At long last Ikea is opening in Dublin on Monday. Although for me, having traveled up to Belfast one too many times for my Scandinavian flat pack fix it’s a bit too late. I’ve got enough Ikea furniture to last the next decade. But I’ll not be avoiding the place, on the contrary the ginormous warehouse is a window shoppers paradise and in these times window shopping is very much the new shopping. The great thing about Ikea is that even after wandering around for 6 hours in a haze of home decorating fantasia the last thing you’ll want to do is eat in the cafe – the food is pretty dismal – you might be desperate enough to have a cup of coffee and that will only knock you back a buck (if you have an Ikea Family card it’s free!), add on the m50 toll and you’ve had yourself a great day for under €4!
Ok. I’ll come clean – I’m not sure I could manage going to Ikea without actually buying anything… I may be over Birch veneer shelving but I get a feeling my next binge is going to be on their fabulous fabric range. My couch cushions are in need of a recovering and one of their uber bright and bombastically patterned fabrics will be perfect.
Don’t sweat the assembly stuff
If you are in desperate need of some well designed, budget friendly furniture but break out in a cold sweat when you think about having to put the thing together then this new service might be perfect for you. Maryrose Lyons has just launched Simple Assembly Me Hole – an professional flatpack furniture assembly service that charges €30 to put together a flat pack – complete with no wobbles and no bits left over! Having been raised with a screwdriver in my hand I find putting together chairs and table a pleasing problem solving exercise but I know when to leave it to the professionals – assembling my own kitchen is a little outside my remit. Luckily Simple Assembly Me Hole also provide an Ikea kitchen building service by qualified carpenters and fitters. Now that’s got me thinking… New kitchen Mmmmmmm….
*Me hole – I am assured this is a mundane Dublin expression but it still sounds quite rude to me and I’m not sure I’ve use it in the right context…