Ikea - a man's vision of a Swedish deathtrap.
I, on the other hand, am completely fascinated by it. Yes their furniture is not the highest quality but we have plenty of their pieces around our house that have carried us from college to now.
Our two newest pieces are pretty great buys. The first is a large sectional sofa in our basement (aka doggie den) that is perfect for that space. It also doesn't break my heart when it gets dirty because the slipcovers can easily be popped in the wash. We also chose an Ikea dresser for the nursery and I am still very pleased with it. With a quick change of the hardware, it looks like a million bucks.
Ikea hacks are all over the internet and some of them are mind-blowing. You would never know it came from Ikea after a little elbow grease and imagination. Here are a few of my favorites: