Basic IKEA Stuff You Need to Know Before It Opens Its First PH Store

Anne Marielle Eugenio
PUBLISHED November 22, 2018 05:11 pm | UPDATED November 22, 2018 05:15 pm
Art by Dani Elevazo

It's finally happening! IKEA finally announced that by 2020, it will open its first store in the Philippines. Everyone waiting for this announcement is more than hyped. They should be. This store, which will be in SM Mall of Asia, will be the biggest one in the world yet.

IKEA is known for its low-cost quality furniture and its ready-to-assemble furniture concept. The establishment is an all-in-one space—shopping mall, restaurant, and even leisure area (for the kids). While we wait for IKEA to assemble, let's review on what the hype is all about.

The word “IKEA” actually stands for something

IKEA is actually pronounced as ee-kay-uh (not eye-kee-uh). The letters I and K stands for Ingvar Kamprad, the founder’s name. E stands for Elmtaryd, which is the farm he grew up in and A is for Agunnaryd, his hometown in Sweden. It is by no accident that IKEA is in blue and yellow. It is actually the color of Sweden’s flag.






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It is currently the world’s largest furniture retailer

Currently, IKEA has 422 stores in 50 markets; 19 of those opened this year. IKEA’s interior spaces are usually designed to resemble a corn maze designed to purposely leave the customers feeling lost and tired. This way, customers tend to impulse buy on goods fearing they won’t find them again.

You’d have to assemble the IKEA furniture yourself

Most of the IKEA furniture are delivered piece by piece and the customer will be the one to assemble them. This idea came out because of a LOVET table. Since bulky mail orders are expensive, they decided to take off the table’s legs. Thus, the flat-pack and self-assembly idea was born. You’d probably also value the furniture more because you assembled it yourself.






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IKEA meatballs!

IKEA has restaurants in its stores too. Probably because they know their customers would be famished after a day of furniture shopping. IKEA’s Swedish meatballs are a popular must-try!






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The furniture company said the country's first IKEA store space will be a good 65,000 square meters or about 150 basketball courts, and it will carry 9,000 products. Plus, it will house a play area for kids and the IKEA restaurant.

You might also want to save up now so you’ll have enough budget by the end of 2020.



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