August 17th, 2009

SwedeShop: IKEA on the iPhone


SwedeShop: IKEA on the iPhone

Some folks just can’t get enough of IKEA. I mean, do you remember the pandemonium when they finally opened a location in Portland? Cheap modern furniture and tasty Swedish meatballs? What’s not to like?

Well, a few things. For all the Swedish furnishing and food awesomeness, it does have some drawbacks. First of all, the Las-Vegas-casino-like maze that is IKEA. And that ball pit thingamajig. But I can’t help you there.

But don’t despair, there’s a third frustrating IKEA thing that can be fixed: the golf pencils. Introducing SwedeShop, the unofficial IKEA iPhone app, from Eugene-based Bend-based (according to TechFlash) iPhone developer Danilo Campos.

It’s a simple straightforward app designed to make your IKEA experience more simple and straightforward.

IKEA is the coolest store in the whole world. I’m in love with it. The only drawback to IKEA is the level of information you need to keep track of while shopping. Aisle number, bin number, product name, color – it’s a lot! I’m not in love with the golf pencil and piece of paper they give you to write everything down, so I built SwedeShop.

Don’t like line drawings? SwedeShop will let you take your own photo of the item for future reference. And it will even help you with establishing—and sticking to—a budget as you wander through the warehouse. I mean, do you really need those bath mats that are shaped like daisies?

Sound good? Well, you better act fast, low price luxury lover. Because SwedeShop is only available for free for a short, short period of time. Like until Tuesday at midnight.

To download the app, visit SwedeShop in the App Store.

(Hat tip Michael T. Richardson)


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3 Responses to “SwedeShop: IKEA on the iPhone”

  1. Bergamot says:

    I was kind of hoping it would pull the information from the IKEA web site, which has photos, stock info, sizing, price, warehouse aisle, etc.

    It would probably be a violation of the IKEA site TOS though, unless they have some sort of public API.

    As it is, it’s basically a replacement for the little slip of paper they give you, and probably more trouble than its worth.

  2. CamiKaos says:

    it’s a little wrong how excited I am about this. It’s because I’m sick and tired of finding IKEA papers in my purses and shopping bags. They’re everywhere. They multiply… and we don’t even go to IKEA that often.

    Thanks for the heads up, I’m going to check it out.


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