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#28 Facts about IKEA

THE IKEA WORLD

Map of all IKEA stores

The Swedish furniture company is known all over the world, because it has literally grown all over the world. The facts is there aren’t many brands and especially flat pack furniture companies in the world, that managed to revolutionize a niche the way IKEA furniture assembly has. That’s why we have gathered some of the most peculiar facts you could find out there:

28+ Interesting Facts About Ikea

  1. The Ikea flat pack built town?
  2. A different Ikea shop?
  3. Do Ikea beds affect UK population?
  4. There will be a hotel chain?
  5. Food and furniture?
  6. Renewable energy and Ikea?
  7. Do RTA furnishing prices go down?
  8. How Ingvar handles being among the richest in the world?
  9. Where do furniture names come from?
  10. Ikea is not a name?
  11. Where does production come from?
  12. What are customer numbers say?
  13. Do you know how much wood Ikea flat packs consume?
  14. Can you believe how much catalogues have been printed?
  15. How many items does Ikea sell?
  16. Which product is number one in sales?
  17. Which is the first flat pack unit?
  18. How many Ikea store locations are there?
  19. How much volume sold Ikea inventory is?
  20. Did you know about forced labor?
  21. What did Ikea do with women and the Saudi Arabia catalogue?
  22. How big is the biggest store location?
  23. What is to Ikea’s playground?
  24. Flat pack homes?
  25. How does revenue look like?
  26. Where is charity?
  27. How can Ikea be a non-profit?
  28. “Size matters”

#1

A FLAT PACK TOWN?

Most London IKEA’s visitors have to plan at least one or two whole days before shopping for new home furnishing. People often refer to swedish flat pack furniture stores as if each one is a little town of its own.

Among the facts about IKEA not everybody is aware of – IKEA is actually building a real small town in London!

According to plan, this new form of flat pack assembly will have it’s own infrastructure, restaurants, hotels and even schools! It should offer housing to 6,000 londoners. According to rumours it will be in Stratford – Strand east.

 #2

NEXT UK SHOP WILL BE DIFFERENT

According to official statements, the next IKEA shop is meant to serve for Reading. The furniture company has published it’s plans for the forthcoming store in Calcot.

IKEA has remained committed to building a store at Calcot since consent was granted in 2012, and hopes to commence development in 2015.”

 #3

IKEA BEDS, BABIES AND THE UK

IKEA furniture assembly and RTA beds are so popular in UK, that according to numbers – more than 20% of UK citizens are conceived on ready-to-assembly swedish bed units! Let’s talk about facts.

Way you go IKEA!

Nothing is more interesting than babies and furniture is it..

#4

MOXY – THE HOTEL CHAIN

The giant furniture company has been planning an affordable priced chain of hotels across Europe. The final result will be assembled along with the US company Marriot and is to be named Moxy.

In the United Kingdom we expect such to open in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Liverpool, York, Inverness and Cardiff.

 #5

FLAT PACKS, MEATBALLS AND VEGGIE BALLS

Beside ready-to-assemble furniture, the giant sells more than 150 million meatballs each year and that’s among the facts about IKEA worthy of attention. Because of the huge amount of meatball fans, in 2015 IKEA announced that their famous meatballs will soon be accompanied by a second line of veggie balls. Have in mind that the first ever restaurant within an IKEA shop was opened in the distant 1960.

Ever since October 1st 1987 and the first ever store in Warrington, United Kingdom, IKEA has sold more than 12 million meatballs and more than 1.5 million hot dogs for the last 25 years. At first plans were to open in close proximity to London, but Warrington has been chosen in order to boost the local economy development.

 #6

FURNISHINGS, WIND TURBINES AND SOLAR ENERGY

Did you know that Ingvar’s company has a number of wind turbine parks all over the world?

Poland, Texas and Romania are just a few to name. The company strategy is to power it’s facilities purely out of renewable energy sources. By 2020 all of its furniture stores should be “off the grid“, just a history fact.

Beside its wind powered capacities, IKEA owns nearly a million collar panels!

 #7

FLAT PACKS BECOME EVER MORE CHEAP RATHER THEN EXPENSIVE

It may sound hard to believe, but the knock down furniture giant manages to lower its home furnishing products prices by 2% on a yearly basis! This is why the niche for IKEA furniture assembly becomes ever more affordable and therefor people spend more.

#8

IKEA’S FOUNDER IS A MODEST PERSON

Ingvar Feodor Kamprad, born 30 March 1926 is not the average member of the worlds richest club you would expect him to be. He lives in a modest home, most likely flat pack assembled, owns a middle class car and always books inexpensive hotels.

Once he was denied entry at the Businessman of the year awards, because of his choice to arrive via bus, rather than an expensive vehicle like the rest of guests. Among the peculiar facts about IKEA is that he was forced to own and use Nazi ties in 1942-1945.

 #9

“D*CK”, “P*CK”, “BUGGA” AND IKEA FURNITURE NAMING

Did you know that all sofa models are named after Swedish towns and the bed units carry names of specific Norway locations? That is because Kamprad is know to be dyslexic. All garden furnishing gets its names from Swedish islands, while curtains have traditional Swedish female names. Some flat pack assembly products were almost named as “D*ck”, “P*ck” and “Bugga”.

 

  • Upholstered furniture: Such as coffee tables, rattan furniture, bookshelves, media storage, doorknobs carry the names of Swedish locations.
  • Beds, wardrobes and hall furniture: Norwegian place names
  • Dining tables and chairs: Finnish place names
  • Bookcase ranges: Occupations
  • Bathroom articles: Scandinavian lakes, rivers and bays
  • Kitchens: Grammatical terms, sometimes also other names
  • Chairs, desks: Men’s names
  • Fabrics, curtains: Women’s names
  • Garden furniture: Swedish islands
  • Carpets: Danish place namesLighting: terms from music, chemistry, meteorology, measures, weights, seasons, months, days, boats, nautical terms
  • Bedlinen, bed covers, pillows or cushions: Flowers, plants, precious stones
  • Children’s items: Mammals, birds, adjectives
  • Curtain accessories: Mathematical and geometrical terms
  • Kitchen utensils: Foreign words, spices, herbs, fish, mushrooms, fruits or berries, functional descriptions
  • Boxes, wall decoration, pictures and frames, clocks: Colloquial expressions, also Swedish place names

Source: IKEA Wikipedia

 #10

WHAT DOES IKEA STAND FOR?

Beside affordable home flat pack furniture? The I & K stand for Ingvar Kamprad‘s initials, while the E & A represent where he rose up along with his hometown – Agunnaryd and Elmatryd.

It is an acronym, not a name.

 #11

MANUFACTURING

One of the most peculiar facts about IKEA is the fact that despite common practice, more than 60% of IKEA’s production is manufactured in Europe. Most people assume that China would be the main source of production – well it’s not.

 #12

IKEA CUSTOMER FLOW

If we look at the numbers, more than 700 million people visit one of their stores each year. That is almost ten times the UK population! If we consider al facts about IKEA – the number of people who visit the home furnishing stores are only about to grow.

 #13

WOOD AND FLAT PACKS

IKEA is among the largest consumers of wood in the world. According to official info the amount of raw material used for IKEA furniture is about 1% of Earth’s wood supply. Imagine how much ready-to-assembly furniture we buy on a yearly basis.. More than 60% of all products sold come from forest materials.

#14

MORE CATALOGUE COPIES THAN THE BIBLE

According of official statements, in 2015 IKEA has printed more than 208 million copies of its home furnishing catalogue. The massive number of home furnishing catalogues has been distributed within 46 countries and is translated in more than 30 languages. That makes the 2015 issue of the catalogue printed more than the the holly Bible itself. The fact is that since 2004 it has been considered as the main marketing tool and it consumes up to 70% of marketing budget. 300 pages, 12000+ products and more than 285 people involved. Among the interesting facts about Ikea is that the first computer generated image used for the catalogue was in 2005 and now we have more than 75% of all furniture being generated virtually.

 #15

FIND MORE THAN 12 000 ITEMS

Considering the fact that IKEA consumes so much resources it is not that surprising that they offer more than 12,000 items isn’t it?

 #16

BILLY THE BOOKCASE

That’s the most successful piece of furniture IKEA has on its catalogue. More than 500 000 Billy bookcases are sold for a single month in 2012! According to buzzfeed, one billy bookcase piece of furniture is being sold every 10 seconds and an IKEA furniture assembly company is booked every half an hour.

 #17

LÖVET THE FIRST PRODUCT

LÖVET was the first flat pack unit in IKEA’s catalogue back in 1956. Rumors have it that soon Ingvar’s home furnishing super store is about to restart its first flat pack item!

It all started when somebody had to take of all legs of a LÖVET table in order to fit the whole piece of furniture into a car. Now ain’t that familiar. When you think about it a diy furniture hack gave birth to the whole IKEA concept of furniture being sold disassembled.

 #18

IKEA AROUND THE WORLD

More than 80% of all units, items and inventory in general, stay the same in all IKEA home furnishing shops around the world. In the beginning of 2015 those are exactly 351 stores in 46 countries. This is one of the most impressive facts about IKEA. The flat pack furniture company expands rapidly!

 #19

MORE THAN 9,000 OLYMPIC POOLS OF VOLUME

According to statistics, around 800 million cubic feet of items and units are sold each year. With this much products IKEA furniture delivery is enough to cover more than 9,000 olympic-sized pools! Can you imagine how much space and furnishing is that?

 #20

IKEA USED FORCED LABOR

At the moment there are more than 150 000 employees, all taking care of the flat pack furniture, we love so much! It’s a fact that the furniture company has made an official statement along with an apology for using prisoners in Cuba in the 1980’s. Surely it is among the facts about IKEA, the company is not proud of.

#21

IKEA, WOMEN AND SAUDI ARABIA

IKEA “regrets” removing all women from the Saudi Arabia flat pack furniture catalogue in 2012 and has made an official apology.. Some facts about IKEA raise questions. The company has officially stated it regrets it, but the fact is a fact. Considering what is the low over there, Ikea will most likely not print another issue or will have to “regret” it once more.

“We are now reviewing our routines to safeguard a correct content presentation from a values point-of-view in the different versions of the Ikea catalogue worldwide,” it said.

 #22

THE LARGEST IKEA

Here is top 5 the chart – largest shop IKEA has:

  • Gwangmyeong, Seoul Capital Area, South Korea: 640,000 sq ft (59,000 m2 )
  • Stockholm Kungens Kurva, Sweden: 594,000 sq ft (55,200 m2)
  • Shanghai Baoshan, China:  592,360 sq ft (55,032 m2)
  • Shanghai Pudong Beicai, China: 532,000 sq ft (49,400 m2)
  • Wuxi, China:  528,690 sq ft (49,117 m2)

 #23

IKEA’S PLAYGROUND

There is a children’s playground in every store!

When on the hunt for new flat pack furniture parents could drop off their “luggage” at the Småland playground and pick it up after furniture shopping is done. IKEA has it all figured out.

 #24

FLAT PACK HOMES AND HOUSES?

The swedish furniture company giant is way more broad-minded than flat pack furniture only. In attempt to aid first time home buyers, IKEA has launched a product called BoKlok – flat pack homes (which by the way, in Bulgarian means “Trash”). The concept is to build blocks of flats an terraced homes in an affordable price range.

 #25

TURNOVER

The facts about IKEA are clear and precise. Since 2001 revenue has almost tripled. For a single year, IKEA has sold more than two and a half million dowels, as well as 50 million allen keys! Can you imagine how much ready-to-assemble furniture unites they had to sell? For a single year, more than 60 million hinges are sold. In 2011 alone, IKEA had a 7% overall turnover increase.

#26

IKEA SOCIAL INITIATIVE AND CHARITY

IKEA Social Initiative is the largest corporate partner of the swedish home furnishing giant. The company supports a number of donation and charity campaigns. Some of the largest partners of IKEA social Initiative are organizations like UNICEF, Save the Children and others. According to UNICEF, in 2008 IKEA Social Initiative’s commitments were more than 190 million dollars.

 

#27

LAST BUT NO LEAST:
IKEA IS A NON PROFIT!

Yes. The worldwide giant operates as a non profit organization, that uses the non profit gimmick to exploit tax law gaps in favor of its founder and his family.

#28

 “SIZE MATTERS”
AND THAT’S A FACT

In its early years in America, the Ikea company had difficulties adapting to local culture and habits. Europe’s compact ways of life did not layer up with America’s “make it big”. Rumors have it that back in the 80’s people bought vases, thinking those were water glasses. Other say that tables back then could not host a whole turkey. The head of IKEA US gave all Europe designers t-shirts saying “Size matters”. The fact the prank did its job and IKEA finally got on the right road with it’s US customers.

 

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