Poopin' Around Town

A guide to where to poop while out and about primarily in and around Boston, MA.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Ikea - Stoughton, MA

Ikea - 7.2

When Ikea opened up a store south of Boston in Stoughton, MA, a lot of lives around town changed. Now the store that provides well designed furtiture at low prices that everyone will be able to afford them has almost become as much of a destination as a trip to Fenway or perhaps an evening at the movies. Ikea was founded in 1943 by 17 year old Ingvar Kamprad (who depending on the moment is anywhere between the richest and 4th richest person in the world!!) and has since expanded to over 230 stores in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. This Ikea is located at 1 Ikea Way in Stoughton, MA.

Location: If you've been to Ikea, you already know that it can be as confusing to navigate as a casino. If you take their store map, you should be able to navigate your way around though. This restroom is located at the entrance to Ikea. After walking through the doors, walk to the left of the escalator and the restroom will be straight ahead.
Grade: 8 out of 10

Accessibility: Only potential issue here is if you're in an area that is not particularly close to the restrooms. Make sure you take a map which will tell you where the shortcuts are which will help you make your way to the nearest bathroom. If you know what you're doing and where you are, you should be ok.
Grade: 7 out of 10

Number of Stalls: There are 4 stalls in this restroom, 2 small, 1 large and one handicapped. On top of this there are 3 urinals (which are water free!). You should have no problem on this front.
Grade: 10 out of 10

Stall Quality: The stalls were pretty run of the mill. The small ones were small, but not to the point where your knee runs into the toilet paper dispenser. You'd figure that a place into nicely designed furniture would have bathrooms with some nifty gadget (aside from the water/flush free urinal). It was also a bit dark.
Grade: 6 out of 10

Toiler Paper: This toilet paper was a bit unusual. As far as The Shit Critic could deduce, this was one ply paper. Despite the paper being 1 ply, it was quite soft and effective.
Grade: 8 out of 10

Cleanliness: Everything checked out here though for some reason I was expecting a shiny, spotless restroom. While it certainly not messy, I still was hoping for a bit more.
Grade: 7 out of 10

Scent: It smelled like someone had just gotten down to business in the 10 minutes or for before The Shit Critic showed up on the scene. There was a scent machine, but it hadn't watered down the air enough yet.
Grade: 5 out of 10

Flush: The flush here was just fine. Nothing out of the ordinary, but enough to get the job done.
Grade: 7 out of 10

Aesthetics: I feel like Ikea falls a bit short here. If this were a bathroom at Wendy's or something it'd be pretty great, but for Ikea I'd expect them to add some frills instead of just having a plain bathroom.
Grade: 5 out of 10

Extra Credit:
Toilet Seat Covers: +2

The Bottom Line: The bathroom at Ikea has a lot going for it. The four stalls are a big plus, as was the nice toilet paper. As long as you can find your way there using the map (or walk straight into the one I did after entering, you should be all set.


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