My girlfriend decided to drag me down to the newly opened Coventry Branch of Ikea, great I thought! A nice chilled day looking at stuff. But my god, how much of a faff is it! Its a fairly good idea, I grant you, find what you like, go down to the warehouse and then pick it up flat packed, saves time, space money etc.
However, 1, its a bloody big display area for the furniture, she took 3 hours walking round there, more then enough to make me feel slightly jaded.
2, Then there is ANOTHER big area of random stuff, same floor size, which takes another couple of hours. By this point, I wanted out...
3, Now you collect the flat packed furniture, you go to the ailse, and shelf co-ords where they are meant to be. However, they had sold out of many things that where indicated in stock at the display area. This annoyed Bridie (The future Mrs JB.... perhaps) so back up we went, selected something else, went back! The long and short was that over 2/3 of the stuff we came for wasn't there. We had one Jaded and bored bloke, and one fumming female.
4, We go to pay. easy enough. But they say 'oh, do you have your parking ticket, if you have paid over £30 you get two hours for free!' Well, small consolation... ok. I RUN to the car to retrieve the ticket because there where no indicators of this benefit at all next to the entrances, get ticket, run (well.... crawl...) back. Get ticket scanned. Catch breathe and roll back to the car.
5, Load the car, and then pay for the ticket..... which despite the scanning HAD NOT been discounted. I am now on the verge of flipping, I just want out, so I pay the money (Close to a bloody tenner!!!!) and go........ waved straight through the exit by parking attendants who didn't even check the damn tickets.
6, We get home. Now we have to ASSEMBLE the f*cking furniture. So thats what I have been doing, assembling cheap plywood cabinets that havn't even been made to good tolerances. So half the holes don't line up, and it didn't even include the right number of screws/dowells. They say the passs the savings onto you through the way its sold, frankly *********. Its cheap in every respect. Cheap shop, cheap and nasty furniture and zero satisfaction.
If I ever go back there again it will be too soon. God I hate Ikea.