I have had some funny experiences with things that aren't exactly standard in size or hight. Means you have to buy all extra pieces at IKEA. Smart buisness
What are you people talking about? Everything on IKEA fits everything else on IKEA. If you really tried, I'm sure you could create evil, man-eating shelf/sofa hybrids!
I love going to IKEA for finding ideas. But frankly, a lot of the stuff isn't that cheap for its quality. Supposedly, they make an extreme amount of profit from people walking through the entire store picking up "small" stuff like icecube-makers for the freezer or a plushie that is also the lid of a boiling can or that floor lamp for $15. Stuff that you absolutely don't need but will buy nevertheless because it's so damn cheap and who cares? Well, those items have like a 500% to 1000% profit margin. In retrospection, although I don't buy IKEA furniture more than I have to, I have on the other hand never walked away empty-handed. They do have a nice variety of office chairs that are expendable.
Lots of stores do that - make you go through the entire store to get to the end. It's business practice 101. It's why all the candy is down by the exit, too, so you make impulse buys while waiting in line.
While not everything is cheap though, I don't agree that a lot of the more expensive stuff isn't cheap for it's quality. The majority of IKEA stuff is so simple that you have to TRY to break it.
And yes. Expendable office chairs! IKEA is the savior of the habitual LAN:er!