Thoughts on IKEA

I mentioned here that I went to IKEA for the first time. I was mesmerized by the whole experience. I dreamed in IKEA-store-format for over a week after my visit there. I really wanted to go back.

I was excited about this rug, the $35 price tag and it's future function in our family room.

Fast forward to yesterday when I rolled out the red little round area rug for the first time. (Mom left the guest quarters and we now have a playroom again, with a rug to play on now mind you.)



Be warned... DO NOT BUY WOOL RUGS FROM IKEA! Your whole house will be covered in the dander of it. Imagine red fibers all over the place, worse than the fluffiest cat shedding! It's horrible. I would take it back and get my $35, but my cats have taken a liking to the back side of it (while it was stored rolled up under Mom's pull-out bed) and the underside looks, well, cat scratched.

So I wonder... how is this rug held together? Did they glue it? Was it fastened in any way? My Dyson about choked on this rug! I am serious! I think about half the fibers fed my Dyson...

Anyway, this whole rug thing is bugging me to no end. What can I trust at IKEA? Is there quality in anything there? Will I be just as disappointed if I spend more than $10 on something? Maybe I should just steer clear of their textile types of products. Because we all know plastic accessory stuff under 10 bucks is okay to fall apart later... we wouldn't have lost much.

11 comments:

Robin said...

I don't know what to tell you. I plan on making my first trip to IKEA on my day without kids today.

Tori :) said...

Oooh, that bugs! I'm sorry Gina. I've never been to IKEA, so I don't have any advice to offer. But I'll be bugged with you, ok?

Katie said...

I've decided that I like the idea of Ikea, but am not impressed with actual products found there. The zipper on my slipcover broke the first time I used it. Ugh.

Stepherz said...

That's just too bad. Ikea is just like WalMart, I guess, in that it makes a bunch of temporary, low quality junk. If I were you, I guess I'd just steer clear of the textiles.

David said...

We have had success with the tall drawers for the bedroom, but the toy box hinges have holes too big for the screws they give you...so pop goes the toy box lid!

Still, it is better than Target's put it together yourself junk and EONS better than Wal-Mart's sorry excuse for put it together cardboard furniture!

Anissa said...

If you go back to my comment I made on your previous IKEA post you'll get my thoughts on the place. Nice the first time you go, after that it wears off and you realize that all they are doing is selling cheap junk. There are a few items there that might be worth the $10-$15 pricetag, but overall you will be disappointed.

Ashley said...

and how's the dyson by the way?

Blackeyedsue said...

I went, I saw, I about suffocated.

I too like the idea of IKEA, but not enough to go back anytime soon. Since my mil stole my favorite dish scrubber, I was forced to buy one there. It is just not the same.

Will you be at the Utah Blogfest?

Kayelyn said...

I am sorry for your experience, but very grateful that you shared it. I was thinking I should go, but after reading your blog and the comments I am convinced that I should just keep shopping around at many different stores.

David said...

Your rug problem sounds horrible! I am sorry about your big mess!

Caitlin said...

Eeek, I had a natural-color wool rug from IKEA and I had the exact same issues with it! Now, the other stuff we got there, the couch, computer desk, and TV stand, I just love. But that rug-- ugh. Ugh rug. 8P