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IKEA Singapore Hot

 
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317 Alexandra Road Singapore 159965
 
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IKEA aims to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.

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You might remember jumping into a ball pit at IKEA as a child. Back then, it was called "The Ball Room". It has since evolved and now, its bigger and better version is available at both IKEA outlets (in fact, at all IKEA stores around the world) in Singapore.

Smaland is one of my 5 year old daughter's favourite indoor playgrounds. She gets to play there for an hour, which means that I get to shop for an hour, or have a coffee for an hour. It's an indoor playground unlike any other in Singapore. It's built around a whole Swedish forest theme so there are big clogs that kids can hide in, berry pools, bugs and trees. Almost makes me wish I were small again.

Speaking of small, what's interesting is that Smaland welcomes little ones by height, and not by age. Those between the heights of 90 and 130cm are welcome, as all fixtures are built catering to that height range.

Did I mention that it's free? I did not. It is. Absolutely and completely free. But there are a few (though very reasonable) rules, of which these two stand out the most:

1) Parents/guardians must remain contactable and within premises of the respective IKEA store

2) Children must be potty trained and able to use the toilet independently (although sometimes I ask if it's ok for me to zip in and out to be with Poppy in the toilet and they're always accommodating)

Weekdays are generally quieter (we've waited more than an hour to get into Smaland at Tampines once on a Saturday) and there is hardly a queue. Capacity is small because there is a very low co-worker to child ratio.
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Adora Tan Reviewed by Adora Tan on January 17, 2014
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"IKEA Smaland: Big fun for little ones!"

You might remember jumping into a ball pit at IKEA as a child. Back then, it was called "The Ball Room". It has since evolved and now, its bigger and better version is available at both IKEA outlets (in fact, at all IKEA stores around the world) in Singapore.

Smaland is one of my 5 year old daughter's favourite indoor playgrounds. She gets to play there for an hour, which means that I get to shop for an hour, or have a coffee for an hour. It's an indoor playground unlike any other in Singapore. It's built around a whole Swedish forest theme so there are big clogs that kids can hide in, berry pools, bugs and trees. Almost makes me wish I were small again.

Speaking of small, what's interesting is that Smaland welcomes little ones by height, and not by age. Those between the heights of 90 and 130cm are welcome, as all fixtures are built catering to that height range.

Did I mention that it's free? I did not. It is. Absolutely and completely free. But there are a few (though very reasonable) rules, of which these two stand out the most:

1) Parents/guardians must remain contactable and within premises of the respective IKEA store

2) Children must be potty trained and able to use the toilet independently (although sometimes I ask if it's ok for me to zip in and out to be with Poppy in the toilet and they're always accommodating)

Weekdays are generally quieter (we've waited more than an hour to get into Smaland at Tampines once on a Saturday) and there is hardly a queue. Capacity is small because there is a very low co-worker to child ratio.

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Being a frequent purveyor of books and CDs (Home entertainment DVDs, PC game CDs, PSP UMDs etc), I have always found lack of space a hassle. Hence, I became a purveyor of bookshelves to solve this problem.

Of the 2 pieces of furniture I bought from IKEA, one a bookshelf for my books and the other a study desk with fluroscent lighting attached, it is extremely hard to see any difference in quality. Both have been with me for years and have served me extremely well. My bookcase, while stuffed to the brim with books, has proven its ability to handle the heavy weight, even with new additions coming in every fortnight or so. Meanwhile, my study desk has seen me through my 'O' and 'A' Levels, being my constant companion through the long nights of studying. I have developed a bond with my non-living companions and they shall remain with me till I really have but no choice but to get rid of them, an occurence thats still years away.

As such, I affirm the quality of the furniture that IKEA sells from my own personal experience. My bed too, was bought from IKEA in the 1990s, and 20 years on, is my favourite part of my home.

Shopping at IKEA, moreover, is a pleasant experience. I always visit IKEA Tampines, for a morning of browsing through its extensive range of furniture. I found my shopping experience being enhanced by the fact that salesman are tactful enough to know when you want to be alone and always appear when you have a question at hand, and that they provide paper and cute little pencils to note down purchases. After this will be followed by lunch at the cafe, with me enjoying its world class meatballs.

High recommended for interested customers who intend to give their home a new look! Or simply just come to taste the meatballs!
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90%
Jian Qiang Reviewed by Google Plus Image Jian Qiang on January 02, 2014
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"Good quality furniture"

Being a frequent purveyor of books and CDs (Home entertainment DVDs, PC game CDs, PSP UMDs etc), I have always found lack of space a hassle. Hence, I became a purveyor of bookshelves to solve this problem.

Of the 2 pieces of furniture I bought from IKEA, one a bookshelf for my books and the other a study desk with fluroscent lighting attached, it is extremely hard to see any difference in quality. Both have been with me for years and have served me extremely well. My bookcase, while stuffed to the brim with books, has proven its ability to handle the heavy weight, even with new additions coming in every fortnight or so. Meanwhile, my study desk has seen me through my 'O' and 'A' Levels, being my constant companion through the long nights of studying. I have developed a bond with my non-living companions and they shall remain with me till I really have but no choice but to get rid of them, an occurence thats still years away.

As such, I affirm the quality of the furniture that IKEA sells from my own personal experience. My bed too, was bought from IKEA in the 1990s, and 20 years on, is my favourite part of my home.

Shopping at IKEA, moreover, is a pleasant experience. I always visit IKEA Tampines, for a morning of browsing through its extensive range of furniture. I found my shopping experience being enhanced by the fact that salesman are tactful enough to know when you want to be alone and always appear when you have a question at hand, and that they provide paper and cute little pencils to note down purchases. After this will be followed by lunch at the cafe, with me enjoying its world class meatballs.

High recommended for interested customers who intend to give their home a new look! Or simply just come to taste the meatballs!

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IKEA is a global phenomenon. It's never a surprise to see a few familiar shelves or desks at your friend's place. My place sure is decked out with IKEA book cases and shelves.

I really enjoy shopping at IKEA, just browsing through the many house decor and organising options. What more, at such affordable prices. And they always offer you such great deals! The best part is how many products are made to be versatile so that they can be customised to your tastes.

Besides all the quirky and au natural characteristic to their products, IKEA is also really eco-friendly. I first found-out through how they use bio-degradable plastic bags, which are chargeable, to encourage an eco-friendly lifestyle! I assure you, no green-washing gimmick here ;)

Really. Thank God for Ikea. ^_^
Overall Rating:
 
80%

IKEA is a global phenomenon. It's never a surprise to see a few familiar shelves or desks at your friend's place. My place sure is decked out with IKEA book cases and shelves.

I really enjoy shopping at IKEA, just browsing through the many house decor and organising options. What more, at such affordable prices. And they always offer you such great deals! The best part is how many products are made to be versatile so that they can be customised to your tastes.

Besides all the quirky and au natural characteristic to their products, IKEA is also really eco-friendly. I first found-out through how they use bio-degradable plastic bags, which are chargeable, to encourage an eco-friendly lifestyle! I assure you, no green-washing gimmick here ;)

Really. Thank God for Ikea. ^_^

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What can I say...IKEA is really a blessing. Although the location is a little out of the way for me, I still love to visit, just to browse through their extensive collection of interior and home furnishing items.

If I had my own home, I could probably survive with furnishing my entire place with items just from IKEA. The prices are really the best out there, when you compare it with the quality, which is pretty good.

One thing that I love about IKEA is how they try to make the shopping as easy and convenient as possible, by providing measuring tapes, paper and pencils for our usage, just in case we need to measure or jot down anything. This service makes IKEA top-notch (along with their famous meatballs, of course!).
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90%
Lydia Teo Reviewed by Lydia Teo on December 22, 2013
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"Love the prices"

What can I say...IKEA is really a blessing. Although the location is a little out of the way for me, I still love to visit, just to browse through their extensive collection of interior and home furnishing items.

If I had my own home, I could probably survive with furnishing my entire place with items just from IKEA. The prices are really the best out there, when you compare it with the quality, which is pretty good.

One thing that I love about IKEA is how they try to make the shopping as easy and convenient as possible, by providing measuring tapes, paper and pencils for our usage, just in case we need to measure or jot down anything. This service makes IKEA top-notch (along with their famous meatballs, of course!).

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I think that Ikea's a perfect place for families to spend their free time at. It's very family-friendly, with play areas for children, and their wide range of products means that there's something for everyone. Although it can be crowded, I think that the highly affordable products and delicious foods are worth queueing for.

No visit to Ikea is complete without a visit to their cafe! It's famous for their meatballs and chicken wings, which make a really satisfying meal at a low cost.

However, some items from Ikea may not be of a very good quality, or as durable as is claimed. A desk from Ikea spoiled barely a year after I bought it. Furthermore, that there are very few staff around to answer any enquiries you may have affects the shopping experience, too.
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80%
Rachelle Reviewed by Rachelle on December 20, 2013

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"extensive variety of products"

I think that Ikea's a perfect place for families to spend their free time at. It's very family-friendly, with play areas for children, and their wide range of products means that there's something for everyone. Although it can be crowded, I think that the highly affordable products and delicious foods are worth queueing for.

No visit to Ikea is complete without a visit to their cafe! It's famous for their meatballs and chicken wings, which make a really satisfying meal at a low cost.

However, some items from Ikea may not be of a very good quality, or as durable as is claimed. A desk from Ikea spoiled barely a year after I bought it. Furthermore, that there are very few staff around to answer any enquiries you may have affects the shopping experience, too.

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20
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Cafe
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Tampines
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Although I live very near IKEA Alexandra, I hardly ever visit the place because it is always so crowded! Especially over the weekends, the place will be so packed and even buying your items can be a hassle. However, I love IKEA's concept of doing business: Fuss Free. IKEA believes in delivering quality products to us at the cheapest cost available, which is why they flat-pack all their stuff and we assemble them together, saving money in the process. Although this DIY method may seem daunting to some, I like that there are always friendly service staff around to assist in any matters.

IKEA is a huge building and houses many types of household items, from chairs to tables to even food! Due to the sprawling varieties of items, I recommend that you plan in advance what you need to purchase such that when you reach IKEA, you don't get distracted and you can quickly buy your item and prevent any fuss or hassle. I can also vouch for the quality of their products. I bought a simple plastic desk chair and I used it for 2-3 years before it finally cracked.

Also, on the few occasions that I managed to eat at the IKEA cafe, I have always liked what they served. However, the daunting part is that it is always crowded and hence, you may have to queue in line if you are not one of the early birds! I have never been one to queue for food, so that's why I don't eat there very often.

IKEA provides good quality household items at reasonable prices. If you like to shop in a peaceful environment, try to avoid weekends and maybe take a day off to shop during one of the weekday afternoons to ensure a stress-free experience.
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80%

Although I live very near IKEA Alexandra, I hardly ever visit the place because it is always so crowded! Especially over the weekends, the place will be so packed and even buying your items can be a hassle. However, I love IKEA's concept of doing business: Fuss Free. IKEA believes in delivering quality products to us at the cheapest cost available, which is why they flat-pack all their stuff and we assemble them together, saving money in the process. Although this DIY method may seem daunting to some, I like that there are always friendly service staff around to assist in any matters.

IKEA is a huge building and houses many types of household items, from chairs to tables to even food! Due to the sprawling varieties of items, I recommend that you plan in advance what you need to purchase such that when you reach IKEA, you don't get distracted and you can quickly buy your item and prevent any fuss or hassle. I can also vouch for the quality of their products. I bought a simple plastic desk chair and I used it for 2-3 years before it finally cracked.

Also, on the few occasions that I managed to eat at the IKEA cafe, I have always liked what they served. However, the daunting part is that it is always crowded and hence, you may have to queue in line if you are not one of the early birds! I have never been one to queue for food, so that's why I don't eat there very often.

IKEA provides good quality household items at reasonable prices. If you like to shop in a peaceful environment, try to avoid weekends and maybe take a day off to shop during one of the weekday afternoons to ensure a stress-free experience.

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Alexandra Road
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Ikea is certainly a great family-place, with special parking lots for large families and free parking! For the kids, there is a children's play area on the first floor which makes me wish I was a little kid again. The restaurant also has really delicious and cheap kids' meals such as the pancakes (which I always have) and pasta.

They recently altered the items on their menu but rest assured the food tastes the same. I love the smoked salmon with a peppery, herby crust and also the poached salmon with lemon and dill sauce. In my opinion though, the meatballs have become slightly out of shape the past few years and the sauce tastes a little creamier than last time. On the other hand, their desserts are amazing! I love the Daim cake, super sinful and sweet chocolatey cake with what tastes like condensed milk in the middle. Well worth the extra minutes running!

I also like how Ikea encourages self-service, such that you can collect your furniture from the warehouse, which is my favourite place in Ikea. I absolutely love the high ceiling and the musty smell of wood and fresh furniture. For those who don't mind small scratches or imperfections on their furniture, Ikea also sells furniture with "defects" at much lower prices.
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90%
Sean Nic Reviewed by Sean Nic on December 12, 2013
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"Where furniture and food go hand-in-hand"

Ikea is certainly a great family-place, with special parking lots for large families and free parking! For the kids, there is a children's play area on the first floor which makes me wish I was a little kid again. The restaurant also has really delicious and cheap kids' meals such as the pancakes (which I always have) and pasta.

They recently altered the items on their menu but rest assured the food tastes the same. I love the smoked salmon with a peppery, herby crust and also the poached salmon with lemon and dill sauce. In my opinion though, the meatballs have become slightly out of shape the past few years and the sauce tastes a little creamier than last time. On the other hand, their desserts are amazing! I love the Daim cake, super sinful and sweet chocolatey cake with what tastes like condensed milk in the middle. Well worth the extra minutes running!

I also like how Ikea encourages self-service, such that you can collect your furniture from the warehouse, which is my favourite place in Ikea. I absolutely love the high ceiling and the musty smell of wood and fresh furniture. For those who don't mind small scratches or imperfections on their furniture, Ikea also sells furniture with "defects" at much lower prices.

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Waiting in the snaking queue while looking at the menu perched on the walls always gives me ample time to make my decision for the food I want. This place has become of my most frequent haunts in the past few weeks - the allure of its reasonable food is too great!

The selection spans from the bouncy and juicy meatballs to the savoury chicken wings to the sweet and salty salmon salad - all of which are my favourite. Not to mention that there are also special perks for Ikea Members who sign up: the first time that you sign up you get a free drink and you even get a discounted price for the meal of the day that is marked by 'IKEA Family Special'. To be a permanent member though, you have to spend a minimum of $150. Members also get free parking for 3 hours when they spend $5 at the IKEA store - not on food - and approach the cashier for the parking card.

If you haven't already become a fan of IKEA's food, then I would suggest you head down to try it now. Not only has it become a weekly visit to IKEA, sometimes, I even pack home some to enjoy the savoury goodness when I'm lazing around at home!
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100%
Megan Foo Reviewed by Google Plus Image Megan Foo on December 10, 2013
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"Best Food at the Food Hall"

Waiting in the snaking queue while looking at the menu perched on the walls always gives me ample time to make my decision for the food I want. This place has become of my most frequent haunts in the past few weeks - the allure of its reasonable food is too great!

The selection spans from the bouncy and juicy meatballs to the savoury chicken wings to the sweet and salty salmon salad - all of which are my favourite. Not to mention that there are also special perks for Ikea Members who sign up: the first time that you sign up you get a free drink and you even get a discounted price for the meal of the day that is marked by 'IKEA Family Special'. To be a permanent member though, you have to spend a minimum of $150. Members also get free parking for 3 hours when they spend $5 at the IKEA store - not on food - and approach the cashier for the parking card.

If you haven't already become a fan of IKEA's food, then I would suggest you head down to try it now. Not only has it become a weekly visit to IKEA, sometimes, I even pack home some to enjoy the savoury goodness when I'm lazing around at home!

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Since Ikea Tampines is near my home, it is the quick fix destination for my family whenever one of the furniture at home falls apart, gets torn to shreds by carelessness or broken by my fatness. Ikea Tampines has a huge parking lot, and the best part is that parking is free! Hence, it is one of the best place to go for should you ever need to find a new furniture for your home.

The array of items on display is just incredible. From sofa to shelves, to desks and tables, there is virtually every single furniture that you will ever need available at their mega outlet. The spacious walkways makes it easy for people to browse their desired items without knocking into another. The cosy room setups get people's creative juices flowing on how to better improve their homes and the tidy and neat labeling makes shopping a joy at Ikea. In addition to that, the sales staff are always helpful and approachable, enhancing my experience at Ikea whenever I'm there.
Overall Rating:
 
80%
Joshua Goh Reviewed by Google Plus Image Joshua Goh on December 09, 2013
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"Spacious but cosy, neat and tidy"

Since Ikea Tampines is near my home, it is the quick fix destination for my family whenever one of the furniture at home falls apart, gets torn to shreds by carelessness or broken by my fatness. Ikea Tampines has a huge parking lot, and the best part is that parking is free! Hence, it is one of the best place to go for should you ever need to find a new furniture for your home.

The array of items on display is just incredible. From sofa to shelves, to desks and tables, there is virtually every single furniture that you will ever need available at their mega outlet. The spacious walkways makes it easy for people to browse their desired items without knocking into another. The cosy room setups get people's creative juices flowing on how to better improve their homes and the tidy and neat labeling makes shopping a joy at Ikea. In addition to that, the sales staff are always helpful and approachable, enhancing my experience at Ikea whenever I'm there.

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Ikea incorporated showrooms in its main level and you can put up these items at another level, and it is really enjoyable to go through the showrooms, and hopefully get inspired by how they designed each of their showrooms! I'm sure many people like going through showrooms, and have a feel of how they can decorate their homes with the products by Ikea rather than going through the furniture by your own and not knowing what to do with them.

I adore how minimalistic their furniture, especially when it comes to storage spaces, like cupboard and shoes cabinet, bed frame with storage boxes underneath. They take on a very clean cut and modern look which gives your house a newer look whichever style you adopts. The storage spaces are usually pretty affordable, maybe except for the customised wardrobe.

As far as comfort can get, their sofa is value for money. Although it may not come out as very cheap, but it is just so soft and comfortable, that I always love lounging on my sofa. However, try to get a smoother sofa cover if you can, else you might feel uncomfortable. For my family, we placed some light fabric over so we could wash it from time to time without washing the sofa cover.

I fell in love with their bedsheets and quilts, however, they could come up to being quite a hole in the pocket. You might as well shop for such items in hypermarkets or Aussino. Their curtains take on a more simple-but-elegant look so if you are looking for patterned curtains that is more 'fun' you should look elsewhere. Ikea's curtains works well for me though, since on the price tag, they tells you about the function of the curtain (how much light it can block) which is great!

The kitchen ware is pretty good, I was impressed. My family got a frying pan for around $3.90 and we thought it wouldn't last for long. To our surprise, it last for almost 1/2 year now and fry things really well, non stick and such! Their plates can come off as quite heavy but the quality is not bad. For kitchen ware, they sell it at a pretty affordable price.

The only furniture that I would not consider buying from Ikea would be the table, there are little choices and as affordable it is, it doesn't come off as sturdy to me. Looks very fragile and I would give it a pass.

I love their hotdog buns! Delicious and cheap! Although both Tampines and Alexandra serve its purpose, I personally prefer Tampines as it seems bigger. I would return to ikea for furniture shopping in the future!
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80%
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"Fun shopping experience!"

Ikea incorporated showrooms in its main level and you can put up these items at another level, and it is really enjoyable to go through the showrooms, and hopefully get inspired by how they designed each of their showrooms! I'm sure many people like going through showrooms, and have a feel of how they can decorate their homes with the products by Ikea rather than going through the furniture by your own and not knowing what to do with them.

I adore how minimalistic their furniture, especially when it comes to storage spaces, like cupboard and shoes cabinet, bed frame with storage boxes underneath. They take on a very clean cut and modern look which gives your house a newer look whichever style you adopts. The storage spaces are usually pretty affordable, maybe except for the customised wardrobe.

As far as comfort can get, their sofa is value for money. Although it may not come out as very cheap, but it is just so soft and comfortable, that I always love lounging on my sofa. However, try to get a smoother sofa cover if you can, else you might feel uncomfortable. For my family, we placed some light fabric over so we could wash it from time to time without washing the sofa cover.

I fell in love with their bedsheets and quilts, however, they could come up to being quite a hole in the pocket. You might as well shop for such items in hypermarkets or Aussino. Their curtains take on a more simple-but-elegant look so if you are looking for patterned curtains that is more 'fun' you should look elsewhere. Ikea's curtains works well for me though, since on the price tag, they tells you about the function of the curtain (how much light it can block) which is great!

The kitchen ware is pretty good, I was impressed. My family got a frying pan for around $3.90 and we thought it wouldn't last for long. To our surprise, it last for almost 1/2 year now and fry things really well, non stick and such! Their plates can come off as quite heavy but the quality is not bad. For kitchen ware, they sell it at a pretty affordable price.

The only furniture that I would not consider buying from Ikea would be the table, there are little choices and as affordable it is, it doesn't come off as sturdy to me. Looks very fragile and I would give it a pass.

I love their hotdog buns! Delicious and cheap! Although both Tampines and Alexandra serve its purpose, I personally prefer Tampines as it seems bigger. I would return to ikea for furniture shopping in the future!

Last updated: December 09, 2013

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