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Ikea is awesome. No complaints. 6 9.84%
Ikea is decently good. There is more good than bad about it. 20 32.79%
Mixed opinions for Ikea. An equal amount of good and bad amount it. 21 34.43%
Ikea kind of sucks. Most of it is bad with very little redeeming features. 12 19.67%
Ikea is horrible. Everything is bad about it. 2 3.28%
Voters: 61. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-14-2012, 11:23 PM
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Ikea is an international home products company that designs and sells ready to assemble furniture such as beds, desks, appliances, and home accessories etc.

I used to have more positive opinions for Ikea but in the past few months my opinions became noticeably more negative for that store company and I developed mixed opinions for Ikea.

I enjoy that Ikea has so many types of products being sold in that single place. A decently good amount of it seems easily accessible, cheap/affordable.

However, a significantly high percentage of what Ikea sells might be mediocre/bland.

I assume places such as coffee shops/espresso bars, restaurants, nightlife places etc. never go to Ikea for help for their ambiance, design, tables, and seats. They most likely go elsewhere for getting all of their stuff and to bring a high quality design in those places.

Also, people’s homes might start looking a bit too similar to each other and a bit bland if too many of those homes rely on Ikea too much for products.

For now on, I prefer to support more local independent home products stores and only get a few things to zero things from Ikea.

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:55 AM
Location: Jersey
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If I can buy something locally for a reasonable price, I will certainly do that. But I live in an apartment and I have a small child. I need economical furniture that is replaceable if necessary. And Ikea fills that need.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:32 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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Good value for the price. I buy a lot of household goods etc. at Ikea because I like Scandinavian style.

And I can never get out of there without a jar or two of lingonberry sauce.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:43 PM
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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Businesses use Ikea furniture and lighting all the time. I recognize it here and there. My wife used a LOT of it to furnish her store.

The lingonberry sauce seemed a bit off last time I got a jar...
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:33 AM
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I love IKEA....but agree that it isn't for everyone.
In the past few years, they really have come out with some newer styles that are less hard and edgy looking. I can spend a whole day in their store just looking at all the products which you never see in the catalog.

Online 2012 Catalog link:
IKEA | Catalog

If someone is on a budget with a big trunk and a few weird tools from Sweeden....they can do amazing things.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:49 AM
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:42 PM
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I have a fair number of IKEA items in my place, and I've been really happy with them.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:06 PM
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from what i remember about the ikea pieces i had, i liked them. i had a coffee table (hemlinge) and a queen bed (lilehamer). coffee tables are nothing to worry about -- but the bed, being a major piece, was "taking a risk" for sure. fortunately it all turned out to my satisfaction - but only after i modified it. see, the lilehamer doesn't use a boxspring -- wood slats and a steel chassis with a steel center spine support the mattress. the bed would go clicketty-clack clicketty-clack until i wisely hot-glued the slats to the chassis and spine. then it was perfect. it lasted a long time and was still good when i donated it.

so i'm glad to say this home decor enthusiast has no ikea horror story to tell. for that reason, i voted for more good than bad but some of their stuff looks too ....uh, "risky."
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:31 AM
Location: Folsom
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IKEA is fun to "window" shop for ideas, but I would never buy any of their bigger (than kitchenware) merchandise, because it's cheaply made. There was a time in my life in which this would have been fine, like when I was in college, but now I want quality items that are long lasting (with limited wear & tear).

I'm currently shopping for bookcases, and have always loved the idea of the Billy bookcases, but in person, they look cheap, and the edges are chipped. I'm sure the bookcases in the store have a high concentration of traffic and touching than in the typical home....still....I have bought mid-market priced furniture were the edges chipped within a year, so I can only imagine how quickly the Billy bookcases would be chipped. If only the Billy bookcases were made of real wood vs partical board covered by veneer...oh well, one can dream.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:11 AM
Location: Northern Illinois
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Personally, their stuff is too modern looking and cold for my own personal taste. I also think the quality of their furniture is substandard and a total waste of money. I have plenty of kitchen gadgets and am not in the market to buy more foreign "crap".
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