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IKEA Delivery Times

Postby uscate » Sat, 14 Jul 2012 8:40 pm

I may be asking for the impossible, but here goes....

My SO will be moving to our apartment in mid-September. I'm planning to go on a 4-5 day furniture-buying trip before this in order to buy what we need at IKEA and have it delivered to our apartment (and assembled) within that 4-5 day period. Is this kind of time frame even possible?? I'll just buy furniture in-stock....

Here's what the IKEA website says about delivery:

"Delivery lead time will be 3 days subject to availability of delivery slots. Should you need to schedule your delivery beyond 3 days, a fee of $20 per delivery order, per day applies. Storage charges do not apply in the event that earliest delivery date is more than 3 days from purchase."

Has anyone had experience with IKEA delivery lead times, and are they true to that 3 day estimate? I'd hate to make that trip only to find that the timing won't work.

Thanks for any feedback....

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 14 Jul 2012 8:58 pm

I've never seen it happen. Every time I go in there they say 5 to 7 or 8 days minimum. When I tell them I should have just gone next door to Courts where they will deliver within 2 days and for free instead of IKEA's astronomical delivery charges, that usually speeds things up, but not much. And it's costs a minimum of $55 provided you live probably within 8~10 km of the place.

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 14 Jul 2012 9:36 pm

Ikea delivery is done by a 3rd party company (i.e. not part of Ikea). I don't recall what lead-time we got from them but I recall it wasn't long, so probably 3 days as stated. I would have recalled if they broke their promise, as I was personally paying for the Serviced Apartment while we waited for a bed at the newly signed flat.

Maybe it is more reliable if you avoid shopping on the weekend wanting mid-week delivery. Ikea is less crowded during the week. Wonders can happen, we had a damaged head-board delivered in the morning as part of a bedframe. I managed to get them to deliver a replacement that afternoon!

You could of course sort out your own delivery. Maybe a man-with-van type of arrangement. You'll see ads for them in the local weekend papers.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Sat, 14 Jul 2012 11:02 pm

Never had a problem with IKEA promised delivery... IKEA branded van... put everything together... usually about 3 days.

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Postby uscate » Sat, 14 Jul 2012 11:50 pm

Thank you all for your quick responses! Looks like furniture shopping will have to wait 'til I get there for good....

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:26 am

uscate wrote:Thank you all for your quick responses! Looks like furniture shopping will have to wait 'til I get there for good....


Funny, I thought the discussion had established that you likely can successfully do your shopping on your pre-trip. :)

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Postby x9200 » Sun, 15 Jul 2012 7:54 am

JR8 wrote:
uscate wrote:Thank you all for your quick responses! Looks like furniture shopping will have to wait 'til I get there for good....


Funny, I thought the discussion had established that you likely can successfully do your shopping on your pre-trip. :)

Maybe I can help with this: the delivery was always within the said 3 days IIRC but in a few cases something was wrong with the stuff like damaged furniture or missing parts.

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Postby uscate » Sun, 15 Jul 2012 5:08 pm

Hi JR8 -

No, the commentaries actually helped me to realize that this furniture hunting trip could potentially be an exercise in futility (if not frustration)....Missing a week of work when I'll be unemployed for a couple of years, in addition to the expense of travel and the possibility that the IKEA Gods aren't able to accommodate make it an easier decision to just wait 'til I arrive for good.

But thank you all for the info!


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