What’s Not to Love About Home Improvement Giant IKEA?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to shop in a single store for everything you need in your home? Wouldn’t it be great to have access to stylish, affordable, and eco-friendly furniture, appliances, and home decor without jumping from one store to another? Well, I think I have found the best place to shop for everything I need – IKEA.

IKEA is a company established in Sweden. It offers ready to assemble products such as beds, kitchen and bath tools and accessories, appliances, desks, dining tables, whole kitchens, and other home accessories at affordable prices. The company has become an international success with over 332 branches in 38 countries. Its success story is only a sign of how much people loved IKEA. So what exactly is great about shopping in IKEA for your home’s needs?

Wide range of products

One thing is the large product choices. With over 12,000 different products offered by the company, it’s easy for you to decorate your home according to the style you are looking for. Their website could be considered as its largest representation of a product catalogue. If you prefer to shop online, then their website is the best place to browse for their products and purchase them.

However, visiting the store itself is not a bad idea at all. You get to really scrutinise and feel every product they have to offer. That way, you are sure of what you are going to buy. Whether you need a vase, a lamp, spoon and forks, a table, or even a door mat, IKEA has something to offer.

Environment conscious company

IKEA was once under fire with environmentalists and because of this, they have made changes to the way they manufactured their products. One is the replacement of PVC in their wallpapers, shower curtains, and other products, the elimination of acid-curing lacquers, and their shift to use wood from responsibly managed forests to help maintain biological diversity.

It has restaurants inside the stores

If you are starting to get hungry or thirsty after shopping, you can try traditional Swedish dishes such as potato with Swedish meatballs, lingonberry jam, and cream sauce offered inside the store. They also offer drinks. However, there are some branches which offer the local specialties instead of Swedish food. IKEA also has Swedish Food Market that feature Swedish food to shoppers.

One thing I do have difficulty with IKEA products are its instruction guides. Often times, the illustrations aren’t enough to help me assemble my swivel chair or other furniture. Although the pictures look simple enough, there aren’t any step by step instructions in words. Sometimes, the drawings are simply not enough. Because of this, I find myself spending minutes on trying to assemble things I bought from IKEA. But despite that, I’m able to get things done with the help of my sister. It’s always better to have another person look at the manual for a different view.

Just so you know, this is not a paid blog post neither an advertorial. I’m simply expressing my humble opinion about the store. I love IKEA for its good and sometimes, bad sides.