Army Wives Home Deco – IKEA is My Best Friend
You may think about what Army Wives the show and IKEA have in common, but IKEA has everything in common with real army wives! Like the real army wives, IKEA can be found almost everywhere in the world, making it the perfect place for home shopping for anyone who moves often. Most of their lines run for several years or are ongoing classics, making it easy to add pieces as needed.
Let’s face it – if you move often your furniture will eventually get in bad shape and you never really know how it will survive each move. We’ve had expensive designer furniture, and still do, but to be quite honest, I am either freaked out about it getting messed up during the move or it’s just too heavy and difficult to move, also adding to the moving cost. Live and learn, IKEA truly is my best friend. IKEA’s furniture is made with Scandinavian homes in mind (read: smaller homes), and thus fits easier into almost any space. While IKEA’s prices are low, their quality is actually much better than what the price tag might suggest.
The only downside is that you need to assemble your furniture yourself. Most of the furniture is easy to assemble; some (like closet systems) need two people to get it done because the solid wood pieces are heavy. The good thing is that you can also disassemble the furniture back into pieces for an easier move. Typically the larger furniture that has to bare a lot of weight, like bookshelves and closet systems, ca only be re-built 3-4 times until they become unsafe.
Three tips to make your IKEA furniture last longer:
- If you don’t move often and don’t care about putting the furniture back into pieces, use generous amounts of wood glue when putting the furniture together.
- Learn to upholster dining chairs to make the basic chairs more personalized and last longer, and use slipcovers.
- Get the solid wood furniture that you can paint yourself to add a new fresh look.
The IKEA 2010 catalog just came out in the beginning August, and they are announcing exciting news: new even lower prices! Several of their classics like the Karlstad sofa (now $399) is now even less than before. The 30-year old Klippan sofa (pictured) is now available in its birthday suit, the first print it was ever made in. There are also several new products in the latest catalog, and I can’t wait to visit the store to get an even a better look at them.