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Ikea Irma Throw
Member Name: brittle1906
Ikea Irma Throw
Date: 17/02/13, updated on 25/06/13 (83 review reads)
Advantages: A value for money, hard wearing throw
Disadvantages: Limited colours
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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Summary: A good quality, inexpensive throw from Ikea