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Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

How to navigate a trip to Ikea

It's a Swedish wonderland of wants and needs.
Ikea has more than 10,960 products, so it helps to have a plan of attack.
That way, you might come home with only 9,999 items.
Face it, this isn't a place to go "just to look." You will buy something.
Before going to Ikea, empty the junk from your car. You'll need space for all the stuff you aren't planning to buy.
Parking is close and convenient. The garage has space for more than 940 cars. It even has restrooms.
You can enter Ikea through the wide doors at the entrance or the exit. If you're a novice, enter at the entrance so you can follow the flock through the merchandise maze as scripted. The exit takes you backward through the store. No, you don't have to walk backward, but it might feel as if you are.
Throughout the store are stations with pencils, paper, tape measures, guides, bags and carts. There's a free, supervised play area for kids, so you can look at every pretty pillow in peace.
Ikea is a hands-on, feet-on showroom. Try out the furniture. Plop on a chair and kick up your sneakers. Take a nap. Grab your sweetie and lie down on a bed. This is a store where pretty much anything goes.
See something big you like? The tag has price, size, colors and where to find the item in the massive scheme of self-serve or furniture pick-up.
Room after room, the Swedish odyssey goes on: Living rooms. Dining rooms. Bedrooms. Patios. Kitchens. Bathrooms. Closets. Kids' rooms. Dens. Sewing rooms.
The rooms are nicely staged with furniture and decor. You can order the entire room, but remember: It will come in flat boxes with assembly required.
You might be better off heading to the restaurant and ordering a plate of meatballs.

Getting there
Ikea Seattle is off Highway 167 in South Renton, at Lind Avenue and SW 41st Street. The main entrance is on SW 41st. Look for the Ikea sign in the sky.
For more information:
Story tags » Interior decoratingShopping

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