IKEA is re-opening 19 stores across England and Northern Ireland

But you'll need to bring your own bag

If you've been craving meatballs or been desperate to put your blue Frakta bag back to good use we have some good news. IKEA is re-opening 19 of its stores on the 1st of June.

Related: IKEA has the changed the colour of the iconic blue FRAKTA bag for a very important reason

In line with government guidelines, stores in Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland will remain closed for now. However, 19 store England and Northern Ireland will be re-opening at the start of June with a number of measures in place to ensure staff and customers are kept safe

19 store england and northern Ireland will be re opening

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'Health and safety remains our top priority, and that's why we've put in place extensive measures to ensure the safety and comfort of customers and co-workers,' says Peter Jelkeby, UK & IE Country CEO and CSO.

'While the experience might b a little different to before – it's the same IKEA, with the vision to "create a better everyday life for the many people," and the ambition to inspire people through our brilliant affordable range and home furnishing advice.'

IKEA re-opening

What can we expect?

The measures will be similar to that of other country's where IKEA has reopened, like in Germany (shown below). Much like other stores operating during the lockdown, only a limited number of customers will be granted entry into the store. There will also be restricted car parking.

Any big family trips to IKEA are still on hold as only one adult and one child per household will be permitted in-store at any one time. Customers are also encouraged to come with ready-made lists and their own bags, rather than just browsing.

the superstore has sanitiser facilities with deep cleaning routines

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The superstore has introduced hand sanitiser facilities, with deep cleaning routines for bags, trolleys, bathrooms and touchscreens. There will also be screens at checkout, service points and customer returns.

While customers won't be able to eat in-store, the Swedish Food Market will be open. Customers will be able to purchase those famous meatballs to eat at home.

Which IKEA stores are reopening?

Stores will be opening across the country. These are the 19 stores set to re-open:

Greater London – Croydon, Greenwich, Lakeside, Wembley, Tottenham
East England – Norwich
Midlands – Birmingham, Nottingham
North West England – Manchester, Warrington
Northern Ireland – Belfast
North East England – Gateshead, Leeds, Sheffield
South East England – Milton Keynes, Reading, Southhampton
South West England – Bristol, Exeter

Related: Fan gives IKEA chest of drawers a magical Harry Potter makeover – for just £45

Are you excited to get your IKEA meatball fix?

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.