How to survive a couples trip to Ikea

After a recent trip to Ikea I’ve fallen back in love with the Swedish furniture company but have decided you need a game plan before you go with your other half.

My husband and I didn’t used to live near an Ikea so we’d never actually been in one together.

He suggested one Saturday afternoon that we go “for a look around” so off we popped in my car the thirty minute journey to our local store.

In a surprise to absolutely no one, Ikea which jokingly refers to certain products as “husband killers,” can be bad for relationships.

We’ve survived building flat-pack furniture together but a simple journey to Ikea was almost a disaster – we survived (just about).

Ikea meme

I don’t know if it’s just our Ikea but blimey it’s difficult to actually get to the customer parking.

The sat nav unhelpfully takes you behind the big blue building of doom – to the delivery entrance.

So after driving aimlessly around the back of the building, I decided it was best to ring my superhero mam to ask her how the heck we get in.

I turned the car around in a desperate search for the bright lights of ASDA as she promised me the car park is just behind the supermarket.

After what felt like a lifetime we eventually found ourselves wandering around the massive store.

Ikea literally has everything.

Plastic bags for food prep – check.

Furniture for your entire house – check.

Plants and outside furniture for your garden – check.

Stationary and wrapping paper – check.

Gifts for all the family – check.

Amazing and cheap scented candles – check.

I mean seriously they do everything – even food at the deli on the way out!

I left with a clear makeup organiser (reduced from £15 to less than a tenner) and a really handy triple USB plug and thankfully no divorce on the cards.

What I bought at Ikea

What I bought at Ikea

Needless to say he drove back and we’re trying to erase the painful memories!

Before we head off to Ikea again perhaps we should take the Buzzfeedquiz to check if our relationship can survive a trip to Ikea. 

Here’s some tips to survive a couples trip to Ikea

  1. Don’t go when you’re hungry (unless you grab some food from the cafe straight away)
  2. Don’t go when you’re tired (unless you have a sneaky nap on the comfy display furniture)
  3. Don’t go when you’re stressed (unless you go and sniff all the amazing scented candles)
  4. Go with the knowledge that you just have to go all the way around Ikea because the only way out is through
  5. Accept that you will buy something (probably stuff you don’t need but will love)
  6. Find out how you actually get there and parked (believe me this is stressful)
  7. Don’t go during peak times (eg new catalogue launch day, Saturday day time, near Christmas)
  8. Go when it’s a bit quieter (later on a Saturday and just evenings in general really)
  9. Do get a big yellow bag to put your items in otherwise your arms will get tired from trying to hold everything and you’ll end up dropping stuff
  10. Remember a trip to Ikea can be stressful but just take some comfort knowing that almost all couples will argue because of Ikea and that’s ok.

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68 thoughts on “How to survive a couples trip to Ikea

  1. Bryntin says:

    Ikea are building a new store in Exeter. My wife is excited by this prospect as Exeter is only one hour away rather than Bristol being next nearest at two and a fair bit hours away.
    It leaves me nonplussed, simply because there is no such thing as ‘a couples trip to Ikea’ in this household.

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  2. Rated by Hanna says:

    Haha I’ve gone to the Ikea near me only a handful of times. I think there is a way to avoid going through all of the show rooms. Instead of entering right you take a left (at least for mine) plus you can stop by the warehouse section if you know the Aisle/Bin# of the item you want. I looked it up online before going in, most recently to get my 60 lb.+ Alexa 5 unit drawers for makeup storage that every beauty guru swears by. Now the parking lot looks like an Airport…

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  3. angelanoelauthor says:

    Great tips–I have even had a few issues when going to IKEA with a friend! I always pack my patience when I go and set expectation before hand. Is this a look around? Or a hunt and retrieve sort of trip? Oh, IKEA, you are great and terrible at the same time!

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  4. zaramcintosh says:

    Thankfully, I’m yet to have an eventful couples trip to IKEA. My biggest problem at the moment is going and wanting to buy all the furniture and completely do-over my whole house. I think I need a guide on how to survive that! Great post though,
    Zara xx

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  5. Moonsomnia says:

    We have a rather large IKEA open up near us early this year and people were stuck in a 4 he traffic jam to leave and enter, that completely put me off so needless to say I haven’t yet been. It’s funny, we were discussing today taking the trip on the weekend 😂


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  6. glowsteady says:

    My nearest IKEA is quite a trek so thankfully don’t go all that often but I can barely survive a trip alone never mind with anyone else, especially when you’re looking for a particular item.
    ‘Have you seen this?’
    ‘We’re looking for….whatever’
    ‘What about that?’

    Usually how it goes for me x


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  7. Gabe Burkhardt says:

    The IKEA here in Romania is a welcome reprieve from clutter and disorganization (sounds like it might be a bit different from yours). Easy to navigate, uber- easy to find what we need, and what we don’t need, but still manage to buy.

    But your point about having to go ALL THE WAY through the store to get out is so true.

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  8. Fiona Maclean says:

    We used to play a game that we invented called the IKEA challenge. It involved scoring each other based on criteria like how well we stuck to our shopping list, how often we lost our temper – and many of the things in your post. Perhaps you and I should get together and make a commercial version – to sell in IKEA of course;)

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  9. Simon says:

    Hi there Rachel, I like your thoughts on this and they help. But on the basis of the times I’ve had to go and that IKEA seem to recognise that husband’s hate the place. Simply don’t go! ☺️

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