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Ikea-love this place!!
Member Name: lauz1904
Advantages: Cheap and high quality products
Disadvantages: high delivery charges
I first went to Ikea when decorating my bedroom a few years back. I had never really heard of it before but it was recommended to me by family member and definitely didn't disappoint, I love it there now and go there all the time!!
The major selling point of their products is the price. I bought two bedside tables for £15 each, a massive matching three door wardrobe for £79, a wall mounted fold up computer desk for £25, a rug for £12, a large pink swivel chair for £20 and other small bits and bobs like candles and lamps which were all also brilliant value! So I pretty much furnished my whole bedroom for less than £200 (the price that the majority of other places I looked were charging for a decent wardrobe!). Now I know everybody is probably thinking it is all rubbish quality for those prices but it truly isn't. I was amazed too but the Ikea products are the same or in some cases better quality than other places I had looked. Due to their flat pack nature, I was dreading putting them together as I am terrible at DIY but in fact it was remarkably simple as the instructions were easy to follow with detailed instructions and corresponding pictures. All are still in my room today and look as good as new.
Shopping in Ikea comes with an experience too, which I also love! It is sort of a structured shopping experience in that you first walk round the showroom by following the marked out little yellow feet. Personally, I quite like this as I enjoy just browsing but I can see why some people would get annoyed with this as you have to walk through the whole designated path before getting to the warehouse where you can get what you want! Also, the showroom has ready-made rooms dotted around it using solely Ikea products which I particularly like as you can get ideas and inspiration from them.
So customers don't have to carry wardrobes and desks etc around with them, the showroom is where you can buy the smaller products but for any large ones, there is labels on each item in the showroom with an aisle and shelf number on. You simply have to jot these down on the notepad and pencil provided by the store on entrance so you can find what you want when you reach the warehouse. When we got to the warehouse and seen the mass of products, I was dreading having to find the items I wanted but the system actually works and is set out really well and simply.
The one negative I can think of with Ikea is the high delivery prices. My nearest Ikea is only around 10 miles from my house and think they quoted £89 for delivery (more than my wardrobe!) which I refused to pay. Luckily, a family member of mine had a van which I used so this is something I would definitely recommend you to bear in mind beforehand if you're looking to purchase large items.
Overall, I think it is clear to grasp that I love Ikea and couldn't recommend it highly enough. The products are so much cheaper than anywhere else without compromising on quality. Only thing I would say is take a large car/van or be prepared for high delivery charges!!
Summary: Love this shop! Way cheaper than others without compromising on quality!