Me and IKEA, It’s Complicated

January 4, 2011

I’m helping a friend style a wall of family photographs, so naturally for picture frames, one goes to IKEA.  It takes me over an hour to get to the closest store, and I have to plan to spend at least half a day or more of my time on an IKEA excursion.  In winter, in the rain, it is a complete hassle, but with all those deals to be had, I make the trip twice a year.

IKEA and I have a complicated relationship.  Every time I pass one, I long to go in, and consider it complete torture to pass one on the freeway without stopping.  Once I’m in, I go through a series of emotions.  First, frustration at the miles of parking lots, tens of thousands of square footage to navigate, glaring florescent lights, and the disturbing feeling we’re all being herded like cattle.  Moooo.

Next, admiration when I remember IKEA has a professional daycare that greets you at the door.  Clearly, this is a store designed to trap you and your children inside for hours at at time.  That, or they’re just tired of cleaning up broken vases on Aisle 242. 

Then comes the anxiety that sets in trying to follow all those blue signs with all the arrows pointing you to go here or there.  It’s quite a disturbing labyrinth and it frightens me so. 

ikea store inside


Anxiety is always followed by hunger requiring that I get in the long line to wait to dine on their Swedish meatballs.  Once revived, I experience the delight of scoring some pretty good deals on some cheap goods.  

Last weekend, I made my semiannual trip.  When I arrived, it was daylight.  When I left, darkness had set in, but this is to be expected when one travels to IKEA.  I spent a few hours poking around, inspecting all the furniture, linens and fixtures and found some things I liked.  For fun, I created a few rooms with my favorite finds. 

natural and neutral


Stockholm curtains; Leran pendantKarlstad chair; Leatorp coffee table; Jonsbo table lamp; Hol side table; Stockholm Cirkel cushion/pillow. 


dark and dramatic room


Jorun rug; Knappa pendant; Vilmie curtains; Karit bedspread; Hemnes sidetable; Gilda throw; Ljusas lamp


fresh and floral

Bild poster; Maskros ceiling pendant; Alvine flora cushion; Ofelia throw; Ofelia duvet; Knubbig table lampLonsboda scented candleNojs alarm clock


What’s your relationship with IKEA?  Love it? Hate it?  Scored any great finds?  Do share. 




186 Responses to “Me and IKEA, It’s Complicated”

  1. Irene says:

    I LVE IKEA! The one by us is not too far, only about 40 minutes from one house, 20 minutes from the other. And I know the best time to go, during the week, early in the morning. By the time I am done, it’s usually around lunch time so I have my Ikea lunch then off somewhere else I go.

    I’ve gotten the local store down to a science. I know where the shortcuts are. I know how to get help the fastest. I enjoy my trip there, knowing it could be hours of me browsing. I don’t think Ikea is worth a brief 5 minute stay, it’s an experience, an event, an adventure is retailology. Everyone must do it at least once. But I do understand the frustration and anxiety. It can be overbearing.

  2. Holly says:

    Fresh & Floral – LOVE that pink glass vase! Dang it. Now I have to go to Ikea! I’m near SLC and it’s just under an hour (in good traffic) to get my Ikea fix. I ♥ Ikea. I always have. My bedroom growing up was all from that sweet little Swedish store, and I think 80% of my home is the same way now. In fact, when my now-husband and I were dating I said that I would be happy living in Utah as long as there was an Ikea and Disneyland. Being a Southern Californian, I just couldn’t imagine living in a place without either. We got engaged after they built an Ikea…ha!

  3. Laura says:

    I love these collections you have put together, especially the first! Those curtains would be so great in my apartment, but unfortunately my IKEA in Tampa is strangely picky about what textiles they carry :( My biggest problem with IKEA is I tend to get overwhelmed, so it’s nice to see an edited collection for inspiration!

  4. Kristin says:

    I went to IKEA last weekend as well! I wish I had run in to you, though since I’m on the opposite coast, the odds were pretty darn slim. (My IKEA is 90 minutes away.)

    I have to say that I completely agree with your assessment of the IKEA experience. I always end up feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, covetous, hungry, bovine (herded like cattle!), anxious, and excited.

    I loved all the funky white light fixtures and those drapes you showcased in mood board #1 above. And I brought a Knubbig table lamp home with me. Alas, one of the two things for which I specifically made the trip (White Lack shelving a la John & Sherry of was OUT OF STOCK – I didn’t know that ever happened there. My boyfriend encountered the same problem with the cabinet lights he wanted. Alas, this means we must return in a few weeks…which will conveniently be right around my birthday. Yee-hah!

  5. christine says:

    I totally dig IKEA. I’d never been to one before until a couple years ago when they built one near my house. Seriously near. Several miles away, but we can get there in a couple minutes. The girls and I go every month or so. In fact, we’re headed there tomorrow for free lunch for the kiddos :) I enjoyed your product groupings! Great inspiration :)

  6. Lila Ferraro says:

    I definitely need to head to the Ikea near me. I rarely go because of my kids. That place is way to big to let them run a muck! I love the neutral room!
    Lila Ferraro

  7. I had my maiden voyage to an IKEA just after we moved to Minneapolis this fall! We reside just 20-30 minutes away from the Mall of America and Ikea is planted ever so conveniently just across the street. I could even take the light rail there from our down town home.

    I was a bit taken aback by the ‘hearding’ method as well – but with all the eye candy to obsorb they won me over. ;)

    love your room creations – my favorite is the fresh and floral – that light fixture is so amazing in real life, isn’t it??


  8. HRH Sarah says:

    I L-O-V-E Ikea. The closest one is almost 2 hours away, so like you, I have to plan an entire day for the outing. And I don’t mind one bit. There is something about those arrows that botherates me, but I fight back by wandering around aimlessly, completely at random. That explains why I put the same thing in my basket 3 times, hmmm…. Oh well, Ikea and I are a match made in heaven. They make great stuff for those of us with tiny houses, and I can’t get enough of those swedish meatballs, and the loganberry fizzy drinks!

  9. Sky says:

    I have to start off by saying, one of my readers sent me this article. I had blogged about my Office/Playroom makeover and my lack of curtains. She suggested Ikea – and it sounds like my kind of store.

    I’ve checked it out online and I’m making it my goal to find an Ikea this year. I’m going to find an Ikea store and shop my little heart out. I may never leave. Ever.

  10. Martha says:

    I’ve only gotten to experience the awesomeness of IKEA once – when I was visiting New York. The closest one is 5 and a half hours away!!!!!! I love everything about IKEA.. *sigh…

  11. Peggy says:

    I totally agree. Ours is only 30 minutes away, but couple Ikea with its next door neighbor, Lowe’s, and the time commitment is more than I can handle usually. After envisioning the trip for months, I usually end up buying one measly little thing. I guess I am just not a shopper. But it is fun in there!

  12. Ann says:

    I really like Ikea, but have to be careful there. Some things are made very well, others not so much. I’ve had not great luck with things like put-together desks and things made mostly of particle board. On the other hand, we had a Klippan loveseat that outlived our Jennifer Sofa and Wickes sofa by years. I love their textiles and curtains too. Frames and floor lamps…Well, I’ve had some fall apart too easily. Maybe I’m rough. Or, maybe I am spoiled. I have an Ikea right here in town. ;)

  13. I love IKEA for cheap bed linens… You can get a duvet cover for like $30-$50… I hate when there are 30 choices and none of them are ‘right’ for me though… frustrating!

  14. Kayla says:

    I’m a brand new reader (as of yesterday, thanks to Jen at iheartorganizing!) but I have to say I was instantly addicted for many reasons: your love of spray paint, your style, and ideas, and your name (I’ve always loved Kate!). You make me lol! =) I’m headed to Ikea this weekend and my first trip to Home Goods as well! =) I think shopping online and knowing what you want always helps at ikea…..though the cattle hearding method does confuse me. What to do when you want to wander away from the safety of the blue arrows?

  15. IKEA is just too darn cheap and convenient for me to avoid. I love it despite the fact that many frown upon it. I find it a personal challenge to find things there that don’t look too “IKEA.” Admittedly, I look forward to every trip there, and I have been fortunate enough to have 1 or 2 IKEAs in each of the two cities I’ve lived in. Nearly every IKEA venture (usually 3 or 4 times a year or more) begins with a $1 vanilla cone and ends with me excited to go home to assemble my new furniture!

  16. L.Duncan says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I love many of their items, but I hate when I drive out there (after checking the website) to find that what I was going for in not in stock… I also hate going on weekends. Have you ever been on the weekends? GIrl, a mess! Especially when you have kids with you.

  17. Jeri says:

    Love Ikea! Hate the 7.5 hour drive (each way, for 15 hours total) to any of the 3 “nearest” locations. Rrrr.

  18. Love/hate here as well. I lack the creativity to use their simple items… uh, creatively. I have to be careful my house doesn’t start turning into a college dorm/Ikea store. But it’s made for some good date nights- when I was closing on my house, my bf and I would stroll around looking at kitchen remodel ideas, then skip the cafeteria but load up on six cinnamon rolls. Sounds like a date to me!

  19. Jen says:

    I *heart* Ikea! I wish we had one an hour or two, heck even a 4 hour drive would be better then it being in a completly different province/state!! Every time we visit FL I make my hubby go to one.

  20. sally says:

    I LOVE Ikea! A little too much, really. Good thing it’s a 2 hour drive. Otherwise, I’d be in big trouble. :)

  21. Paula says:

    Not a fan. I’ve not been in one in forever and only remember the “cheap-put-it-together-yourself dorm-looking furniture”. I live within 20 minutes of a massive IKEA. It’s been here about 20 years. I’ve been in it maybe twice and can’t even remember the last time I stepped foot through the doors except for the fact I had a panic attack because I got lost and couldn’t find my way out. The end. :)

  22. Shannon says:

    I go to IKEA about 4-5 times a year, perhaps more. It’s on the outskirts of my city (Edmonton, AB, CANADA) but at least it’s in the same city that I live in, unlike a lot of people who commute to shop there. I go there often enough that I know the floor plan and where all the sly hidden doors are that skip the “herding” method. But, the first time I went, I was disgusted by it.

    I also go in backwards. I go past the checkout right to the As Is section and browse there first, then I go to the actually shopping area. This way, I get to score any amazing deals right off the bat, instead of finding out what I love is in the As Is section after picking it out. Plus, the As Is is my favorite area in every furniture store.

    My main gripe with IKEA (other then the herding feeling) is that their couches and chairs are too small/low. I know this is done because less material is used to make them that way but I am a 6 foot tall woman. I feel like I am sitting on kiddie furniture when I try out their couches. My goal is to find items I can make my own and that not every other friend is going to have in their house.

  23. Patti G says:

    I LOVE Ikea!!! And now so does my hubby. He’s never been & he thought going to the nearest IKEA, a 2 hour drive, on New Year’s Eve Day was just the thing.
    He was overwhelmed at first, but is not looking for excuses to make a trip back there sooner rather than later. I’m not arguing with him…….I’m ready any time!
    We spent a little bit for a whole lotta – trinkets, towel bars, rugs, candles, and on & on………

  24. Carri K from Up Words & On Words says:

    :( I wish Montana had an IKEA!!!

  25. Raelynn says:

    I love Ikea, I would always make my husband take me when we visited So. Cal. And then we moved to Denver, even further (we lived in Vegas), until they announced that they would be building an Ikea here, YAY, opening this fall, can’t wait!

  26. My daughter just said TODAY that I should do a post like this about IKEA. The above floral pillows (and striped yellow duvets) and wicker hanging lights are in a bedroom in our ski condo. When we lived in Paris our little kitchen was all from IKEA. We had open stainless steel shelves above the counter that I loved.
    Some stuff is cheap (and wears that way)…but what style. I say “LOVE.” I kind of like getting lost there.
    Mary Ann

  27. I either eat before entering the store OR eat in the cafe first!! You must be both fed and hydrated – but then the inspiration just hits as you walk around!! I have to bring a camera too!

  28. IKEA Favorite find REKO 6pk for $1.49…LOVE them!!!

  29. Oh my- this is hilarious! I feel the exact. same. way! Such a love/hate relationship :) My Ikea is an hour and a half away, and inevitably I don’t have enough space in my vehicle to buy everything that I want :( I drive a VAN for crying out loud, and I still don’t have the space!

    xo- Carmel

  30. Sue says:

    I have to travel a long way to get to Ikea. My first trip was in Chicago and the store was new…need I say more? The parking alone made me crazy. I have also been to the one in Orlando, and I do find a few things but I’m much more of a Crate and Barrel girl. I get crazy at Ikea!

  31. Beautiful designs! Ours is about an hour’s drive and yes, it’s a maze. I love spending hours there though. It’s like walking through a giant beautiful dollhouse! LOVE! However, I rarely walk out with much. I think it’s the “pretty-overload” and my fear of spending $$$.

  32. Ahhhh . . . I envy you. The closest IKEA is 4 hours from my house, so I am forced to shop IKEA online. It’s just not the same. I like to see, touch, hold things . . .

  33. I love IKEA. My friends and I always joke about someone who could still be lost in there and maybe just lives there now. You would have everything you need.

    I just moved to Chicago and our apartment has tons of huge windows. Since we will eventually buy a house again, I didn’t want to invest tons on window dressings. So off to IKEA I went and for under $100. bought enough curtain panels for the whole house.


  34. omg I’ve had a hankering to go to Ikea too! And you totally (and hysterically) hit the nail on the head! it really is a rush of many many emotions! Hopefully in the end, though, its happy. Especially when you get the goodies up and running! I make it a point to stop and get a cinnabun. If I don’t, I don’t leave truly happy. HA!

  35. Carrie says:

    there and after a full night of “unswallowing” as my aunt used to call it I had to make the trek back to Vegas (both girls had been better for a full day). Anyway, I must really love Ikea because I drove 30minutes out of the way and traversed the store for 3 hours before embarking on the 6 hour trip home. My mother-in-law thought I was crazy but she has the luxury of going to this Mecca anytime she wants!

  36. i love the fresh and floral grouping the best. i love ikea….we live about an hour away and we have a small car so we don’t go too often. but they are the best!!!


  37. I also have a Love/Hate relationship with Ikea, for many of the reason you stated above, but also for the fact that they do not ship anything! I know, I know, I’ve heard it all…thats how they keep their cost down, but I live 3.5 hours from the closest Ikea, and since it’s pretty close to D.C. it typically takes me over 5 hours to get back home with all the traffic! So that’s an eight hour or so car ride, let alone the time you spend in the store. So maybe if they started offering shipping for more of their items it would be a love/like relationship!

  38. Michaela says:

    Love their products, but don’t love that I leave with a headache due to the overstimulation/ excitement I get when I’m shopping! (: Also- can’t beat their prices. I’m really liking the Fresh and Floral inspiration board you did! xo

  39. glenda says:

    You described it so perfectly. I love IKEA. I had my first and only experience this year when I went to visit my son. We have no IKEA close where I live and I’ve always wanted to check one out. I noticed right away that I felt like I was in some kind of maze, with the arrows leading us about, but my mind was so taken in buy all the incredible displays and smells. Of course, we too had to get some of the meatballs to fuel us up for the several hour shopping experience that awaited us. i absolutely loved it. I want to go back so badly. I got some of the embroidered pillows and have about 100 things on my wish list.

  40. Shelley says:

    I, sadly, have never stepped foot into their store. The closest one is over 6 hours away! I’m now thinking the drive might be worth it. You had me at “professional daycare that greets you at the door”.

    Jealous in KS

  41. LiveLikeYou says:

    I’m Swedish so I grew up with IKEA before it arrived over here. When I was a kid no one would dare to go in the store because it was considered really cheap and bad quality. But somewhere along the way they changed their tune and became hip and cool. I personally love IKEA but HATE to go there. I get stressed the second I arrive, ditch my plan, head for the meatballs and buy things I don’t need on my way out.

  42. Mary Jo says:

    Ikea, *sigh*, the closest one to me is about a 2 hour drive, if traffic is good so it’s an all day trip for me. I usually find a girl friend to go with me and make a girls day out of it including a stroll in the mall next door if we have time. The market place gets me every time, I can go intending to only get a few items and walk out with enough to fill my van.

  43. cheryl says:

    We are lucky to have two IKEAS by us , both within about a half an hour . . . so I like to go on a weekday when everyone is at work and school and I spend about an hour there and then I’m done. I usuallly know just what I’m looking for , but I always buy waaaay more than what I intended to. I, too, love their Swedish meatballs since I am 100% Swedish.
    Curtains are my favorite thing to buy there. The Matilda curtains are my very favorite.

  44. Julie says:

    I used to think I was better than IKEA–I was WRONG. Last summer I went to get some frames and I left with over $400 worth of other items. I LOVE IKEA and look for reasons to go there now.

    Check out my latest home improvement project thanks to IKEA —

  45. Felicity says:

    When we first moved to DC I was at Ikea weekly. It lost its allure and everything started to look so ho-hum. Now I go semi annually and am in love again. We bought a Knapp pendant to hang in one of our little bed rooms recently.

  46. We’re furnishing a new home and I’m worried it’s going to look like an ikea showroom if I keep shopping there. I think most people have a love/hate relationship with that place. I don’t want to buy any big pieces there because all my friends have them.

  47. Jennifer says:

    I am like you. It’s a love relationship. :)
    I have a Christmas IKEA gift card from a friend, and My husband and I and another couple will be taking the hour drive to the store Saturday! Yay!….just wish I could spend more money right now :D
    (LoL – my husband thinks I can be like the lady in the IKEA commercial that shows up to the house in a semi with stuff on sale, and then runs back for more. No, I am NOT like that. Really, I do actually exert self control :)
    My list is for kitchen stuff on Saturday, since it’s practical right now. Even though I long for a Varde shelf, pretty drinking glasses, pretty table wear, other bookshelves, one day-a nice kitchen, a few curtains, rugs, vase, lamps …………………… :)

  48. diane says:

    I am fortunate to have an Ikea store about 10 minutes away so I pop in when it is not busy, i.e. mid morning. I definitely try to avoid the place on a weekend or right before all the dorm room shoppers storm the place in August. I often go to browse when I am looking for a unique piece and just outfitted my husbands new office with conference table, bookshelves of different sizes and a lobby desk all from Ikea. Saved lots of money until it came time to pay our handyman to put it all together! But it looks great without a huge investment. Love to know how you did those color boards…from olioboard, polyvore?

  49. Amanda says:

    I really like Ikea, but I also do extreme planning for my trips. I get there at opening with a list in hand of what I want. I practically run to the products and then book it to the check-out stands. In and out in under an hour. Bam!

  50. laura says:

    I love ikea but hate the poor quality of the furniture and frames. Am having better luck watching for sales elsewhere

  51. Bonnie says:

    They built one 10 min from my house. It is torture, I think I can just run in and get this but oh no 2 hrs and a lunch later I am gone. It is definitely love/hate!

  52. I have never been to Ikea……I know sad isn’t it?? But it’s about an hour and a half away….and I just haven’t been able to get away long enough yet.

    But I long to go!! I do think I need a seasoned Ikea Vet to go with me though! LOL
    God bless!

  53. Sarah says:

    I love Ikea! My husband is from Atlanta, so whenever we visit his family we make a trip. A lot of our bedroom is from there, since we’re obsessed with the Hemnes collection. And I don’t mind putting the pieces together since we’re getting such a great deal with prices. It’s funny- we have the curtains you posted in the natural spread in our bathroom, and those pillows in our living room.

  54. cathe says:

    love love love ikea!!! when my daughter and my friends 2 girls were little we took them there for the day like other kids got to go to the amuesment parks! hot dogs swedish meatballs ice cream cones they never knew the diffrence!!!

  55. Sarah says:

    I used to go once a week when I lived 5 minutes from one. It gave me all sorts of ideas plus got me a little exercise….once you’re in you might as well walk the whole store. I swear half of our old house was Ikea.

    I haven’t been to Ikea in 1.5 years and I’m starting to go thru withdrawals. After seeing your photos of curtains, etc., I may have a venture back there. Its so wonderful.

  56. Tracie B says:

    I love IKEA!!!! have you checked the clearance section…great finds sometimes :)

  57. Lori says:

    oh good heavens, my Ikea is less than a fifteen minute ride by i95!
    I have been debating, do I *really* need to go and waste money I shouldn’t spend?
    Hmmm…. on the one hand, I save money by staying home.
    On the other, I miss touching the fabrics in the fabric department, looking at all the plants and picture frames, and oh yeah – the swedish meatballs! (I love them too!)

    I may see a trip there in the next week or so, I know my kids are dying to go spend some cash too!

  58. Sarah says:

    I have to say I am not a big fan. There is one very close to me although with San Fran bay area traffic, it feels like it could be on the other side of the country! Too many things there feel a tad cheap.

    I think that far better furniture can be found in antique and thrift stores at better prices, but I love the hunt for that perfect piece at a bargain more than actually owning the piece! However, I have an Ikea drafting table (with integrated light table) which I love for my art projects, and I recently redid my nephew’s bedroom using a clearance find Ikea bunk bed system which is really sturdy.

    I also like their printed textiles but haven’t found a use for them yet. My favorite part of Ikea is their annual catalog and how they blend colors and textures (ok, and the swedish meatballs).

  59. Paige says:

    I’ve never been to an IKEA and feel very left out. The good news is we’re finally getting a store here in Denver this Fall and it’s about 10 minutes from me! Very excited. I didn’t read through all of the comments but scanned them and noticed many of your readers really like IKEA as you do. I’ve heard mixed reviews, the negatives mostly about their furniture not being high quality and difficult to assemble. I would love to know what you and your readers thoughts are on the quality of their furniture? I’ve been drooling over the cubed shelving unit and hope it will be worth purchasing. Thanks and I love your blog!

  60. Elizabeth says:

    I have mixed feelings about IKEA. One part of me loves to go through the “maze” and see all the model rooms that are set up. The prices are great and you can furnish a whole house for a great price, if the goal is price. But the look of the furniture is all very “IKEA-y.” We were shopping pretty frequently at IKEA for furniture for our new home… until I did some more research and found that many stores were selling better quality pieces at (almost) IKEA prices if you used their promo codes and waited for online and in-store sales. Right now my favorite online shopping resources are Wisteria and Williams Sonoma Home. Both had great sales that brought their steep furniture prices down to (almost) IKEA prices.

  61. Pam Pike says:

    WE don’t have an Ikea store however I have heard of it and really really wish we did!

  62. Sandy says:

    I have no stamina for shopping so Ikea is a true test. I am an Ikea convert and will search for items I have seen in magazines/blogs that have been mixed with high end pieces. Check out You Tube for Ikea -Parody to Owl City ‘Fireflies’ by davedays – I hum this as I wander about and find it calms me and keeps me focussed.

  63. The only IKEA store in my area is a good 40 minute drive away, thank goodness. Coincidentally, my niece called and asked me to go with her yesterday, right after I read your post. We headed specifically for organization supplies, her for home schooling, me for my studio, so we didn’t do a lot of dawdling in other departments.

    I don’t like the labyrinth – I resent being deliberately manipulated. We kept looking for the shortcuts to get where we wanted to go. So I guess I have a love/hate thing going.

    I did like the Swedish meatballs, though!

  64. I Love Ikea. Mostly for their storage options. oh–I love their fabric too! Their furniture is fun but I have a hard time getting my husband to like any of it. He thinks its “cheap crap”. :) So, when I go once every few months I stock up on my favorite straws, napkins and add any other little home accessories I need or want, actually,more like what I can afford at the moment. :) That image is so true though. They plan it that way on purpose I am sure. Just to get you hungry and tired and want to take a break that will give you more energy to get lost again and spend more money. :)

  65. Julie G. says:

    Got married & moved into our apt a month and a half a go. Our IKEA is about 30 mins away but I was able to go and gather up all that I needed in two separate 2-hour trips. Got some larger items like a TV stand and two end tables (the dark wood in the photos), organization boxes, pillow inserts and covers (including the polka dot in the photo), and random stuff like large cereal bowls a potato masher!

  66. I actually work across the street from Ikea and have finally figured out the floorplan. I run over there on my lunch break…stop in like it’s Target. But I wouldn’t be caught dead there on a weekend!!!!

  67. We drove SIX hours one way to go to IKEA the weekend after Thanksgiving (I know, we’re nuts), shopped (and dined on meatballs) for five hours, then turned around and drove the six hours home..all in one day. Like I said, we’re nuts. Love/Hate for SURE. Your description of the IKEA experience made me LOL cause it was so dead-on. Love!

  68. Ikea and I too have a love/hate relationship but not for the same reasons. I love the style of their items but the nearest location is 6 hours from my house. And they don’t ship hardly anything! It drives me nuts how they are promoted everywhere-books, magazines, tv, blogs but I can’t get to any of the stuff!

  69. lacey says:

    I love a little cake with green frosting. Yum. I have only been once but will go many times when the Ikea is built in Denver soon!!

  70. Anne Marie says:

    We totally have a love/hate relationship. If I want hubby to go there, we have to be there as soon as it open and then get breakfast.

  71. Susan Page says:

    I love IKEA. My husband and I usually spend the better part of a day there which includes lunch (had the Swedish meatballs for the first time last visit-yummy) I usually buy items or furniture that will go with my revamped bits and pieces. I love the walk through the store as it gives me great ideas for my home.

  72. […] made my semiannual trip to IKEA for frames for this wall […]

  73. Carly says:

    I am pretty obsessed with IKEA. You can’t beat the prices and here in the Netherlands they have them all over. The only problem is it is so common here that you see the same piece in every house! I love how you add your own personal touch to pieces so they can stand out!

  74. Shae says:


    In my opinion, their couches and plush items are crap, but their bookcases and cubbies and storage options are awesome.

  75. Shae says:


    Also — not sure what cube unit you are talking about, but I bought three 4-cube bookcase cubby units and they were actually *extra* easy to assemble.

  76. Maren says:

    I both like and dislike Ikea. Some good deals to be had on some decent things. Need storage containers? Ikea’s great. Need furniture? Their quality is terrible. It’s not just inexpensive, it’s cheap. And it looks cheap. I think it’s the ideal place for a college student or young apartment dweller to shop.

    But I LOVE their design and smart storage solutions. I love how they can maximize space with creative ideas. It’s a great place to learn about design and storage and plan your space. But if you want good quality furniture that won’t fall apart in a few years and end up in a landfill and requiring you to replace it, you won’t find it there.

  77. Don’t you just love IKEA and just strolling around? I recently went with a friend who is remodeling her kitchen. So fun to spend someone else’s money.

  78. Kimberly says:

    I adore IKEA on the one hand, but on the other, yeah, same things as you: hate the parking lots, the labyrinth, and the fact that I can never get out of there without spending hundreds of dollars! Oh, I also seem to forget how small my car is and have been known to “overbuy” before, once I had to strap a rather large wall unit to the top of my little car and hope for the best driving home!

    IKEA to me means “disposable furniture” — I don’t think their quality is that good on many of their items, but the accessories are neat and of good quality for the most part, and one can get some necessity items for not a lot of money.

    Loving your blog, and am a new follower!


  79. Katrina says:

    We live 15 minutes from an Ikea so I go about once a month. I think every other trip is a longer one, but I’ve definitely been able to go in and out in 30 minutes before, especially if it’s a weekday. Unfortunately the last time I went (the 30th of Dec) I had plans to return a Christmas gift idea that we didn’t end up needing and pick up two things. Well I was able to get the two things (and a third item I found) in only 15 minutes including check out. Too bad it took 35 minutes to return the toy though!

    I find my love/hate is because I love so many things at Ikea and the prices but I hate that people can immediately tell that something is from Ikea when they come into our home!

  80. Aimee says:

    I have to say thank you! Those Stockholm curtains may nearly match our bedding set. I can’t wait to take a throw pillow down to Ikea and see them in person. Thanks!

  81. Robbie says:

    I love Ikea! It is about 10 minutes away from my home so we go there alot. Bored nothing to do let’s go to Ikea. The picture frames are the best and I probably have Ikea frames in every room.

  82. Síona says:

    I really love ikea! i’m always working on a pretty tight budget, so it’s a Godsend for me! ;) The nearest one is about 45 minutes away, but it’s not too bad! i’ve only actually been once, but am planning to go back in the next few weeks. My favourite purchase was definitely the KARIT deep purple throw and pillows. It was a bit pricey at €50, but it’s been on my bed ever since, and is really good quality, really heavy and luxurious, it adds a touch of class to my room! Also, I made sure to pick up at least 5 pillow inserts. i’ve been on a pillow-case making kick lately, so they came in handy, and at only 99cents each?! I’m there!

  83. Anne Lukes says:

    I looooooove Ikea. In fact, that leafy design curtain you posted in neutrals, we’re planning on buying that one in the multi-color to go with our new couch. Just took a trip to Ikea on Saturday with a friend. Love their food sometimes, other times, not so much.

  84. Edith says:

    I have to say that although the design of the store is like a giant maze that keps you trapped forever, I LOVE Ikea! This store allows you to decorate using some very pretty things on a budget. I purchased a desk from Ikea for 79 dollars and it was solid. I mean it was quality. I eventually gave the desk away. So, if you’re on a budget and you have the time, then check this store out if you haven’t already.

  85. Birgit says:

    My first visit to an Ikea store was in Sweden in 1983 while visiting family in Valbo. Didn’t get to experience the thrill of it again until I moved to VA and went to the Woodbridge store near DC in the early 90’s. Now my girls are grown with homes of their own and we make a whole day excursion from Richmond just to go to Ikea. I also have family in Atlanta and no visit is complete without a trip to Ikea with family and friends. Taking (my born and raised in Sweden) mom is fun because she’ll translate the names of some of the items AND now they have a series with my name on cool is that?!

  86. Julie says:

    Love the “hol side table” can’t find it on the website- could it be listed under another name?
    Love ikea, definitely a love/hate relationship. I like to go with something in mind, otherwise the store can be overwhelming.

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