Ikea is a Swedish furniture store that's popular with everyone from college students furnishing their dorms, to designers looking to showcase homes. Now, Ikea employees of Ikea are spilling the beans about the secret ins and outs of your favorite DIY furniture giant.
The "Bulla Bulla Method" is when you display items that make them seem inexpensive, like overfilling a bin with stuffed animals. The amount of them gives the customer the illusion of making a smart purchase.
Sleeping on the furniture is allowed to an extent. But employees warn that bedding is only changed when it's visibly dirty. Instead of taking a nap, take a cruise on over to the snack bar and get an "ice cream" cone to keep you awake. Plus it gives you something to eat on your way to the meatballs.
"If you really wanna test your relationship, go through Ikea and buy something," says Jana, a former employee. I had a couple trying to make a decision on a rug and he was mad and she was on verge of tears. Then we were out of the rug they wanted, which made it even worse."
When it comes to displays at Ikea, there is nothing accidental. The "open your wallet" section applies to cheap goods that are displayed in a way that make you want to buy them. Which explains why you have all those mugs.
One former employee of Ikea said, "At the end of the night we move all the walls out of the way so we have a straight shot to where the trash is. They have a lock on them so people can't randomly move them."