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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

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

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

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

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

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

Oak, Pine, Handful of Norsemen, Creativity

Studio apartment 2.0: What are some simple and affordable tweaks I can make to basic furnishings that let me shop at IKEA without looking like all I did was shop at IKEA? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Jun 20, 2011 - 20 answers

Moving a bookcase without breaking it or myself

Anyone have experience moving an Ikea EXPEDIT bookcase? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Apr 29, 2011 - 25 answers

I want to make a great ironing board, not warp one.

I want to do this Ikea hack , but I have some questions about how to make it durable, since I will be, well, ironing on it. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Mar 2, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me stain or paint my ikea desk

I want to stain (ideally) or paint (less good) my ikea wood veneer desk. How can I best do this? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Dec 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Furnishing a small apartment.

Help me furnish and decorate my new small studio apartment. [more inside]
posted by Authorized User on Dec 13, 2009 - 8 answers

Is it worth the trouble/effort to buy IKEA in Canada and drive it back into the US?

Anyone with experience buying and bringing IKEA stuff from Canada into the US? [more inside]
posted by davertron on Oct 6, 2009 - 10 answers

How to quiet my creaking loft bed?

How can I minimize creaking/cracking noises from my new IKEA STORÅ Loft Bed? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Aug 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Hack my table, please.

I need advice on changing the color and leg length of an IKEA table. [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Jul 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Ikea To Go

I am planning a road trip to Ikea (Denver -> Draper, UT). Some friends are saying I should fly to Salt Lake then rent a truck to haul the stuff back. Some friends are saying I should drive out using my SUV. Help me make the right decision. [more inside]
posted by shew on Jun 16, 2009 - 21 answers

Dear. your father and I would love to pass our heirloom dinner table to you, but the bolts fell out.

Sadly, we seem to have outgrown Ikea. What now? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Jan 1, 2009 - 37 answers

How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing?

How long does it take a couch to stop offgassing? I assembled a new Ikea Karlstad sofa five days ago, and while the odor has decreased a bit, it still smells. Worse, there's some VOC that irritates my nose and throat after I sit on it for half an hour or so, which is rather worrying. (My wife gets the same 'acrid feeling' too.) [more inside]
posted by sebastienbailard on Aug 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Klippan help plz

The Ikea Klippan sofa is a popular model according to Google and is comfy enough to sit on at the store, but does anyone have any ideas regarding its total lack of head support? I'm thinking I need to add some kind of head rest, like a body pillow held in place with a giant piece of fabric wrapping around it and stapled in the back. This seems like one of those things that somebody somewhere must have figured out already (besides get rid of it). Any ideas?
posted by amethysts on May 10, 2008 - 8 answers

I suck at IKEA.

How do you get a plastic IKEA rivet out of a half-built drawer? [more inside]
posted by hellbient on Jan 4, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me fix my couch.

Help me fix my Ikea couch. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 4, 2007 - 5 answers

Is there an IKEA of the patio furniture world?

Is there an IKEA of the patio furniture world? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Nov 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Where can I find affordable trendy/modern furniture in the UK?

Where can I find affordable trendy/modern furniture in the UK? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan on Jul 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Comfortable IKEA-esque couches?

Help me choose a cheap IKEA (or similar) couch without actually sitting on it first. [more inside]
posted by shaun on Jul 30, 2006 - 17 answers

Where can we get furniture in Santa Barbara, California?

Where can I get affordable household stuff near Santa Barbara, California? My boyfriend and I just moved here and we need furniture. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Dec 24, 2005 - 4 answers

How to identify IKEA furniture (sofa bed)

How to identify IKEA furniture? I have an identical sofa bed to the one on sale here and also here. I want to get a new cover for it but I can't for the life of me remember the model name. So does anyone know what the bed is called or how I can find out. Many thanks.
posted by empedia on Aug 3, 2005 - 9 answers

Best Ikea alternatives?

Tomorrow, we are returning to Ikea for the first time in nearly a decade. Though we were not pleased with the quality of items purchased on our last visit, cost was and is still the overriding factor. We intend to avoid particleboard items for anything that will bear a significant load. What places would you recommend as alternatives? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by sequential on Nov 23, 2004 - 23 answers

Ikea Desks

I've got a chance to buy an Ikea Jerker computer desk locally for a good price (the closest Ikea store is in Houston, we're in Austin). How sturdy are they? I'm used to early-80s solid-steel welded Steelcase desks, and am wondering if the Jerker will be solid enough for a 19" monitor and Mac G4 tower. [more inside]
posted by mrbill on Feb 9, 2004 - 12 answers

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