Hell on Earth. I love the IDEA of IKEA as much as the next person. They are geniuses there. Seriously, I love wandering around their uber-hip, creative life-sized doll houses...and their food is rich and buttery...and kids can play for an hour (though big kids have been banned from the ball court)...BUT...
we are FOOLS to think that spending $3.00 plus on a gallon of gas to drive to Auburn (assuming you live in Seattle...or Oregon) = 1 hour min., wander in and out of the displays oooing and ahhing = 1.5 hours min., retrieving every damn piece of particle board and tiny screw for every item you want (careful not to drop on your foot) = 1 hour min., checking out (30 min. if you're lucky), stuffing the heavy Wasa cracker material into your car in a very negligible and unsafe way (scratching and denting as you go) = 30 min., driving back home tired and stressed (but probably not hungry since you bought the discount softserve and latte on the way out) = 1 hour, unpacking and then ASSEMBLING = 5 hours IF you have an engineering degree. That's ten and a half hours, folks. I don't know about you...but my time is worth more than that.
Next time I'm going to Dania where the furniture is just as bad but you can get purchase it and have it delivered without having to make a field trip out of the event.