not checked it out can you tell me more about it.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Well, they're basically a modern-look furniture store. They also have tons of great storage ideas and options and all kinds of fun home decor items. Their prices are signicigantly lower than comparable stores (at least in this area). I guess the best thing for you to do would be to go visit the site (ikea.com) and see for yourself!
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@beckyomg1 (6758)
• United States
29 Jan 07
ok thanks i will check it out.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
7 Mar 07
We have several stores in the UK. One of them is very close to where I live (within 1 or 2 miles). As you do, I like the style of their products as they are decorative, but in a simple and functional way. In my last home almost my whole house came from Ikea. Seriously, you could look around and at least 80% of the items in our house came from there. Most of the artwork on my walls are framed Ikea prints of photographs too. (Not very original huh?!) The one problem I have is their delivery and stock movement system. As I say, I live less than 2 miles from the store, literally 5 minutes drive, and they charged me £35 (thats about $65) to deliver a bed and some wardrobes. Apparently this is because they encourage you to take things home in the car (how many people do you know who could fit a bed and wardrobes in their car - even when flat-packed!) The only other trouble I had with them was also on their stock / delivery procedures. I was looking for an entertainment centre to hold all of our electricals (Big screen TV, VCR, DVD, PS2, Satellite receiver etc, as well as my hi fi separates (CD, Cassette, Radio, Amp - each about the size of a VCR). Sorry to ramble, but you get now that this unit was BIG. Anyway, I found it on Ikeas website, and it'll be great, since it will match my other furniture perfectly. I called our local store and found that they don't stock that particular item. They can't bring one in for me either. Apparently, the manager or buyer for each store in the UK decides which product lines they will carry. The goods are shipped to each store from a central depot, so they cannot transfer goods between stores. basically my choices to get this unit were to arrange my own transport and lug the thing home myself from another store or pay delivery to get the item sent to me from another store. Bearing in mind that I live right near one store, the two optional stores are either 120 or 170 miles away. Yup, I had to borrow a people carrier (minivan) from a relative and drive 120 miles. It still didn't put me off though! I still thing that their things are much better value than any of the other homeware outlets in my area.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
7 Mar 07
my old lounge room full of ikea items - All of the objects outlined in yellow were ikea purchases
I found some photos of my old house and hilighted the items from Ikea (this obviously isn't all of it. Window blinds Clip frames (and pictures) Candles, glass plates & decorative pebbles on fireplace Statue-ette things near fireplace Pedal bin Entertainment centre unit (as discussed above!) Picture frames on TV unit Cupboard that fish tank stands on. I have pictures of the small kitchen and bathroom full of ikea stuff too. I'll try to post them also.
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@rhinoboy (2129)
7 Mar 07
this is the kitchen full of ikea stuff - as you will see, this room is full of ikea purchases too.
This picture shows just a few of the numerous kitchen items bought (most were tidied away because the pictures were for my house listing when selling up) Ike items shown are; Clock Window blinds Milk jug, Vase, Teapot, Salad Bowl & Serving plate. Storage Jars Kettle (stove type)
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@sunsham68 (1378)
• India
29 Jan 07
I do agree that their ideas are great and they look at spaces working way more efficiently than anyone (any company) I know but I don't like the quality of their stuff and I tend to believe they make things with a limited life span so we have to go back and buy some more. That's not an attitude I would like to support if it were true, but having bought only 3 things from there so far and finding 2 bad, would not give me a complete opinion on them..
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Really? Everything I've gotten from them (with the exception of one piece) has held up amazingly well. My mom still has a pair of bookshelves she bought there when I was little. Those things are at least 20 years old!
@sunsham68 (1378)
• India
31 Jan 07
wow. That's amazing! I know at least 2 other people who also swear that its limited life. Maybe its the part of the world I am in? (Indian in the Middle East) (had to write my nationality cos I don't wanna be from the Middle east, per se!) Where are you posting from?
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
31 Jan 07
How very strange! Maybe we've just been lucky in the items we pick... I'm in the US, but I can't imagine they would go to all the cost of manufacturing different grades of product quality for different parts of the world.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I love IKEA! There isn't one around me- so believe it or not- we plan our 3 day shopping trip over Veterans Day weekend around the locations of Ikea's. Really- this year we went to Pittsburgh (Also because I'm a huge Steeler fan)-- IKEA was our 2nd stop... Year before to Ocean City Maryland- right by an IKEA.. The store is so much fun-- they have things like no other stores and the prices are great! We spend all of 4 hours each time we go- I love IKEA!
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Four hours??? How do you manage to get in and out so quickly? LOL -- I think I could spend all day in there!
@wesderby (178)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Over all, I like Ikea...Unfortunately, it's about a 30-mile trip down to ours. They have great prices, and some really good stuff; we got our baby's changing table there, as well as our coffee table, and a couple REALLY nice CD cabinets...Unfortunately, they quit selling the CD/DVD cabinets I bought; and they're the best I've seen with the greatest capacity. Both hold over 800 CD's. Before I unloaded a bunch of old ones at Half-Price books, both cabinets were almost full, and when I went to buy a third one for our DVD's, I discovered they no longer sell that model.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Well that's no fun! I hate it when stuff gets discontinued like that, but I guess that happens everywhere.
@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
29 Jan 07
I love Ikea since it's not expensive. However they do not have standard sizes so buying a matrass or bedcoverings for an Ikeabed in another store is a problem.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Really? I've never bought a bed there... I wonder if this is true in all countries. They look pretty standard to me...
@Kamalani (29)
• United States
29 Jan 07
how do sign up to get an ikea catalog
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Go to the website: http://ikea.com
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
my cousin from hongkong give me his ikea copy i love those stuff from ikea specially the furnitures and room arrangement suggestions.. i love to buy some stuff but im here in the philippines.. i dont know if they have their branch here..
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Check their website. They are in various countries all over the world. If they don't have one in the Philippines yet, I'm sure it's just a matter of time!
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I loved IKEA when I was living in Baltimore. I don't think there are any in Florida and I know for almost certain there are none in the Orlando area...
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
29 Jan 07
That's a shame! I know how you feel though. When I first moved to Texas, the closest one was way down in Houston, but now they've built one in this area.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
28 Jan 07
I do love Ikea for number of houehold items such as storage. But when it comes to decorating...no. I have the country cowboy clutter look in my home. Ikea is much more modern.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Yeah, the decor is not for everyone. My place is mostly done in a beach house kind of style and they have PLENTY of beachy-type things that fit in well.
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
28 Jan 07
A couple weeks ago I went to my nearest Ikea store for the first time, I was in heaven, I was looking at all their ideas they have there and i was like i want one of everything, but i know i do not have the space to put it all. But i was in love though.
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@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
28 Jan 07
LOL -- I know what you mean! My hubby hates it when I go there because I always come out with more than I planned. I could do my whole house in IKEA stuff if I had the budget for it!
• United States
15 Mar 07
I really enjoy shopping at Ikea as well. They have so many neat things to choose from. I love all the cool decorating items they have. You can shop online as well.
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@palpalsky (900)
• United States
15 Mar 07
shakes hand ..i love ikea ..simply go mad when i go there .goosh it got so many variety and its within the pocket
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@the_vicar (1478)
• United States
7 Mar 07
I like their dish wares and I have purchased rugs which I really have liked and they have held up really well, but I doubt I would buy furniture because I can do better buying well made furniture on sale at the department stores.
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@inked4life (4227)
• United States
7 Mar 07
We love Ikea. Used to go all the time when we lived in Canada. We just recently had one open here in Atlanta but it is a pretty long drive to get there and we've only been once or twice.
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• Italy
7 Mar 07
of course i am. i adore that knd of stuff, there's almost everything there and prices are quite good! we have just bought a wardrobe and we're loking for a little table for television
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
2 Mar 07
Yes! I love IKEA products too. Not only isit reasonably priced, they also last. I was skeptical at first about their products. They're relatively cheaper than any other furniture shops here. But my cousin convinced me to buy some things from them and they're still working. I love their lamps especially!
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@naka75 (797)
• Singapore
2 Mar 07
Yes I love IKEA. Because they have great designs, reasonably priced furniture that are easy to assemble and dismantle. But I must confess not every furniture is top notch in quality, some are more rugged than others. But they last several years and is good enough for me. I have a IKEA pine wood bookshelf for 5 years and is still as good as new. And also an alarm clock that can record my own tune.
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7 Feb 07
I love Ikea. Nearly everything in my room is from Ikea. They have some really interesting designs for really cheap prices! I bought a really cute black table, with hollow legs for about £7. It only took me about 5 minutes to put it together too :)
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@ma_belle (1357)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I love Ikea...I used a lot of their furniture to outfit my first place. I like that alot of the stuff there is affordable but some of it does not last past a few years, unfortunatly.