“ Brand: Ikea / Misc House Type: Throw „
Review of Ikea Irma Throw
I must admit that I have never set foot in a branch of Ikea; our nearest branch is a good hour's drive away at Thurrock Lakeside in Essex. My married daughter is a huge Ikea fan and often picks me up odds and ends such as these throws on her regular sorties to the store.
The throws have been obtained on one of her shopping trips.
I use throws a great deal in my home and my camper van. I find these are a practical and simple way to protect my soft furnishings from the ravages of dogs and children, as well as being pretty, warm and easy care.
Ikea present the Irma throw rolled in a sausage shape and encased in a grey coloured plastic wrapper. The current price is a miniscule £1.69 each.
My Irma throws are a pastel shade, a pretty pale blue colour. I am not sure whether Ikea offer different colours, I chose these from their catalogue and added them to my Ikea list for my daughter to buy for me. She has had a look for other colours, but tells me that the pastel blue was all that she could find.
I actually own 3 of these throws. I originally bought just the one, but was so pleased with it that I bought two more.
The throw is made from a 100% polyester fabric; it is a very lightweight material, soft and warm to the touch. The shape is rectangular and the size is approximately 170 x 130cms. This obviously is not large enough for a bed covering, but would be perfect for a baby's crib or cot. We tend to use our throws a lot when travelling in our camper van, they make a real difference on a chilly evening and I have been known to sit with my super soft, warm throw across my legs when relaxing or reading.
I have one Irma throw permanently 'thrown' on a Lloyd Loom bedroom chair in one of my spare bedrooms at home. This is a north facing room and it can get a little chilly, so I feel it is nice for a guest to have access to a fleecy throw, should they require it.
Care wise, these throws are a breeze; they are fully machine washable at 40 degrees and dry incredibly quickly. In fact, they feel almost dry when I take them from the machine! I generally wait for a nice dry day and line dry my throws and although the fleece fabric is dense, they are usually completely dry in an hour or two, naturally dependant on the weather!
I have just had a look at the Ikea care label on one of the throws and I see they advise a warm machine wash and suggest no tumble drying, ironing, bleach or dry cleaning should be used for these throws.
My original Irma throw has been with me for some time now and it has been washed many, many times. The throw is still in good order, the fabric has not faded or pilled, the edges have not rolled or frayed and the throw has not shrunk or warped out of shape. The only wear I can see is that on one corner the binding stitching looks a little worn, hardly a major defect for a throw that cost under £2 and has been through the washing machine countless times!
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
There are many inexpensive throws on the market these days and I have purchased some for far more money than these, which have basically fallen to pieces after two or three washes. Others my dog's claws or the buckles of the grandchildren's shoes have caught the threads of the fabric and caused pulls and snags.
The Ikea Irma throws are tremendous value for money and they are of a good quality too. The fleecy fabric is fairly dense and hard wearing, it has not snagged or gone fluffy the way some cheap fleece materials do.
If anyone is expecting or has a baby, I would recommend they consider buying a couple of these throws to utilise as baby blankets, as they are lightweight, warm and easy care, and a fraction of the cost of bedding specifically sold as 'baby blankets'. Even if used as pet bedding, these would still be economical, a similar fleecy blanket sold in pets shops is many many times more expensive than this!
I truly cannot think of anything else I could buy for £1.69 that would wear and last so well! I am very pleased with these throws and would recommend them to others with no hesitation.
I am awarding the Ikea Irma throw a 5* rating.
Thank you for reading,
©brittle1906 February 2013.
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When me and my boyfriend moved into our first home together earlier in the year, one of the first places that we decided to look in for furniture etc was Ikea.
These throws were one of our many Ikea purchases and I've been really pleased with the two that we bought - considering how cheap they were they're incredibly good quality and durable. We bought two of these - one for each of our sofa's. We bought them mainly to protect the leather from our dogs' claws and to keep the sofa's clean, but also because I find that the leather can be quite cold when I first sit down so the throw solves this problem. The throws are a complete bargain at £1.69 each and they do look and feel a little more expensive.
They're not really expensive or luxurious looking or anything but they don't look or feel cheap and I have been pleasantly suprised at how well they wash. I was expecting to have to buy some more after a few months as I kind of assumed that due to the price they'd become tatty and washed out after a while, however they still look almost as good as the day that we bought them. As far as I am aware, these throws are only available in one colour; light blue. We have quite neutral decor in our living room so it doesn't really matter what colour they are, but I do think that some people may find the lack of colour choice a bit of a disadvantage. These are made of polyester and washing them is easy.
I wash mine at 30 degrees and despite the light colour, minor marks such as muddy paw prints from the dogs or mess made by my daughter come out easily. I'm not sure how well these would cope well with stains from spilt drinks (eg the dreaded red wine stain!) etc as we've never had any spillages. The thing that I like most about these is the texture - they're really fleecey and soft which I find really comforting and it makes laying/sitting on the sofa extra cosey. Despite being really cosey the throws aren't heavy or bulky and they're quite thin, meaning that they're easier to re-adjust as I find that I often have to put them back onto the sofa because of the dogs pulling them off!
Although the material is quite thin, it doesn't make the throws feel cheap or anything and they're still nice and cosey. These are a decent size and they easily cover most of the front of my three-piece suite - they're not quite large enough to cover much of the four-piece but this isn't a massive issue. I think the size (51 x 67 inches) is really generous considering the price and I find that they're more than big enough to wrap around myself on chilly nights - and they're really warm and cosey as well. The throws do get grubby quite easily and they attract dog hair, so I usually find myself hanging them outside for an hour or so to get any hair etc off of them as they can start to look quite messy easily, which is mainly because dirt etc shows up really prominently against the light colour.
Overall, these throws are an absolute bargain and I give them four out of five stars. I've knocked one star off because of the lack of colour options and because the material attracts dog hair. Despite these very minor disadvantages. I highly recommend them.
Since my time in uni (well, that's few years now) I have gone through quite a few of these, as they are absolutely great in every possible sense.
IRMA throw is a plain light-blue fleece throw, made of 100% polyester. It's not bulky, it's very light throw, however it can be very, very warm. It can be obtained from any IKEA store, for absolute bargain of £1.69. It comes rolled up and secured with plain grey plastic wrap, which is very environmental packaging, but makes it obvious you should wash the throw before first use. It can be washed at 40 degrees, no other care required - you literally take it out of washing machine almost dry and ready to use. It's
With generous measurements of 130x170 cms (you can get budget throws in Primark, etc. but they are never this big), it is ideal for many purposes, and absolutely great to wrap yourself up on couch in front of telly. I currently have three of them at home for regular use as a throw/blanket. When we had guests staying at our place and not enough duvets, I covered two of these on the top of each other with a duvet cover and it made totally sufficient summer duvet.
As we're soon expecting baby boy, I bought one for him, too - it's perfect colour, I cut it in half to make two of sufficient size, and I easily avoided "baby" price tag (pretty much same "baby blanket" from baby store costs around £10 mark, just because it's called Baby blanket). Another tip I got from a friend, for mums using reusable nappies - you can cut these in stripes to use as fleece separators, and they work wonders.
As mentioned, I have gone through quite a few IRMA throws, so can review on long-term use, too. The edges don't frill or curl, the colour stays the same, too. The only down-side is that after several washes it creates fuzz, and throw is no longer that soft (it can still be used, it's not uncomfortable) - we're talking many washes here though, by which time the throw will have served it's purpose a lot for its value.
IKEA also sells IRMA cushions to match the throw - small square cushions in the same colour, too.
I like cozy evenings curled on my couch, and we have tens of throws of different colours, materials and sizes at home. IRMA throw, even though cheapest by far, is my favorite of all and I wouldn't change it for a world. Well deserved 5 stars from me.
For the past few weeks I have been moving our bedrooms around and sprucing them up before our baby arrives. The room that will now be his little bedroom used to have a cream colour scheme, we have kept a bit of this but added 2 blue walls and some teddy bear wall stickers. We have kept the single bed in this room as well as the cot and I wanted to make the bedding blend in with something like a throw, it couldn't be too girly after all its going to be a little boys room so I was looking for something plain. It was actually my mum that turned up with a bag from Ikea containing 2 of their Irma throws in an ideal pale blue colour, they were just what I needed.
The Irma throw is a very plain basic fleece throw at a very basic price of just £1.59, I have no idea if its available in any other colours or not but the ones I have are a lovely pale blue, almost baby blue. The throw measures 170cm's x 130cm's which I think is a very good size considering the price. It is made from 100% polyester and is very soft and cosy to touch. It can be washed at 40oC but cant be tumble dried. I have washed mine despite them being brand new I couldn't bear the thought of them going on the bed without being washed. They came out of the machine as nice as they went in and dried really quickly. The fleece has no tassels the edges are just plain which suits my purposes perfectly.
I'm really pleased with these cheap throws from Ikea, I have them across the bed and they work perfectly to blend the bedding into the new colour scheme. Fleeces are so useful to have around the house, they are cosy to have around you on a chilly evening or even outside when a summers evening turns chilly. The Irma fleece is perfect for either of these things and at such a low price I wouldn't be too worried about them being taken outside, you could even keep one of these in the car too.
If you are looking for a nice plain fleece throw at a ridiculously low price then I definitely can recommend these, there's nothing fancy about them, no pattern or tassels but they are soft and cosy and you cant beat a nice fleece throw to snuggle under on a cold day.
I have half a dozen of these Irma Ikea throws. I use them outdoors as fleecy blankets in the summer time. We can continue to sit outside in the evenings, even if it cools down, by just wrappping yourself in one of these. I have half a dozen so that we have enough for guests as well.
I chose these because they were cheap! I wanted cheap throws to use outdoors as I didn't want to spend an awfull lot as they are likely to get ruined. When I saw these in Ikea at just over a pound each I grabbed them. They currently retail for £1.59 each, I'm sure that last summer I only paid around £1.30 each, but even so £1.59 each is hardly expensive.
The Irma throw is just available in one colour, a baby blue, it wasn't really my colour of choice but for the price I went for them anyway. There is also a small square baby blue Irma cushion available at just 89 pence.
The throw measures 170cm by 130cm, so it's a fairly decent size, certainly plenty big enough to wrap around yourself. It's actually really soft and fleecy and warm, and superb quality for the price, people are always absolutely amazed by the fact that they were just over a pound each from Ikea. They look and feel far more expensive than this.
They are machine washable, but you can't put them in the tumble dryer. I can vouch that you can't put them in the tumble dryer as I decided to chance it with a couple of them and they shrank to half the original size! They do wash really well though, they don't look quite as good as new after the first wash, but not far from it, mine have been washed lots of times and they are still perfectly fine. I'll definately get another summer out of them.
The design is simple, they are just a rectangular plain baby blue fleecy throw, the corners are rounded off not square. That's it, no tassels, no patterns, nothing. I don't mind this though I think that they look classier for this. Plus what did you expect for £1.59!
Overall I've been really impressed with these, especially for the low price. I would buy them again, in fact I did replace the two I shrunk in the dryer. I will get another summer out of mine, but I see no reason not to replace them with the same again the following summer, providing Ikea still sell them of course.
One thing that I buy and therefore own alot of is throws. I like them to pop over me in bed when I get a bit chilly, have a few in my living room for the same reason, even have one of a chair to help keep it clean! Most of mine come from Asda and Primark but when I saw this one in Ikea the other day costing only £1.01 (yes you did read that right) and I simply had to buy it as it seemed a good deal to me as it looked nice and felt soft to the touch.
The Throw itself:
I am only aware that this comes in one colour which is the one I actually have wrapped partially around me right now as I type this review and it is a light baby blue colour. It is made from 100% polyester and has a soft, warm fleecy touch to both sides of it and measures: Length: 170 cm, Width: 130 cm and is fully machine washable at 40c though not suitable for tumble drying.
Being quite large in size though rather thin is nice as just a slight winter warming idea and although I wash and use mine often I have had no issues with anything about this blanket, With rounded off edges and well stitched edges this not only looks nice and feels soft against my skin, its easy to look after and looks great and it folds up nice and small too for easy storage as well.
Like I have touched on already this isn't a really thick blanket but is ideal for popping around yourself or sitting on (or whatever!) in slightly cooler times and at the price it costs I felt like I was stealing from the store, its that good a buy!
May not be the thickest, warmest of blankets but serves its purpose well and keeps nice into the bargain!
Only available in Ikea stores.