IKEA Delivery: Everything You Need To Know

I recently moved into my new apartment, and one of the things I’m most thankful for is that I have an IKEA store within 5 minutes of where I live. It’s extremely convenient to be able to stop by anytime you want, whether you need to purchase big-ticket items, small decoration items (plants, frames, and candles), or even if you just want to buy their famous meatballs.  

In the past, I would have to drive about 45 minutes in order to get to the closest IKEA. So when you add up the 45-minute drive each way, plus the time you spend walking around, you end up wasting 3 or 4 hours on one trip. And I know that not everyone wants to waste a whole day-off at IKEA. 

It was hard enough when I was driving my own car, but sometimes I still had to drive a u-Haul, since I wasn’t sure whether the furniture would fit in my small car. And when you end up doing all that, you inevitably end up thinking “I should have just chosen delivery.” And every time I thought so, I realized I didn’t know if IKEA delivery is worth it or not. And this is why I wanted to write a thorough guide with everything you need to know about IKEA’s delivery system. 

So how does IKEA delivery work? Whether you’re shopping online or at an IKEA store, you can choose to have items delivered directly to your home. IKEA will deliver to most places across the US (unless you live somewhere extremely isolated), regardless of whether there are stores within your state. The total delivery fee will depend on the size of your items, the shipping method, and how far away you live from a distribution center. Delivery costs start from $5 (for small items like plates) to $349 (for big items like bed frames or sofas).

I know the information above is a little bit too broad, and it definitely does not answer every question I had before deciding to purchase IKEA delivery. For that reason, I will cover some of the most relevant questions when it comes to this topic. 

Does Ikea Delivery Include Assembly?

While IKEA does offer delivery services across the US, the standard delivery package does not include the assembly of your furniture. If you need someone to assemble it for you, you can get that done for an extra charge on top of the delivery fee. 

It’s important to know that the assembly services are not performed by IKEA, but by a third-party called TaskRabbit. IKEA has partnered with TaskRabbit, and they offer special rates for IKEA customers. TaskRabbit is currently operating in 53 different areas of the US, and you have to be located somewhat close to these cities. For a full list of the cities where TaskRabbit is available, follow this link.

Does Ikea Delivery Require Signature?

Yes, either you or someone you trust should be present at the delivery in order to provide a signature. IKEA requires customers to be present in order to confirm that the items have been delivered in good condition. That is why IKEA will provide you with a delivery window, and you should attempt to be home during that time. If IKEA cannot get a signature from a customer, if may charge an additional fee for a second delivery. 

Does Ikea Delivery Remove Old Furniture?

If you wish to have IKEA remove some of your old furniture, you will need to inform them previously. You can contact Customer Service at 1-888-888-4532 and let them know that you will need to have old furniture removed. You will be charged an additional fee, on top of the delivery fee. 

Does Ikea Deliver Anywhere?

While IKEA delivers products to the vast majority of states and locations within the US, it does not deliver items everywhere. IKEA currently does not deliver items to Hawaii or Alaska, for instance. It’s important to point out that just because there are no IKEA stores in your state, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get items delivered to your home. You just need to input your zip code at the checkout, and IKEA will let you know if delivery is available to you. 

Does Ikea Deliver For Free?

While IKEA has offered free delivery on a few special holidays in the past, it has been a while since the last time that has happened. You may want to check IKEA’s website around major holidays like Black Friday or Labor Day, but it is unlikely that IKEA will deliver items for free.

What Is Ikea’s Delivery Costs And Fees?

The delivery costs and fees charged by IKEA will depend upon 3 factors: 1) the size of your product; 2) the shipping method you choose; and 3) the distance between your home and an IKEA store or distribution center. When you’re purchasing small items like plates, candles, or even kitchenware, delivery costs will be low (around $5). However, when you purchase large items like sofas or dining tables, delivery costs will jump up to over $49. In addition, the further you live from a store, the higher your delivery costs will be. 

Below you will see a table with a few examples of delivery fees for different products and distances:

ProductShort DistanceMedium DistanceLong Distance
Dinnerware & Cookware$5$5$5
Bedding & Pillows$5$5$5

How To Avoid Ikea Shipping Costs

Even though there is not much you can do in order to avoid the delivery and shipping costs when you buy IKEA products, we have a few ideas you may try. First, you can always try to pick up the products at the store. Sometimes it will actually be much cheaper to rent a u-haul and go pick the item up yourself. Second, you can try checking for free shipping during special holidays like Labor Day, Black Friday, or Memorial Weekend, which is when IKEA usually has special promotions. Lastly, if you’re buying smaller items like lamps, storage boxes, or even silverware, you may want to check Amazon. Amazon sells a few small IKEA products, and if you’re a Prime member, you are eligible for free shipping. That way, you may be able to avoid IKEA’s shipping costs. 

What Are Ikea Delivery Hours?

When you purchase an item at IKEA and choose to have it delivered to your home, that product is delivered by a third-party company. After you purchase the item, an employee from this third-party company will reach out to you and let you know which days of the week they are available for delivery. You will then be able to choose the day, and your IKEA products will be delivered between 8 AM and 10 PM. You won’t need to be home all day, though. The company will reach out to you with an estimated delivery window – generally from 2 to 4 hours. 

Does Ikea Deliver Same Day?

Yes, IKEA offers an Expedited Delivery option with some of its purchases, which usually means that the items will be delivered either same-day or next day. However, the faster delivery will come at a premium, and you can expect to pay $69 dollars or more if you decide to have the products delivered on the same day or next. The exact charge will depend once again on the size of your product and the distance between your location and the closest IKEA store.

Does Ikea Deliver On Saturdays And Sundays?

The answer depends on what Ikea store you’re purchasing furniture from and how far your delivery address is. Generally, if your address is fairly close to the store, Ikea will deliver every day of the week, including Saturdays and Sundays. Otherwise, the normal delivery days are between Monday and Friday. 

Does Ikea Deliver Upstairs?

If you live in an apartment on the second floor or in a two-story home, there’s no need to worry. If you pay for the delivery charges, Ikea workers will deliver your furniture in the exact room you want it to be – even if your apartment is not located on the first floor. You may want to tip the delivery person, though, especially if they had to go through a big hassle in order to get the products upstairs.

Can You Track Your Ikea Order?

As soon as you pay for your IKEA order, you should be able to track it on IKEA’s website. You will need your order number and the phone number or email associated with the order. You will find one of the following stages: Preparing Order, Picking Order, Preparing Delivery, On Its Way, and Delivered. If you wish to track your order right now, just follow this link.

How Long Does It Take For Ikea To Deliver?

Since your order will be fulfilled by the IKEA store or distribution center closest to you, your delivery time frame will depend on where you live. If you choose standard delivery during checkout, you will be provided with an estimated delivery date. That date will depend on how long it takes for the store to process and prepare your order, and on how long it will take to transport the item from the store to your home. The average processing period is 1 to 2 days, but it can range anywhere from a few hours to 5 days. On top of that, it should take somewhere between 1 to 7 days for the item to be delivered to you. 

Naturally, if the item is out of stock or if you live in a remote area, that time frame can be significantly greater. You should also know that even though IKEA gives you a delivery date, that date is only an estimate. It can take weeks from the moment you purchase your item until you actually receive it. So if you’re in a hurry, you better shop at the IKEA store or go to a different store. 

What Should You Do If Your Ikea Delivery Was Broken Or Had Missing Parts?

Upon receiving your IKEA furniture, you should check to see if there is any damaged or missing item. If that’s the case, you should indicate it when you’re signing off the order, and you should contact IKEA within 48 hours of delivery. Once you do that, IKEA will most likely send you the replacement part without any additional charges. 

If you don’t let them know within 48 hours, there is still a chance you will be able to get the parts without charge. You would need to reach out to their customer service and explain the situation. And make sure you have your receipt. 

IKEA Delivery – Review

At the end of the day, IKEA offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to deliveries. If you’re in need of furniture fast, IKEA offers expedited delivery. If you live in a state where IKEA does not have a physical store, do not worry – IKEA has got you covered. The important thing to know is that most of these options come at a premium, and not everybody can incur those costs. So if you think those costs are too much, maybe purchasing your furniture from Amazon or Wayfair may be a better idea. 

Gui Hadlich

Hi there! I'm Gui. I've had to move 12 times in the last 6 years, and I've learned a thing or two about moving, decorating, and buying and selling furniture. I've started Budget Friendly Furnishing with the intent of helping people furnish their homes in style without having to break the bank!

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