Finally, Your Ikea Furniture Assembly Nightmare Is Over … or Is It?

logoff/iStock; realtor.com The days of wanting to pull your hair out and set fire to all of your furniture after spending an entire day trying to put together an Ikea trundle bed could be coming to an end. To make assembling their furniture less of a waking nightmare, Ikea’s engineers have invented what they’ve dubbed a “wedge dowel”—a […]

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4 Sneaky Ways Ikea Tricks You Into Buying Tons of Stuff You Don’t Want or Need

RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images If you’ve ever shopped at Ikea, you probably went in thinking you need a lamp, but you came out the other end with two lamps, a side table, a love seat, and a stomach full of Swedish meatballs. This chain (with 41 massive stores in the U.S.) can tempt even the most tight-fisted among us to spew cash. Why […]

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Ikea Now Has a ‘Housewarming Registry.’ Is It a Great Thing or a Tacky Thing?

AzmanL/iStock; ikea.com If you’ve bought a home recently, odds are you’re eager to celebrate. It’s time to throw a housewarming party! Yet beware of hopping on a tacky new trend that goes hand in hand with these events: setting up a housewarming registry. You’re probably familiar with registries for weddings and baby showers, where etiquette deems you […]

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Date Night at Ikea: Surprising Confessions of an Ikea Virgin

Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images; betyarlaca/iStock Intense excitement has been zinging through the air in my suburban Los Angeles neighborhood, and it has nothing to do with the fact that Valentine’s Day is here. It’s that the nation’s largest Ikea store had just opened nearby. “Have you seen it?” neighbors asked breathlessly, as if Machu Picchu had just been transplanted […]

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