IKEA

(106 Posts)
Mrspopper Sat 23-Jan-16 19:26:33

When will I learn? Always think it's a good idea to go. It's always on a weekend. Heaving. Massive queues. Toddler refusing to sit in trolley. Argue with DH. Everyone is miserable. Don't buy much but still spend £100. WIBU to say NEVER again, then forget how awful it is in 6 months and go again.

Needaninsight Sat 23-Jan-16 19:28:15

It's not awful, it's a day out.

It's not M&S, or John Lewis, browse at what you want and then head to the till to pay.

Surely you've learnt this by now! grin

ps. Weekend can be a good time to go. Go Saturday morning at 9am. Trust me, it's dead.

Shirkingfromhome Sat 23-Jan-16 19:29:34

No, YANBU. We get sucked in every now and then although to be fair I think their children's furniture is pretty good. Our last trip ended with ds throwing up at the checkouts. I think he summised how everyone was feeling pretty well grin

nancy75 Sat 23-Jan-16 19:30:34

Ikea - Swedish for lets have an argument

I8toys Sat 23-Jan-16 19:31:43

Awful - they should have lawyers on the exit offering divorce advice.... they would make a killing.

pigsDOfly Sat 23-Jan-16 19:32:32

It must be 15 years since I last visited IKEA. Nothing's changed I see.

misskatamari Sat 23-Jan-16 19:32:34

Yanbu! But we are exactly the same. There has been many a weekend where we just want to rest and then get the silly idea in our heads that going to IKEA will be fun. Get half way round and think what the hell possessed us! But at least there are meatballs and pick n mix.

Next time you forget this and decide to go, I recommend listening to this to really get yourself ready for the trip grin

youtu.be/auKWEKzVulQ

Oysterbabe Sat 23-Jan-16 19:32:37

I refuse to go. DH loves it.

Palomb Sat 23-Jan-16 19:34:02

We went today too and it was heaving with fed up looking husbandsgrin. It wouldn't we so bad if people didn't dawdle along.. Either stop and look and something or bloody move!

We were in an out in an hour thigh so no too bad.

Mrspopper Sat 23-Jan-16 19:35:48

We were there for 4 hours. I need a vat of wine but am pregnant.

JimmyGreavesMoustache Sat 23-Jan-16 19:36:03

I don't mind it TBH
but I'm only a 15 min drive away, so I can be in, out with what I need, and home within an hour.

this is for the haterz (need to zoom in a bit).

EssentialHummus Sat 23-Jan-16 19:37:13

I only go a) at 9am and b) having written down the "Location number" of the item online and heading straight for it. That way I have a snowball's chance in hell of leaving without 50 tealight candles and a bag of frozen meatballs confused

Palomb Sat 23-Jan-16 19:37:50

4 hours! I think you deserve a treat even if not wine 🍫

ouryve Sat 23-Jan-16 19:37:52

Best to go as soon as it opens or on weekday evenings. Far more civilised. Though the restaurant always seems to be full before its even opened.

IfItsGoodEnough4ShirleyBassey Sat 23-Jan-16 19:39:35

I love it but I can't drive so I'm only allowed to go every ten years once DH has recovered from his previous visit.

lampygirl Sat 23-Jan-16 19:40:45

I live 5 mins from one. The 'day out' brigade are the pain of my life. If I go in my lunch hour I can be in and out in 30 mins having gone round the whole marketplace bit, went this afternoon and it took over an hour to get 2 cutlery trays and some bowls.

It's a shop. Just like Sainsburys, or M&S or B&Q. None of them are a day out.

SunnyL Sat 23-Jan-16 19:42:55

DD and i treat it as a free playpark on rainy days. We go play in the fake flats and bounce on beds. I can't remember the last time we bought anything blush

Sunflower1985 Sat 23-Jan-16 19:45:18

Ours is an hour and a half away (although there's one soon opening). We went a few weeks ago. Tried so hard not to have an argument, but of course we did. Their online stock was wrong, as was the in store one, so what we wanted wasn't actually there. Then online customer services took a week to reply to our complaint. Still, we got free shipping out of it.
If you have a toddler I suggest clearing your day for the trip and being prepared to just find a clear piece of floor and sitting it out (whilst mnettting of course).

civilfawlty Sat 23-Jan-16 19:45:25

I go with ds (4) on a weekday morning. He likes to browse and measure things (!) and then we have lunch. No queues. No DH to negotiate with on bathmat colours or whatever. Much better.

CombineBananaFister Sat 23-Jan-16 19:47:20

I must go to a different IKEA, not a day out but not stressful - research online first, go get what you want, have a bit of food, job done grin If it's not like that for you, bin it off - no shop is worth stress.

tbh I don't get IKEA 'browsers' as they only change about eight of their products every season so have pretty much been selling the same shizzle for 10 years. If anyone doesn't know what they need by now, there's something amiss

OolonColluphid Sat 23-Jan-16 19:50:56

I took a picture at Ikea on Wednesday afternoon just before 5pm of my son being the only person in the restaurant, we had a good tinker about and mostly bought 10p Xmas candles 😍

Merguez Sat 23-Jan-16 19:52:30

Haven't been to IKEA for many years for this reason.

And DH says we're too poor to be able to afford cheap stuff :-)

Aworldofmyown Sat 23-Jan-16 19:55:50

I went into labour in IKEA!!!

UnderTheGreenwoodTree Sat 23-Jan-16 20:02:18

I went into labour in IKEA!!!

shock Did you find your way out in time? grin

Ikea always starts off well for us, happy kids, sitting on the sofas, playing in the kids bit - then by the time we get to dept we want - say the rugs - probably about an hour later - they're grouching, DH is telling me what the time is ( why does he do that?) - by the checkouts, we're close to giving up on life altogether.

SwedishEdith Sat 23-Jan-16 20:09:42

I like it but have 2 close by and usually only go in the evening or on inset days.

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