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IKEA offers great prices on furniture, but do you find the quality is decent? Do you mind having to assemble the furniture yourself?

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We renovated our kitchen and after consulting with a cabinetmaker and several kitchen specialists I purchased our kitchen cabinets from Ikea. They had a comparable warranty (even better than independent cabinet makers) and I liked the idea of easily changing out doors, handles or replacing items if I needed to. We did opt to use an installation service which was both a time and marriage saver! Could not be happier with the quality. But, I have had some dodgy Ikea furniture- you just have to be careful in what you select and your expectations for the price.
I've bought bits and pieces from Ikea over the years, as some items are cheap, cheerful and good quality. I don't mind assembling myself, but I tend to not follow the instructions to the letter (too much haste) and so one piece of the furniture is always on wrong, or there are screws leftover. For this reason, my husband tends to be the constructor in the family.
The kids furniture at Ikea is great quality and very affordable.
for our larger items, such as sofa's and dining room furniture, we've tended to look elsewhere. More for personal taste than for anything. When I was at uni, I think my whole flat was decked out in Ikea's finest.
My dad put together my Ikea bookcase which consists of a 3x3 cube structure. He diem follow the instructions and ended up building it upside down, which sounds fine because it's a cube but the bottom had extra support which is now at the top, sigh.
Lol .. I did that too .. except that I then looked at the instructions, pulled it apart and rebuilt.
I have done. It's cheap but some of it's a bit on the flimsy side (we had a chest of Ikea drawers that pretty much fell apart withing a year) so I'd rather have more solid furniture if I can afford it.
I think Ikea, is value for money.

It's not top end stuff, but it's got something for everyone.
Not all furniture at Ikea is the same, so it's mainly what you can spend.
I have to say it is one of my favourite places to shop, just some of the ideas are great.They are really one of a kind for that alone.
p.s. .... I am fine with putting it together, it's all quite simple.
by jonaja
Yes. I have brought a few candles, and my home office furniture is from IKEA. I also use a couple of tables in the living room brought from IKEA. The assembly service is fantastic.
Sometimes I do. I always get suckered in by the display rooms and childminding. I don't mind putting stuff together myself because I love a puzzle and Ikea furniture is like a big puzzle to me. More solid furniture is good too, especially for things that get a lot of use like beds and cupboards. For things I want to update more often, Ikea is a great, cost-effective solution.
I love ikea - we could be a showroom. It's cheap and well made, and we got a couch that was just until we could afford something better and we still have it, 14 years on...
Yes, I like Ikea furniture. I don't mind assembling it myself.
No. Just hate it. Cheap & nasty & it looks it!
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