Our journey started at Lomonosov underground station. Behind the station we could see about 30 people waiting for a bus to the IKEA shop. This bus is unusual: it is free, and it has a timetable.



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by John Kuti

Our journey started in a minibus to Lomonosov underground station. In the open area behind the station we could see about 30 people waiting for a bus to the IKEA shop. This bus is unusual for two reasons – it is free, and it is one of very the few buses in the city that has a timetable.

We got onto the bus and it drove over the bridge across the River Neva and out of the city. One passenger had her dog with her. We saw the big yellow letters IKEA on a blue background from far away, they are on a sign which is higher than the trees. The same design is on the side of the building, a very big blue box with a car park all around it. We got out of the bus and walked along a special route to the entrance with a roof over it. We went into the shop through a big door that turned like a wheel. About ten people can walk inside one section of the wheel. IKEA shops are very popular everywhere in the world, and they are made to serve very large numbers of people.

Most places in Russia have a cloakroom where you can leave your coat. On this day there were too many people, so only children could leave their coats. I had a rucksack and they said that I should leave this in the cloakroom and carry my coat. If you have a child aged 3 to 6 you can leave him or her in a play room…usually for 2 hours or just one hour on busy days. They give parents a piece of paper with the time of collection written on it so that they don’t forget. I don’t know what people with dogs do.

The first place we went was up the stairs to the café. Here everything is self-service. You take a tray and ask people to serve you food, for example traditional Swedish meat-balls. If you want coffee, tea or a fizzy drink you pay for a cup and afterwards you fill it from a machine. While you eat and drink you can study the catalogue. They say that 160 million copies of the catalogue are printed all round the world – where I live, they delivered a copy to each flat. People who want to buy a lot of things can take a big yellow plastic bag to put them in. There are also different sorts of trolley. One has a seat for a small child and a place to hang the big yellow bag.

The area next to the café is for special offers. Then, there are a lot of pictures in frames and mirrors. After that, you come to a place where there are different rooms which you can walk into and sit down in. When you know what you want to buy, you have to look at the code on the price tag. This code tells you the place on the ground floor where you should go to collect the pack with the parts you want inside it. All Ikea furniture is in cardboard boxes and you have to put the parts together when you get home.

One of the main problems of life in Russia is the small amount of living space that people have in their flats. It is very unusual for a family to have a room that nobody sleeps in. So the idea of a “living room” or a “sitting room”, as we call it in English, is a bit different. Most people have a room with a sofa-bed that they open out in the evening to sleep on. I think it’s quite a good idea for Russian flats to have the bed on tall legs with enough space for a sofa under it. You can buy one in IKEA for about £200. On my visit to IKEA I didn’t buy anything because I live in a rented flat with lots of furniture in it. I just like looking.





I love to go to IKEA, just only to have a coffee!

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There are two Ikea shops in my country. I and my family went there frequently to look for new furniture before we moved into our new house. Once in a while, we go Ikea for lunch or dinner at the cafe, and look around the new furniture after our meal. It is same as how it was described in the article, everything is self service in the cafe of Ikea and we need to clear our table after we finish our meal, but we think this is a good practise and should be encouraged, because it help to reduce the staff costs of the cafe and indirectly decrease the costs of our meal, and it train people here to build good curteousy and behaviour.

I liked this article a lot ,may be because I am a big fan of IKEA !when I decided to move back from Saudi Arabia to my home country Syria ,I bought all my furniture from IKEA in Riyadh .Going there for shopping was a great fun for the whole family ,you can eat ,collect your items ,make deals in what is called (as it is )corner and at the same time your kids will enjoy their time playing until you finish the mission ,I think the lovely experience made buy more than I wanted and may be this is what IKEA  owners want!!!

I've never been in IKEA store. Unfortunately, we haven't this shop in our country. I'm from Uzbekisan. I've heard that IKEA store is perfect place to find anything you want, not only home stuffs. At present i live in Bristol. I came here 6 months ago. The good thing is, that this city's got very big IKEA store. So, i'm going to vizit it. Thanks British Council for information, and such a good article.

I think, ikea is the biggest company around the world. You know , ten percent of the european people have been made in a ikea bed???. Personally, i like of ikea the way to be easy buy furniture and the lots of different kinds of furniture.

I have been in IKEA shop in Greece. Everything in the text is exactly like it is. I found IKEA by following one of their buses. IKEA shop is huge and I found it very interesting. Everything is organized very well. Especially I liked the place where children play. The choice of furniture and household goods is enormous. The prices are acceptable and the quality is good. There were a lot of customers. Even though many purchases have been made, some people were in the shop just to collect some fresh ideas for their houses. And there really are plenty of good ideas and solutions. I suppose this is the best thing IKEA provide. Fortunately in Sofia starts IKEA shop soon. I bet many people from whole Bulgaria will visit this incredible shop.

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Nora Aleksieva writes “I haven’t ever been in IKEA shops. In Bulgaria there are not IKEA shops. I have been in different shops for furniture, but none are like IKEA. The furniture shops here are standard – they have a lot of built-up areas, often on one floor. They have a lot of sections and shop assistants. When you visit these shops, often they give you leaflets with special offers for the week. In these shops there are places for bags but no cloakroom. I haven’t seen places for children or cafés or places for dogs. I think that the model of IKEA shops is related with the business strategy of the firm – furniture with good quality at low prices. And the lower prices are reached with minimum expenses on shop assistants and for staff who put together the furniture’s pieces because you can easily do this at home.”

Carlos Peña writes “I have never been to IKEA, actually I have never heard about it. However, I think they have an interesting method to sell, it is so flexible and one can look around without get pressured by salesmen. The café is perfect for this kind of place and they don’t need lots of staff but are able to serve many people. The playroom for children is great, boys often don’t enjoy going shopping with their parents, then is better to leave them in a place when can play and talk with other children. I think in IKEA everything is self–service, you can choose what you want to buy and afterwards you go to collect the pack with the parts and finally you have to put the parts together when you get home. You do everything, but it is not bad.”

Omar Ouaakarrouch writes “There are other names used for such types of furniture. It is not IKEA here in Morocco but Kitea which I think is the same. The difference is the space; here, in Morocco space is reduced and there is not really a lot of variety.”