For some, Ikea is heaven, for others its hell but, it is rarely ever both. It's the place we need, without the experience we feel we deserve. Either way, we have all been there and we all have our opinions on it.
It's got everything one could ever need to kit out a home, and it's usually far more affordable price than everywhere else. But, shopping at Ikea does not lead you to have anything unique. It is full of what are now considered to be standard items and as well as offering a classic experience, that everyone can relate to.
While most people around the world have had a fairly similar experience in Ikea, involving blue bags, plates of meatballs and putting together furniture, one man has had a totally different experience. And, it is totally unbelievable.
What's a typical day in Ikea?Well, it involves making your way around a pre-determined path, picking up a version of an item that is identical to what everyone else has at home. Once it's home, you have the task of putting it all together which is actually pretty cool. It's sort of like building lego but for adults.
We all know the classic items.
If you look very closely you will see the remnant of an ikea bargain circa 90’s! #ikea #lazypaintjob https://t.co/bqK1VBIp6D— Ceri Lloyd (@Ceri Lloyd)1554748551.0
Who hasn't had this problem at some point?Ikea is there for all your most practical needs, and it is where you can find almost everything you need for a home, but there are some universal problems it creates. Like, why do they have to sell scissors that need to be cut open? Can't they see the irony?
Everyone knows the lights section.Ikea is full of different areas, but one part that is particular to the store is the lights section. From bed-side lamps to mother-and-daughter reading lights, and even wacky-ass lamp-shades nobody needs, it has it all.
Is Ikea having us on?
Ikea has its own membership scheme.Usually, Ikea family member prices give you a reduction. In fact, it can be pretty frustrating as a non-member. You might think you have just found a great deal but then it turns out it's actually only for people who have the family membership. But one person spotted a deal that definitely did not work out best, even with the membership.
For a lot of people, a trip to Ikea means just one thing.Meatballs. For many people, they are the only thing that makes the hellish experience of being herded like cattle around a furniture store worth it. But for others, the meatballs are incredibly over-rated, taste average at best, and have a really weird smell. These people probably think the hot-dogs are where it's really at.
Blue Ikea bags are the real bags for life.
As a wordsmith myself I love this one. #Ikea #BDA https://t.co/rT1D5vLMGE— Ronald Laan (@Ronald Laan)1554921363.0
This guy decided that the blue bags are really worth celebrating.
IKEA FASHION #IKEA https://t.co/9EpBYKBcBW— HIROMUNIERU (@HIROMUNIERU)1551267271.0
Ikea delivery is usually the perfect answer for car-less urbanites.
So @IKEAUSA what’s the furthest distance #Ikea has ever delivered? We’d like to claim the furthest south delivery w… https://t.co/Lgo9a3Xuli— HMS Protector (@HMS Protector)1553441709.0
They have huge sections devoted to each room of the house.
Bit personal. #ikea https://t.co/cjYiyoiGJX— 𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲 (@𝐏𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲)1554653051.0
You cannot underestimate how big Ikea is.Sure you can see from the outside that it is a huge warehouse, but the way it's split up into different rooms can make it seem a bit like a very large house. But you should not underestimate just how big it really is. This poor worker managed to walk over 3km, just by working on the till. That's already a lot compared to some jobs.
When was the last time you walked over 15km at work?This poor Twitter user and Ikea employee posted just how much they have to walk when they are working on the carts. If you ever feel tired or sorry for yourself after a day at Ikea, think of how the poor staff must feel after every shift. They have to spend all day every day weaving from one over-crowded room to the next whilst having to deal with customers.
Are you even an adult if you haven't had at least one bad experience with this guy?
Adulthood really starts with this guy #IKEA https://t.co/HqsqKvTtw0— Antoine ''Whaza'' (@Antoine ''Whaza'')1554577740.0
Is it worth separating all the screws first to make sure you can see what you need at each point?
#WakeUpQuestion: What kind of #IKEA-builder are you, Type A or Type B? #Aufwachfrage https://t.co/22lTwXqc8n— Udo Wiegärtner (@Udo Wiegärtner)1554100212.0
The self-assemble Ikea packs are difficult to put together.
If IKEA ever sold books 😂🤣 #IKEA #tlchat #librarylife #njed https://t.co/By9j8yjezS— Dr. Кrista Welz (@Dr. Кrista Welz)1554509257.0
It's never as simple as it looks.
:) #IKEA RT @jackmackenroth It's easier to have a one night stand than it is to assemble one from Ikea.— Selena Maranjian (@Selena Maranjian)1554949980.0
Have you ever made it through the assembly without any tantrums?
IKEA: Testing Marriage since 1943. #marriage #IKEA https://t.co/WZYMLmOWi8— The Secure Dad (@The Secure Dad)1554228089.0
This couple has managed to make the most of the Ikea experience.
IKEA PICKUP PUNS 😂 @kiirstinleigh @IKEAUSA TAG YOUR FRIENDS! Which one’s your fav? #puns #badpuns #punsfordays… https://t.co/0BZgbQYQbg— Michael Bow (@Michael Bow)1550456203.0
Did we mention that Ikea is Swedish?
lmao #GameOfThrones or #IKEA name game part 1— winners got a handshake from Kit Harington 😍❤️ https://t.co/SdmKRavEpu— EᗰIᒪIᗩ ᑕᒪᗩᖇKE | 🅴🆃🅴🆁🅽🅰🅻🆂 (@EᗰIᒪIᗩ ᑕᒪᗩᖇKE | 🅴🆃🅴🆁🅽🅰🅻🆂)1554436631.0
Ikea holds the title for inspiring the best protest sign.
"I've seen better cabinets at #IKEA" Has to win todays #ClimateStrike #Imwithyoukid #kidsmarch #Strike4Climate https://t.co/juSuLvk7GG— Amanda Harrison (@Amanda Harrison)1552616324.0
Ikea is on its way to being made of 100% recycled or renewable materials.
It is not just its furniture that causes waste.
At #IKEA more than 3 million meals did not go to waste. Another milestone towards reaching our goal of reducing… https://t.co/azsfx3KlU0— Michael La Cour (@Michael La Cour)1550144231.0
There are some very simple steps that can limit impact.
#Ikea to start serving #salad grown at its stores https://t.co/vsYHcrCfjv https://t.co/eNIdu3wedX— ST Foreign Desk (@ST Foreign Desk)1554370932.0
It's not just the environment that Ikea is helping.
. #IKEA is taking the lead for inclusive furniture for people with #disabilities. Ikea Israel is working with the n… https://t.co/QkxBWsPKT5— Jay Ruderman (@Jay Ruderman)1552924917.0
Big companies can make a big difference.
Did you know #IKEA hires a coworker every seven minutes globally. IKEA currently has 158,400 coworkers who have the… https://t.co/dqoGo61HKd— Hans Lak 🌍 #Mission2030 (@Hans Lak 🌍 #Mission2030)1552770901.0
Meet Claus Jørstad the man who got his testicle trapped in Ikea furniture.Claus is the Norwegian man who shared his horror story with Ikea on Facebook. He was taking a shower sat on an Ikea stool, it was all going well until he realized that something was wrong. He took a look and found one of his testicles had fallen through a hole in the stool seat and it wouldn't come back out. The warm water had expanded the testicle, yikes. He was trapped.
He didn't use the word testicle, he used a word along the lines of 'little nutter.'Claus didn't know what to do, so he just sat and waited. He sat there for so long that the water even went cold. In his Facebook post, he described the water as being colder than his mother-in-law's smile when he married her daughter. Ouch. But, this freezing cold water was actually a blessing, it allowed his testicle to shrink back to size and he became free.
Ikea responded to Claus' story.
via: FacebookClaus decided to post his story on the Ikea Facebook page, warning people so that they wouldn't make the same mistakes. Ikea replied in brilliant style, saying that maybe the issue was that he kept his stool in the shower. They suggested that he should remove the stool from the shower and make sure that he dresses appropriately in the future. It's worth mentioning that Claus has a bad leg, which is why the stool was there in the first place. But still, it's a valid point by Ikea. These stools were not designed for showering escapades.
Don't worry, Claus found a solution.
via: FacebookClaus responded to Ikea with a new photo. It seems he has come up with a solution so that he won't get stuck again, and keep the stool in the shower. Is this the craziest Ikea story you've ever heard? Or do you have a story that's even stranger?