IKEA - Travel through time in their store! - SahmReviews.com


When we moved to Los Angeles in 1995, we discovered all kinds of cool new things. Cultural street festivals, exotic foods, languages we had never heard before and stores that were years from making it to the Midwest. One of my absolute favorite stores was IKEA. We would make a day of heading to the store, having a lunch of Swedish meatballs and exploring the halls one department at a time.

Our first apartment was furnished with quite a bit of IKEA shelving and trinkets that moved along with us when we purchased our first home. The varieties were fun as well as affordable. When we returned to Iowa, we were thrilled to know that IKEA had opened a store in Schaumburg, Illinois. The 450,000 sq ft store boasted the status as the largest IKEA store in the US. We’ve been there, oh, a few times, since relocating back to the Midwest. I think every room in our home has something from IKEA in it. From a large bookshelf in the play room to salad tongs in the kitchen. On our most recent visit, we purchased several shelves to house our collection of thrift treasures and other games.

When we needed shelves for all our board games, we headed to IKEA! - SahmReviews.com

In addition to having lunch, we horse around and dream of ways to incorporate the different fun items into our home. No trip through the store is ever just about the path but it’s also about the journey. We stop to play with gadgets, look at knick-knacks and occasionally find a hamper lid that makes a great hat.

Our fashionista makes everything look good. Even hamper lids at IKEA! - SahmReviews.com

I guess that’s why IKEA’s Time Travel Experiment video made me giggle. I could totally see something like this happening when we visit the store. It resonated even more with me because we literally lose track of time whenever we enter an IKEA!

“What’s the Time Travel Video?” you ask. IKEA collaborated with Justin Tranz to hypnotize a young couple and help them experience a few future days in the everyday life of their family. It showcases how the normal events have just as much impact on changes as the big events. Check it out:

There’s always something to find at IKEA if you take the time to look around. Sometimes you don’t realize you need it until you see it in one of their demo rooms. Johan Wickmark, Global Catalogue Manager says “In the new IKEA catalogue you can find solutions for every episode in life.” If you can relate to any of the scenes in the video or like the video, let IKEA know on either Twitter or Facebook.

Have you ever visited an IKEA? What’s your favorite part of the store?

30 thoughts on “Time Travel with IKEA

  1. We actually steer clear of Ikea. Unless it’s 9 am on a Tuesday – otherwise it’s too crowded to get near the place.

  2. I have yet to go to IKEA. It is over the George Washington bridge in New Jersey-maybe 45 minutes with construction and traffic! One of these days I have to make it over there to see what it is all about.

  3. We have to go to Seattle to go to IKEA. While I love it, my husband avoids it unless he really, really, reeeaaaaalllllyyyyy needs to go there. I could spend hours at IKEA 🙂

  4. Is it silly that visiting an IKEA store is on my bucket list? I always shop online, but have yet to make the hour and half drive to the nearest store. Rumor is one is opening up closer soon!

  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE IKEA ,, and love to create ikea hacks with all the things I find there.. 1/2 my house has ikea stuff.. I grew up with Ikea in Germany and love having a little bit of familiarity here in Florida… thanks for sharing

  6. Can you believe I have never been to IKEA? I have heard SO much about it (all good things!) but there is not one close by. Closest one is 3 hours away. I might need to take a road trip!

  7. I bet the festivals and cultural events near you are fantastic! I had an IKEA store near me when I lived in Florida. I so miss it now!

  8. We have to drive about an hour and a half away to get to our nearest IKEA Store and it’s pretty fun going there… The lines ARE insane and I always enjoy trying out all the fun furniture and looking at their kitchen stuff..

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