Shopping Guide

Get Your Wallets Ready: IKEA PH is Opening Soon!

We've got a list of products that you will surely buy, too

Photography: IKEA-Korea (Main Photo)

When it was announced that IKEA will open in the Philippines, everyone got excited and started listing down a few must-haves that they can’t wait to take home from the store. Whether it’s a new sofa, a mirror with built-in lights, or a set of wall decals—each piece will surely pack a punch in terms of quality, function, and style—three merits that IKEA has championed for decades.

Based on a crowdsourcing we did a few months back, many of you expressed enthusiasm about the news as it will not only give you more options when it comes to decorating and styling the home, it also opens up the possibility of providing jobs for Filipinos as well. In an article published by the Manila Bulletin, Swedish Ambassador Harald Fries confirmed the opening of a store soon and mentioned the positive impact it will have on the country in terms of investments and manpower recruitment. “I won’t be surprised that once they have set their camp here, they’ll be looking for local manufacturing. I think that would be wonderful and interesting for the Philippines,” said the ambassador during an event commemorating the 70th year of the Sweden-Philippine Diplomatic Relations.

Cannot wait? Here are six products we predict Pinoys will buy once IKEA opens on our shores, based on the products’ international popularity: 

1. The Billy Bookcase

Filipinos are very keen on storage, as many of us live in condos or small homes. So we are predicting the organizing and storage pieces at IKEA would be the ones we would snap up. This could probably include the Billy Bookcase, a modern, modular case of shelves that can match any interior style, as one Billy Bookcase is sold every ten seconds.

2. The Lack Side Table

The Lack side table (which does not lack in style) is a simple, streamlined table made out of particleboard and laminate, and is extremely versatile: join two together and you form a coffee table. The best part about the Lack is its US$9.99 price tag—the equivalent of 500 pesos. You can get a furniture piece for the price of a t-shirt! How can you beat that?

3. The Poang Chair

This extremely comfy bentwood lounge chair (you can buy a matching ottoman and there is a rocking chair version) is the epitome of Scandinavian design as it is efficient, streamlined, and durable. The Poang sells 1.5 million units a year, and that’s amazing since the seat is so durable it lasts almost forever.

4. The rugs and lamps

Most good quality rugs are notoriously expensive, even in malls. Thankfully, IKEA churns out price-friendly area rugs in various styles, like the graphic Lappljung Ruta pictured above (US$79.99) and the trendy Koldby cowhide rug (US$169) and we could imagine having these beauties at home. The wide assortment of Scandi-modern lamps at friendly prices (a mere US$4.99 for the famous Lampan table lamp) are must-haves, too.

5. Assorted dinnerware

The dinnerware departments of most IKEA stores are conveniently located near the exits, and it’s pretty common to see shoppers wandering here forever before heading out. It’s very tempting to lap up their timeless ceramic plates and mug sets (how many Fargrik mugs do you own?) as a typical set sells for as low as US$19.99. 

6. Swedish meatballs

Pinoys love to eat and we're sure many of us have headed out to an IKEA store with the anticipation of a good meal. The most popular food items in IKEA cafeterias are the traditional Swedish meatballs, also called Kottbullar, served with gravy and lingonberry sauce on the side. It’s so popular that people order more than two million Swedish meatballs at IKEA everyday. Now that’s a lot of meatballs! You may be thrilled to know that IKEA also sells frozen Kottbullar you can take home along with your Malm bed.

Aside from these best sellers, we also hope to see the Stockholm 2017 Collection! Perfect for those who are obsessed with tropical interiors and living the beach life, it features the best materials turned into finely crafted pieces. 

On top of our list if the Stockholm 2017 Armchair by Nike Karlsson—it can be placed in the living area or in the lanai.

READ: The New IKEA Stockholm 2017 Is A Beach Lover's Dream Come True

Meanwhile, those who are starting an active lifestyle may also be on the lookout for the Sladda bicycle. Packed flat like most of IKEA’s furniture, it can be assembled with the help of a booklet with pictograms. The best thing about it? It has a belt drive—an eco-friendly alternative to an oily chain.

READ: IKEA Has A New Product and It's Not Furniture

What do you want to buy at IKEA? Let us know by leaving a comment or messaging us on Facebook!

PHOTOS: IKEA Korea (Main) | IKEA Catalogue | Dairy Darilag (Lappljung Ruta rug).

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