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zman 10-01-2012 04:39 PM

Thoughts about Ikea furniture
SWMBO and I are looking for a new sofa and are checking out Ikea and this model specifically. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99875139/
I have heard both good and bad things about Ikea and their products and warranty.

One thing that stands out is if you have an issue with something you have to take it apart an bring it into the store to have it inspected. I have read some older posts about what a PITA this process is. WE sat on the couch in the store and it is pretty comfortable. We also live in a 100+ year old half duplex so getting a standard couch into the house requires us to bring it in through the window on the side of the house. Any one have any thoughts on this model or their couches in general?

Pappers_ 10-01-2012 10:23 PM

We have two IKEA beds (including the king size in our bedroom), a glass dining table, assorted lamps and some Swedish-funky chairs (my wife is Swedish and we're Scandinavian-proud). We love it, no problems.

wolfstar 10-01-2012 10:29 PM

We used Ikea to remodel our master bathroom. We also have a king sized bed frame and several book cases from them. So far so good. The only issue we have had is with a particualr cat that can open the drawers on our Ikea bedrame...at 2 oclock in the morning :mad:

zman 10-01-2012 10:39 PM

Thanks for the info.

mr_goodwrench 10-01-2012 11:49 PM

My daughter has had two beds from IKEA in the past couple of years. Not because of quality issues, but because of space issues. The house we rented when we moved down here had vaulted ceilings and we got her a loft bed that was fantastic. When we bought our current house, the ceilings are not high enough in her bedroom so we had to sell that and buy her a different bed. We have not had any issues with either. We also have several dressers and a couple of Expedit shelving units. Almost all of it was hauled in the back of my Saab wagon!

longmi01 10-02-2012 03:29 PM

We've got IKEA couches in our home, no issues in the 5 years we've had them. We did, however, make the mistake of getting cream colored fabric - that ended up getting kinda grungy looking after a few years. The good thing about the IKEA couches is the cover is easily removed, for either washing or replacement.

Regarding getting the couch into your old house with small openings - I seriously doubt you'll have any issues getting the parts and pieces through your doorways. Each couch will be broken down into at least 4 pieces (seat/bottom, back, armrests, cushions), and they're pretty manageable.

GilaMinumBeer 10-02-2012 03:33 PM


Originally Posted by longmi01 (Post 4462717)
Each couch will be broken down into at least 4 pieces (seat/bottom, back, armrests, cushions), and they're pretty manageable.

Pretty sure that is his primary justification for going Ikea instead of 'Sofa Universe' or something

CreamyGoodness 10-02-2012 05:13 PM

3 things. 1) Everything we have received from Ikea (mostly tables and book shelves) we have been happy with. I also watch the "you feel sorry for za little lamp..." commercial on youtube at least once a year. It gives me a chortle.

2) Pappers, are you familiar with gravlax? I make my own, have some curing in the fridge in fact. I would be interested to see how a true Scandinavian regards my gravlax.

3) wolfstar... that cat shares living space with several large dogs and a few full on wolf-dogs... I gotta imagine that that is one badass kitty.

ReverseApacheMaster 10-02-2012 06:23 PM

I had a lot of ikea stuff in my first apartment. Still use the bookcase. It's fine. Held up reasonably well. Held up very well for the price. It's not the nicest stuff but it's not trash either.

BlakeL 10-02-2012 07:13 PM

My wife and I have bought a lot of stuff from Ikea because it is much cheaper than any other furniture store. We try to buy everything in solid wood if possible. What they have is usually soft pine but will hold up better than laminate.

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