See How Furniture Will Look in Your House Before You Buy It (VIDEO)

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ikea appEver been shopping for furniture and wondered how that sofa would look in your living room? Usually you can't see that unless you actually drag that sofa into your home. Or, you could take a picture, blow it up to a life-size poster, and throw it on the floor... but that wouldn't really work. Well, IKEA's new catalog app solves that problem -- it lets you use your smartphone to virtually see a piece of furniture in your home. You guys, this is going to save marriages.

So here's how it works. When you see an item in the catalog with the orange plus icon you can scan that item. Then you can actually project an image of that item into a room. You can do this using the online catalog, but I hear it works better with the physical catalog. You'll also need to scale the item by focusing your camera on the catalog in the place where you want to see the furniture. You can see how it all works in the (predicably) cute and whimsical video below.

I love this idea. If you tend to obsess over finding the perfect item, like I do, this should remove a huge chunk of doubt over making a decision. You can measure the space to make sure something fits, of course. But will it look right? I like to have a vision of what something is going to look like, how it will harmonize with everthing else in my room, before I go through the trouble of buying it and shipping or carrying it home.

And that's just me -- if you're married or cohabitating you need to have meeting of the minds. Deciding how you feel about that bookcase before someone spends five hours putting it together could save your relationship. Then again, is this app actually going to cause more squabbles? If you're seeing the furniture virtually you can still argue over it. By the time something is put together in your house, a lot of people will just put up with it rather than argue. 

Still, I think it's a brilliant idea. It's just a matter of time before other furniture and housewares stores copy the idea, don't you think? If they're smart they'll get on that now.

Would this app be helpful for you?


Image via IKEA/YouTube



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Knitt... KnittyTina

LOVE this!  Last winter we bought a leather couch that I wasn't sure about but my husband really liked it.  When it was delivered, I hated it.  I spent a week trying to like it and I couldn't.  It was the total wrong look for the living room and it was too small so if anyone of us was laying on it (we like to all lie on the sofa at the same time) only one of us could and the others had to make do with the floor.  I ended up having the company come pick it back up for a huge fee and spent a lot of time in Ikea measuring and trying out the couch that I ended up buying.  We're all happy now.  I wish all stores had this option or at least a trial period for a couple of days.

kellynh kellynh

This is seriously cool!!

Bmat Bmat

I'm not sure. I can see it being useful for sizing furniture- sometimes that piece that looks so good in the showroom swamps the room it is to go in.

lalas... lalasmama2007

I've seen something similar to this when we were shopping for furniture a while back.

the3Rs the3Rs

I LOVE this!

Wish2Be Wish2Be

OMG that is amazing ! How do I get this app !?!

RobynS RobynS

Well, that would be just awesome if I was a smartphone user! LOL Maybe someday... ;)

Miran... Miranda1127

what a great app idea

ceciliam ceciliam

What a cool app!

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