15 interesting facts about Ikea

Founded in 1943, this Scandinavian(Swedish) furniture giant has become synonymous with affordable and stylish home décor. But there are some interesting facts about IKEA(pronounced as eye-key-ah) that will rack your brains:

  1. The brand name Ikea isn’t a word or a proper noun but an acronym named after the initials of its founder, Ingvar Kamprad, Elmtaryd, the farm on which grew up and Agunnaryd, the nearby village.
  2. Ingvar Kamprad, the founder, at the age of 5 started matches to his neighbours and later expanded his business to selling flower seeds, greeting cards, Christmas tree decorations, pencils and ball-point pens.When he was 17, he used the money given as a reward by his father to establish his own business, IKEA selling pens, wallets, picture frames, table runners, watches, jewellery and nylon stockings. Furniture was introduced into the IKEA range in 1948.
  3.  In Sweden it has been forbidden to name children Ikea since 1996. Ikea is a registered name.
  4. Ikea sells its furniture unassembled. It is mostly flat packaging- the task of assembling it goes onto the consumer. So you value it more than something that you buy ready-made.flat-packs_og-img.jpg
  5. The Billy bookcase is Ikea’s best selling product. One is sold every 10
  6. Since Ikea’s founder had dyslexia, its products are not numbered but named after Scandinavian places like its chairs are named after Swedish men’s names, its garden furniture after Swedish islands, its curtains after Swedish women’s names, so on and so forth.For example a desk is named ‘Fartfull’. The company ran into problems in 2006 when it was discovered that some harmless Scandinavian words might double as sexually explicit expressions in Thailand.
  7. There’s an Ikea Museum too that takes you through Ikea’s long history. It was built on the site of Ikea’s first retail store in Älmhult and houses over 20,000 exhibits.Ikea museum in Sweden. Photo- Ikea press materials
  8. Ikea has played host to several in-store weddings. There have also been Ikea engagements. Also, in 2015 offered a new service called “Wedding Online”. The app makes it possible to organise a virtual wedding. It is a very useful solution for people whose relatives and friends are spread around the world.

    Wedding guests are present owing to the “Wedding online” app. Photo- press materials
  9. Ikea catalog is an eco catalog and is the world’s biggest printed publication and 100% of materials used for production come from sustainable sources.
  10. Ikea helps refugees coming from worn-torn countries through their flat pack houses that can be found in refugee camps in Europe, Ethiopia or Iraq.
  11. If you live in Scandinavia or the UK, you can buy an IKEA home. Ikea co-created BoKlok – a series of houses and apartments made of wood and steel. The company actually sells flat-pack houses for a fraction of the cost of a regular home.

  12. IKEA is a non-profit Organization.
  13. The company owns and operates 137 wind turbines around the world.
  14. Ikea sells meatballs too. The concept of in-house restaurant was introduced after they realised that customers couldn’t shop properly because they felt hungry in the middle of their shopping activity.
  15. They have done the layout of the store in such a manner that it leads shoppers into a maze so that they buy impulse goods (like lamp shades or pillows), fearing they won’t find them again.


Image Sources : All Ikea

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