The Aroma of Ikea

I’ve never really noticed it before, but Ikea has an aroma. A friend and I picked up some furniture over the weekend. As usual, it came packed flat in boxes. We stopped for lunch on the way back and left the car with the furniture in boxes for about 45 minutes. As soon as we got back into the car, we both noticed a distinctive, Ikea smell. Kind of a dusty, slightly chemically smell. I had never noticed the smell when going into the store, but the small space of the car seemed to have concentrated the scent. This reminds me of the bottles of Wite-Out which used to warn to not “deliberately concentrate and inhale” the fumes. Hmmm, maybe that’s the next warning on Ikea furniture?

3 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 10:58 am

    Ooh, I totally know what you’re talking about! It does have a smell.


  2. Jen (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    That is too funny. I also picked up a shelving unit on Saturday that sat in my office, unpacked, overnight. Going into that room the next AM, the stank was fairly strong. We likend it to the smell of petroleum being turned into plastic…not that we really know what that smells like either…but figured it was close.


  3. ryanol (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    are you refering to the smell of woodchips and adhesive?



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