Know Before You Go
If you've seen one big-box store you've seen them all, right? Not when it comes to Ikea. As any seasoned Ikea shopper will tell you, a trip to the Swedish furniture retailer's massive blue stores demands some planning, especially for newbies. This goes far beyond what's a good buy and what's not to when to shop, how to navigate the maze-like aisles, and how best to get your haul home. Read on for what to know before you go, including some unwelcome news about what you'll pay for those iconic Billy bookcases and Poang chairs in the new year.