Closest IKEA

Update! Here's a break down of the closest IKEA stores to the Capital Region, with some great comments.
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Somewhat in response to Siobhan's comment, the closest IKEA to the Capital Region is in Paramus, NJ -- not New Haven, CT as IKEA's own site will tell you. And even if the New Haven location was a little closer, the Paramus store is super easy to get to from Albany. Getting all those flat-pack boxes back... well, that's a different story.

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Two things to note: The Paramus store is not open Sundays, which is ridiculous to me because that's the day I am always coming back from visits to NYC and would love to stop in IKEA.

And they seem to stock very little when compared to the other 'local' (ha!) stores. All the items I have found in the catalog or through their website never seem to be in stock at Paramus, but usually are in New Haven or the new Stoughton store. But it is a huge store... maybe they just go out of stock quicker due to droves of NYC shoppers.

I've been to both, and find the few extra miles to New Haven to be well worth the saved headaches (there one in Elizabeth, NJ as well), not to mention a trip to IKEA New Haven means a stop at On The Border in West Springfield, MA along the way.

I prefer the Philadelphia store, if for no other reason than because their giant cafe windows have the spectacular view of the rusting hulk of the once mighty SS United States to admire while sipping a lingonberry soda:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_United_States

While munching on a tasty almond torte you can ponder how our ancestors made their journeys to America by sea, and how much of an adventure that must have seemed (my mom came over on a Cunard ship from Liverpool.) And oh yeah, while there you can buy nifty housewares for cheaper than Wal Mart, like the French coffee and tea press I picked up last week for $13, or the two for $12 accent lamps. And the closet and laundry organizers that have been sitting in a heap in the corner since I got back. I've been promising myself to get organized! No, really!

Still, Siobhan is right, I really wish we didn't have to go so far, if they could even put a smaller store, it doesn't have to be mega huge, maybe a "best-of" concept.

I don't know anything about Paramus, but I've been to the New Haven store many times and don't find it a hassle at all (aside from the long drive). It's right off I-91.

I remember when I heard they were building an IKEA in Red Hook, and I thought, "This is going to be great! That's only an hour south of here!" Of course, by "Red Hook" they meant "somewhere in Brooklyn" and not the town north of Rhinebeck. Boy, was my face red!

Thanks, guys. Now I know the closest locations to get the Danish modern furniture I very much want. Who's up for a road trip???

Forget shopping in *all* of Paramus on Sundays, and much of Bergen County, too. Blue laws. Been that way forever.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramus#Commerce

LQ

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