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Great value if you buy strategically!

  • Jul 16, 2009
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Ikea is famous for their low price furniture, easy to assemble, and equally infamous for the lack of quality and durability in that low priced furniture. As weird as it may sound, Ikea is one of those places where you must buy from strategically. Though I quite a bit of furniture from Ikea, I would never buy furniture I used on a daily basis from there. Case in point, my sister bought an Ikea bed while we were in college. The mattress was supported by only a few wooden slats. A few months after purchasing it, I ran into the room and flopped on her bed. There was this loud CRACK! I literally split on of the wooden slats! =( Shortly after moving in together, my husband and I bought a mattress from Ikea for our full-sized bed. Within 6 months, there were large craters where we slept on the mattress and it was extremely uncomfortable because the mattress no longer kept its shape. We had to replace it.

That being said, we still buy furniture from Ikea. Just not stuff we would use daily. For example, our guest bedroom is furnished entirely by Ikea, including the bed, 2 nightstands, and a dresser. Even the mattress and sheets are from Ikea! The key is that the room is only used a few times a year so the furniture goes a long way.

I'm also a big fan of Ikea's BILLY bookcase. It was extremely easy to assemble. It has a cut-out notch on the bottom of each side panel to accommodate for baseboards, allowing the book case to be mounted completely flush against the wall. It's also extremely affordable at $90. We have four of these bookcases around the house. The only negative is that the center shelf is not adjustable because it’s part of the shelves structure.

My husband and I are huge collectors of statues and figurines. After looking around for display options, we immediately decided on Ikea because of the price and overall design.

We have two BERTBY glass-door wall cabinets to hold small figures (Japanese gashapons). Assembly was very easy but mounting onto the wall was a royal pain. The shelves are suppose to look like they are levitating against the wall and this is achieved by sitting them on these very flimsy looking plastic bases and then attaching an anchor to the top.  These shelves are not light so you have to find the studs. The bolt holes are pretty far apart meaning that you have to catch a stud perfectly to secure both bolts. My husband was successful with one unit, but not the other, where he found out that only one bolt caught the stud once he began to tighten down the bolts. We're just praying that it holds and it’s a good thing we don’t live in a place with earthquakes. These units are definitely form over function and it might not be a bad idea to have them professionally mounted for peace of mind.

Finally, our grand project were the BESTA & INREDA storage system. The assembly was fairly difficult. The shelves themselves were easy enough, but once you start adding glass doors and the spotlights, it becomes a much bigger project. The glass doors were difficult to align evenly and installing the lights required more hole drilling to mount and feed wires through. The door hinges are a pain to install and definitely a two-person task. Unlike the Billy shelves, these do not have the notch cut out to accommodate base boards for flush mounting. However, once everything was assembled and we got our collectibles in them, they looked absolutely great! They have the look for custom display cases but they're from Ikea! It would have cost us THOUSANDS of dollars more to go with another furniture company to get the same look.

Did I mention home decor? We've only started to decorate our home but we found this great set of photo prints and frames at Ikea that we've used to decorate our bathroom!

One thing that I absolutely cannot recommend is Ikea's delivery service. We had the guest bedroom furniture delivered by Ikea and every single piece was damaged! We are so put off with their delivery service that we rent our own truck from Lowe's and use it to bring home anything large we buy from Ikea, just so that we don't use their delivery service!

Ikea BESTA & INREDA storage system BERTBY glass-door wall cabinets Billy Bookcase Ikea Glass Display Case Ikea Bedroom furniture Billy Bookcase Photo prints & frame from Ikea Photo prints & frame from Ikea

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July 16, 2009
ha ... I know about all the BILLY and EFFECTIV. ikea furniture and i are on a first-name basis. if i have a super-hero power, it is the ability to walk into any room and quickly identify what has been purchased at ikea.
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review by . March 02, 2009
I am an Interior Designer - yet I can't afford the designer furniture that I would specify for a client. That is where Ikea comes in, they give you great design for a fraction of the cost of look-alike items from expensive furniture stores. Like another reviewer mentioned, you can choose the quality of the item according to your budget. You can buy the solid wood wardrobe for $600, or one that looks similar but is made of pressed particle boards for $150.     I was very excited …
Quick Tip by . October 23, 2009
I always looked forward to going to IKEA.....more than a store, it's an event with much to look at and buy!...excellent quality and prices!
Quick Tip by . October 23, 2009
I can dig it. You really do get the best bang for your buck furniture here. Love the products & set up!
Quick Tip by . September 18, 2009
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I just bought a breakfast in bed table for $6 and I now surf comfortably in bed. If that's not an unbeatable bargain, I don't know what is!
review by . December 11, 2008
I love IKEA. There's a wide range of products and quality.. so you can purchase a $100 bedframe... or go for the better quality $400 one.    There are both plusses and minuses to the way that all the stores are set up. I do love that they dedicate an entire floor to "set up rooms" .. it gives you inspiration on what you want to buy (if you're looking to redecorate) and what kind of trends/themes you're looking for. However, if you already know what you want, it tempts you to …
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IKEA is a furniture company founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943 in Sweden.  Currently, there are 315 IKEA retail stores mostly in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada and Australia.

Most IKEA stores are two stories, with the top level as a showcase of already decorated rooms typically found in houses.  Tags with details of the product can be found so that customers can find the product easily once they go downstairs to the warehouse.

In addition to picking up furniture (which come in boxes and need to be self constructed), the downstairs usually offers decorative items such as photo frames, art and lighting in various designs. 

IKEA is well known for its modern chic look while keeping the prices reasonable so that consumers from all ends of the spectrum can find something to fit their needs here.

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