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What would you do with too much bamboo?

Due to some overzealous purchasing at Ikea, I have found myself with two extra slabs of bamboo tabletop. Any creative suggestions on what I can do with them? Would these be safe to use as cutting boards? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Nov 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Mattress Missteps: Is Ikea the Answer?

Over the past year, my girlfriend and I have suffered through a series of mattress missteps to the tune of about $2500. Yesterday we were in Ikea and tried out the Sultan Heggedal mattress, which is $999 for a king. We were impressed both with the comfort and price of this mattress, but are trying to do some additional research so we don’t make the same mistake again. [more inside]
posted by merikus on Nov 2, 2014 - 16 answers

How durable is the birch veneer on IKEA furniture?

I just bought this desk from IKEA . It was a bit of a splurge, upgrading from a busted-up old kitchen table that I have been using for a desk for the last, um, well forever and never needing to worry about coffee spills and the like. Now that I have this new desk, I want to treat it right and make it look good until I am old and worn out. [more inside]
posted by nanook on Oct 14, 2014 - 11 answers

What's the difference between an exhaust hood and an exhaust fan?

Ikea sells "exhaust hoods" like this Luftig for $379, and it sells "exhaust fans" like this Luftig for $99. How are they different that's worth $280? It can't be just the extra stainless steel and faux industrial style since this Eventuell which mounts under a cabinet sells for $499. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Oct 4, 2014 - 8 answers

How to furnish an entire apartment in the Algarve this week?

Mr. TEA and I have just become responsible for furnishing a two-bedroom apartment in the Algarve. The apartment is in good condition but entirely empty. We would be furnishing it for family use and possibly for rental. My go-to furnishings store at home (the US), Ikea, is hours away, although I'm wondering if it would be worth the trip just for dishes, pots, pans, and glasses. I speak very little Portuguese, although Mr. TEA is more fluent.
posted by TEA on Aug 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Ikea Smallening

I have a new, unassembled red 2x4 Kallax. I want it to be 2x3. Could a lumberyard easily cut down the two long-pieces? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Jul 13, 2014 - 8 answers

IKEA Down Comforter Question: Will it get obliterated in the wash?

Last year, I bought a $20 synthetic MYSA STRA (warmth rate 1) comforter from IKEA. It fits perfectly inside my duvet, but it became a lumpy mess the first time it was washed. Granted, I only wash the comforter a few times a year, but still... it's a lumpy mess. I'm tempted to try the down MYSA VETE comforter, but I'm worried it'll also become a lumpy mess after one wash. I've never owned a down comforter before. Surely some of you own it. I'd appreciate any thoughts. Is it worth $90? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on May 6, 2014 - 21 answers

Help me size and place cabinet pulls on my IKEA Adel cabinets!

My most pressing question: Do I need 8-inch pulls for the larger, 36-inch drawers? 7 inch? 12 inch? What fits that size best? What about the 30 & 24-inch drawers? Can I just grab one size and buy 40 of them and they'll all look good? [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Apr 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me buy a REALLY flatpack armchair.

I need to find, in the UK an affordable wingback armchair that actually comes flatpacked for my soon to be breastfeeding wife. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Apr 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Box spring or wood slats?

We just got a nice new mattress. It came with a box spring. We were using our old mattress on an IKEA bed (the Redalen, which I guess they don't sell anymore) with their cheap wooden slats, the Sultan Lade, as support. All things being equal, we'd stick with the IKEA bed and slats. But are all things equal? Are there advantages to using the box spring instead of the slats?
posted by Xalf on Mar 14, 2014 - 17 answers

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world

Crate & Barrel has this modular shelving unit/desk hybrid which would be perfect for my needs, except the shelving unit doesn't actually hold very much. I thought IKEA had something similar but they don't really (their desk sticks out at a 90 degree angle from the shelves). Do you know of anyone who sells a shelving system like this (with a desk option) that will actually hold books. Thanks!
posted by anastasiav on Mar 6, 2014 - 17 answers

Almost a decade later, any updates on alternatives to Ikea?

I'd like to configure a recessed niche part of a rec room wall with some floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, a la the Ikea PAX system. I recently picked up an Ikea piece and was gobsmacked to discover just how horrible they've become since the last time I bought any. [more inside]
posted by wkearney99 on Dec 20, 2013 - 9 answers

How much does quality cost?

Since moving cross-country several months ago, I've been gradually furnishing a small studio apartment. I decided that, for once, I'm not going to buy Ikea everything, and maybe try paying a little more for higher-quality quality items. Almost every one of my purchases has backfired. How much more should I be prepared to spend before I see reliable improvement in quality over Ikea and other lowest common denominator options? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 27, 2013 - 52 answers

Stain to Match Ikea Table

We just bought an ikea dining room table with the brown laminate, and we'd like to stain the plain wood ikea chairs we got to match. While we realize it will be difficult to replicate exactly, what stain or combination thereof can we use to get close to this color? The table looks a bit darker than what the product photos show, here's what it looks like in real life.
posted by Mach5 on Oct 26, 2013 - 6 answers

What light fixture is this?

Some enthusiastic home dance party moves caused me to shatter one of the glass lampshades on this light fixture. I'd like to replace the shade, but I have no idea what lamp's brand or model is. Do you? [more inside]
posted by esd on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

How to buy sensibly priced, pre-assembled bedroom furniture? (London)

I would like to to like to buy some IKEA-style furniture, and I'm willing to pay a premium of around £60-£100 so that I don't have to build it myself. But I can't find any way to buy any! Surely this must be possible? [more inside]
posted by piato on Oct 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me improve my new apartment's dismal lighting situation

My recently purchased 1000 sq ft one bedroom apartment has terrible lighting, and I have no experience retrofitting lighting. What are the best resources for learning about lighting? Where can I buy decent light installations without breaking the bank? If I have a limited budget, what should be my priorities? [more inside]
posted by ghostpony on Sep 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Light Fixture Wiring?!

I bought a light fixture yesterday at Ikea and I was all like YEAH THIS IS GOING TO BE SO EASY. Ha. Can you help me not die? [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 15, 2013 - 14 answers

An IKEA hack idea grows in the Bronx

Is it possible to find someone in the Bronx, or in NYC proper, who would do a hack for me on a FÖRHÖJA cart? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Aug 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Boston Ikea how-to: difficulty level, no car

Boston-area Mefites: share your wisdom! We are looking to furnish our Medford, MA, apartment. We'd like to shop at Ikea. The problem is, we don't drive (we aren't legally qualified, so Zipcar doesn't help). Ikea will deliver from the store, which is great but leaves one problem: How do we get to and from the store? Any advice helpful; more details inside. [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Aug 25, 2013 - 9 answers

For sale: one bed of indeterminate value

When I moved into my apartment, the previous tenant left behind his kid's twin bed, which has been sitting in a corner covered with books for the last year. I want to finally get rid of it (on Craigslist or similar) but I have no idea what the asking price should be. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Aug 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Resurfacing IKEA Furniture?

I've got a black IKEA Expedit bookcase that I've used as a surface the last two years or so, and it shows. For various reasons, I can't really move it from where it is right now (it's part of some custom built in furniture). How can I repaint or restain this thing to look a little better? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 5, 2013 - 17 answers

Is West Elm really better than Ikea?

Is West Elm worth the price premium over Ikea? [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle on May 8, 2013 - 33 answers

What are the best IKEA products for ages one to three?

We are making a rare trip to IKEA tomorrow in part to get a table and chairs for our one-year old. What are other IKEA items that we should look at for him? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Apr 27, 2013 - 26 answers

WOAH - We're going to Ikea!

We are moving into our first flat! Hooray! However, it is unfurnished, so we need to buy us some furniture - specifically, a good sofa and a good dining/gaming table. If we go Ikea, what's the sweet spot between price and durability? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Mar 8, 2013 - 39 answers

How do I attach a short wood plank onto an Ikea fiberboard tabletop?

My desk is not deep enough for me to sit comfortably with the monitor at a distance. How would I go about anchoring a wood plank onto it that will hold the counterweight of a 24" monitor sitting on the overhanging edge? This picture should explain what I mean. Clamps? Nails? Screws? [more inside]
posted by legospaceman on Jan 19, 2013 - 17 answers

Mattress questions: Ikea & Macy's edition

Inexpensive firm mattress options: how does the Ikea Hanestad hold up? How do firm MacyBed mattresses hold up? Can you haggle at Macy's like you can with mattress chains? (+ more discussion inside.) [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jan 2, 2013 - 12 answers

Why does Ikea think I am in the Dominican Republic?

When trying to access ikea.com. I am being re-directed to Ikea's website in the Dominican Republic (I am in the US). This happens on all the household's computers and in all browsers -- what is up?
posted by AwkwardPause on Dec 10, 2012 - 8 answers

how do you work science?!

Can someone explain with SCIENCE, how this glass jar just exploded in my bathroom while I was taking a shower, and ended up almost entirely on the other side of the shower curtain? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Dec 1, 2012 - 28 answers

The Great Meatball Mystery

This weekend, IKEA is offering a food special where the price of your meal is deducted from furniture orders of $100 or more. In the fine print, I noticed an unusual clause: "Swedish meatballs not included in restaurant offer at IKEA Carson." Everyone loves Ikea's Swedish meatballs, but is the meatball market really THAT much more robust in Carson, CA? What's the deal?
posted by bowbeacon on Aug 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Ikea bed and mattress suggestions

Our bedframe is broken beyond repair. Perhaps this would be a good time to get a bed that is larger than a full. Our budget is Ikea level—so I have two questions: 1) Will their queen size beds comfortably support our combined weight of 500-550 lbs? 2) Are there any Ikea beds or mattresses that you particularly like?
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 31, 2012 - 23 answers

What paint can I use on my textured desktop?

My Ikea Dave desk is showing its age. The desktop is made of fiberboard with "epoxy/polyester powder coating;" it's textured. What sort of paint can I use? [more inside]
posted by giraffe on Aug 14, 2012 - 6 answers

How to hang IKEA's 5x7 Ribba frame from the small, recessed clip on the back?

How to hang IKEA's Ribba frames when they don't come with a wire across the back? [more inside]
posted by palliser on Jul 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Help! Brand new ikea furniture gives me a stuffy nose

Bought ikea furniture for a bedroom.. big mistake. The smell of paint is so strong that if i sleep with the windows closed i wake up with a stuffy nose. Is there any remedy?
posted by 3mendo on Jul 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Are all Ikea cam screws and locks plastic now?

I just received some replacement cam screws and locks from Ikea and the locks are plastic! Are all Ikea cam locks plastic now? Alternatively, do Billy bookcases come with plastic locks now? I bought mine years ago and they were metal. Picture of what a cam screw and lock look like in case they go by some other name I don't know
posted by racecar on Jun 28, 2012 - 21 answers

POANG VS. CURTAIN => HÅL

Can you identify these Ikea curtains? [more inside]
posted by artychoke on Apr 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Will memory foam padding improve IKEA mattress?

Will memory foam padding on a flat IKEA mattress would give me a better sleep and will folding it up every day ruin the padding? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Apr 17, 2012 - 11 answers

ikea furniture

Ikea cabinet hinge adjustment help needed. [more inside]
posted by umbú on Mar 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Hacking (or just hacking up) my couch, vs. just replacing it already

Can I hack my (Ikea Varnamo) couch? SHOULD I? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Feb 19, 2012 - 6 answers

The perfect console table / shelf

Can you help me find a two shelf version of this lovely piece of furniture? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Feb 17, 2012 - 2 answers

I'm okay with my Kakor Havreflarns - it's my Grönsakskaka I'm worried about.

Grönsakskaka - I love it. Or them. I don't even know if their name is plural. They're the potato and broccoli cakes from Ikea. I want to make them, but can't seem to find a recipe that will give me what I like most about them - their texture. What I do not like about them? The price. [more inside]
posted by peagood on Jan 15, 2012 - 14 answers

Oh, IKEA ...

I just bought the Karlstad chair from IKEA. It's slightly defective and I'm wondering how bad it would be if I overlooked this particular defect and went ahead with putting it together anyway. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 8, 2012 - 13 answers

sweet/funny pictures/sayings to see by my bed at night?

Pictures/Sayings that would be sweet/funny to see by the bed at night? [more inside]
posted by ThiefOfSweets on Nov 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Insane way to install wall cabinet?

I have a kitchen wall cabinet to install. I can't do any heavy lifting due to a back injury. Is this an insane way to install a kitchen wall cabinet? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Nov 17, 2011 - 13 answers

What's a durable way to label Ikea Slom and Ihärdig jars?

What's a durable way to label Ikea Slom and Ihärdig jars? [more inside]
posted by neushoorn on Nov 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Ikea home delivery (hjemtransport) in Aarhus, on Sunday?

Does the Ikea home delivery service (hjemtransport) at the Aarhus location in Denmark, actually accept goods for delivery on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by joeycoleman on Sep 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Hanging curtain wire between old walls

I hung up curtains last week using IKEA's Dignitet curtain wire system. Last night the steel cable yanked one of the mounts out of the brick wall it was attached to. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by ar0n on Sep 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Choosing wood for a shelf

I want to build a shelf like this. I have no idea how to build a shelf like that. I am a complete noob and really dumb questions are inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Sep 19, 2011 - 11 answers

IKEA furniture question

Is there anyone in New York City who dis-assembles IKEA furniture? [more inside]
posted by klpage on Aug 30, 2011 - 20 answers

How to treat an unfinished tabletop?

How to finish this untreated pine tabletop? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Aug 15, 2011 - 18 answers

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