IKEA

  • GoodPup

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    Nov 11, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    I know... a totally random topic. But I just saw a commercial for Ikea kitchens. And I was curious, cause I have never bought anything of value from Ikea cause what I do buy I know is cheap and I expect it to fall apart, or have hinges break, or the wood crumble or something.

    Would anyone actually upgrade their kitchen with Ikea cabinets and stuff??
  • Timbales

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    Nov 11, 2008 9:53 PM GMT
    I think like any manufacturer, IKEA offers a variety of product at different price points and you can get some very good quality there, including the cabinetry.

    If you are putting them in an older home, I hope you are doing a full guy job, though.
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    Nov 11, 2008 10:21 PM GMT
    Went to IKEA today to use up a gift certificate I had won at a gay softball league fundraiser. Bought a coffee table for a reasonable price. IKEA actually has some pretty good stuff at a decent price.
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 11, 2008 11:03 PM GMT
    some stuff can be great... but I notice most things with hardware tend to fall apart after time.
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    Nov 11, 2008 11:05 PM GMT
    JaseinOC saidsome stuff can be great... but I notice most things with hardware tend to fall apart after time.


    I find the biggest problem I have with IKEA is its' style. A bit too cold and functional for my taste.
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    Nov 11, 2008 11:34 PM GMT
    IKEA is awesome. We remodeled our kitchen and used all IKEA cabinets. They are incredibly solid and functional plus much less expensive.

  • GoodPup

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    Nov 11, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    oh yeah? nice... maybe I'll have to check it out.
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    Nov 11, 2008 11:42 PM GMT
    http://www.ikeafans.com/
    check there forums for the kitchen section, its damned handy to have!
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    Nov 29, 2008 12:32 PM GMT
    If you know how to put IKEA furniture together well, their cabinets are amazing. If you're going for a modern look, you can't beat their cabinets for quality or price point. Plus, the amount of organization pieces you can get for the insides is just stunning. I'm designing my brother's house right now and I can do his entire kitchen from IKEA for three times less than at Home Depot - and it's going to look 100 times better.

    The hardware they use is top-quality. The frames are particle board, but so are most cabinet lines today. Depending on the doors you pick, they're either particle board or solid wood. Again, if you take care in unpacking them and putting them together right, you'll absolutely LOVE the cabinets.
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    Nov 29, 2008 1:02 PM GMT
    JaseinOC saidWould anyone actually upgrade their kitchen with Ikea cabinets and stuff??


    A gay couple we know remodeled their entire kitchen, and special-ordered some Euro-style cabinets from IKEA. They look great (but then I like very stark contempo), have held up for 2 years now, but never asked what they cost.

    In the past I've bought small accent pieces from IKEA, was pleased for the price. This year they opened a huge store in South Florida, prolly not good timing, but they have most of their stuff on display. And yeah, a mix of junk & quality, ya gotta be careful what you pick.
  • DCEric

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    Nov 29, 2008 1:41 PM GMT
    We have a kitchen table and chairs that have held together fine for the last three years. A small book case I hate (mostly because its flimsy, but doesn't want to fall apart...grrrr) and a TV stand that has also done a good job.
  • spinningguy

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    Nov 29, 2008 2:41 PM GMT
    There is an IKEA store here in Orlando and I went in to see what all of the fuss was about when it opened. In the end, I determined there must be a huge market for ode to Dorm Room because they have a distinct look of college dorm room or jail cell about them.

    Personally I think you can get similar things with just as iffy quality at Walmart or Target.

    However with all of that said I did find their efficiency model homes in the store amazing...if you are looking to make as small an environmental footprint as possible then IKEA could help tremendously.
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    Nov 29, 2008 2:58 PM GMT
    IKEA has products at varying prices and quality, there's cheap crap and some pretty good stuff too.

    on a different note, in the curiousities department. Catholics in Poland are threatening IKEA with a boycot, because they find IKEAs catalogue immoral, offensive and destructive to catholic family values... some pictures in the catalogue apparently show what is supposed to be same sex couples icon_rolleyes.gif

    welcome Poland, to the EU and the 21. century.
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    Nov 29, 2008 2:58 PM GMT
    spinningguy saidThere is an IKEA store here in Orlando and I went in to see what all of the fuss was about when it opened. In the end, I determined there must be a huge market for ode to Dorm Room because they have a distinct look of college dorm room or jail cell about them.

    Personally I think you can get similar things with just as iffy quality at Walmart or Target.

    However with all of that said I did find their efficiency model homes in the store amazing...if you are looking to make as small an environmental footprint as possible then IKEA could help tremendously.


    Post-war European apartments were often very small, and are still in use. That's why furniture makers over there became experts at space-saving efficiency, unlike here in the US where the scale of average homes has been larger.

    I don't like the jail cell environment either, when carried to the extreme. But clever use of space with individual pieces has its merits, and you have the option to be selective in what you buy.

    We have whole-room models in IKEA's giant South Florida store, too, but I take them to be merely suggestions of the full possibilities when space is at a premium. I really wouldn't want to live in one, unless serving 20 years to life.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Nov 29, 2008 3:17 PM GMT
    I bought two of their big square chunky sinks when I was remodeling my bathrooms and they look really amazing...and they are BIG. Funny thing is both sinks were only $80 each, and comparable sinks that weren't even as cool looking or as big in other stores were $400 +. I saved on the sinks, so I splurged on the faucets and fixtures. Looks great!

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  • bblance82

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    Nov 29, 2008 3:31 PM GMT
    just avoid ikea on the weekends. if you don't hate humanity already, you will then.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Nov 29, 2008 3:58 PM GMT
    I have a computer desk made out of solid pine wood (not particle board) that I purchased at IKEA. It has a great look and I love it.
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    Dec 02, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    I redid my floors with IKEA flooring a couple years ago. It's held up well -- even after I bounced an air conditioning unit across it once...oops.
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    Dec 02, 2008 5:07 PM GMT
    I am not an environmentalist, am not anti business, and am a devout capitalist.

    That said, 99% of what IKEA makes is crap destined for the landfill. I have never bought anything from IKEA that I did not end up giving away or throwing away because I was unsatisfied with it.

    You would be alot better off putting together an unfitted kitchen out of second hand shops and buying decent quality appliances.

    I don't think you have them in OC but Habiitat produce fantastic quality kitchens at really affordable prices and they have Matthew Hilton as their design director.

    The kitchens are solid wood, not particle board.

    I won't buy anything from IKEA again.

    Terry


    JaseinOC saidI know... a totally random topic. But I just saw a commercial for Ikea kitchens. And I was curious, cause I have never bought anything of value from Ikea cause what I do buy I know is cheap and I expect it to fall apart, or have hinges break, or the wood crumble or something.

    Would anyone actually upgrade their kitchen with Ikea cabinets and stuff??
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    Dec 02, 2008 5:33 PM GMT
    I really can't understand why there's an IKEA in Portland. We make good plywood, OSB, and engineered wood products right here. It's cheap. We have table saws. Why import this crap?

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    Dec 02, 2008 5:48 PM GMT
    The whole point of stores such as Ikea is that you keep updating/changing your furniture on a regular basis according to trends. If that is the case for you than you will not possess anything long enough to worry about quality. I think Ikea is to furniture what H&M is to clothes: maybe low-quality but you are only meant to wear it once or twice. In this day and age nothing is permanent.
  • BizzQuik

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    Dec 02, 2008 6:12 PM GMT
    I like IKEA furniture as I have had it hold up. Never buy cookware or silverwear from IKEA though. My silverwear is not even a year old and is rusting and my friend has a cookie sheet from IKEA and it burns everything doesn't matter how you cook it. But I would imagine their cabinets are good. I have a small side table that you can take apart and put together and it holds up. Funny thing with that is Walmart now carries the same product in the same color.
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    Dec 02, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    As someone with a Swedish sense of style, I love IKEA. I've gotten a lot of things there, and I've had good luck with the quality.

    It's also where I can get my fix of Swedish food. Lingonberry drink is sooooo tasty! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 02, 2008 7:12 PM GMT
    We have IKEA cabinets in our house. Everyone in our little neighborhood has them in their kitchens and baths, and most are pretty satisfied with them. They're quite nice for what they are. God knows you can find higher-quality units (at, typically, significantly higher prices) but it's difficult to beat the combination of price, simplicity, and availability. Particularly true if you're cross-shopping against the beveled oak nightmares they push at Home Depot.
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    Dec 02, 2008 7:40 PM GMT
    The trouble with Ikea is that it's flat packed, it's cheap, and has no value. One would not find a Five Star Hotel decked out in flat packed furniture, nor my home. icon_cool.gif