As someone who's trekked all the way to Paramus, New Jersey, from New York City to pick up an IKEA Billy Bookshelf (yes, Brooklyn's IKEA location is even farther than NJ's) and lugged it back in an Uber XL, I can safely say: IKEA was long overdue for a store in Manhattan.
And thanks to all things good, IKEA has officially opened the doors of its first-ever Manhattan location, staked out in the Upper East Side of the concrete Jungle. Yes, this new Planning Studio is at 999 Third Avenue—not far from Bloomingdale's, The Home Depot, The Container Store, and more.
This location, which will be Swedish home retailer's first city center store in the U.S., is also the city's first Planning Studio concept, focused on "smart solutions for urban living and small spaces."
The difference between this type of shopping format and a traditional IKEA store is that, instead of bringing the furniture you love home with you then and there, "you discover your look and style for your living space, design it with the help of an IKEA associate, and then have the products shipped directly to your residence."
IKEA's Planning Studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, with experts available to help square-footage-starved New Yorkers design ways to maximize their homes. And, anything you buy using the studio can be delivered to your door—for a fee—and even assembled for you. That's better than having your own IKEA robot.
Considering IKEA's serious restructuring plans to make shopping more appealing over the next few years—and by eliminating the need for people like me to lug a nearly 7 -foot shelving unit across state lines—all I can really say is PRAISE BE.
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