1. Dana (Wanted Adventure)
    October 22, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

    “despite the bus route being labeled as the Ikea route, we were not allowed to bring our large purchases on her bus, telling us we should have a car.” LOL WHAT?! Well that certainly makes no sense!

  2. The Honourable Husband
    September 7, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    I always thought that IKEA’s raison d’etre was value for money. Since moving to Europe—where apartments are under-equipped and under-closeted, where you eat out a lot—all those dinky storage solutions, demountable kitchens and throwaway homewares make a lot more sense.

    When we go to IKEA, my Japanese husband will say the following at least three times: “We have to buy that. It’s so cheap!”

    The Reindeer meatballs in the cafeteria proved disappointing, though.

    • Andrew
      September 9, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

      Ew, would not try Reindeer meatballs. That is hilarious about your husbands comments. I find so much of the stuff in Ikea just so tacky and kitschy. I had a picture of this big flowery light thing that I couldn’t find to post. It is my eternal joke when Ali and I walk by.

  3. Ali
    September 4, 2012 @ 12:01 am

    I never really wanted a bunch of Ikea furniture either, but it seems to have worked out ok. The couch is comfy, the kitchen counter thing is great, and we have a functioning bathroom now. I’m glad we didn’t spend lots more money on stuff that would barely be higher quality.

  4. Steven
    September 3, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    I had varying adventures with Ikea and getting it home sans car.

    For the bed, I rented a van and a coworker with a German driver’s license drove us from point A to point B.

    For my desk chair, I got the taxi you mentioned. It wasn’t a special Ikea service taxi, it was just a regular taxi that the delivery desk called for me.

    For the thing that holds all the clothing, I paid for them to deliver *and* assemble it, and that was some of the best money I’ve ever spent- it took the professional assembly dudes more than two hours to put that monstrosity together, and they had a stepladder. I would NOT have been able to do it myself without breaking something.

    I quite like their snack bar though. Ikea is home to the best mashed potatoes (sorry, Kartoffelpüree) that I’ve had since I moved to Germany. :D

    • Andrew
      September 9, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

      Wow, wild. It never occured to me to just call a normal cab. I have had good luck with friends with cars. Thankfully I think we are done with large things. Just a few shelves maybe.

      “Thing that holds all the clothing”.. Kleiderschrank you mean? We moved a friend from one room to another and in order to get the thing through the doors, we had to reassemble it. It was simpler than what you describe, but it had been taken apart a few times already, so was fair unsteady after that time.

      I have never eaten there. Just the bottomless sodas. Well, and a few of the sample cookies.

  5. Gillian @OneGiantStep
    September 3, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    I think it is totally worth sitting on an Ikea sofa if it means I can travel more! I agree that most of it is cheap material but without kids it should last long enough to be worth it. Ikea really is everywhere isn’t it…as I sit on an Ikea sofa in the apartment we are renting in Kyoto…

    • Andrew
      September 3, 2012 @ 10:48 am

      Funny story about the Ikea couch. We really didn’t want one and went to other furniture stores in town willing to pay more to avoid it. Yet we hated all of their couches. Then in frustration we went next door to Ikea (mainly just for the cheap soda with refills) and sat on the couches they had. We were sold relatively quickly. Soft and comfortable wins over hard and angular.

      Loved the video tour of your apartment.