My amazing friend, Chef Cidney, invited me to join her for a sneak preview of the new Ikea that was recently built in the Live Oak area. I’ve been an Ikea customer since 2004, when I lived in Trumbull, CT. We purchased many pieces of our bedroom sets there. I know of people who would take trips to the Ikea in Round Rock just to eat and spend the day! If you’ve been to Ikea, you know what to expect; if you haven’t, here is a sneak peek.
The first thing you will notice is; it’s BIG. Ikea is like a giant, interactive doll house. You can find models of kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms all with pieces that can, for the most part, be mixed and matched to your liking. In addition to larger items like dressers and closet systems, you can find decorative items such as lamps, rugs, kitchen utensils, and knick-knacks. Don’t worry, pets are not left out! Pet lovers can find cat houses, litter boxes, treat balls, and food bowls.
There’s also no lack of staff members available to answer questions or show you shortcuts. Each section is divided into types of living spaces. For the most part, you’ll find all bedroom items together, the kitchen items together, etc., etc. There are also arrows on the floor to guide you from one space to the next. If you need a break or get hungry, you can grab a snack in the café; they are known for their Swedish Meatballs. One important thing to note: Bring reusable bags or containers to carry your small items as IKEA does not provide them. For large items, there is designated parking in front of the building for loading them into your vehicle.
I hope this gives you a general idea of what to expect when visiting Ikea. Ikea opens on February 13th, but