- Ikea Delivery Alternative
Ikea assembly instructions seem to inspire two reactions: a straightforward nod or utter bafflement. If you’re in the latter (and larger) group, Eric Rhea, of Ikea Delivery Alternative, will play driver, deliveryman, and technician. He charges $80 to bring you to the big blue store, then haul you and your purchases home. (That undercuts Ikea’s own $89 same-day-delivery service, which also requires that you order before 3 p.m.) What makes him stand out in a crowd of unofficial Ikeans, though, is his Titanium package: For $110, you simply choose photos from Ikea’s catalogue or website, and he’ll go get it all while you veg out. Add $35 per hour, and he’ll assemble it into actual 3-D furniture, with an efficiency that is positively Swedish.
Best Way to Simplify Your Ikea Experience
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).