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Old 02-25-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Louisiana and Pennsylvania
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Is the layout of this store intentionally designed so that it is difficult to navigate your way out of the store ?

I'm not a regular there and may go only a few times a year. But good grief..trying to find your way out, especially upstairs is maddening.

If this has been covered, please forgive me..
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Old 02-25-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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I've only been to one IKEA many years ago, but that is the way that they are designed. Sort of like Disney in a way, so that you have to see just everything. I always wondered if it were a fire hazard, though.
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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When you first go in the front door, there is a display kiosk with pencils and paper to write down numbers and locations of stuff you want to buy. There are also maps there of all areas and routes through each department. These maps also show "shortcuts" so you don't have to take the laid out route but can get quickly to the checkout area or wherever you want to go.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:18 PM
 
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I've only been to one IKEA many years ago, but that is the way that they are designed. Sort of like Disney in a way, so that you have to see just everything. I always wondered if it were a fire hazard, though.
Yes, it's quite Disney-like! It's fun to look around and deliberately visually distracting. If you are true to task, and follow the signs, you can find your way to the exit, although it took me about ten frustrating minutes. I kept seeing too many sparkly things ~

PS: I needed one of those maps.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: In a delirium
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Yes, it is designed that way. The more you see, the more time you spend there, the more money you'll spend. That's also why you don't have direct routes through department stores and the like. Remember, it's a business and what they want is your money.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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When I moved to this area about a year ago I discovered a humungous IKEA just across the Columbia River. So far I've been able to Avoid going there, and what I've read in this thread is strengthening my resolve to stay far away! LOL

Last edited by Macrina; 02-25-2009 at 07:44 PM.. Reason: Just think how much I've saved in that year!!
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:53 PM
 
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Macrina, are you talking about the IKEA off of I205 near the airport?!? It must be calling to you, lol. That's the one I went to. Once ~
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:04 PM
 
Location: USA
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I've been to IKEA quite a few times and couldn't find my way out either. I didn't know they had a map.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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Macrina, are you talking about the IKEA off of I205 near the airport?!? It must be calling to you, lol. That's the one I went to. Once ~
That would be a Yes As I said, my goal is to never darken that doorway! It's probably dangerous to even read their ads, lol.
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I love Ikea...it's fun to explore.
I've walked out without buying anything.

But to answer your question, yes it is designed so that if you follow the yellow brick road....just kidding they are arrows...you will see everything the store has to offer.
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