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Buying Furniture From Ikea For The First Time

23/02/2018

So on Sunday I bought my first ever item of furniture from Ikea.

Unlike pretty much everyone else on the internet (or so it seems anyway) I’ve never owned anything from Ikea. Mostly for two reasons; the main one is my dad was a joiner for most of my life and insisted on making pretty much everything in our house out of solid oak. The other is that we’ve never had one close by and my parents don’t drive so we couldn’t travel to one further away.

But last year a huge store opened up in Sheffield and me and Chris decided to go take a look around.

Big mistake!

I’m pretty sure half of Yorkshire had decided to do the exact same thing. Guess that’ll teach me to try and brave an opening weekend- never again.

Buying Furniture From Ikea For The First Time

By the time we realised how busy it was in the store, we were stuck in the flow of traffic and just had to keep going. And going. And going! We got lost more times than I can count and then somehow ended up in a loop between the wardrobe and bed sections that we couldn’t find our way out of.

If it hadn’t been for Chris spotting a hidden exit into the children section between two wardrobes, I’m pretty sure we’d still be stuck there now!

Luckily its never been quite as bad as that first time whenever we’ve been back since, and I’ve even enjoyed planning out what we’d love to have in our own house (even if we’re no where near the point of being able to own one yet *sad face*).

Buying Furniture From Ikea For The First Time

I’ve been wanting to get a new tv stand and bookcase for over a year now, but could never find anything I liked. That is until I saw one of the displays in the showroom and fell in love; it was the Kallax Shelving Unit but instead of having it stood up like in all the other displays, they had it laid on its side as a tv stand. I measured it, expecting it to be too big, but it fit the space perfectly- it was like it was meant to be!

I bought it that day and thats when all the problems started…

The guys monitoring the Ikea CCTV must have been wetting themselves watching us try and get it into the car. Chris drives a Ford Ka, which is fantastic at slipping into small parking spaces but not at transporting flat pack furniture!

I was sure that by putting the back seat down and the front seat forward, there would be just enough room to fit it in, and I was right. What I didn’t count on was Chris having a mini meltdown; being on the spectrum, he tends to have them when things don’t do what he wanted them to and he doesn’t always have the patience to problem solve situations.

Luckily by now I’ve learnt how to deal with him when he’s like this (basically leave him alone and let him calm himself down) and we eventually got it to fit.

He wasn’t in the mood to hear ” I told you so”, so I wisely kept my mouth shut. Still, it worked exactly how I said it would…

Buying Furniture From Ikea For The First Time

We were joking that next time we’re going to hire a van but it turns out you can actually hire one from Ikea…wish I’d known that one sooner!

Then came the real test- putting it all together. Luckily I managed to actually get my dad to help us out do it all for me and it ended up being a pretty fun evening.

I’ll have to put the next once up by myself though and I’m really not looking forward to that one!

Buying Furniture From Ikea For The First Time

Even though it caused a lot of stress, I’m so happy with how the unit looks. It’s a lot more “adulty” than what I had before and it’s encouraged me to get rid of a lot of clutter.

I’ve been eyeing up a new wardrobe as the one I currently have is quite literally dropping to pieces; only this time we’re not going to try to fit it into a car that’s not much bigger than I am!

Lesson well and truly learnt there.

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Buying Furniture From Ikea For The First Time

24 responses to “Buying Furniture From Ikea For The First Time”

  1. Bella says:

    I love Ikea sooo much! I regularly fill and empty baskets on their website haha! But it’s a super long drive for us and I really can’t be asked to make the drive quite yet, maybe one day! x

  2. Jade Marie says:

    It’s a shame the delivery is so! 😔 x

  3. Love this post, Ikea is like a maze and it’s always so busy! The shelves look amazing though! X

  4. Jade Marie says:

    I swear I’m going to start mapping it out so I actually know how get to the place I want 😂 and thank you!x

  5. I love Ikea but we don’t have one nearby – probably just as well or I would be extremely poor! Glad it all worked out in the end and I’m loving how it looks with all your things on 😃 I have a similar storage unit for the kids toys which I lay on it’s side like you have it they have so much space !!! Thanks for sharing 😃

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

  6. Sarah says:

    IKEA is the best 😂 most of our furniture is from IKEA, but we had it ordered and delivered as I couldn’t imagine trying to fit it in the car!! The shelves look amazing in your room!

    Sarah | http://www.justbuttonsblog.co.uk

  7. Katie Henry says:

    Uhh I absolutely love Ikea. Interestingly putting together furniture is one of the few things I’m good at so I look forward to splurging in the store one day.

  8. Chloe says:

    Oh lovely Ikea I’ve not been for a while it’s all in the planning going at the right time and trying not to pick up those extras.

  9. Ahahaha it is crazy how a trip to ikea and building their furniture is such a stressful experience for couples! like you get pissed at the furniture coz the instruction are so confusing! and you leave with more things that you had on your list! xx corinne

  10. I never bought anything from IKEA yet, but my friend did, and he’s so happy with white couch! I love this little pirate figure haha xx Very much me.

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  11. Jade Marie says:

    It probably is a good job in all fairness, they have some gorgeous things!! Its a good job Chris’s car is so small or all my student loan would be gone by now 🙈 aww that sounds great! I would have never thought of using it like that if it hadn’t been for the display haha

  12. Farrah Aslam says:

    I love Ikea! Most of my furniture in my room is from there, can’t go wrong with it! It’s very modern and super affordable too! x

  13. Jade Marie says:

    I’d have preferred to get them delivered but there was no way I was paying 35 pounds for it!! 😂 and thank you! I love them 😍

  14. Jade Marie says:

    Normally I’m really good at it too as I took woodwork as my elective at school but I can’t do doweling for the life of me, and that’s what this was! 😂

  15. Jade Marie says:

    Definitely true; you have to plan it out like a military exercise and have tunnel vision 😂

  16. Jade Marie says:

    It was definitely a test of our relationship! 😂 I was really strict with myself so I didn’t end up buying half of the market hall 🙈 xx

  17. Jade Marie says:

    I could easily buy half the shop! And its a Jack Sparrow Pop Vinyl 😍 xx

  18. Bexa says:

    He he, this post made me smile! Ikea is definitely a true test in a couples relationship! I’ve had a few stressful experiences there but it’s worth it in the end as the furniture looks great. I love your TV unit, very stylish! 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  19. Jade Marie says:

    I can easily see most of my room ending up being from there at this rate! And yeah its not too bad on your bank account- by todays standards anyway 😂 x

  20. KHarris says:

    lol this post is both hilarious and informative. I have heard so much about the vast Ikea stores but have never been to one. Is it sad that I really really want to check one out. Just to see?

  21. Jade Marie says:

    It definitely is! 😂 next time I’m just going to pay for delivery as I’d much rather pay extra than loose my boyfriend 😂 It definitely is worth it though 😊 And thank you! 😘 xx

  22. Jade Marie says:

    That’s the balance I try and hit with my posts so I’m glad it worked out that way 😊 and no not at all! I remember watching some of my favourite vloggers going to ikea and I always wanted to see what all the fuss was about 😂

  23. I actually have never bought anything from Ikea so I love this story! Great post! And itcactually looks really good!

  24. Lilly Even says:

    Oh Ikea stories, I have so many! I recently moved to my first flat (not rental, I actually bought a flat) and it didn’t even have a kitchen, since it was buying pre-construction. So I ended up sleeping on a mattress supported by Ikea boxes of furniture I needed to put together. That lasted for a month until I made somebody to put it together for me.

    So yeah, Ikea is a nightmare. But we actually used to play hide and seek in the store with some of my friends when I was in high school (Ikea used to be 15min from my home). Then we got kicked out.

    But the dresser looks great! And nice Funko collection!

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