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Ikea

IKEA

  • IKEA sucks. They'd be nothing without the references in 'Fight Club'

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • IKEA rocks. My home was cheaply decorated by Trixie and Chad.

    Votes: 15 53.6%
  • It gives me the creeps seeing all those same sex couples shopping - oughtta rename it "Dykea"

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other, which I'll elaborate on below.

    Votes: 6 21.4%
  • Never been to one, know nothing about them.

    Votes: 7 25.0%

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Chet

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Anyone ever go to IKEA? We've got one less than an hour away, and I get there 1-2 times per year. I'm going there next weekend to buy furniture.

Here's the web site
 

Jeff

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Their stuff is good, but it is so unique that it is easily recognizable. Therefore, friends know you're cheap.
 

Dan

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IKEA pisses me off, only because of their anti-American stance.

Huh? Let me explain. In practically every other industrialized country on the planet, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting an IKEA store. Here in the US, though, IKEA stores are few and far between; only in a few major cities. (Los Angeles is hogging four of 'em!) Consider that there isn't even an IKEA store in such large cities as Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Denver, and Seattle. Little Hamilton, Ontario, though, has one. JNL will probably check in and say that there's ten of 'em in New Zealand.

Damn Swedish socialists. Considering the rate at which they're expanding in the US, they'll get one in Kansas City long after I'm in a nursing home, and won't need to buy IKEA furniture.

I do like their furniture, even though it's cheap. At least it's stylish, and not cheesy like the Sauder junk you'll find at Wal-Mart.
 
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I've heard lots and lots of good things, but haven't been, i think the nearest one is in an outlet mall 2 hours, just north of NYC.
 

NHPlanner

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Never been to one. Never seen their furniture. Know nothing about them....hence I added the last poll option. :)
 

Habanero

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Bo Concept and Eurway have the same style furniture- and that's closer to me (and Eurway ships) so that's what we've got in our house.
 

PlannerGirl

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i LOVE IKEA!

my computer desk, duvet (sp?) and duvet cover are from IKEA and im going back for more

me thinks a few book shelves are in order
 

Chet

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NHPlanner said:
Never been to one. Never seen their furniture. Know nothing about them....hence I added the last poll option. :)
Thanks. And hence I added the link to their web site for the scandanavian design challenged
 

nerudite

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Dan said:
IKEA pisses me off, only because of their anti-American stance.

Consider that there isn't even an IKEA store in such large cities as ... Seattle.
It's not in the City proper, but the IKEA in WA State is in Seatac, which serves the region well. It's a great store too...

There is a new one opening in Edmonton that is 300,000 s.f. and will be two stories. I think this will be the third home of ikea... it started in the West Edmonton Mall, moved to the southside, and has now outgrown it's store and will be moving soon to its new digs.

I like Ikea. But there are even better places here in Edmonton for low-cost furniture. I like Futon Furniture Centre... which does custom orders/stains/wood types in all it's furniture.
 

biscuit

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IKEA rocks in that faux hipster sort-of way, but I shop there anyway. I've gone shopping with my girlfriend at the one in Pittsburgh three or four times since I've moved here and found them to be a great place to buy home accessories like kitchen and bath stuffs but their funiture is really cheaply made - particle board and wood veneer. However it is possible to buy a coffee table for $19.

I heard a rumor from a good source that IKEA was planning on building 10+ stores over the next couple of years. I don't know about St. Louis Kansas City or some of the others Dan mentioned but do know that Atlanta and Greenville, SC were mentioned.
 

Cardinal

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I can't say that I've ever been to an Ikea, or am likely to go. I don't like that very modern, Scandanavian look. I mostly buy antique (Arts & Crafts) furniture or design and make my own.
 

BKM

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I think if you shop carefully, it is easy to find good housewares. And, since I prefer "modern" design to faux-traditionalist stuff, I like their designs. Guess I'm a faux hipster :( But better that than a faux traditionalist. :)

It is cheaply made, but then anything outside the "$3,000-for-a-dining-room-set" class is pretty cheaply made these days. Their cheapness has a little design panache, at least.
 

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BKM said:
And, since I prefer "modern" design to faux-traditionalist stuff, I like their designs. Guess I'm a faux hipster :( But better that than a faux traditionalist. :)
I'm with you on that. I can't stand the craft-fair meets country kitchen look either. (with a few more styles mentioned this topic sounds almost poll-worthy)
 

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Dan said:
JNL will probably check in and say that there's ten of 'em in New Zealand.
Nope, don't have 'em here. Not even one. I've heard of them though, in Australian magazines.
 

BKM

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"Craft Fair-meets Country Kitchen" That sums it up! :)

My ideal house is a Pierre Koenig Case Study house overlooking downtown!
 

Habanero

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I like some of the bigger wood peices, but I swear if I ever have bears, plaid, or anything that looks like I bought it at a fair- I will burn the house down. It ends up being cluttered, IMO.
 

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I love Ikea. You can spend hours in there. Plus you can stop and have some Sweedish food while you are shopping. Even if you don't like that modern design, you can still find all kinds of stuff there....pictures, frames, housewares.

My only complaint is that when you go there on a weekend, the place is Trixie 'n' Chadded to the roof. The parking lot is a sea of Jettas and Civics.

As for that country look - I can't stand it. I have seen some of the nicest houses trashed up with those dried out spray painted twigs, horrible wooden knick-knacks, and other country crafts.
 
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BKM

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Clutter

As for clutter, pottery and glass take up space, and I do architectural photography as a hobby, so I probably have too much stuff. Have to have simple modern furniture to make up for it.
 

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What's wierd about the Emeryville, California IKEA is that it is NOT particularly Trixied and Chadded. Its more Wonged, Sundipped, and Juaned. Lots of families, too. But, it is absolutely insane, which is why I don't shop there very often.

Maybe because the Bay Area has a lot of other affordable modernist/Scandinavian shops (Scandinavian Design is really big out here, probably a dozen outlets in the Bay Area, and there are a lot of modernist Futon shops)
 

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Did you ever go to downtown Walnut Creek, or even better yet, The Marina District, when you lived in Northern California?

The residents of The Marina are archetypical Chads and Trixies. I was on Union Street in SF, and the buzz of cell phones, sorority girl giggles, and manly sports talk could be barely overhead above the roar of the Navigators and BMW Z4s.
 

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I've been to the one in the north suburbs of Chicago, the size of it was amazing and the prices inside were even more unreal! We picked up some light fixtures, and nosed around the bath and kitchen layouts. I really liked the designs of their stuff over the fugly home depot, menards selections.

Definitely worth a yearly pilgrimage
 

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BKM said:
Did you ever go to downtown Walnut Creek, or even better yet, The Marina District, when you lived in Northern California?

The residents of The Marina are archetypical Chads and Trixies. I was on Union Street in SF, and the buzz of cell phones, sorority girl giggles, and manly sports talk could be barely overhead above the roar of the Navigators and BMW Z4s.
I get it now...

Yeah, I know Walnut Creek. I was convinced when I moved to Davis that Walnut Creek was the center of the universe. Any time I asked someone where they were from, it was "near Walnut Creek". And all my college dorm mates from the area were pretty much the "Chad"-and-"Trixie"-to-bes.
 

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sies note: my Mom grew up in Walnut Creek, but dammit her parents sold the house years before it was a popular place.

:)

I just looked and I may see if they can ship votive holders.. BTurk, you're making me spend my tax refund!! :)
 

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Well ive adjusted to DC well, I fear im falling into the Trixie group here (though with a better night life ;-)

Damn I LOVE Ikea

hopefuly Scott will have a house in Clarendon soon and i can see us filling it with IKEA stuff
 

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Wow, how strange that this thread was posted because I was just at Ikea yesterday. And yes, we bought a few things to decorate the house. There is a store about 40 minutes from my house. My husband and I had the intention of getting bookshelves, but we bought lamps instead. The store is very difficult to get through without purchasing anything. I think you have to go in there with a game plan because it is so easy to get sidetracked with other things. Very tiring. Feet still hurt from our adventure.
 

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BKM said:
What's wierd about the Emeryville, California IKEA is that it is NOT particularly Trixied and Chadded. Its more Wonged, Sundipped, and Juaned.
That almost made me pee my pants, because I was thinking the CHacago Ikea is more like Chad and Chad, and Chad and Chad, and Trixie and Trixie.
 

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Trail Nazi said:
The store is very difficult to get through without purchasing anything. I think you have to go in there with a game plan because it is so easy to get sidetracked with other things. Very tiring. Feet still hurt from our adventure.
Its the ultimate in merchanidising. A case study in the making. Everytime I go, its 4 hours from entrance to exit.
 

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No Ikea here... (Hard to believe huh?) but the name sounds familiar..... probably I read it in some US magazine and got stuck :p
 

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and did ya check out the cart elevator, loaded down on its own ride from floor to floor, BUT no babies please!

a circus like atmosphere in a way!

well that was at the Mall across the way and everything is oversized in chicago -

the ride thru the interstates and the pass and go traffic lanes

an adventure!
 

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Although they are a big box and not local I still really like IKEA. As a matter of fact I had just been thinking about a trip over to Houston to pick up some furnature.
 

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No IKEA in my house at this time, but I do like some of the light fixtures I have seen. Keep thinking the "line" style would be perfect for the island in my kitchen.

Closest one is in Montreal, and every time I'm in Montreal I am not there to shop for furniture.

As for house clutter, except for my bed and kitchen / dining room table / desk and one chair everything I own could fit in my car and be moved in one trip.

I like simple and easy, if I had a bigger place and one was near by I might buy my furniture there, depending on where it was originally made.
 
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I love Ikea. When I was little (ie playroom age) there was one in Dartmouth, I think it was the first in North America. It closed a few years ago...not sure why. There are only about 6 universities in the area - you would think they would have a never ending market. Anyway, I heard they won't open another one here until the metro population reaches about 750,000 and we're not even halfway there yet.

I went to one in TO when I was there, it was great, except the circus atmosphere. My friend and I both said that Saturday late afternoon/evening they should have child-free shopping! I bought a couple shower curtains and cork hot mats. I would have bought other things but I did have to get on an airplane. My friend bought an awesome coffee table, it was so easy to put together!
 

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Parts of my apartment could double as an Ikea showroom. My wife and I really like Ikea, especially the housewares.

However, over the past year we have moved away from Ikea furnishings...I find that there stuff, while half-decent looking, is invariably pretty cheap - and after moving a few times over the past couple of years, it doesn't hold up very well. We've been searching for "Ikea Plus" type stuff...got a really nice
coffeetable (the duetto, at bottom right), and a nice funky couch/chair combo to go with it - no link, sorry. Of course, the one downside is that we paid probably double what a similar table would have cost at Ikea.

Dan - the "Hamilton", Ontario store is actually in Burlington, and serves the western Greater Toronto area. There are three Ikeas in the Toronto area now, with at least one more on the way...
 

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Tranplanner said:
Parts of my apartment could double as an Ikea showroom. My wife and I really like Ikea, especially the housewares.

However, over the past year we have moved away from Ikea furnishings...I find that there stuff, while half-decent looking, is invariably pretty cheap - and after moving a few times over the past couple of years, it doesn't hold up very well. We've been searching for "Ikea Plus" type stuff...got a really nice
coffeetable (the duetto, at bottom right), and a nice funky couch/chair combo to go with it - no link, sorry. Of course, the one downside is that we paid probably double what a similar table would have cost at Ikea.

Dan - the "Hamilton", Ontario store is actually in Burlington, and serves the western Greater Toronto area. There are three Ikeas in the Toronto area now, with at least one more on the way...
Nice table. I would also like to start getting away from the IKEA furniture b/c I've also found that after moving four times in the past three years that the peices from IKEA have started to fall apart - legs loosening from tables, wood veneer starting to bubble, etc... I don't know if they're a chain or not but I remember a store in Mt. Pleasant, SC (a Charleston suburb) called Danko that had some very nice mid to mid-high end danish funiture. A good buddy of mine and his wife decorated heir new house wih Danko furniture and it look really nice.
 

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bturk said:


Thanks. And hence I added the link to their web site for the scandanavian design challenged
I looked. Not my style. I'm more of a traditional, colonial, old New England style furniture kind of guy.
 
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