Saturday, September 6, 2014

IKEA Merriam Preview!

For years, I've heard about how amazing IKEA is. But we didn't have one anywhere close to us so I never had the chance to go. Mike had the chance to visit one when he visited his sister in Norway and he said it was pretty amazing. So last year when I heard that IKEA was planning to open in Merriam, KS (a short 30 minute drive from my house) I was thrilled! When I got the invitation to attend the media preview this past week, I literally squealed!

Having not been to IKEA before, I wasn't completely sure what to expect. After a delicious lunch featuring dishes served in the IKEA restaurant we broke into groups to tour the store. IKEA is different than any retail store I've been in as it takes you on a path through the different rooms in your house. It features 37 inspirational room settings and three model home interiors to help you design your space. Here's a tip for those that have never shopped at IKEA before, most of the furniture is self pick up meaning you will find it at the end in the warehouse. When you figure out what pieces you want, use the list on the back of your store guide (which features a handy map) to write down the item and location of the item.

Walking through the beautiful room designs was the highlight of the tour for me and I have so many things I want now. Warning there are tons of pictures but I couldn't narrow them down anymore, everything is so great!
I love this bookshelf set up. 
I wonder if I can talk Mike into putting this light fixture somewhere in our house.
 I have been wanting to redo our kitchen since we moved into our house so I found the kitchen section very inspiring. There are coworkers available to help you with your design and there are tons of customization options to help you create your perfect kitchen.

My favorite section was of course the kids section. How gorgeous are these rooms? Grace saw the pink and gray room and said she wanted to sleep there!

IKEA encourages kids to touch, play, and have fun in their store. From the fun stuffed animals and accessories:

to the play stations scattered throughout the store:

The IKEA store is extremely kid friendly. If your child is 37”-54” and potty trained, they can play for FREE at the Småland, a supervised children’s play area that replicates the look of a typical Swedish farmhouse and forest. Yes you read that right, it's free! We are definitely going to be taking advantage of this in the future! 

If your child is not potty trained, IKEA offers family-friendly parking, strollers and baby care rooms.

As you leave the marketplace, you enter into the self serve furniture area. Remember that list you made? Now you find the corresponding aisle and product number and load up your cart.

Don't forget to stop by the Swedish Foodmarket which offers Swedish delicacies, snacks and treats, and even frozen Swedish meatballs to purchase and then prepare at home.

If you're hungry during your trip, the Bistro features hot dogs, cinnamon buns, frozen yogurt and beverages. The 450-seat restaurant offers a diverse menu featuring lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert, including traditional Swedish specialties such as Swedish meatballs, seafood plates, pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches, and vegetarian dishes. Of course there are choices for the kids including Swedish meatballs or macaroni and cheese, They even offer bibs and free organic baby food for babies.

After my tour, I understand what all the hype is about. The store is fun for families and the prices are extremely reasonable. I can't wait to go back.

If you are as excited to visit IKEA in Merriam, KS as I was, read on for information about the grand opening celebrations and the AMAZING giveaways they're offering! People can begin lining up for the grand opening 48 hours ahead of time.

IKEA opens Wednesday, September 10, 2014 and the first 40 people in line (18 & older) will receive a free EKTORP three-seat sofa. The next 100 adults will receive a free POÄNG armchair. The first 100 children (17 & younger) will receive a free FAMNIG heart-shaped soft toy. The first 2,500 adults will receive a random prize envelope with IKEA Gift Cards ranging from $10 to $250, or a “Buy One, Get One Free” cinnamon bun, hotdog or frozen yogurt voucher.

On Thursday, September 11, 2014 the first 40 adults will receive a free queen-sized SULTAN HALLEN mattress. The next 100 adults will receive free home delivery for their purchases on that day. Children 12 & under eat for free at IKEA Merriam on Friday, September 12, 2014.

Finally, on Friday, September 12, 2014 the first 40 adults (one per immediate family) will receive a voucher for a monthly meatball meal for a family of four at IKEA Merriam’s Restaurant through next year, expiring on September 30, 2015. The next 40 adults will receive an IKEA Food tote bag and a voucher to fill the bag up with whatever they want from IKEA Merriam’s Swedish Food market. The first 100 children will receive a voucher for a soft-serve frozen yogurt available that day at IKEA Merriam’s Exit Bistro.

Balloon artists, entertainment and face-painting will enhance the family-friendly fun at IKEA Merriam from September 10 through September 14, 2014. If your birthday is September 10th, the same as the grand opening, you can bring proof and receive a $40 gift card.

Also, from September 10 through September 12, 2014, shoppers can enter a drawing to win one of ten $1,000 IKEA Gift Cards through the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program. IKEA is matching the prizes (a total of $10,000) with a donation to Amethyst Place, a local provider of safe and supportive housing to women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children. To learn more about the grand opening, visit IKEA Merriam's website now.

What is your favorite IKEA product? I'm ready to shop!


  1. Soooooo excited! And afraid...for I will spend way too much money there.

  2. I'm so jealous you got to go! I can't wait to shop.



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