The Ikea Way: High Quality for Low Price

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When I hear some one say “Ikea”, I think of a HUGE store of furniture. The Ikea stores across America showcase quality products (mainly furniture and room organization) for affordable prices. Ikea started in the 1920s in Sweden. A young boy, Ingvar Kamprad, bought matches in bulk and began selling them for low prices to his neighbors. He then expanded to other things and eventually added furniture to the products he sold. In time, Ikea became known for the furniture, self-assembly and low prices. Today, Ikea sells products that range from food to kitchen countertops and from kid’s toys to closet storage systems. They also sell these products in over 40 countries!

Ikea is not only a profitable business, but they are also involved in charitable service. The Ikea Foundation helps improve lives of children worldwide in areas of health and education. Ikea also partners with UNICEF, Save the Children and WWF. Ikea cares for the environment and also works to continully improve their effect on the environment and find ways to reduce their carbon foot-print while still provinding quality products for their customers.

I am a fan of Ikea. The store has a play area for kids while parents shop. They have a restaurant for hungry shoppers and a plethora of styles for home design. Every time I go to Ikea, I want to start a new home project. Because of my love for Ikea, I jumped at the chance to review a couple of Ikea products. I was able to choose a couple of items from Children’s Ikea: Duktig Toolbelt with soft tools and the Mala easel.

When we received the package from Ikea, my three year old was ecstatic to see such a big package for him when it was not his birthday! He was even more thrilled to find the art easel inside. He has really begun to enjoy drawing and coloring. My husband quickly put the easel together and added the roll of paper. My son found his markers and drew many pictures right away. He loved the fact that he could just pull down more paper. After spending time with his art easel, I reminded my son that he also had a new toolbelt with tools.  He was very excited about the tools too. We even brought them with us on our roadtrip to see Papaw – and my son likes to use his “tools” when Papaw is working with his.

Features of the Mala Easel:

  • Chalkboard on one side/ Dry erase on the other
  • Tray for crayons, markers, chalk etc.
  • Folds flat for storage
  • Stores a roll of paper for easy access

Features of the Duktig Toolbelt:

  • Easy to put on (My three year old can do it!)
  • Tools attach easily, either in a pocket or by velcro
  • Tools are soft and made with felt. (I love this fact. My son can hammer away on ANYTHING and not harm himself or whatever he is banging on!)
  • Encourages role play and imagination

BUY IT!   The Mala Easel retails at your local Ikea store for only $14.99 and the Duktig Toolbelt for only $7.99.


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  1. 1

    When we lived overseas, we pretty much had to furnish ou entire house through Ikea. We learned pretty quickly that some thigns are better quality than others…but I agree wholly- the toys are fantastic !!!

  2. 2

    I LOVE Ikea! Unfortunately they don’t have one here in Las Vegas, so I only get my fix when I visit my inlaws in California or my BFF in Texas. I still love their items and am excited for the upcoming giveaway!

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    Janet W. says:

    I’ve only been a few times to Ikea, but I loved my shopping experience each time! They have everything and it’s all at such great prices! I wish it was closer to my house.

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    courtney b says:

    i love ikea! especially for kids stuff, you can’t beat the prices, and the quality is awesome

  5. 5

    I love me some Ikea, they have something for everything!(I love his tool belt!)

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