5 hours and $1600 worth of furniture from Ikea in Centennial, Colorado. Too much or not enough? In any case, completely furnishing three whole rooms for $1600 is pretty good. The trick now is to maintain the furniture – I’m pretty sure that there’s a significant amount of work that goes into maintaining the “room setups” on display at the store, to keep the goods looking so nice and new.
Also of note, Ikea offers a very convenient home delivery service of anything you pick out from the warehouse – which is how I’m getting all of this furniture back to Telluride. However, what they also offer, and advertise less, is picking service. For an extra $50, you can simply call them up, tell them what you want, and they’ll go pick it out and truck it to you (plus the standard home delivery charge, which varies depending on region). So, in effect, you can get anything from the Ikea warehouse, even items not for sale online, delivered to your house.
See this image in my Flickr Photostream.