If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the 280 retail stores in the Swedish home furnishing retail giant’s chain, you’ll be happy to know that browsing IKEA’s U.S. catalog is now a cinch for iPad owners. IKEA released its 2012 catalog via a new iPad app earlier this week, making it even easier to browse the company’s wares without hunting down a paper version in one of its stores or by mail.
Once you get the app, you must first select to download the (free) catalog before you can do any leisurely browsing for new throw pillows or serving spoons. The catalog weighs in at a hefty 470 MB so be sure you’re on a fast Wi-Fi network first (or an unlimited data plan if you’re using a 3G-equipped iPad).
The app’s help guide points out that the printed IKEA catalog has been around for more than 60 years and goes on to provide navigation tips to help you browse the catalog. While it’s not possible to place an order through the app, you can at least bookmark pages for later reference as you wander around one of their enormous and invariably crowded stores.
The IKEA catalogue app for the iPhone (which is now universal thanks to a recent update) has been available for about a year now and while we’re not sure why it took the Scandinavian purveyor of moderately-priced housewares so long to create one for the iPad, we’re still happy to be able to browse the catalog more easily on the iPad’s larger screen.