Document And Entity Information
3 Months Ended
Apr. 28, 2012
May 23, 2012
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Apr. 28, 2012  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --02-02  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Registrant Name Nordstrom Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0000072333  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   208,010,488