An IKEA store opening is always an exciting event. So when IKEA Malaysia invited me for the launch, I jumped at it, even though the new store is about a 4.5 hour drive away from where I live.
And I loved every minute of it.
The IKEA Tebrau store is the third IKEA store in Malaysia and the largest in South East Asia. It spans 502,815 sq. feet (46,713 sq. meters) and trust me, it’s mammoth. It took me almost 2 hours just to walk through with no short-cuts. In that time, I managed to check out a tiny portion of the 8,000 products on display, take a few photos and have a sundae at the end of it. I seriously need to explore this cavern of inspiration in my greater detail. IKEA Tebrau, you’re on my 2018 to-do list!
As in all IKEA stores, the basics are the same. The layout, the route, the IKEA Restaurant, Bistro, SMÅLAND, Food Market, self-service areas and As-is. Same, same. Just bigger.
There are lots to love about IKEA Tebrau but what stood out the most are the room sets. There are 54 room sets of varying sizes and styles. From industrial to farmhouse to eclectic to minimal. Whatever floats your boat, you’ll probably find a room set crafted to your taste. The quality of the display is definitely a notch above the other two local stores.
Folks, I can seriously camp here for a day. Or two. Even three.
And because it is mega huge, you get to see the full range of products. Smaller stores like IKEA Damansara may selectively display 4-6 items from, say, a 10-item range. But at IKEA Tebrau, you get to see E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. Walking through the store, I noted many items I’ve seen online, but never seen in real life. Say what you will about brick-and-mortar stores, there is nothing like being able to touch and feel and size up an item. This alone is reason enough to make another trip to Johor.
Look at the rows and rows of rugs!
Have fun finding your items in the massive Self-Serve Area
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