Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Debt (Details 2)

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Debt (Details 2) (USD $)
In Millions, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended
Jan. 31, 2015
Feb. 01, 2014
Feb. 02, 2013
Aggregate amount of scheduled maturities of debt      
2015 $ 25us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalInNextTwelveMonths    
2016 25us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalInYearTwo    
2017 25us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalInYearThree    
2018 206us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalInYearFour    
2019 2,357us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalInYearFive    
Thereafter 510us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalAfterYearFive    
Total debt payments 3,148us-gaap_DebtInstrumentCarryingAmount    
Plus unrealized premium amortization 5us-gaap_DebtInstrumentUnamortizedPremium    
Less unrealized discount accretion (4)us-gaap_DebtInstrumentUnamortizedDiscount    
Total debt 3,149us-gaap_LongTermDebt 3,694us-gaap_LongTermDebt  
Weighted average interest rate of the current portion of long-term debt (as a percent) 3.84%mik_DebtWeightedAverageInterestRateCurrent 3.75%mik_DebtWeightedAverageInterestRateCurrent  
Cash paid for interest 234us-gaap_InterestPaid 183us-gaap_InterestPaid 239us-gaap_InterestPaid
Capitalized costs, net of write-offs, related to issuance of various debt instruments 95us-gaap_DeferredFinanceCostsGross 91us-gaap_DeferredFinanceCostsGross  
Expected amortization expense pertaining to the deferred financing costs      
2015 9mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsInNextTwelveMonths    
2016 9mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsInYearTwo    
2017 8mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsInYearThree    
2018 7mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsInYearFour    
2019 6mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsInYearFive    
Thereafter 2mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsAfterYearFive    
Total amortization expense 41us-gaap_DeferredFinanceCostsNet    
Minimum      
Aggregate amount of scheduled maturities of debt      
Term of debt agreement 5 years    
Maximum      
Aggregate amount of scheduled maturities of debt      
Term of debt agreement 10 years    
Michaels Stores      
Aggregate amount of scheduled maturities of debt      
2015 25us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalInNextTwelveMonths
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2016 25us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalInYearTwo
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2017 25us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalInYearThree
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2018 25us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalInYearFour
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2019 2,357us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalInYearFive
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Thereafter 510us-gaap_LongTermDebtMaturitiesRepaymentsOfPrincipalAfterYearFive
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Total debt payments 2,967us-gaap_DebtInstrumentCarryingAmount
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Plus unrealized premium amortization 5us-gaap_DebtInstrumentUnamortizedPremium
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Less unrealized discount accretion (4)us-gaap_DebtInstrumentUnamortizedDiscount
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Total debt 2,968us-gaap_LongTermDebt
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2,894us-gaap_LongTermDebt
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Expected amortization expense pertaining to the deferred financing costs      
2015 8mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsInNextTwelveMonths
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2016 8mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsInYearTwo
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2017 8mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsInYearThree
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2018 6mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsInYearFour
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2019 6mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsInYearFive
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Thereafter 2mik_AmortizationOfFinancingCostsAfterYearFive
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Total amortization expense $ 38us-gaap_DeferredFinanceCostsNet
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