My Visit to IKEA Philippines: Why I Love IKEA Furniture.
I have always been a fan of IKEA furniture. I love how they are simple, functional, and affordable. I also admire how IKEA is committed to sustainability and social responsibility. That’s why I was so excited when I heard that IKEA Philippines opened its first store in Pasay City last year. I decided to visit the store and see for myself what it has to offer.
The store is huge! It covers 65,000 square meters of floor space, making it the largest IKEA store in the world. It has over 9,000 products on display, ranging from sofas, beds, tables, chairs, cabinets, lamps, rugs, curtains, kitchenware, and more. It also has a restaurant that serves Swedish and Filipino dishes, a bistro that offers snacks and drinks, and a market hall that sells food items and home accessories.
I spent hours browsing through the different sections of the store, admiring the various styles and designs of the furniture. I noticed that most of the furniture are made of wood, metal, or plastic, which are durable and easy to maintain. I also learned that IKEA uses renewable materials like bamboo and cotton, and recycled materials like paper and plastic. They also have a program called BuyBack & More, where they buy back used IKEA furniture and resell them at a lower price or donate them to charity.
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One of the things that impressed me the most was the price of the furniture. They are much cheaper than the local furniture stores that I have visited before. For example, a three-seater sofa costs only 19,990 pesos at IKEA, while a similar sofa at a local store costs around 30,000 pesos. A queen-sized bed frame costs only 7,990 pesos at IKEA, while a similar bed frame at a local store costs around 15,000 pesos. A dining table with four chairs costs only 9,990 pesos at IKEA, while a similar set at a local store costs around 20,000 pesos.
I wondered how IKEA can offer such low prices for their furniture. I did some research and found out that IKEA has a unique business model that allows them to cut costs and pass on the savings to their customers. Some of the ways they do this are:
– They design their furniture to be flat-packed and easy to assemble. This reduces the shipping and storage costs, as well as the environmental impact.
– They source their materials from low-cost countries like China, Vietnam, and India. They also work closely with their suppliers to ensure quality and efficiency.
– They sell their furniture directly to their customers through their stores or online platforms. This eliminates the middlemen and reduces the mark-up prices.
– They encourage their customers to do some of the work themselves, such as picking up their orders from the warehouse or assembling their furniture at home. This saves labor costs and gives customers a sense of satisfaction.
– They invest in technology and innovation to improve their products and services. They use digital tools like apps, websites, catalogs, and QR codes to enhance customer experience and convenience.
After exploring the store and finding some items that I liked, I decided to buy them and take them home. However, this was where I encountered some difficulty. The parking lot of the store was full! There were so many cars waiting for a spot that it took me almost an hour to find one. I realized that this was one of the drawbacks of visiting IKEA Philippines: parking can be a nightmare.
I learned later that parking is one of the biggest challenges that IKEA Philippines faces. The store has only 1,500 parking slots for its customers, which is not enough to accommodate the high demand. The store attracts around 10,000 visitors per day on weekdays and 20,000 visitors per day on weekends. This means that parking can be very hard to find during peak hours.
To avoid this hassle, I suggest that you visit IKEA Philippines during off-peak hours or use public transportation instead of driving your own car. Here are some tips on how to do this:
– Visit IKEA Philippines early in the morning or late in the evening when there are fewer customers. The store opens at 10 am and closes at 10 pm from Monday to Thursday, and opens at 9 am and closes at 11 pm from Friday to Sunday.
– Visit IKEA Philippines on weekdays rather than weekends when there are more customers. The store is less crowded on Mondays to Thursdays than on Fridays to Sundays.
– Use public transportation such as buses or trains to get to IKEA Philippines instead of driving your own car. The store is located near SM Mall of Asia Complex along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. You can take a bus from EDSA or Taft Avenue and get off at SM Mall of Asia or IKEA Pasay City. You can also take a train from LRT-1 or MRT-3 and get off at EDSA-Taft Station or Baclaran Station, then take a jeepney or a shuttle to SM Mall of Asia or IKEA Pasay City.
By following these tips, you can enjoy your visit to IKEA Philippines without worrying about parking. You can also save time, money, and gas by using public transportation.
I had a great time at IKEA Philippines. I bought some furniture that I love and that fit my budget. I also learned a lot about IKEA’s products, values, and vision. I think IKEA is a great addition to the Philippine market and I look forward to visiting the store again soon.
Whats’ more about Philippine IKEA?
Hey, are you looking for some info on the Philippine IKEA? Well, you’re in luck, because I have some cool facts for you. Did you know that the Philippine IKEA is the biggest IKEA store in the world? It opened on November 25, 2021 at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. It has a whopping 730,000 square feet of space, which is equivalent to 150 basketball courts! That’s a lot of furniture, right?
But that’s not all. The Philippine IKEA also offers online shopping, delivery, and click and collect services for customers who prefer to shop from home. You can browse their website or download their app to see their wide range of products, from bedroom essentials to kitchenware to decorations. They also have some amazing deals and promotions, like everyday essentials under ₱100 and up to 20% off on select items. Plus, if you join their IKEA Family club, you can enjoy more rewards, discounts, and experiences.
So what are you waiting for? Whether you want to visit their store or shop online, the Philippine IKEA has something for everyone. It’s the home of affordable, quality furniture for every Filipino home. Check it out now and get inspired by their home furnishing ideas. You won’t regret it!