Avoid IKEA Stress By Shopping For Extras And Major Purchases Separately

Everyone knows that a trip to IKEA (or any oversized furniture store) is a stress test for a relationship. To avoid breaking up over a heated discussion about rugs, IKEA spokesperson Janice Simonsen suggests dividing your trip into two parts: major purchases and accessories.

Essentially, if you’re outfitting your home with a bunch of IKEA stuff, make one trip to pick out the big stuff like couches, armchairs, beds or massive wall units. Then set aside a whole different day to come back and grab those little accessories.

This works for a lot of reasons. Most obviously, it divides up the stress, but it also gives you time to think about the rest of the design of your home (and even better, maybe find some IKEA alternatives along the way). The idea here is pretty obvious, but it’s easy to lose sight of because of the way IKEA is structured. When you’re walking through those endless aisles it’s pretty easy to just pick up everything, but hold back, and maybe you’ll make it out of there with your relationship intact.

Can You Relationship Handle a Trip to IKEA? [The Wall Street Journal]


  • After going to Ikea on Sunday and struggling to get around and then out despite knowing what I wanted I’d suggest to anyone that they should do the following at Ikea…
    – Always try and go early in the day – right around opening. This maximises the chance those fast movers will still be in the warehouse – Billy bookshelves are a big one for this
    – Always try and go during the week.

    I’m sure there are a million more – but working right next to one and regularly doing the showroom walk a few times a month – these tips are invaluable.

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