11 Things You Never Knew About IKEA: Weird Names, Most Popular Product and More

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Think you already know everything about Ikea? You are so wrong.

Check out these eleven fascinating facts about Ikea.

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1. Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, has died at the age of 91 on Jan 27, 2018.

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2. Ikea’s most popular product is Billy bookshelf. The company sells one Billy bookshelf every 10 seconds.

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Source: Ikea

3. The first Ikea catalog debuted in 1951, and the first IKEA showroom opened in 1953.

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Source: home-designing

4.  Ikea products are named rather than numbered because founder Kamprad is dyslexic. The name of the company comes from Mr Kamprad’s initials (IK), the farm he grew up on called Elmtaryd (E) and a nearby village named Agunnaryd (A).

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Source: Knowledge.Wharton

5. Bookcases are named after professions and Scandinavian boy’s names (Ikea’s bestselling Billy bookcase is named after employee Billy Likjedhal), and outdoor furniture is named after Scandinavian islands.

6. Bed textiles are named after flowers and plants, and bathroom items are named after Swedish lakes and bodies of water.

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7. Ikea restaurants feed over 600 million visitors a year, selling more than 1 billion meatballs annually. They’re the biggest restaurant inside of a retail store.

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Source: retaildetail.eu

8. In the U.K., 1 in 5 people sleep on an Ikea mattress.

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Source: Which.uk

9. There are more copies of the Ikea catalog printed each year than the Bible.

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Source: Ikea

10. The largest IKEA store in the world is located in Stockholm, Sweden. It covers 594,167 square feet, which is bigger than 10 American football fields.

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Source: Toronto Star

11.  IKEA was the first company to feature a portrayal of a gay relationship in one of its ads.

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Source: Attitude.co.uk

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