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Ikea is a Swedish retailer which designs low-cost, ready to build furniture, as well as appliances and home accessories. Ikea UK has 20 stores throughout the country and an extensive online store.
There are only 20 Ikea UK stores, meaning you will most likely need a car to get there. But if you love to shop then it is so worth the trip. Ikea opening times vary between stores so check online before you travel! Stores are divided into 3 main areas. Firstly the showroom, which lets customers browse and note down the products they want before picking them up in the marketplace and the warehouse. The store layout helps show the products in their best light, meaning you can choose you Ikea bed by seeing how it might look in your bedroom. Tired from all that shopping? Take a break in the Ikea restaurant and chow down on some super cheap but super tasty Swedish Meatballs.
With all products designed in-house, this retailer aims to make stylish contemporary living accessible to all tastes and budgets. Ikea wardrobes, for example, are known for their innovation and personalisation, probably more so than their low price. Ikeas kitchens are also popular for their innovative storage solutions an modern design.
History of Ikea
Ikea was founded in Sweden in 1948 and has since grown to over 380 stores in 48 countries around the world, including India, Dominican Republic and China. The largest Ikea store in the world is located in Seoul, and measures a whopping 59,000 metres squared! The company is known for its tight control of costs and operations and for continually developing new designs and products.
Ikea locations in the UK are sparse, so for most people the easiest way to shop is to use the online store. The most recent and complete Ikea furniture and product line is available to view online. Ikea delivery to home is charged on a location-by-location basis, so check online for prices in your area. If you're an Ikea devotee, the Ikea Family members club will reward you with great offers, freebies and special treats. That includes an extra 10% of sale prices when you swipe your card in-store!