Six Ikea customers and around two dozen employees ended up at an impromptu slumber party in Denmark after being stranded by a snowstorm, which forced them to spend the night in a store on Wednesday.
Up to 12 inches of snow fell, trapping the customers and staff in the Aalborg store, so they were unable to get home to their own beds.
But rather than attempting to trek back through the snow, customers and staff were given the opportunity of a lifetime to live for one night in the store’s inviting furniture showrooms.
Pictures show how they were given the pick of the entire store’s various beds and mattresses.
Thankfully, the customers didn’t have to assemble their own sleeping quarters and were allowed to kip in the furniture displays
Ikea customers had the opportunity to try out the cosy furniture displays known and loved by Ikea shoppers around the world
Customers, staff and employees from the toy shop next door were stranded by a snowstorm and had to stay the night in Ikea
‘We slept in the furniture exhibitions and our showroom on the first floor, where we have beds, mattresses and sofa beds,’ store manager Peter Elmrose told Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet newspaper.
He said customers were able to pick the exact bed they were thinking of buying and try it out, and they had all spent the night eating and watching TV, saying it went ‘super well’, and the night was ‘all fun’.
Denmark’s public broadcaster DR also reported that people working in the toy shop next door also joined the Ikea-themed sleepover, after they too were stranded by the bad weather.
Grateful to the Ikea staff, the toy shop manager Michelle Barrett said: ‘It’s much better than sleeping in one’s car. It has been nice and warm and we are just happy that they would let us in.’
‘We just laughed at the situation, because we will probably not experience it again.’
Slumber party: customers ate food and watched television after being snowed into an Ikea in Denmark
The staff from the toy store next door joined the party after they too got snowed in by the storm