The big crazy IKEA store opened in the Twin Cities today, and I had the, uh, pleasure of being there. We didn’t really plan on going opening day, it just sort of happened. If you know nothing about IKEA, it’s basically a giant, Swedish, assembly-required furniture store. The place was absolutely packed with people, and oddly enough I’ve never seen so many pregnant women in one place at one time.
Despite the massive crowds, the big blue IKEA lives up to its reputation. I found myself drooling over the $250 couches (yes, “some assembly required”; though the sofa-in-a-box I saw didn’t look much smaller than the assembled couch) and quality bookcases as cheap as $15. OK, when I say quality I’m not talking solid oak, carved by hand, but I am talking several steps up from the Target/K-Mart/Wal-Mart variety.
I especially fell in love with the Lenny office chair and the Poang chair. I’ve always wanted a good, comfy reading chair, though not something as sleep-inducing as a Lazy-Boy. A glider rocker would be ideal, though the prices are brutal. The Poang is ideal, and nice and compact. And I know the Lenny looks kind of frumpy, but when you realize how adjustable it is and how comfy that makes it, it’s a workhorse of an office chair. It’s no Herman Miller, but it’s peeked my curiosity more than any other office chair I’ve looked at.
So as you can imagine Abby and I will be thinking of ways we can maximize our space and all that. Or replace our frumptastic couch. Yikes.
Thankfully I’m off to Sonshine for the next three days.