11 Interesting facts on IKEA.
4. Flat-pack furniture was invented in Sweden by Gillis Lundgren (also the designer of the Billy bookcase),when he decided to remove the legs off a table because he could not get the table into his car. Gillis was hired by Ingvar Kamprad.
5. The use of the “assembly figures” in IKEA manuals instead of printing actual words is because it would make the manuals thicker and consequently more expensive to produce.
6. Each product is named after actual Swedish words. Kamprad was dyslexic, so he named his products using proper names and words, because it made them easier for him to identify. IKEA’s curtains are given mathematical geometrical terms and bathroom products are named after lakes, rivers and bays.
7. More than 11.6 billion Swedish meatballs are sold in the UK alone.
8. The IKEA catalogue is more printed than the Bible. The IKEA catalogue started in 1951, goes out to over 180 million people in 29 different languages annually, compared to around 100 million bibles.
9. IKEA has moved from making home furniture to making actual homes themselves. The BoKlok home is not quite flat-packed, but it is largely prefabricated. As a result of a partnership between IKEA and Swedish construction company Skanska, there are now BoKlok homes in Sweden, Norway, Finland and the UK.
11. With IKEA being one of the world's largest producers of wood products (roughly 1% of the worlds wood), in order to promote sustainable forestry IKEA has
invested in forests. In Romania IKEA owns 46,700 hectares of FSC-certified forest making it the largest private forest owner in the country.
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