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10 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE VISITING IKEA, BANGALORE

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I felt like the whole of Bangalore was waiting for IKEA to open. Even two weeks after the opening, it was still crowded. On a WEEKDAY!!! Nevertheless, we spent 8 hours there.

IKEA, Nagasandra, Bangalore is the biggest outlet of IKEA in India. It is maintained as efficiently as it was in Kuwait and Hyderabad. The staff is as helpful and courteous and they happily inform you about the inventory or options for the items you had your eye on.

Anyway, I thought it would be great if we had some heads up prior to our visit (with kids) so that our time there would be more comfortable. There were some things that we noted; good as well as scope for improvement that we could be mindful of before our next visit.

So, here are the 10 things to keep in mind before visiting IKEA, Bangalore:

1 AMPLE PARKING SPACE

You can comfortably take your motor vehicle as they have 2000 free parking spaces (1500 for 4-wheelers and around 500 for 2-wheelers). You can take your trolley to your vehicle and offload your haul.

2 BRING YOUR OWN BAGS (BYOB)

Just like many stores in Bangalore, you are encouraged to carry bags for shopping. IKEA bags are also available but at a price. We kept our bags in the car. We used them only while offloading in the parking lot.

3 ABUNDANT HOME DECOR

before visiting IKEA, Bangalore
Some options for kids room

Their inventory consists of loads of home products like sofas, library shelves, lamps, bulbs, bed textiles, flower pots (just 250 each), side tables, coffee tables, clothes lines, cushions, wall clocks, trash bins, racks on wheels, kitchen racks, bathroom cleaning items, etc. It’s like a one-stop shop for all your house-related needs. So, if you’re shifting houses, like us, it’s a great place to visit.

4 SMALAND FOR KIDS

before visiting IKEA, Bangalore
Discussions for their room decor

There is a little play area for kids aged 3 years to 10 years on the lower floor. The only off-side was that they had only one entry. We had to go back up, take one of the quick exits and get down again. An easier entry would be more comfortable considering that we are keeping the kids there to avoid extra exertion.

before visiting IKEA, Bangalore
Busy jotting down what he wants

We weren’t too keen on going all the way back up, so, we skipped Smaland. We kept the kids busy in other ways. But if you have tiny tots, you can surely try the creche out.

5 THE SWEDISH RESTAURANT & FOOD MARKET

before visiting IKEA, Bangalore
IKEA Restaurant

The famous IKEA restaurant had very few options on the menu. Along with their popular meatballs, there was paneer butter masala, salad (with no lettuce), cheesecake, chicken curry and rice, buns, nuggets, potato wedges, soup of the day, etc. Whatever was there tasted good but more food options would be great so that even people who don’t shop would come and enjoy their meals (which was the actual idea of having an awesome restaurant within the shopping center in the first place).

Read about the founder’s life and interesting habits HERE

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Pin it for your next visit!

6 ASSEMBLY SERVICE

In case you are a first-time buyer at IKEA, it is vital to know that you will get their furniture in pieces (dismantled) and you have to assemble them yourself at home. There is also an option where you call their fixers to do it for you. You can speak to their staff at the IKEA store or contact them online. Note that the delivery guys will NOT assemble the furniture they deliver to you.

7 ITEMS NOT IN STOCK

There were a few items that we selected which were not in stock. The shoe cupboard, center table, small cabinet, etc. were some things that were not on the racks. We immediately booked them from their online store. One item that was on double display wasn’t available online either. So, keep your options open or use the free IKEA WiFi to check the availability of your items on their online store, too.

8 CLEAN LAVATORIES

This is the most important part for many people I know. Visiting a huge store with a good restroom is much needed in today’s times. Don’t worry, at IKEA, the toilets are quite clean and dry. They are also sanitized regularly. But I found a little difference between the loos at the entrance and the loos after the cashier area. I felt that the latter could be kept as clean as the former. Let me know your thoughts in case you have noticed any difference.

9 PRETTY COMFORTABLE & CHILL

Unlike many places, it was a good thing that despite the crowd, it wasn’t stuffy. I survived the cold, but I would have been more at ease if my limbs weren’t freezing while shopping. So, if you cannot handle low temperatures, it is advisable to wear a thick long-sleeved top or a jacket.

10 CARRY QUICK SNACKS

before visiting IKEA, Bangalore
Exhausted and snoozing

The restaurant is located closer to the entrance (on the higher floor). We first had lunch and then started shopping. So, once you get down, there is no snacking until after the billing area. If you are visiting IKEA with hungry kids, it may be good if you carry a small packet of biscuits or chips just to keep them going until your billing is done. My kids even took a nap amid our shopping spree.

Hope this information is enough for you to be comfortable during your visit to IKEA, Bangalore. If you have any other suggestions, do mention them in the comments section below!

before visiting IKEA, Bangalore
Part of our IKEA Haul

Update: Our second visit – Like any other mall of Bangalore, IKEA is also overcrowded on weekends. The snake line at the restaurant is never ending. We thought the line would get shorter, so, we decided to stroll around the first floor and have lunch before going downstairs. The line never got shorter, so, we became a part of it and finally had lunch at 5pm. Also, if you are going on weekends, don’t bother about the jacket.

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14 Comments

  1. Judy Morris says:

    Wow Ikea Bangalore has got it all. Kids area, parking space and food zone too. I am sure I will visit there empty stomach and thanks for bags update.

  2. Woww that’s quite an interesting and informative blog, I am planning to visit the Vashi Branch, Mumbai, there are still some points that I can take from here. Thank you

  3. Wow these are great pointers to keep in mind and yes people were awaiting the launch I even want to visit one day

  4. Varsh says:

    I’ve visited the IKEA in Navi Mumbai and agree with most of your points. They provide a great shopping experience and allow you to browse at your own pace. The variety makes one spoilt for choice and the food is great!

  5. Ruchi Verma says:

    We love visiting Ikea and sure the Bangalore one would be as wonderful as Mumbai, I agree that even we get tired checking all the awesome products they have. Thanks for sharing all details.

  6. Swati Mathur says:

    Thanks for sharing this information. We were planning to visit but because of distance we need to plan the day well in advance . It is huge and exploring the whole place will take lot of time. Heared a lot of good things about it so hoping to find something of my choice.

  7. Roma says:

    Right points buddy I am an ex Ikea employee and I can vouch for your recommendations with regards to a Ikea store visit

  8. Shilpa Garg says:

    I love Ikea. Have shopped at Ikea, Kuwait. It’s a shopping paradise and time literally flies when you are in a Ikea store. Wearing comfortable sneakers is a must! And yes, you sleep like a kid after the shopping expedition at Ikea! Hope it comes in our city soon too!

  9. Harjeet Kaur says:

    IKEA Hyderabad is similar. When I didnt live here every visit to Ikea was a must but now that I live here I don’t go. I love to stroll around and check out all the latest in kitchen and dining. But as u said weekends are a total no-no for me. I get claustrophobic in crowds and it is always full. Any work day as soon as it opens is the best time. I like the food as well and the drinks.

  10. MeenalSonal says:

    IKEA store has it all, and you had a great haul from the visit. Thanks for all the pointers especially the restaurant one, as one has to be energetic to visit the huge store so quick snacks should be available at each floor.

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