IKEA – the A to Z guide

From the arrows on the floor to catching some Zzs in a comfy display bed...
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  • It’s the weekend and for many of us that means thinking about doing some home improvements. Where better to seek inspiration than the mighty IKEA.

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    Whether you’re looking for new furniture or giving a dull-looking wall a new coat of paint, this is the place to get it all under one roof.

    For all of you who are planning to head to that most well-known of Scandinavian stores this weekend, here is a fun list of the things we’re all familiar with. IKEA here we come…

    The A to Z guide to IKEA

    IKEA a-z guide

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    A is for the arrows that helpfully guide you around the store. We could otherwise be there for days without them!

    B is for the famous Billy bookcase – the popular classic found in nearly every home around the country.

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    C is for coffee in the café before you embark on your quest.

    D is for day out – you’re in it for the long haul with an IKEA trip.

    E is for effort, minimal that is.

    IKEA a-z

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    F is for flat-pack, the first thought when you hear the word IKEA.

    G is for great bargains. Affordability is at the heart of this home improvement giant.

    H is for hot dogs (to give you sustenance after your shopping trip).

    IKEA a-z guide

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    I is for intention. Intending to go directly to the bed/sofa/wardrobe section, then detouring into every other department – emerging hours later.

    J is for ‘just’ adding another one of these glasses/jars/bowls’ (delete as appropriate) to your trolley.

    K is for ‘knowing’ you didn’t come to buy any of those cute little extras.

    L is for lateness. You’re meant to be meeting your friend, but you’ve got carried away and run out of time.

    IKEA a-z guide

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    M is for meatballs. Now there are meatless versions too!

    N is for napkins – you don’t need them, but they’re sooooo pretty.

    IKEA a-z guide

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    O is for outdoor furniture that will make your garden effortlessly cool in a flash.

    P is for the (free) pencils.

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    Q is for queuing at the checkout.

    R is for reading all the product names in your best attempt at a Swedish accent.

    IKEA a-z guide

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    S is for effortlessly cool Scandinavian style.

    T is for the tiny tape measures you get in stores.

    U is for calling an Uber, when you realise you can’t possibly carry everything back on the bus or train.

    V is for variety, this store has it in abundance.

    W is for wishing you had used the delivery service, rather than trying to fit everything into the car.

    X is one of two letters that have no product names starting with it. The other is Q.

    IKEA a-z guide

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    Y is for yet another candle…

    Z is for zzzs. Those beds are so comfy, so why not just have a quick snooze?

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