|A very happy Courtney this Sunday after 2 hours in the Brooklyn IKEA.|
1. Plan ahead: There are three things I do before shopping at IKEA- I shop online first so I can narrow down exactly what I'm looking for when I hit the store. This keeps you on budget and increases trip efficiency. Everything you need to know about that piece of furniture is listed on this page: the dimensions, available colors, as well as its availability in your local store. Compile a list of the make and model of furniture that you want. The items often have quirky, Swedish names so writing this down helps.
2. Get acquainted with the store layout: IKEA's showroom and marketplace floor are designed to lead you past every single piece of furniture they sell. This winding labyrinth layout has been hugely profitable for IKEA, as it confuses shoppers and urges them to grab items and go because they may be too hard to find later. My tip for staving off impulse buys is to stay the course as you wind through the showroom. If you're pressed for time, make a beeline to the department you need and utilize shortcuts to minimize distractions or getting caught up in showroom traffic.
|Ottawa's IKEA Showroom Layout c/o GirlAboutTown.com|
Also, they do some really great small apartment vignettes. For example, I stumbled upon a mocked up 300 sq ft apartment that was entirely furnished (from foyer, to bedroom, to bathroom, and kitchen) with IKEA products and the utilization of space was genius.
If you're pressed for time, or if it's absolutely bananas in there, skip to step #4&5.
3. Track the location of your items: While you're in the showroom, make sure you record the location of your items. Most pieces of furniture, with the exception or oversized items, are accessed in the self serve furniture area. This is indicated at the bottom of each item's tag, usually in red.
You will need to know the asile and bin numbers. The item number above is also handy if you need to inquire about the status of the item in stock. My tip is to take a pic of the tag with your cell phone for easy reference later in self serve.
|Gorgeous Flokati rug for under $100 I saw this weekend!|
6. Check out and RUN!!!!!: All the homework and navigation strategy is an attempt to cut down on the time you spend hunting in IKEA because often the checkout lines are long and slow on the weekends. This is the only thing you cannot control during your visit here. My suggestion is to make sure your small items are on the top of your cart so you can feed them to the cashier first to get things going. Also, make sure that all the labels are facing the same way to make it easy for the cashier to scan your big boxes.
|Success! An entire office outfitted for under $500. Shopped on a Sunday-stress-free to boot!|
So there you have it; my tips to make IKEA a stress-free and efficient visit. Got any nightmare stories or tips to share? Please comment below!