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A few years back if you asked anyone about what comes from Sweden, they'd have probably listed Bjorn Borg, Abba and Volvos. Ask now and Ikea is bound to figure prominently for many people, especially for those of us fortunate to live not too far from one of their stores. (Fortunate I suppose if you do like huge blue and yellow buildings on your doorstep...on second thoughts maybe I'm glad I'm half hour away!)I've visited their stores a few times and have bought a few items of furniture. Never had any complaints about the quality itself - in fact like the aforementioned imports I've always found it pretty solid, reliable and you know what you're going to get. But trekking round the stores has always put me off. I have over half an hour drive to get to my closest one in Warrington, you can queue for ever at the checkouts, if you have the misfortune to buy something and then once you've got home found anything wrong you have to repeat the process - 45 mins wait to replace one bookcase shelf once!!! And you have to bring it all home yourself....that limits options when you only have a small Fiesta! Consequently I've not visited Ikea for a while. Then a new one opened in Ashton, not much further from me than Warrington, and handily about 5 mins from my boyfriend's house so temptation did arise again. And then to cap it all I heard that it's now possible to shop online or have home delivery - Christmas has come early!!!
I'm decorating my son's bedroom and he's getting some new furniture. I'd already seen one of those loft beds in Argos, nice and simple, I dont want the sort with desk and futon. I know that Ikea do them too but their beds are a non-standard size so you can only get mattresses from them...too much hassle I decided. But I did need a desk to go under the bed, one that would fit alongside other furniture I've already got. So I headed for the website. Now I like to do my online shopping in two ways. I like to often visit a store to see the item for real, then order online for the convenience and often money-saving factor. Or I check out recommendations and specifications online and then pick up when I'm in the shop itself. For Ikea I was planning on doing it the first way.I headed for the section on desks and saw a few items that were possibles. I duly made a note of them and then clicked on the Shop Online tab to see just how much delivery charges were etc. At that point the page opened to tell me that online shopping is available in the East Midlands, so as I'm not near Nottingham I can't have it! I was given the option to leave my e-mail details so they can contact me when online shopping has rolled out further through the UK.
So plan A was now disintegrating a bit! But never mind, there's still this option of home delivery after all. As it happens before I had the chance to go back to the website I was going over to Ashton, so decided I would pop to the store to check out the desks I'd earmarked. When I got there, a couple of the desks I'd noted didnt really seem to be as nice in real life, but I saw a workstation that looked fantastic for my sons room.
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