Good news for IKEA fans, the Swedish flatpack furniture store is opening its doors again. On April 12, IKEA will reopen in the UK – here’s what you need to know when planning your trip.
‘We’re really looking forward to welcoming customers safely back into our stores,’ says Peter Jelkeby, UK & IE Country Retail Manager and CSO, ‘inspiring people to live a better and more sustainable everyday through our range of affordable home furnishings.’
‘Over the past year, we’ve placed more demands on our homes than ever before, needing them to be spaces where we can live, work and play,’ Peter says.
When is IKEA opening in the UK?
In England and Wales, stores will open the following Monday, on April 12th. In Northern Ireland, Click and Collect services will be open from April 12th. On Monday, April 5th, stores opened again in Scotland. For inspiration on ways to make your IKEA pieces stand out, take a look at our IKEA hacks page.
When is the IKEA restaurant opening?
If a plate of meatballs is an important part of your IKEA trip, fear not. Bistros, which operate a contact-free takeaway service will be open to help sustain hungry shoppers. The Swedish Food Markets will be open so much-loved food items can still be made at home. You just won’t be able to sit down in the IKEA restaurant until it reopens next month, on May 17th, in line with government guidelines.
What social distancing measures will be in place at IKEA?
Stringent safety measures will be in place to enable social distancing and make sure both staff and eager IKEA customers feel comfortable.
1. Floor markings and one-way systems
Floor markings and signage throughout the stores will be there to advise you how to stay socially distanced. IKEA is limiting customer numbers and putting a staggered entry system in place to limit the flow of people entering the store.
2. You must wear a mask
In line with Government guidelines, customers and staff will be expected to wear a face covering unless exempt.
3. Extra cleaning
Deeper, more frequent cleaning routines will be in place. This will mean bags, trolleys, bathrooms, rest areas, equipment and touchscreens are kept as clean as possible. Additional hand sanitiser facilities will also be placed throughout stores.
4. Card payment preferred
IKEA has said that card and contactless payments are preferable to cash.
5. Protective screens
There will also be screens at key areas, like checkouts, service points and customer returns, to enable social distancing.
6. Social distance wardens
There will also be social distance wardens to help customers and ensure everyone is following social distancing measures.
7. IKEA pay areas will be closed
One thing for parents to bear in mind is that IKEA has said that outdoor and indoor play areas will remain closed.
Can you click and collect from IKEA?
You can still click and collect from IKEA. Online delivery is still an option, but since the price depends on the size of the product, this might be expensive.
’We recommend you come prepared with ready-made lists and your own bags,’ reads the IKEA website. Before long we’ll be loading our trolleys with vanilla candles, Billy bookcases and succulents.