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Old 08-08-2010, 04:32 PM
 
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I've never been in an Ikea store, but I recently received one of their catalogues in the mail. I saw a couple pieces that I liked (a dresser and a night table) that were reasonably priced and I'm considering going over there to purchase them.

Does anyone have any experience with their furniture, specifically the dressers? Do the bottoms of the drawers come out (like they do with that really cheapo furniture)? Or are they well-manufactured and durable?

Any input is greatly appreciated!!!!!
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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As in all things, you get what you pay for. There are basically two tiers of IKEA things- cheap things that are made cheaply and perfect for short term use, like in college. Then, they have things made of real wood that are actually a nice buy. If you can check them out in person, I would recommend it.

Plus, wandering around IKEA for 3 hours is fun.
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:59 PM
 
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Ikea wandering is fun as another poster mentioned. One thing to keep in mind with Ikea is that for the most part, you are literally "making" your furniture. The quality from pieces I have had; a toddler bed, dresser, coffee table, and accessories was fine. Nothing fell apart. Didn't have that awful dresser drawer problem you mentioned that can occur with the cheapy stuff.

Depending on what time you go, there is a frenetic-frenzy type pace and feel to the environment that can be a bit much. Do recommend the Ligonberry juice, and the cinnamon rolls from the food court.
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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Depending on what time you go, there is a frenetic-frenzy type pace and feel to the environment that can be a bit much. Do recommend the Ligonberry juice, and the cinnamon rolls from the food court.
I would probably go on a weekday, early morning when it won't be so crowded. I seriously hate crowds!

I'll be sure to check out that Ligonberry juice and the cinnamon rolls, too!


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they have things made of real wood that are actually a nice buy. If you can check them out in person, I would recommend it.

Plus, wandering around IKEA for 3 hours is fun.
The dresser/night stand I was looking at are listed as "solid pine" in the catalogue. I'll check them out thoroughly before buying, though.

I won't mind wandering around. I've never been there, but their catalogue makes it look like a fun place! LOL!!

Thanks!!!!!!
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:52 PM
 
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It is lots of fun to shop there. The aisles are arranged like the lines at Disney sort of so that you have to follow a pathway. Great Swedish meatballs.
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:18 AM
 
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ikea is the best place to blow a few hours lol. i could spend forever in there. i love that a lot of their stuff has a retro feel to it, with the color and the shapes...its kinda my thing lol. i would say that not all their furniture is fabulous. i bought a cd rack that kinda sucked after awhile...but when i replaced it, my mom put it in her garden and let her climbing plants have at it lol...totally irrelevant...sorry. but my sister bought a bed for my nephew and hes had it for at least 3 years and its still in great shape. ive got no experience with their dressers though. a lot of their unfinished furniture seems to be constructed pretty well though. man...it takes me about an hour and a half to get to ikea...and i think i need to go soon now lol
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:36 AM
 
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The prices are very reasonable, but generally it's all made in china, much of the furniture is particle board and other cheap-o materials. The items seem more geared to the college dorm / 20something first home crowd, though not entirely. I've got numerous things from ikea from a sofa, coffee table, bed, among other items. You definitely "get what you pay for" but i am happy with everything i've bought from there.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:19 PM
 
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Oh man!! I just finished looking through the catalogue and they have a TON of really fun stuff!!! I don't know if 3 hours is going to be enough!!! LOL!!!!!!
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:26 PM
 
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The food is interesting.

The furniture is decent for a dorm room and the like.

If you move a lot, plan to disassemble and reassemble the furniture as it does not do well in a moving van.

For me, I would rather buy quality furniture that will last forever than knock-down furniture that lasts 3-6 years.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:07 PM
 
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For me, I would rather buy quality furniture that will last forever than knock-down furniture that lasts 3-6 years.
Me too, but I can't afford solid wood furniture!

I like Ikea. Their designs are brilliant and stylish, but the stuff is not well-made. Looks cool, though. My favorite part was going into their display galleries where they things like a 350 sq ft apartment set up. It's fascinating how livable and efficient a very small space can be.

If you are careful with your furniture, it will last. I have three Ikea pieces (Birch laminate) and they have held up pretty well - but no kids! Like I said, I just love their simple and uncluttered-looking designs.

Take your time when you go to their store. You can get some great design ideas....be careful of some of their rugs though, they are soaked in polyurethane. I once bought a small area rug and had to air it outside for a few days before the smell went away. FWI.

Most of all, have fun.
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