Interior designer Jordan Samson has shared the biggest mistakes people make at Ikea.
Samson said some people were exaggerating, while others didn’t know the price of the products.
Samson shares interior design videos with his 40,600 followers on TikTok.
There is no doubt that Ikea is an international treasure.
As of 2022, the furniture brand has 474 stores in 64 markets around the world, according to its website. One person familiar with the company is interior designer Jordan Samson, who shared videos of his Ikea must-haves with his 40,600 followers on TikTok.
The most recent video, posted on August 17, has over 115,000 views at the time of writing.
Samson told Insider that while he personally enjoys shopping at Ikea, he has a “love-hate relationship with the brand” as an interior designer. He said there are three major mistakes most people make when shopping there.
Too many Ikea products in your home could create a “showroom effect”
Samson said the biggest mistake he sees making is not considering any other decorating or furniture options besides Ikea.
“You’re just going to furnish your apartment with Ikea because it’s easy, it’s affordable,” Samson said.
“But what happens with that is you kind of get the effect of a showroom where your house looks like a page ripped out of an Ikea catalog and it doesn’t have the personality or the charm you’re really looking for with a home,” he added.
Instead, Samson suggests shopping at Ikea for versatile and affordable basics and buying more unique products from lesser-known brands.
He also suggested changing Ikea furniture that you may already have. For example, he said that if you have an Ikea piece of furniture, you can swap the door with a piece of furniture ordered from an online store to give it a more personalized look.
Samson says don’t expect the same level of quality for every item
Samson said Ikea customers should keep in mind that the company decides the price of its products before they are designed. The price determines the quality of the materials used to create the product, which Samson said some people are unaware of.
“So they’ll say, ‘I want to make a $100 coffee table.’ And they’ll build it for $100,” Samson said.
“So you really pay for what you get. I would keep that in mind when shopping at Ikea. Lower priced items will be of lower quality, but if you find something a bit more expensive it will be really good quality,” he added.
Be selective with the works of Ikea if you want your home to be unique
Samson said he liked works from Ikea because they were affordable. However, he said you shouldn’t fill your home with it if you want your space to be unique.
“The biggest thing to avoid at Ikea is their artwork and small decor pieces, which could be offensive,” Samson said. “It’s so mass-produced, so you don’t get that personality with the mass-produced Eiffel Tower art that everyone sees.”
Samson suggests buying a decorative item or two from Ikea, then using other affordable sellers such as Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, or a thrift store for additional quirky items.
Ikea representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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