IKEA Rightsizes Planning Studio Store for City Dwellers
Under any sort of normal circumstances, when planning a trip to your local IKEA store, it’s best to carve out at least three hours of your day. The first hour is for getting over the initial shock of just how large these big box furniture stores are, yet how filled to the brim they are with every sort of household product and piece of furniture that you can imagine. The second hour is reserved for the actual shopping that you need to do or locating that particular piece of furniture you went there for. And the final hour is set aside for finding your way out of that expansive maze. (Pro tip: follow the scent of Swedish meatballs, which will at least get you to the checkout area.)
Going to IKEA is certainly an experience. Despite the pure chaos of the layout itself, the store is actually designed in one of the smartest and most engaging ways possible. Their series of vignettes give you a glimpse at what life would look like with a house decked out in their furniture and accompanying accessories—minus the hours spent deciphering their LEGO-like instructions and cursing the inventor of the Allen wrench.
However, the experience is certainly one that’s best suited in a suburban setting given both the size of the typical IKEA store and the type of customer that it attracts.