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Does/Can IKEA Furniture Survive the Grenada Climate?

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NoahBody
6/10/2019 14:14 EST

Hello!

I will soon relocate to Grenada and am tempted to bring some IKEA flat-pack furniture with us, specifically kitchen materials.

Is this a good idea? Will it survive or will it quickly fall apart given the heat, humidity and sea water air?

Thanks!

candilicence
6/10/2019 15:53 EST

Hi;

I live in Grenada and I know about IKEA furniture although I don't have any here. My best suggestion is to ask IKEA support and see what they say. I think a lot will depend on where exactly the furniture will be in relation to the elements. Do you have a living space picked out? Does the kitchen get good air flow? Appliances can generate a lot of heat (refrigerator, stove) If your space is not air-conditioned but it is pretty closed in, I think this is hard on everything. If you are somewhere that gets a lot of direct western sun again it's hard on furniture. Or if it will be in an area that stays really damp. I live on a cliff that gets good tradewinds and most of our house is not air conditioned but it's pleasant due to the wind - we face east so are spared the afternoon sun beating down on our main living space. We also live in the driest part of the island. I was recently looking at some IKEA items and wouldn't be worried about buying them for my house. Cheap plastic and elastic breaks down fast. I'm not sure if this helps you, but you can reach out to me directly at [email protected] or 954-773-8864 if you want to communicate further. Warm Regards, Candi (and welcome to Grenada) My local number is 415-5991 - feel free to reach out once you arrive and I can give you some pointers to get settled.

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candilicence
6/12/2019 13:16 EST

Hi;

I talked to my husband last night and he said he would be concerned about the wearability of IKEA furniture in Grenada due to the humidity. He was especially concerned about how pieces are joined together. Often, they have a set of hardware that has a piece that screws a quarter turn into the other piece and he thought they would be a weak point.

NoahBody
6/16/2019 20:52 EST

Thank you very much for your thoughtful replies! It is much appreciated.

The space will not be air conditioned though I think ventilation will be OK. The cheap price is attractive, but at this stage I think I think it is better to play it safe and skip the IKEA furniture.

Perhaps others may chime in with their experiences too.

Many thanks again!

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