We took a trip to Ikea yesterday to bask in the glow of all the small-space-living solutions that Sweden has to offer. Also because we needed futon mattresses for the girls’ beds.
Now, this was only my second trip to Ikea ever because 1.) it’s like a million miles away (Google Maps shaves “a million” down to 27.9, if you’re looking for “accuracy”) and 2.) because I am easily overwhelmed and confused by large, maze-like structures, both aspects of which Ikea most definitely entails.
We traveled separately; I arrived first with all three kids in tow and Noah met us there after he got off work. I had armed myself with measurements of almost every nook and cranny of the bus, a list of things I needed to look for, the Ikea catalog and a big bag of pretzels. For the kids, of course.
Small interjection here: what in the WORLD is Ikea thinking with their carts and the wheels all turning at the same time? I quite literally found myself at one point spinning around in circles trying to keep from sliding sideways into people and couches and what have you. The children were delighted, but I was about ready to sit down on an EKTORP and order everything off my phone.
Long story short: things went a lot more smoothly after Noah arrived. We wound up with a couple of these (please note: all these images include my Amazon affiliate links because that’s the easiest way for me to post an image with a link to the product description, but everything listed here was MUCH less expensive at Ikea. However, if you find yourself needing to buy any other low-priced wares whilst perusing via our link, please, feel free):
as well as some other miscellaneous storage boxes and hanging closet compartments. And, of course, the futon mattresses for the girls.
But the best part was at the end when we found this in the “As Is” section for more than half off the original price:
It was getting late by the time we had lugged all our goodies home and tossed the children into bed, but Noah immediately got started dismantling the futon to make sure it fit through the hatch to the upper story where we’ll be sleeping.
I mean, the largest piece fit THROUGH the hatch, but it couldn’t be angled enough to actually fully slide INTO the room before it hit the ceiling.
I was about ready to post it on Craigslist and be done with it, but Noah had another idea.
What idea was that, you might ask?
Well, if it won’t fit through the hatch…
it will have to go through…
Oh, that man of mine. I’m so glad he’s around.
So, now that Noah has removed that window frame we can use it to also bring the girls’ bed mattresses upstairs and I can return the futon pads that we bought yesterday. Which means, of course, another trip to Ikea.
Do you have a love/hate relationship with Ikea? Let’s discuss.