Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Debt (Details 6)

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Debt (Details 6) (USD $)
In Millions, unless otherwise specified
3 Months Ended 12 Months Ended 0 Months Ended
Jan. 31, 2015
Aug. 02, 2014
Feb. 01, 2014
May 04, 2013
Jan. 31, 2015
Feb. 01, 2014
Feb. 02, 2013
Nov. 01, 2012
Aug. 01, 2014
Jul. 16, 2014
Jan. 21, 2014
Feb. 27, 2013
Oct. 31, 2006
Sep. 27, 2012
Oct. 21, 2010
Debt                              
Loss on early extinguishments of debt $ (6)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt $ (68)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt $ (7)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt $ (7)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt $ (74)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt $ (14)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt $ (33)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt                
Debt issuance costs that are being amortized as interest expense 95us-gaap_DeferredFinanceCostsGross   91us-gaap_DeferredFinanceCostsGross   95us-gaap_DeferredFinanceCostsGross 91us-gaap_DeferredFinanceCostsGross                  
13% Subordinated Discount Notes due 2016                              
Debt                              
Principal amount of notes issued                         469us-gaap_DebtInstrumentFaceAmount
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SubordinatedDiscountNotes13percentDue2016Member
   
Stated interest rate (as a percent)                         13.00%us-gaap_DebtInstrumentInterestRateStatedPercentage
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SubordinatedDiscountNotes13percentDue2016Member
   
Loss on early extinguishments of debt             11us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SubordinatedDiscountNotes13percentDue2016Member
               
Redemption premiums included in loss on extinguishment of debt             8mik_PurchasePremiumOnExtinguishmentOfDebt
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SubordinatedDiscountNotes13percentDue2016Member
               
Unamortized debt issuance costs written-off related to loss on early extinguishment of debt             3us-gaap_WriteOffOfDeferredDebtIssuanceCost
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SubordinatedDiscountNotes13percentDue2016Member
               
Redemption price of amount equal to AHYDO amount as a percentage of principal               100.00%mik_DebtInstrumentRedemptionPriceOfAmountEqualToAHYDOAmountAsPercentageOfPrincipal
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SubordinatedDiscountNotes13percentDue2016Member
             
Redemption price of the remaining balance as a percentage of principal               104.333%mik_DebtInstrumentRedemptionPriceOfRemainingBalanceAsPercentageOfPrincipal
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SubordinatedDiscountNotes13percentDue2016Member
             
Michaels Stores                              
Debt                              
Loss on early extinguishments of debt         (56)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
(14)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
(33)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
               
Unamortized debt issuance costs to be amortized 47us-gaap_UnamortizedDebtIssuanceExpense
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
      47us-gaap_UnamortizedDebtIssuanceExpense
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
                   
Michaels Stores | 7.75% Senior Notes due 2018                              
Debt                              
Principal amount of notes issued                           200us-gaap_DebtInstrumentFaceAmount
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
800us-gaap_DebtInstrumentFaceAmount
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
Stated interest rate (as a percent)                             7.75%us-gaap_DebtInstrumentInterestRateStatedPercentage
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
Issue price as a percentage of face value                           106.25%mik_DebtInstrumentIssuePriceAsAPercentOfFaceValue
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= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
99.262%mik_DebtInstrumentIssuePriceAsAPercentOfFaceValue
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
Effective interest rate (as a percent)                           6.50%us-gaap_DebtInstrumentInterestRateEffectivePercentage
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= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
7.875%us-gaap_DebtInstrumentInterestRateEffectivePercentage
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
Early extinguishment of debt                 765us-gaap_ExtinguishmentOfDebtAmount
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= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
235us-gaap_ExtinguishmentOfDebtAmount
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
         
Loss on early extinguishments of debt         56us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
                   
Redemption premiums included in loss on extinguishment of debt         51mik_PurchasePremiumOnExtinguishmentOfDebt
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
                   
Unamortized debt issuance costs written-off related to loss on early extinguishment of debt         10us-gaap_WriteOffOfDeferredDebtIssuanceCost
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
                   
Write off of unamortized net premiums 5us-gaap_UnamortizedLoanCommitmentAndOriginationFeesAndUnamortizedDiscountsOrPremiums
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
      5us-gaap_UnamortizedLoanCommitmentAndOriginationFeesAndUnamortizedDiscountsOrPremiums
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorNotes7.750PercentDue2018Member
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
                   
Michaels Stores | 11.375% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2016                              
Debt                              
Principal amount of notes issued                         400us-gaap_DebtInstrumentFaceAmount
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
   
Stated interest rate (as a percent)                         11.375%us-gaap_DebtInstrumentInterestRateStatedPercentage
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
   
Early extinguishment of debt                     256us-gaap_ExtinguishmentOfDebtAmount
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
137us-gaap_ExtinguishmentOfDebtAmount
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
     
Loss on early extinguishments of debt           (14)us-gaap_GainsLossesOnExtinguishmentOfDebt
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
                 
Redemption premiums included in loss on extinguishment of debt           8mik_PurchasePremiumOnExtinguishmentOfDebt
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
/ dei_LegalEntityAxis
= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
                 
Unamortized debt issuance costs written-off related to loss on early extinguishment of debt           6us-gaap_WriteOffOfDeferredDebtIssuanceCost
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
                 
Redemption price of debt instrument as a percentage of principal amount                     101.896%us-gaap_DebtInstrumentRedemptionPricePercentage
/ us-gaap_DebtInstrumentAxis
= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
103.792%us-gaap_DebtInstrumentRedemptionPricePercentage
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= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
     
Redemption price of debt instrument                     $ 261mik_DebtInstrumentRedemptionPriceAmount
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= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember
$ 147mik_DebtInstrumentRedemptionPriceAmount
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= mik_SeniorSubordinatedNotes11.375PercentDue2016Member
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= mik_MichaelsStoresIncMember