When I was in college, a lot of my friends would buy cheap furniture for the dorms for extra storage or to try to make their rooms look a little less “dorm” and a little more sleek. They were always so excited about the cheap deals that they found at IKEA and soon our suite was full of furniture from the Swedish shop.
But as I listened to their furniture tales and even checked out the store myself, I began to wonder – is IKEA really worth the hype?
IKEA offers low-priced furniture in modern styles, appealing to the younger crowd looking to furnish their first apartment. The affordability of their pieces are great for someone on a tight budget.
However, one thing that I’ve learned in my year in the real world so far is that affordability does not equate quality. Sure, IKEA furniture is cheap. But it’s also not always well made. The fabrics are usually itchy, at least in my opinion, and the “wood” furniture isn’t actually made from wood like you would think.
In addition, IKEA does not offer delivery or assembly. Picking up the furniture can be difficult, especially if you don’t have a large car. Nearly every one of my friends that has bought large furniture at IKEA has run into major difficulties trying to out their pieces together, due in large part to unclear directions.
I’m not saying IKEA is all bad. I actually love their little accessories, which are found in the “marketplace”. I have a great scarf organizer and small decorative items that I got at great prices.
But it is important to weigh out all of the pros and cons before making such a big purchase as furniture. I would suggest shopping around at other stores as well to see where you can get the best deal. Some stores offer free delivery and assembly, which to a girl like me who barely can work a hammer is a huge bonus.
Keep in mind that most stores have sales around holidays, so plan your shopping accordingly if possible! And if you have a friend or relative who is moving, see if they have any furniture they’re looking to get rid of – this could lead to big savings!