IKEA: It´s Swedish for self-assembly furniture

OK, OK … I lied!

IKEA is really an acronym comprising the initials and location of the founder of IKEA – Ingvar Kamprad; Elmtaryd (the farm where he grew up) and Agunnaryd (his hometown in southern Sweden).

The company is the world’s largest furniture retailer, with stores in many countries, including Spain.

Car park solar panels at Ikea, Malaga

I wanted to pop along to IKEA to pick up some photo frames for a forthcoming Art and Photography Exhibition in Torre del Mar, where I will be displaying some of my photos in June.  I haven’t visited my nearest store in Málaga for almost a year, but since my last visit some rather excellent solar panels have been erected as sunshades for cars parked on the 1400-space free car park.  

What a innovative idea!

IKEA has invested €4.6 million installing solar panels not only on the car-park sunshades, but also on the roof of the Málaga store, which will produce 2,821 MWh per year – 64 per cent of the amount of energy the store used in 2012.

solar panel

Opening hours at Ikea, Malaga

Did you know that the IKEA logo is blue and yellow to reflect the colours of the Swedish flag?  Well you do now!

welcome to Ikea

So, if you’ve recently moved to the Málaga area, and are looking for somewhere familiar to buy your stuff – this might be the place for you!

Ikea yellow bagsThe Málaga store has the usual frustrating one-way, anti-clockwise layout, typical of every IKEA I´ve ever been in, whereby you have to walk around the whole store (and it´s a long way) to get to the exitunless you spot the craftily concealed short-cuts.

kitchen display

IKEA is situated in the Bahia Azul commercial area near Plaza Mayor.   If you know where Málaga airport is – well, it´s close by, just off the same road – MA-21  at Exit 2.

Opening hours:  Monday-Saturday 10am – 10pm  (The store is also open some Sundays and Public Holidays, but it’s best to check the website before you set off)

Address:  Av Velázquez, 389, 29004 Málaga, Spain

Phone:+34 902 40 09 22

Website: IKEA website for the Málaga store (in English)   

Do you have a degree in IKEA self-assembly furniture?  I know I don’t!


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