IKEA is the place of fond memories for a lot of us. It is the place of Swedish meatballs and ball pits. It’s the place where many of us bought some random piece of furniture with our relatives. Maybe we bought our very own piece of furniture there, for our bedroom or our very first apartment. It’s the place with endless arrows and where the food is delicious but cheap AF. It’s also the place where relationships go to die and where family feuds begin. People purchase bookshelves and then end up at home contemplating their own existence. The best handymen have been torn down by IKEA furniture. The instructions are meaningless. The pictures mean nothing. We mean nothing. What is life?
Here are 15 IKEA memes that will have us all feeling nostalgic about fights over furniture building
15. IKEA Job Interview
You would think this would be the case. I think everyone who is nervous for a job interview assumes the worst. For IKEA you might worry that they’ll have you build your interview chair. I would immediately fail, as I think most of us would. But don’t worry, if you’re looking to get a job with the retail giant it’s not the interview is not akin to an Escape Game. Questions are more related to your design interests and what rooms you love in your home. These seem like simple questions that would be easy to answer, especially if home design if something you are interested in. They’ll also ask the standard interview questions. Go in prepared and you’ll be just fine. But if you really want to stand out? Disassemble your chair and reassemble it. You’re hired!
14. Accurate Pie Chart
If you’ve ever spent any time shopping at IKEA and returned home with anything that you needed to build, you’ll find this chart exceptionally accurate. It’s a complex process. I think anthropologically speaking, people down the line who study our generation will really dig into our IKEA furniture building sessions to find out more about us. The time spent attempting to puzzle piece together a BILLY bookshelf or a KIVIK sofa is representative of our entire human society. Actually managing to put the furniture together is something miraculous that only few people manage to achieve. Cursing does indeed take up a quarter of most people’s post-IKEA time. Sadly, it’s usually cursing at one another during the process of taking hours worth of work apart because it’s been done horribly wrong.
13. IKEA Monkey Is: Home Alone
Ah. The IKEA monkey. How we all fondly remember this little guy, all bundled up. In case you forgot, his name is Darwin. And he’s fabulous. He inspired a crapload of memes because well…there was a monkey…in an IKEA. It happened back in 2012, when a monkey in a fancy coat was spotted in a Toronto IKEA. Of course, a lot of concern spread about the monkey’s welfare as well. Still, the sheer absurdity of the whole thing made it hilarious. I can’t imagine working at the store and seeing this thing just hanging around. Let’s try to imagine what would happen if he got into the ball pit. Screeching sounds, terrified children, a comedy turned horror movie. In 2012, he found himself in the safe hands of an animal sanctuary. Let’s hope he’s still safe and sound.
12. Too Soon, Forever
Noooooooooooo. Too soon! Yes. I know. It’s not at all too soon. But let’s be honest, it will forever be too soon for any Hodor “hold the door” jokes. As clever as this is, it hurts me. It should hurt you too. I half expect to see this sign up at an IKEA store. Sounds IKEA-ish and IKEA is known for its clever adverts. I’m having flashbacks to that whole Game of Thrones scene all over again. It’s heartbreaking and I cannot deal with it. I need these types of memes to go away and be done with forever. *sobs* I’m not the only one right? I can’t be. If this doesn’t immediately make you at least kind of sad, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.
11. IKEA Dad Joke
Apparently IKEA Singapore is the king of dad jokes. Back in 2015, they began replying to Facebook questions and queries with hilarious memes containing puns and clever dad-like jokes. As someone who finds particular delight in lame dad jokes (thanks for always making me laugh, dad!), I find these amazing. The dude featured in the memes looks like he’d probably speak with a super thick Swedish accent. If you imagine the phrase being spoken in said accent it makes it that much better. And who doesn’t like puns? I really do. I cannot be the only person who literally LOLs at this type of thing. Can I? I like when a company makes an effort to be clever or funny. It’s a nice touch. Especially when it comes to customer service.
10. Meatballs For Life
Mmmmm. Delicious, delicious meatballs. They are like the Holy Grail of meatballs. If IKEA dinners are any indication of how Swedes eat on a regular basis, I would love to go to dinner at a Swedish person’s house for every night, always. In case you’d rather enjoy a meal at home and relax with a nice glass of wine, you can buy yourself a pack of the meatballs and throw them in your freezer. You can also make yourself some homemade swedish meatballs. The key, though, is all in the sauce. Ikea now makes three variations of the classic IKEA meatball: regular meat, vegetarian and chicken. The other two are garbage meatballs for garbage people. The classic ones are the way to go. Pile em’ on and pile em’ high.
9. Game Of Thrones
This is how I felt when we bought our sofa for our home. I was the classic idiot who did not understand how buying IKEA furniture worked, even though I had purchased tons of stuff from IKEA before. When the sofa arrived in a million different boxes my jaw dropped and I wanted to cry. It arrived late in the evening, I was tired and I do not enjoy building things. I also do not having any skills when it comes to putting things together, unless you count putting a meal together. But I don’t have to worry about physics when it comes to make a soup or stir fry (except, don’t throw things on the ground). They do not make it easy. If I was building the iron throne, I’d be dead of multiple stab wounds.
8. IKEA Singapore Is Winning At Life
Really tho. This is just delightful. This guy’s outfit is on point. And by the way, that’s a KIVIK sofa ottoman! I have the KIVIK sofa and it’s great! It’s comfy, but as previously mentioned, it’s a bitch to assemble. I hope I never have to do that again. I think I’ll have that couch until I die. Yes, sometimes it’s best to keep it all in. See what IKEA Singapore did there? They’re talking about organization and tidying up! But it also means keeping things inside and bottling things up. Two-fold meaning in one package. I wonder which person came up with this method of replying to Facebook questions. It’s pure genius. Someone should give them a raise and a bigger desk. I’ll allow it.
7. It Might Just Turn Into A Crime Scene
One day, there’s going to be a situation where someone is mistakenly thought to be missing or murdered because they walked away from an IKEA assembly. Maybe they even left a bit of blood at the scene because they got angry and hurt themselves on a piece of screw sticking out. They put things together wrong, got upset and said f*ck it and went on a two day spa vacation just to cool off. Roommate comes home and finds the terrible scene, calls the police. An investigation begins. Person is at the spa getting a facial while DNA is being collected at the “crimescene”. Interviews are being conducted. Neighbor who was always friendly and kind is quoted as saying, “She was really odd. I didn’t like her at all”. IKEA: wasting valuable police resources all over town.
6. Don’t Do It Via Text, Do It Via IKEA
This is a common trope, that couples who go to IKEA together will invariably get into a fight and breakup. There’s also the idea that couples who leave IKEA without getting into a spat are stronger than steel and are soulmates. I mean, I don’t know if I get it. It’s literally just furniture and homewares. Why is this troublesome? I completely understand having a relationship breakdown over the assembly of IKEA furniture. That’s a disaster waiting to happen. Just hire someone to freaking do it for you. But just perusing or shopping in the store? What is the magical piece that causes horrible arguments to erupt? Is it the weird system where you have to choose what you want then go fetch the pieces in the warehouse? Is it that it brings up conversations about the future and that’s awkward for some people?
5. IKEA Singapore Wins Award For Most Dad Jokes Ever
Yup. I think this one’s my favorite. Did you know that when IKEA Singapore posts these cute pun-filled memes on their Facebook page, they also link customers to recommended products? So they’re being hilarious and helpful. Total package. They don’t even offer any kind of elaboration on their product choice. It’s just meme and link. Basically: LOL here you go. It’s not a bad strategy. Being clever is a good way to go and since IKEA has such simple home solutions it makes it easy for them to suggest products in such a minimalist fashion. I wish every company did this. Let’s also discuss how this guy should travel the world visiting IKEAs doing some kind of “eat meatballs with IKEA guy” tour. I’d go to that.
Hehehe. Clever. His name does kind of sound like an IKEA product. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was an actual product in existence. I love the picture instructions. The classic vague step-by-step picture instructions are classic to IKEA. I hate them. I am not visual so it’s really hard for me to understand what’s going on half the time. But here, I think I get it.
Step 1: Meet a dude that you plan to kill.
Step 2: Kill that dude. Take out organs and cook those organs in a frying pan.
Step 3: Enjoy a delightful dinner alone with a nice chianti wine.
3. Wrong Company
Here’s the thing. I know someone who works for IKEA and has worked with their customer service department. I’ve also worked in customer service in the past for various other companies. Guess what? Customers can be…interesting. Especially when you work in a call centre environment. Some people seem to pick up the phone without even turning on their brains. I was told that often times customers call IKEA asking for KIA, the car company. The customer service agents need to clarify that the people have reached IKEA, which is a furniture store. Often, this does not register. More often? People get angry at the agent on the phone for their mistake.
2. Learning Swedish
Oh shit. And I thought putting together a bed was tough!! A crib? HELL NO. What is right side up even? I remember putting together a new bed I got for my room with my mom. It was a total disaster. We spent hours doing it, only to realize we have done something backwards and needed to restart. Unfortunately, IKEA stuff is not always super duper quality so taking things apart can be a struggle. It was a trying time. We yelled at each other, screamed in each other’s faces. I kicked the bed a few times and I think we each cried at least once. That shouldn’t be part of putting together furniture, but with IKEA? It’s literally part of the package. We ended it with a nice evening together hanging out though, so that was a plus.
1. DIY Cake
Yeah IKEA. That’s what you get. You don’t want to deliver things properly, in their whole form. Well, here’s your DIY cake. Enjoy baking your own cake. And guess what, it’s a really complicated recipe from the Momofuku Milkbar cookbook. Suck on that. We hope you drop the eggs. Oops, we forgot to include an important ingredient that’s really tough to find. Goodluck trying to track that down! It’s out of stock, biatch! Oh and to put that frosting on? You’ll need a special tool. That’ll ship seperately 4 weeks from now. You’re welcome. By the time you get to bake it I guess it’ll be Happy Belated Birthday. Don’t worry, we’ve included the recipe but we’ve recopied it and taken out the text. It’s just cartoon pictures now. Way easier! Enjoy!