SYDNEY — You can now live your own version of the movie 500 Days of Summer — by staying a night in an Ikea store. For real: you could be sleeping on the beds, cooking with fake ovens, eating all the meatballs.
How? In what may well be the partnership of the century, Airbnb has coupled with everyone’s favourite Scandinavian flat-packing store for one night only — August 31, at one store in Sydney.
The promotional rooms at the Ikea in Tempe, Sydney boast an ideal location near the airport with city skyline views and will be home to three families of lucky winners. There are three options to choose from: rustic charm, inner city living or modern elegance.
The cost? A mere 12 Australian dollars.
“Airbnb gives people access to the most unique listings around the world from treehouses to yurts to villas, and now we’re adding Ikea to the list,” Eva Ross, Local Operations Lead at Airbnb Australia, said in a statement. “The experience is sure to thrill any guest.”
There’s one proviso in the fine print: “By entering, you agree to be part of an event that will be covered by the media,” it says. “Oh, and that you will be woken in the morning in a remarkable way. Nothing frightening — we promise!”
For anyone who has ever dreamed of sleeping in the giant blue box store without assembling the bed first, your moment has arrived — so long as you’re O.K. with surprises.