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This Just In: Sleep Over at the Ikea Hostel

Anyone who has ever been to Ikea knows that it can be a very tiring shopping experience. But get this: According to The Guardian (U.K.), shoppers in Oslo will get to stay the night at Ikea hostels, so customers can have a place to crash if they haven't finished shopping. According to the article:

Later this month, Ikea Norway will let shoppers sleep overnight in one of its two Oslo warehouses, an operation that will last a week. "It will be like an alternative hostel," said company spokesman Frode Ullebust.

"There will be the regular dormitory with lots of beds stacked up together. We will also have a bridal suite, with a round bed and a hanging chandelier, and the luxury suite, where customers can enjoy breakfast in bed," he said.

Guests will be allowed to stay free of charge and will even get to chow down on the usual Ikea grub — like Swedish meatballs and cranberries — for breakfast and dinner.

I personally like to get in and out of Ikea as quickly as possible, though a trip can admittedly take hours. But apparently, Norwegians see it as a major tourist attraction, so I guess it makes sense to add dorms. Would you spend the night at an Ikea?


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jiujiu jiujiu 9 years
Too weird. I love ikea for its lack of expensive (they must use elves.. i dont know), but ikea is not the height of luxury and certainly would not be a place I'd like to sleep in.
gameboybunny gameboybunny 9 years
I HATE IKEA. The catalogs are 1000x better. You go there and it's like this big warehouse, like a Home Depot inside. It's always a zoo in there, and the bed I bought there is absolute bar none crap. We bought a better mattress to go in it and the entire bottom broke due to the weight of the new mattress. (And we are both of average size.) I will never ever buy any furniture from there again (though I might buy some home decor), and I will NEVER actually make a trip to the store again.
hopal1071 hopal1071 9 years
If shopping at IKEA is half as fun as looking at the zines, yes I'd stay overnight. IKEA comes to Ohio in early 2008 and I am soooo excited!
abby55 abby55 9 years
wow, and I thought being there for over an hour was bad!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
I love Ikea and all, but not enough to spend the night.
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
Our closest Ikea is the new store in Portland...if that store had this kind of deal, I'd stay for the night! Cheaper than a hotel room!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
Luckily, there's an Ikea right here in Atlanta so I would say no. BUT if it was a couple of hours away, then I would definitely consider it. Ikea has awesome stuff!
bugness bugness 9 years
I've never been to an Ikea :( They're just way too far away. It's 6 hours. Heh, maybe if I wanted to go to Six Flags AND get in an Ikea shopping trip, I'd work that out lol.
yaelatner yaelatner 9 years
not only is the suggestion of sleeping at Ikea totally creepy but who in their right mind would want to spent their wedding night at one?
liliesandlyla liliesandlyla 9 years
funny! I love spending time at Ikea. I wouldn't mind for the experience though.
Green Green 9 years
Umm...I can see an influx of bums moving to Norway for the free shelter.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
sounds like fun!! i loved working there especially when customers weren't around so this would be so cool...
cslaminko cslaminko 9 years a heartbeat!!!! Making the two hour drive to one this weekend....can't wait....if only I could stay the night, aaaaahhhhh. I visited D.C. one weekend en route to NY and the only thing I happily saw at the time was the Ikea (before they opened one closer to me). I would do the same for the Container Store too!!!
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
I love Ikea! I would love to stay! Shooot! I live about 4-5 hours away from the nearest Ikea! :(
jhuck jhuck 9 years
I think that would be a lot of fun to do with a group of friends!
saffy1227 saffy1227 9 years
loronn79 loronn79 9 years
Absolutely! I often want to go to Ikea, but the closest one is three hours away. Roundtrip is 6 hours, which is almost too much for one day. It'd be so convenient to stay right there. I'd do it!
ishop2much ishop2much 9 years
If only pottery barn allowed this. Their beds look so comfy!
mcollazo mcollazo 9 years
I would not stay. That makes me feel weird.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
Weird..... but i would soo stay just to say i did!!
ktacce ktacce 9 years
karsaamy!!! I LOVE JEN LANCASTERRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!! Bright Lights, Big Ass is totally one of my favorite books, it's so brilliant. :) Ikea is an insane, day-long experience. i'm not sure i'd want to extend that to a hotel experience, per-say... but maybe i would. i'm glad i didnt' get stuck after hours like bigestivediscut!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Haha this is HILARIOUS!!! It brings back memories of when I was helping my boyfriend and his friend move into their new flat in London ... IKEA is like, wayyyyy out there and they went at 2 but were literally RUNNING around after IKEA announced it was officially CLOSED trying to haul bed-frames, gigantic wardrobes, etc. around. At the time, I was pissed off because I thought they could have planned their time better (typical), but now that I look back at it it was sooo funny and it would have been even FUNNIER if we had to spend the night. :ROTFL:
rubialala rubialala 9 years
That is very strange.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 9 years
This, I believe, is the most bizarre thing I have heard today.
misslarue misslarue 9 years
IKEA-no. Nordstrom-heck yah! :-)
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