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40 Amazing Facts about IKEA

Here are 40 amazing IKEA facts.

1-5 IKEA Facts

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1. IKEA is planning to be 100% energy-neutral by 2020. – Source

2. The IKEA HQ in Delft, Netherlands had to stop offering their €1 breakfast during the weekends because the highways couldn’t handle the traffic it attracted. – Source

3. China discovered multiple ancient tombs dating back 1,800 years in the city of Nanjing, only to destroy them by building an IKEA over the site. – Source

4. The “IKEA bias”makes you place a disproportionately high value on stuff you partially assemble yourself, regardless of the quality of the end result. – Source

5. IKEA has designed and deployed a $1000 flat-pack refugee shelter that, like the company’s famous modular furniture, is boxed up and shipped with all the tools needed to construct it. – Source

6-10 IKEA Facts

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6. IKEA is a non-profit organization dedicated to “furthering the advancement of interior design.” This lets them pay a fraction of taxes. The owners make money by licensing the IKEA trademark to the non-profit side. – Source

7. IKEA products have names because the company’s dyslexic founder has an easier time remembering proper names. Also, those names follow set rules. – Source

8. IKEA uses a technique called ‘bulla bulla’ – a bunch of items is purposely jumbled in bins to create the impression of volume and, therefore, inexpensiveness. – Source

9. IKEA uses 1% of the world’s wood supply to make its furniture. – Source

10. 75% of IKEA’s product images are not photographs. – Source


11-15 IKEA Facts

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11. IKEA ran the first commercial in the US featuring a homosexual couple. It was shown once and then pulled following bomb threats to the stores. – Source

12. IKEA hired Thai translators to carefully scrutinize product names four years before opening a store in Thailand because some IKEA product names, when literally translated into Thai, suggest sexual acts. – Source

13. The sad lamp from IKEA’s acclaimed 2002 commercial was taken home by a crew member at the end of the shoot. When the ad agency asked for it back, they received a note saying “See? You’ve fallen for it. You’ve grown attached to the lamp, and you are crazy.” – Source

14. The name IKEA is an acronym composed of Ingvar Kamprad (the name of the founder), Elmtaryd (the farm where he grew up), and Agunnaryd (his hometown in southern Sweden). – Source

15. IKEA names sofas, coffee tables, bookshelves, media storage and doorknobs after places in Sweden; beds, wardrobes and hall furniture after places in Norway; carpets after places in Denmark and dining tables and chairs after places in Finland. – Source

16-20 IKEA Facts

Image credit: flickr.com
Image credit: flickr.com

16. Those big ass fans in IKEA are actually made by a company called Big Ass Fans. – Source

17. The primary reason why IKEA furniture is so inexpensive is its efficiency in packaging. Their chief goal in design is to figure out how to pack their furniture into a compact space and put more of them on each pallet. – Source

18. 75% of IKEA’s catalog is CGI. – Source

19. In 2013, IKEA Singapore halted sales of its meatballs due to the horsemeat scandal. IKEA then reintroduced the meatballs and sold them at 10 cents per meatball, and sold a quarter of a million meatballs in a day. – Source

20. IKEA caused a huge online controversy when it switched the typeface in its catalogs from Futura to Verdana. – Source

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