I didn’t find out about the wonderfulness that is IKEA until I was in college. Then, it was about 20 minutes away during my first few years. My friends and I would go on a Saturday afternoon and pick up a few packages of 3 unfinished 4×6 frames for $1.49 a pack. We would then have dinner in the marketplace, where we would get 2 hot dogs, chips, and a drink for $2.50. What a deal!
By the time I was in grad school, the closest IKEA had moved to almost walking distance from the campus. It was amazing! I bought my desk for grad school there and set it up in my bedroom, only to find out when I tried to move two years later that is was significantly wider than the door. And that is the thing with IKEA furniture, while it is fairly easy to put together, it is quite the opposite to take apart. My brother, a mallet, and a few well-placed hits later, my favorite desk ended up in the dumpster.
When I moved to Florida, I was quite disturbed to not find an IKEA within 3 hours! Finally, a few months ago they opened a new location about an hour away from my apartment. Saturday night, I convinced a friend to come with me and I went a little crazy. We first hit up the restaurant for some Swedish meatball and lingonberry plates and then got to shopping.
Small problem – and I really mean small. I drive a Civic. About half of what I purchased would not fit in my car. I mean, we didn’t even have to try. Simple math gave us that answer.
I was able to bring home an ottoman:
Note to self: When shopping at IKEA, be sure to bring a friend with a bigger car!