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It seems like ever since we moved in, Shaf and I have pretty much had dependable weekly trips to Ikea. I have such a love hate relationship with Ikea. Let’s weigh out the pros and cons, shall we?
It ranges from pretty non-offensive, to decently stylish
It has some good basics
Its one stop shop appeal is pretty tempting
It’s easy to put together
It’s literally within 5 minutes of my house
About 60% of the time, you know you’re buying a complete piece of shit made of particle board
You may or may not regret buying something a month later, because you realized that with a little effort (read: time looking) you could get something a little nicer (and more unique) elsewhere for a comparable price
It’s an impulse-buyer’s worst nightmare
You have to put it together
It’s mass-produced. Yes, we too have like 46 Expedit products in our possession.
Some of the stuff is great! I do admit. But a lot of it just really sucks. I suppose the prices should be pretty indicative of the quality though, there is a pretty good range of nice to crappy… but I still feel a little duped. I’m sure it has nothing to do with Ikea, and everything to do with the fact that I am partially secretly ashamed at my oh-so-American draw towards the convenient and cheap.
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And I feel the unyielding desire to hack it too. Ever since Holly and I found this post we have lusted after Lack shelving and pretty fabric. I think it feeds my need to make something pretty, do something with my hands, without worrying that you’re going to ruin an expensive piece of furniture. And for that, I am grateful.
I also sort of love putting it together. You have this weird sense of accomplishment after wards but you don’t really know if you’re entitled, because it’s so easy. It’s like being proud of the fact that you got to work on time.
I needed something large and sturdy enough to hold my 70lb wax printer, but something small enough to fit in my little closet nook that I am going to curtain off. The Klubbo nesting tables were perfect, because when I need to hook my lappy up to it, I pull out the smaller table from beneath and I have an instant little computer stand. I thought it was pretty darn clever, myself :]
What do you think of Ikea?
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