Ikea is the world’s largest furniture retailer and is known for it’s simplistic, ready to assemble, affordable designs. It was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad. He was only 17 years old at the time. IKEA is an acronym of his initials, Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd, the farm where he grew up, and Agunnaryd, his hometown in Småland which is located in Southern Sweden.
The closest Ikea Store to us is located in Tampa Florida, about 2 1/2 hours away. I must tell you that your first trip to Ikea can be overwhelming. The place is huge. Be prepared to do a lot of walking. Just follow the arrows. Everything you need to shop successfully is located at the front door, including carts, shopping bags, a store map and catalog, pencils and paper, a tape measure and strollers for the kids.
Ikea is a family-friendly store. The Småland playroom is available for children who are potty-trained and 37-54″ tall. However, children are encouraged to play and to test the toys in the children’s department. If you need a short rest, feel free to sit down in one of the many room set-ups on the showroom floor.
My favorite spot was the children’s department where I found several things I liked including a wood doll house for $29.99. The furniture wasn’t included but could be purchased separately.
When you get done browsing the showroom and the marketplace, your last stop before check-out is the warehouse where you will pick-up your ready-to assemble furniture. Come with a vehicle large enough to haul your purchases home.
Today, we were looking at kitchen ideas and we bought an office chair and some other items. When we recently moved to a condo, David assembled new office and sewing room furnishings. (see Hitty Moves to a Condominium) On this day, we ate Swedish Meatballs in the cafeteria and took home cinnamon rolls. Yummy!