The problem with Ikea is the problem with Jesus: people worship them both like gods.
I'd always been a bit leery of Ikea — something didn't quite sit right with me. All these devotés counting down the days until the new catalogue came out... sure, I keep a similar countdown for when pitchers and catchers arrive at Spring Training, but that's all in good fun, and seriously, that is information people need to know. Ikeapeople take a warehouselike store waaaaaaay too seriously.
Then, in the summer of 2001 — I remember this because it was at my buddy's apartment in Sweden — I saw Fight Club, and things snapped into focus. Sure, Edward Norton's character was pretty unglued in general and his fascination with matching Ikea-everything was a manifestation of that craziness... still, it managed to click inside my head that Ikea was something to be avoided.
...some of their stuff is reasonably-priced, simple, and sensible, which is exactly what I'm looking for in home furnishings. Not everything, mind you — there are chairs there made of three pipes and a piece of canvas that'll run you two hundred bones — but if you want simple things to cover your windows, it may just be the place to go.
Make sure you do all your measurements in metric, though.
In other news, this is just too much fun.