The chorus of shoppers singing IKEA's praises has hit plenty of high notes over the years. IKEA has cemented itself as one of the few places where budget-friendly prices intertwine with effortless style, and that's why this store is so often uttered by everyone from high-profile designers to everyday interior enthusiasts.
But if there's one detail where IKEA's praises tend to fall flat, it's usually the stress involved with shipping. Since IKEA has built its business on the premise that shoppers will carry out boxes of furnishings and assemble everything on their own, the brand's history of delivering items is rocky, at best. Items have notoriously taken a long time to appear at customer doors, and often at a steep price. And even if you could rent a truck to deliver furniture to your home yourself, it's understandable if this option isn't that appealing—especially if you have to drive on busy city streets.
But thankfully, times are changing. IKEA has adapted some positive shifts to its shipping processes, and these solutions should make it easier to get its praise-worthy pieces to your home. Read on to see the five tips you need to know about IKEA shipping, and soon you'll have yet another reason to love this store.
Small Packages Ship for $5
If you've fallen in love with a small product on IKEA's website and you don't feel like wandering through the store's well-known maze to get it, then you can have it delivered to your home for $5.
Although IKEA's website doesn't specify what "small" entails, and fees apply to products that don't fit within a specific weight and size, we'd assume that it's anything that can be described as an accessory: drawer fixtures, coffee table vignettes, and kitchen utensils, perhaps.
Flat-Rate Delivery for Large Items Starts at $49
Larger products that you've bought online can be delivered to your home or office for a flat fee of $49, and that rate may be adjusted according to how far the desired address is from IKEA's distribution center. Since it is a flat fee, you can have a number of items shipped together under this classification.
Home Delivery Starts at $60
Let's say that you've purchased furniture at your local IKEA store, but you don't have a way to bring it home. IKEA will deliver these items by truck to your address starting at a flat-rate of $60. Once again, that price is adjusted for how far your place is from your local IKEA. If you are replacing a product with something new, like an old mattress for a fresh one, then IKEA will also remove that item from your home for an additional fee.
Keep in mind that these items can be delivered either the same day or next day, but that IKEA does keep four-hour delivery windows. Remember, too, that you'll need to specify which room to place the items in.
Pay Someone to Shop and Ship for You
What if you have an entire shopping list of products that you'd like to buy, but you don't have the time or horsepower to get it all to your door? In that case, it's possible to select the "Picking With Delivery" service at IKEA, where an independent service provider gets every item on your list and delivers it to your home or office. This solution starts at a flat-rate of $90 and varies based on your zip code.
Most items can be delivered by the next day, but you can also request items to be delivered in the same week or at a future date. When the items make it to your door, they'll be placed in a room of your choice.
Hire a TaskRabbit
IKEA bought this online marketplace where freelancers accomplish odd-jobs in 2017, and it can be a way for you to get all of your shopping and assembly done easily, too. Be sure to note the exact product number and color of each item you'd like for the TaskRabbit to shop for or pick up, to make this transaction as straightforward as possible.
Hiring a TaskRabbit is a more expensive option, since you'll be paying the TaskRabbit's daily rate as well as for the IKEA products. To save time, you could request the TaskRabbit to pick up items and not shop for them. Or, you could have the IKEA products delivered to your door, and then hire a TaskRabbit to build them in your home.