Understanding life at home

The home furnishing competence within IKEA starts at home. To understand the many individual people’s needs and dreams. With a new home visit tool, better insights and an interior master class the development of home furnishing competence continues.

Plants indoor outdoor

Moving into cities

The IKEA approach has always been to create home furnishing solutions based on the needs of individual people and the way we live today. It’s the inspiration and driving force behind the IKEA range. So, what does the rise in urban dwelling mean for life at home?

Children on a painted floor

Making every moment count

Families with children were the big IKEA priority in 2014. The entire IKEA world geared up to become even more relevant and inspiring for families. With a new range, new home furnishing ideas and fun events.

No method is stronger than the best example

Person carrying cotton in sunset

Making cotton better for all

IKEA products use 0.7% of the world’s cotton production every year. Despite being a small number, it’s still big enough to drive change in the industry. And that’s exactly what IKEA of Sweden is doing.

“We want to take furniture design from this region – meaning Scandinavia – and develop it. And to do that, what could be better than rubbing up against a different culture and seeing what comes out of the encounter”

Design Manager, Marcus Engman, IKEA of Sweden AB

Trust is key to success in Indonesia

One third of the population in Indonesia live below the poverty line. So when opening the first IKEA store, on 15 October 2014, Indonesia also initiated several “good cause” initiatives to enable more of the many people to create a better everyday life.

Indonesia store entrance

”The feeling of having finished something is an effective sleeping pill. A person who retires feeling that he has done his bit will quickly wither away. A company which feels that it has reached its goal will quickly stagnate and lose its vitality.”

IKEA founder, Ingvar Kamprad

If every IKEA co-worker swapped just one of their home light bulbs to LED, we could reduce CO2 emissions by 2.3 million kg per year. That’s the same as taking almost 1,000 cars off the road, or planting 2.5 million trees.

Lighting accounts for 19% of the world’s electricity consumption

Let’s change the world, one bulb at a time

Did you know that IKEA co-workers sold enough FAKTUM kitchens to make it the world’s best-selling kitchen series?

More products per load means fewer trucks, trains and boats and a sizeable drop in CO2 emissions. The goal for the year was to increase fill rate from 62% to 70%, and this goal was reached. 

Mattress

Engineering away air

“You have to work hard, dare to be creative and even try to use set boundaries to your advantage to make a good product that looks beautiful, has great function even though it’s been squeezed into a minimal box. “ – Designer Henrik Preutz, IKEA of Sweden AB.

Roll packing mattresses is something IKEA of Sweden has been doing for decades. This process decreases the product’s volume by a staggering 2/3rds.

Necessity is the mother of invention

Bamboo and wood plastic

Renewable, recyclable or recycled

By the end of 2015, the aim is that all IKEA home furnishing are made from renewable, recyclable or recycled materials. Bamboo, textiles, water hyacinth, paper and recycled PET are some of the materials now being developed into products.

One of the most powerful tools in communicating a more sustainable life at home is through IKEA co-workers.

About 76% of the cotton used in 2014 came from more sustainable sources

Londoners shower for an average of 12 minutes

“…one of the best ways to learn is to go to the IKEA store and observe people, and talk to them.”

Anna Berg, Head of Home Furnishing (Inter IKEA Systems)

“The ultimate goal is to change the whole world’s cotton farming”

Pramod Singh, IKEA Cotton Leader at IKEA of Sweden

“We can quickly explore options – even ones that might fail.”

Eva-Carin Banka Johnson, Project Manager for Future Homes

Co-workers bicycles

An idea to get inspired by

The IKEA Concept evolves constantly through all good ideas and improvements made by co-workers. To make good ideas travel across all IKEA stores, everyone is encouraged to share their idea. Here are a few of them from 2014.

Meet our buddies

An idea to get inspired by

The IKEA Concept evolves constantly through all good ideas and improvements made by co-workers. To make good ideas travel across all IKEA stores, everyone is encouraged to share their idea. Here are a few of them from 2014.

Competitors offers

An idea to get inspired by

The IKEA Concept evolves constantly through all good ideas and improvements made by co-workers. To make good ideas travel across all IKEA stores, everyone is encouraged to share their idea. Here are a few of them from 2014.