Array
Tips and Guides

Readers Weigh In: IKEA in the PH

Let’s hear what our Real Living readers have to say about IKEA coming in

Shares
Photography: IKEA

With almost 400 (and growing) stores worldwide, in cities from Almhult (Sweden) to Zagreb (Croatia), IKEA is arguably one of the biggest home furniture sellers in the world. Though branches in developing countries seem limited, India is expecting 25 branches to open in the next few decades.

While we wait for IKEA to finally come onto Philippine shores, we took the liberty of asking our Filipino readers what they think of the probability of shopping the Swedish brand in their homeland. There are concerns as to how its large, mass-market inventory would affect the local furniture industry and how it will manage its social corporate responsibilities. Though take note: IKEA is known for supporting worldwide social initiatives for women and children, and has even donated a large bulk of money for emergency relief drives, most recently for our own Typhoon Yolanda back in 2013.

Read on, and if you’d like to comment about this story, please go to our Facebook page

IKEA Yay!

“Super-excited to see them here! It’s an apt time for the company, considering the real estate boom, particularly in condominiums. IKEA will definitely bring in more affordable home décor and furniture for startup homeowners.” —Akiko Sumulong-Eustaquio

“I’ve been a fan ever since; I just collected catalogues until some online resellers came aboard…the problem is [the resellers] charge too much, sometimes triple the original price! Lucky my brother works abroad, so every time he goes home, I make pabili items that I like.”—May Bartolaza Repalda

“I hope it’s not too expensive…we all know that when products are brought into the PH price doubles up. Hope it won’t happen with IKEA as I have been dying to shop it. Will probably be one of my stress relievers, just pushing carts around the area…and if my budget can cover a lot of items.” —Dolly Nellas-Libo

“My first IKEA moment was in Hong Kong. I left a bunch of officemates and ditched our free Peking duck dinner just to squeeze in my IKEA tour! Going back to our hotel with two heavy bags, I felt so happy. Looking forward to its opening day. May it happen sooner!” —Katherine Alindogan Tagudin

“In general, I like that IKEA is coming in…more options for consumers. Besides, if I’m going to shop for a bed, for example, and I have to pay someone to assemble it versus assembling it for free, I will still pick the more affordable option.”—Maria Lexis Quizon

Scandi-maybe

“I hope IKEA will tap and help support local industries in terms of craftsmanship training, innovation, and more importantly promoting local products to other IKEA markets.”—Rayvin Tamisin

“While I love home furnishings that have super-efficient, purposeful Scandinavian beauty, I’m afraid of what that would mean for, and the larger implications on the local furniture and design industry.”—Belinda Torres

IKEA Nay

“We do not need an IKEA in the Philippines. It is an excess. What we need is to build more affordable houses, more decent hospitals, school buildings for Filipinos. I hope IKEA will put forwards a valuable social corporate responsibility while making their mark on Philippine soil.”—C. Santos

PHOTOS: IKEA website, SF Gate

More on Realliving.com.ph

On Our Wishlist: An Ikea Store in the Philippines

5 Popular IKEA Names and What They Mean

5 Must-Have Iconic IKEA Chairs

Shares

Latest Stories

A Tiny Studio Unit Becomes A Hotel-Style Home

In another makeover marvel by Elle Uy, the decorator transforms a dark studio unit into a chic and airy space

Get the Look of Iza Calzado’s Bedroom

Give your sleeping space an easy, dainty makeover with the right pieces

5 Amazing Closet Cleaning Tips You Can Try

Achieve your dream wardrobe with these handy tricks

How To Vacuum Your Home Properly

Here’s how to avoid all the usual vacuuming mistakes. Plus, learn about a revolutionary new material that will help you bust all that dirt at home.

A Cozy and Modern Family Home in Quezon City

Works of art, beautiful fabrics, and a mix of old and new pieces bring this townhouse to life

5 Things To Never Clean With Baking Soda

This finely milled powder has its downsides, too

There's An Affordable Way To Keep Your Home Smelling Good 24/7

Say no to artificial fragrances with this three-step hack

A KonMari Reality Show Is Coming To Netflix

Will de-cluttering diva Marie Kondo's new show spark joy?

You Only Need P5,000 To Work On These Home Improvement Projects

The best part? These can increase the value of your space, too.

What's Inside The Vatican Walls?

Aside from having one of the largest collections of art in the world, the Vatican holds many other treasures

Meet The Architect Behind This Industrial-Pinoy Home

Inspired by the Bahay Kubo, this architect worked with industrial details and affordable building materials to create an inviting space

Is It Possible to Paint Over Tiles?

No one likes the sight of lackluster tiles. Know what to do with these tips from an interior designer.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!