17 Secrets IKEA Employees Won’t Tell You
You can save time and money—plus get a few new perks.
We’ll give you free coffee
Members of IKEA Family—a free loyalty program—can pick up a cup of coffee or tea while they shop. Flash your membership card and it won’t cost you a cent. Don’t miss out on these eight other ways to save when shopping at IKEA.
We have shortcuts
Even though working your way through the IKEA labyrinth can be fun, we also understand you might just want to get in and out. You can find maps on the back of the shopping lists we offer at the entrance, which will reveal shortcuts to get you through faster. If you forget to take one, you can usually find signs pointing to shorter routes, or you could always ask an employee.
We’re designed for impulse buys
Taking those shortcuts won’t just save you time—it might save money, too. We hope those big bins of extra-affordable products will catch your eye while you’re winding around, and you’ll buy more than you planned.
You can reserve your furniture in-store
For $5, you can buy your item online and pick it up from the store. You can beat the crowds, plus avoid expensive shipping fees.
Stop stressing about missing a deal
Once you join IKEA Family, you have a 90-day price protection. If the item you just bought goes on sale within three months of your purchase date, we’ll refund you the price difference. Check out these other ways to get secret savings at your favorite stores.
Please don’t put the displays in your cart
If you take one, we’ll have to take time to call that section for permission to sell it—and the answer might be no. You’ll save time by picking one that isn’t meant for display.
IKEA Family members are treated like VIPs
You won’t see this on your list of benefits, but IKEA Family members who live near their stores might be invited to press events that aren’t open to the general public. Even better, Family members can lock in kitchen sale prices and get the discount long after the sale has ended.
You might be missing the section with the best deals
If you don’t mind a little wear and tear, the As-Is section is your best bet. Returned items and pieces from our displays go there with massive discounts. You’ll find furniture in good condition along items with missing pieces, so it’s especially good if you’re into DIYing. These 16 IKEA furniture hacks will spark your creativity.
We’ll find someone to put your furniture together
For those of you who are nervous about putting your own furniture together, we have in-person TaskRabbit workers in certain stores. They’ll give you an exact quote for how much they charge for putting together the item in your cart.
There’s an ideal time to shop
Most people have off during the weekends, so weekday mornings—especially on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays—are the quietest time if you want a stress-free shopping trip. Make sure you know how to tell if cheap furniture is poor quality while you’re there.
We have local deals
You might already know about the annual Kitchen Event and other company-wide sales, but check your local store’s site before you head out. Each franchise is able to discount certain items when they need to get rid of stock.
You can test before you buy
Our IKEA Place app lets you upload a photo of your home, then virtually place furniture inside. You get to see how it fits in with your decor before dragging it all the way home.
We sell mattresses
Yes, IKEA has great prices on bedroom sets, but we’re blown away by how few people know we sell mattresses and kitchen sets, too. Here are more surprising things you can buy at IKEA.
Sources: IKEA design spokesperson Janice Simonsen; former IKEA employee Marie