Although Ikea started out in Sweden, there are now many locations available throughout the world, including the United States. They focus their efforts on selling high-quality furniture that does not come premade.
You can go to an Ikea store and look at all of the furniture. Once you find a piece that you like, you’ll be able to purchase one of the same style. You’ll head home with a box full of all of the equipment and materials that you’ll need to assemble it. It shouldn’t be too difficult. The instructions are easy to understand. Ikea doesn’t sell many pre-assembled furniture pieces simply because they don’t want to have to pay to “ship air” somewhere. Many pieces of furniture take up a lot of space when put together but hardly any at all when left in just material form.
If you are having trouble putting together your furniture, contact your local Ikea store. Although the employees there do not generally put your furniture together for you (and are usually not even allowed to), they can recommend a trusted company who can come to your house for a fee and put everything together for you. While you are in the store, make sure that all of the pieces are there. If you’re having trouble putting the furniture together, there is always the chance that you are missing a peace. Again, you’ll want to travel to the store to do this. You can also call, but it sometimes seems to be more effective to talk with the Ikea employees in person.
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Ikea is the unique naming system for all of the products. Almost all of the names are in Swedish, and they generally consist of just one word. There is a specific organizational system to how they are named.
Upholstered furniture, rattan furniture, bookshelves, coffee table, doorknobs and media storage are all based on Swedish place names. Beds, wardrobes and hall furniture are named from Norwegian places. Dining tables and chairs are based on Finnish place named. Bookcases are named for occupations. Children’s items are named from adjectives, but also from mammals and birds are well.
These are just a few examples of how the products are named, and there are many other hidden secrets of why certain pieces where named something. Ask an Ikea employee to explain anything that you don’t understand, but everything is generally clearly marked.
To see all of the products that Ikea offers, visit their site at www.ikea.com. This will bring you to a page where you can choose your language and country. Remember, Ikea has spread to many areas around the world, so their main audience isn’t necessarily focused on Americans or even English speakers.
If you would like to visit an Ikea store and start picking our furniture for you house or apartment, you’ll first have to find the store that is closest to you. You can do so by going to www.info.ikea-usa.com/StoreLocator/StoreLocator.aspx. This specific locator is based on the Ikeas in the United States, but you can certainly find locators for other countries as well.
You’ll be prompted to type in your city and state or your zip code in order to start searching for Ikea’s near you. The results will show the closest five store, along with the distance from your zip code and an option to print out directions. Each result also has a link to its own store page, which can be very helpful if you are searching for store hours, a phone number or special information specifically about that Ikea store location.
Now that you know where your closest Ikea stores are, go ahead and take a trip to shop at one. If you’ve never been inside of an Ikea store, you’ll certainly be surprised. The layout is unique, and it’s almost as though you are taking a journey through the minds of the furniture designers. View all kind of Ikea products in a natural setting that can be reproduced inside of your own home.