Why I Hate Ikea

If you’re lucky enough to have never set foot in one of the Swedish retailing giant’s megastores then count yourself lucky. Yes they’re cheap, and sell everything you could need to set up a home, from a fitted kitchen to those little scented tea light candles.

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“I don’t have ethical issues with Ikea”, says guest contributor Morag Peers who is a busy mother of three who does not have the time to follow a crowd through Ikea, “they do what they do very well and I can understand why people shop there. Some may think my reasons for hating Ikea petty, but the mere thought of shopping there brings me out in a cold sweat.”

Arrows

Maybe I’m just a non-conformist, but when I go furniture shopping I like looking at the items I have actually got some intention of buying. If I’m shopping for a new office desk, I do not want to wander round fitted kitchens, bedrooms and a never ending selection of storage solutions before finally ending up at the desks. It also seems that the arrows on the floor are designed to make people walk as slowly as possible, so your blood pressure gradually rises as you inch forward at the speed of a few paces an hour.

Same-ness

I understand why people shop at Ikea but do you really want your home to be a carbon copy of everyone else’s? I can see a time in the not too distant future where every home on the planet will own a Billy bookcase and an Expedit shelving unit with those little baskets for keeping your junk in. If you want to be a little bit different then why set foot in Ikea in the first place? There are so many quirky and individual retailers out there as well as a thriving vintage or second hand market, so there is no need to buy mass-produced items.

Warehouse

There is nothing worse than the Ikea warehouse on a Saturday afternoon. It’s like the January sales taken to extremes, with people pushing, shoving and grabbing the last chest of drawers flat pack from each other. That is, of course, assuming you can find the bay where your item is meant to be located in the first place, and that the item is in stock. Good luck with finding a staff member to help you with your purchases; I think they hide behind fixtures as soon as they see me approach as I never seem to be able to find anyone.

Bits and Pieces

Now there’s no denying that although shopping in Ikea is a soul destroying experience, they do have some nice, reasonably priced bits and pieces of Nordic homeware which are worth purchasing. I like their little metal lamps for candles, and their kitchen utensils are good too. Now that I’ve worked out that in my local store there is a shortcut which means I can avoid the arrow hell of the showroom completely, I can pop in and stock up on my Nordic homeware without too many blood pressure issues. I’m still not sure if the allure of a cheap frying pan or some Swedish Christmas decorations is worth the hassle though.

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Morag Peers is a busy mother of three who does not have the time to follow a crowd through Ikea

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