According to a journalist at the Telegraph, psychologists warn that a visit to Ikea could seriously damage your relationship.
I’m really not too sure how true this is, you’ve got to be pretty seriously argumentative towards each other to argue as much as the hype of Ikea causing breaks in relationships might suggest.
But, if you ARE worried about visiting Ikea with your loved ones and the thought makes you break out into a sweat, then here’s a little tip for you.
If you don’t want to feel as if you are a salmon swimming upstream (or downstream against the flow if you’re feeling rebellious!) along with the rest of the world, then head to Ikea at a less busy time of day to avoid the crowds and trolley-bumping antics that you dread so much.
I recently tried this little trick with our first trip to Ikea as a couple for our new home and it earned the brownie points it deserves….
We headed to Ikea at Milton Keynes for a Saturday evening date night at 7pm.
The daytime crowds had left and most of the visitors here at this time were nestled into the cosy cafe for their Swedish meatballs and other such “traditional” dishes.
You could pace an entire showroom several times over before seeing another human being, it was fantastic, peaceful and stress free.
In fact, we took so much time wandering around, taking measurements, being silly with the displays, discussing our interior design and enjoying each others’ company that the cafe closed before we had made it to the halfway point… so, if you plan to visit for a date night dinner, my advice would be to make sure you get there a teeny bit earlier to fit that in!
We need to go back in a few weeks and will be doing this same routine again, it was a friend that suggested this for a pleasurable Ikea experience… she’s a great friend, a wise, wise bird indeed!
My top tip for visiting Ikea? Go on a Saturday evening at 7pm, you won’t need to read any more of those cheesy “Ikea Survival Guides”. Ever.
I’m interested…. When do you visit Ikea? Have you found another great time of the day or week to visit for a stress-free shopping experience?
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Hi you said you missed the restaurant when you went at 7 so when is it not so busy at ikea