Ya know, I’m glad I took that little break from blogging. I can get burnt out so easily and after the week was over, I began to miss my daily design sharing. So I’m back. I know you missed it.
I can’t believe I haven’t even mentioned this topic yet, at least that I can remember. And I don’t have the best of memories to begin with. So let me share a little about one of my favorite design stores, IKEA.
Now, I’ve had enough experiences with this wonderful place to have gotten past the enamored feelings I first experienced when I met IKEA. Because when I went to an IKEA for the first time, I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread (wow, I can’t believe I just used that old American idiom). But, as with everything, there’s always a downside. So today I thought I’d give you a pros and cons list of my experiences with IKEA over the years.
It is budget friendly. You can find what you need for a relatively good price, even outrageously awesome prices, like a Wok for $5.
They have a superior focus on space saving. Being a European based country where apartments are more like postage stamps, they excel at making the most out of a small space.
If you like modern style, clean simple lines, and handy ways to do or decorate differently, this is the place for you. They have a great supply of just “different” things that I know I hardly see anywhere else.
They have a smart store setup. They have a level that shows you a whole bunch of showrooms of how to use everything in the store in a one cohesive room. Then the lower level has everything in sections so you can pick up everything that you want or saw from the upper level.
Cons: (as much as I hate to admit these, IKEA does have its flaws)
Being a European company, ordering offline is just kind of ridiculous, at least for America. So the only way to get these wickedly awesome things you’ve seen online, in the catalog, or on a previous visit, is to go visit again with an agenda. And if you don’t live right down the street, you might be spending just as much in gas, as you would be on shipping. This is a con, and it makes me sad.
On a similar note, there are just not enough IKEA’s in the U.S. They’ve hit most of the capital cities, but there are plenty of other big cities that they could make some money in. Like college cities…like Knoxville.
Though they do an excellent job on price, you do pay for what you get. I do find it to be pretty good quality, but not something past 5-7 years I think. Basically, if I had a family and kids, I would not go to IKEA for the more things that need to be more durable. But then again, there’s a lot I would still look to IKEA first for because their prices are good.
That’s all I have for now. I love IKEA, but as with anything, there’s always a dark side. I visit one every time I get a chance though, even when I don’t need anything, but that means I rarely, if ever, make it out of there without buying anything. Let me give you a run-down of how true this is.
I currently own: 4 lamps, 1 Bookshelf, 1 Shower Curtain, 1 Wok, Silverware and 1 Storage thing, all from Ikea. Yeah I couldn’t help buying a lamp nearly every time I went. Now I try to keep to more practical things.
Maybe when I pass the apartment life I won’t use IKEA as much. But I love their style and practicality, so it will always have a special place in my little design heart.
Fall is coming! I’m so excited!
Pray for the hurricane victims.