Well, now we know.
Everybody loves a good IKEA run, but there's always a risk that your dream of a leisurely Sunday afternoon visit can turn into a stress beaker with long checkout lines and hordes of fellow shoppers. As any big-time IKEA fan knows, weekend afternoons are no-nos if you dream of meandering the store's aisles in (relatively) undisturbed peace.
But the sweet spot for visiting might not be quite as obvious. That's why we were thrilled when Reader's Digest let us in on a piece of smart intel in a piece titled "17 Secrets IKEA Employees Won't Tell You." As it turns out, as crowded as weekends can be, Monday and Friday also aren't ideal for knocking off furniture and home decor shopping, either.
"Most people have off during the weekends, so weekday mornings—especially on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays—are the quietest time if you want a stress-free shopping trip," explains writer Marissa Laliberte. We're guessing Monday and Fridays get more foot traffic thanks to people ramping up to tackle home decor projects on Monday and the week winding down on Friday and it typically being less hectic a workday.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your outdoor furniture summer check list, team up with a friend, and carve out a morning to hit up the Swedish-founded Shangri-La.