Earlier this week I accompanied Tea on a trip to the Seattle Ikea. She taught me how much you can get done at Ikea in the twenty minutes before closing time and I showed her my two favorite shortcuts.
Shortcut #1: If you head to your right just as you go in the main entrance doors, pass by the entrance to the kids play area and round the corner at the end of that hallway you’ll pop out near the restaurant, thus bypassing the entire showroom half of the store.
Shortcut #2 (my absolute favorite): If you take the official shortcut in the marketplace area with the mirrors and picture frames you’ll go through a hallway and end up in the warehouse just a few rows from the checkout lanes, bypassing nearly the entirety of the warehouse section. This one isn’t a secret, but the sign for it is hard to spot unless you’re looking for it as it’s just out of the sightlines from the main walkway. You come out at aisle 62 so if only need one thing from the warehouse and it’s in, say, aisle 50 you can cut through here and backtrack through the warehouse. It’ll save a bunch of time and will avoid the pinch of going through the section with vases and plant pots (which we call “The Gauntlet”).
These two combined can save a huge amount of time. Especially if you’re only there to eat some meatballs and pick up a new cutting board.
I also noted two Ikea items I’ve been somewhat obsessed over in the last few years.
Vippa hooks: These are simple metal double hooks, both the angled top and the curved bottom can hold something. Since they are attached with two screws instead of one they won’t eventually loosen and rotate against the wall. (I’m looking at you, Blecka hooks.) When we set up our kitchen storage the Vippa hooks were on the website but the spot for them in the store, conveniently labeled “Vippa”, was empty. For years. I checked the stock at stores all over the world and even had Busywork check on them in a UK Ikea, no luck. (Though I did gain a witness to my madness on this point.) And suddenly earlier this year there they were. So, if you’re looking for a good hook for your wall in a closet or entryway Vippa might be for you. They come in two sizes and I suggest you buy them now before they disappear again.
Grundtal hooks: These 9-shaped hooks were the ones I used in my improvised kitchen cabinet handle-as-hanging-bar (about half way down that page). Unlike S-hooks they can’t be pushed off to fall noisily. I get reports from time to time that people cannot find them, but my Ikea faithfully has them in the Grundtal section of the marketplace aisles where the bathroom fixtures are. Grundtal is also the name of storage items in the kitchen section which does or used to carry Grundtal S-hooks, thus the confusion, I think. That and I wouldn’t be surprised to find that my Ikea is the only one in the universe that actually stocks the 9-hooks. If you need some get in touch, I’ll be happy to get some to you.