16 Mind-Blowing Things You Never Knew About Ikea

Go for the furniture, stay for the beds where you can nap on in the middle of the store? Here are some crazy things you may not have known about IKEA.

Millions of people go to IKEA each year for furniture, home décor, and even just for the food. Here are some things you may not have been able to find out from your last trip to this furniture giant.

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  1. Catalogues

More copies of the IKEA catalogue are printed each year than are copies of the Bible. Every year, the 300-page guide gets mailed out to over 180 million customers in 27 different languages.

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  1. Meatballs

IKEA’s infamous Swedish meatballs are insanely popular all over the world. Since 1960, in just the UK, IKEA has sold more than 11.6 billion meatballs. We don’t want to know what that number is once you add in meatballs sales from the US.

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  1. Size

The largest IKEA store in the world is in – surprise, surprise – Stockholm, Sweden. It opened in 1965 and is listed as an official tourist attraction of Sweden. At 549,167 square feet, it’s larger than 10 American football fields.

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  1. Bookshelf

IKEA’s most popular product is one of its bookcases, called Billy. One shelf is sold every 10 seconds.


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  1. Names

Company founder Ingvar Kamprad is actually dyslexic, so rather than name all of his furniture items by number – and run the risk of getting them mixed up, he named all his products with proper names and real words, so they were easier to identify.

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  1. Acronym

The name itself, IKEA, is also an acronym. The letters stand for Ingvar Kamprad (the initials of the founder), Elmtaryd (the initial of the farm where Kamprad grew up), and Agunnaryd (the town in Sweden where this farm was located).

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  1. Children

Apparently, about 20% of British children were conceived in on an IKEA mattress and/or mattress. If that’s not a sign of definite popularity, we’re not sure what is.

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  1. Wedding bells

If you and your fiancé(e) are big enough fans of IKEA, you can even consider getting married in the store. An Australian couple did so, and two employees from an IKEA store in New Jersey got married — after meeting each other at the store.

  1. Wood

IKEA companies across the world use about 1% of the world’s entire commercial supply of wood. It’s the third largest consumer of wood on the planet, just behind Home Depot and Lowe’s.

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  1. Customer base

In 2012, about 690 million customers visited IKEA stores around the world. This number is more than two times the number of people living in the United States.

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  1. Town

Soon, people in England will be able to live in an actual IKEA town. The company has bought 27 acres of land in East London and is planning on building shops, schools, theaters, a hotel, and housing for about 6,000 people.

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  1. Napping

If you’ve ever been tempted to take a nap on one of the store’s many bed displays, you can – if you’re in China. Shoppers in China are even encouraged to take a nap on the beds they see inside the store. Some of these beds are even made with extra space to provide better sleep.

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  1. Trap

IKEA denies this, but researchers from the University College London claim that the winding route IKEA stores build into their stores are meant to “trap” and trick customers into buying more products impulsively.

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  1. Inclusivity

This company was the first to air any type of advertisement featuring a gay couple. IKEA did so back in 1994, where they had the couple talk about their experience shopping in IKEA with their differing decorating preferences.

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  1. Low prices

Ever since 2000, IKEA has been lowering the prices of its products by about 2% every year. The company is able to do so because it has gotten more efficient at creating its goods.

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  1. Volume

The company offers about 9,500 different home furnishing products and delivers over 800 million feet of products each year.

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