Did you know roughly 800 million people visit IKEA every year? Chances are you’re one of those shoppers who anticipate fighting the large crowds just to get the best deals and of course nibble on their famous meatballs. Hower often times a simple trip to the giant, blue and yellow furniture store ends up being a lot more time consuming than we expected. Want to know the reason? Well, this is because only a small fraction of all IKEA shoppers not the best tips tricks, and secrets to successfully shop at the store. Lucky for you, we have them right here, so keep reading to find out.
Study The Store Map
Since every IKEA store is pretty much designed the same, the store is conveniently divided into two sections – The Showroom and The Marketplace. Sometimes they are situated on the same floor while in other stores they are on separate floors. No matter what the case make sure to carefully and thoroughly study the map so you get a better picture of where things are. Everyone knows that the key to getting out of Ikea in one piece is knowing how to exactly navigate the store. So check out the shortcuts on the map, especially if you just need to head to one place.
Download The IKEA App
Before going anywhere, it’s really helpful to make sure that you download the IKEA app, which is available on both iOs and Android. It’s full of inspiration and countless different ideas that can easily help you create exactly what you are looking for. The free app allows you to visualize what any of the IKEA products will actually look like in your desired space before you set out and make the big purchase.
When is The Best Time To Shop?
When it comes to furnishing your home, looking through a catalog and choosing the items you think will look best can be quite difficult, especially before you actually get to see it in person. As IKEA is one of those great stores where people get to save loads of money, nearly everyone who pays the store a visit wants to make the most of their time there. As a result, nearly all of the folks that go there take their time, meaning lines are long and the store can be very crowded. So when is the best time to shop? Surveys have suggested the weekdays are best or Sunday evenings after 6 pm. If you cant do either, you may just have to bite the bullet.
Think About Parking
You may be very tempted to grab the first parking you see, but it really is worth driving around a bit…granted you are not there at peak hour. The last thing you or anybody wants to do is walk all the way to the end of the parking lot with a heavy trolley, right? So the key is to try and get the best parking spot you can find, one with easy access to the car as well as with the maximum amount of space to be able to plonk things into the trunk and back doors. It may not sound that simple, but it is very do-able.
Make A Shopping List
In order to avoid wasting time and money, you should really consider making a shopping list, especially if you know you have quite a few items that you want to buy. The best advice from IKEA regulars is to go in and shop for what you came for. To help you get started, use the catalog, app, or website to help you out a bit. This may seem quite annoying, but it will really save you from browsing and aimlessly strolling around which can often lead to impulse back. It’s really simple, just make the list!
IKEA Family Card
Basically, if you want to catch some good deals and bargains you definitely need to get the IKEA family card. Signing up as a member is free but it will provide you with some awesome, exclusive benefits and discounts all year round. Don’t let the name fool you, you don’t have to have a family or any children for that matter. The IKEA Family Card is just the companies loyalty program. So, don’t waste any more time, go ahead a sign up for this free membership!
Visit The Cafeteria
If you plan on spending a good few hours at IKEA, be sure to go on an empty stomach. If you haven’t tried out their cafeteria, you really NEED to do so. Their famous meatballs are a huge favorite amongst customers both young and old. And another big advantage is that you can get a full meal for less than £5 (roughly $7). But wait that’s not all, near the checkout counters IKEA also has a small cafe where you can get delicious hotdogs and cinnamon rolls. Just so you know, lunchtime can get super busy at IKEA so try to avoid it if possible.
Exchanging Or Returning Products?
IKEA’s system of returns and exchanges may seem quite peculiar to some. But how it works is you take a ticket with your number and then wait until you are called. The best advice we can give you is to arrive early so you avoid the nasty long lines. You can return or exchange products within 90 days of purchase, but if you are an IKEA Family member you can actually return products within 365 days. Whatever you do just don’t forget to bring all the receipts as well as the product with you.
Take A Tape Measure Along
For those who have visited IKEA before, you definitely know that along with the free pencil and paper you can grab a flimsy tape measure too. As it’s really not the best quality, we highly recommend that you take your own, stronger one with you. It will without a doubt come in handy especially when you need to know whether the big furniture pieces will fit into your vehicle or through your bedroom doorway. Trust us, it will save you the headache from later on.