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IKEA Bullies; IKEAFANS Fights Back in Federal Court

Posted by Susan on June 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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To protect IKEAFANS.com and our livelihood, and to lift the cloud of uncertainty that has been hanging over our heads since IKEA assumed its current adversarial stance, we regretfully filed a lawsuit against IKEA on May 20, 2014.  We remain committed to supporting the community in the face of this unfortunate turn of events and will do whatever we can to ensure the ongoing availability of the community and its resources for the benefit of the many.

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Why I LOVE IKEAFANS! Contest Winner Announcement

Posted by Susan on July 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm
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Photo Credit: Marie-11, Creative Commons License, Some Rights Reserved

It reads like a love story … no wonder we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this winning entry from our friend and fellow IKEA Fan, Ann P., whose winning entry came in just in time!

My life before discovering IKEAFANS consisted of things like removing the door from a drawer I bought in the As-Is department by brute force. LOL! Big splinters on the back of that piece! Thank heavens I soon discovered your wonderful site. The amount of help I’ve gotten has just been incredible.

I needed to do my kitchen on a budget, so that meant slowly gathering materials as they appeared in the As Is. Which meant, there were never instructions, etc. So I came to depend heavily – and gratefully! – on all the instruction pdf’s you make available, many for discontinued items, as well as dozens of postings of other folks dealing with various issues.

One of the most amazing occurrences came when I scored a lot of discontinued AMB glass doors and needed to replace the glass in the lower ones with wood. How in the world to do that? Well, incredibly, IKEAFANS has a page, “How to remove the center panel of an AMB door.” I’m telling you, it don’t get much luckier than that!

So while I was slowly accumulating supplies, I had plenty of time to plan my kitchen, and IKEAFANS was like my brainstorming committee. My own personal Think Tank if you will. I spent hours looking at all the wonderful members’ finished kitchens, reading their suggestions and warnings, and going “ooh! I like THAT!” more times than I can count.

So I ended up with a narrow broom closet that is the envy of all my friends; a pull-out drawer dedicated to the trash can; and a pull-out spice rack hacked from a 30″ drawer turned on its side. I found out how to install the Ferrari hinges on hacked over-fridge cabinets that were originally intended to be verticals. And one thing I’m grateful for EVERY day, was the idea of putting a rod under the sink, about halfway down, on which to hang spray bottles. Glory be! I get happy every time I re-hang a bottle without having to stoop over!

So that’s just the kitchen; I’ve also found needed info on a couple of wardrobes, a Billy with glass doors, a desktop with legs, you name it.

And besides all that, as if it weren’t enough, the FRIENDLINESS of the site is absolutely inspiring – what a wonderful example to set in the world! The staff’s answers and comments are consistently upbeat, encouraging, and patient. You really go out of your way time and again to find links, answer queries, and make your own suggestions.

And my goodness, there was one birthday when IKEAFANS was the only one to send me greetings till late in the day! It just made me smile.

So I’m sure I’ve forgotten a lot of things I could mention, but that’s the gist of it right there. Were I a poet, I’d write a sonnet that would go down in history. As it is, I’m just a big IKEAFANS FANGIRL and proud of it!

The love is mutual, IKEA Fan Ann!  Thanks to all the entrants – we loved reading through all the entries and are humbled by your generous words.


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DOMSJO That Sink! It Has Problems

Posted by Susan on July 7, 2014 at 9:12 am
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IKEA DOMSJO Sink Backorder - SOLD OUT! This isn’t the first time IKEA has had problems with the DOMSJO sink or even the second. Still, when production and quality are under control, you can hardly get a better deal on an apron-front farmhouse-style sink – either the single or the full are unbeatable deals and make an affordable substitute for a traditional fireclay sink. Just take a look at all the DOMSJO single bowl and double bowl sinks in our galleries!

DOMSJO Single Sink Backorder

Back in March 2014, IKEAFANS member Samantha7V posted about a problem getting an IKEA apron-front Single DOMSJÖ sink (article number 498.474.79) due to unavailable stock. How long is the DOMSJO Sink Backorder? It appears that the DOMSJO had a change in manufacturer about the same time it received publicity in a magazine article and unsurprisingly, demand exceeded supply. Oops! Member Kowpalicious (love the handle!) confirmed the same problem with getting a DOMSJO as far back as January 2014:

“The rep originally said he thought it was a production issue, and they were working on fixing things to keep up with demand. Who knows if that’s right. Today they said there was no update or new information, but since they are stocking and making the double sink still, he did not have any reason to believe the single would be discontinued. He also stated this was a world-wide shortage.”

But that’s not the only problem with the DOMSJO. Read on for the good news and the bad news… Read More …

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IKEAFANS Celebrates – A Contest, a Birthday and 250,000 Members!

Posted by Susan on June 6, 2014 at 4:01 pm
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It was less than 9 years ago, on June 18, 2005 that we officially launched the IKEA Fans Community Forums and set up shop on IKEAFANS.com – OMG, we’re almost NINE YEARS OLD! On top of that, we’re proud to say that in just the last few hours, we passed the 250,000 member registration mark! Congrats to the IKEA Fan Community and to all the members who make the site what it is – we’re eternally grateful for your support over the years – it’s truly a community effort, and we’re thrilled to be part of it!  Click through to learn how to win a $50 IKEA Gift Card for IKEA Fans’ Birthday!

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It Takes a Community To Build a Kitchen

Posted by Susan on November 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm
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Ever wondered what an IKEA Kitchen looks like after real life – a full 7 years on? Hint: It looks awesome! Thanks to early IKEAFANS forum member routechecker, we have a look at a real-life example of an IKEA Kitchen after more than 7 years service, plus a look back at the original Kitchen Planning thread in the IKEAFANS community forumsRead More …

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