Test Your Endurance on This Ikea Showroom-Turned-Climbing Wall

Lots of us spend a lot of time lounging, sleeping, eating—heck, living out of and off of Ikea furniture. In order to promote a new superstore coming to Clermont-Ferrand in the middle of France, the company installed a fully functional climbing wall of inexpensive modern furniture outside of a cathedral. Spiderman's… » 9/12/14 2:28pm Friday 2:28pm

Why Ikea's Mostly Computer Generated Catalog Will Soon Be the Norm

The rooms in Ikea's catalogs may look like wonderlands of inexpensive furniture, but they're mostly computer generated. Like, 75 percent computer generated. The Swedish juggernaut has experimented with CG product shots for almost a decade now, and it's getting incredibly good at it. But it's far from the only company… » 8/29/14 1:40pm 8/29/14 1:40pm

Every Ikea Catalog Cover Since 1951

It's that time of year: If you're one of the hundreds of millions people on Ikea's mailing list, you probably recently received a thick square of super-thin paper filled with (mostly rendered) products. Ikea has been sending these babies out for more than six decades—and you can follow the evolution of popular design… » 8/29/14 9:16am 8/29/14 9:16am

Ikea Is Betting Big on These Six Small Tech Companies

Ikea is one of the largest corporations in the world, and even the smallest change in its supply chain could have a gigantic impact on its business. After all, this is a company that uses 1 percent of the world's wood supply. In fact, Ikea operates a whole venture fund devoted to emerging tech, from ice cream to… » 8/27/14 8:39am 8/27/14 8:39am

Ikea Showrooms Are Being Listed on Australian Airbnb

Most kids want to stay overnight at the museum of planetarium. But certain weirdos, like me, always wanted to sleep over at Ikea, amongst the endless rows of futons and 99 cent Swedish doo-dads. Now, we're getting our chance, thanks to an Airbnb promo with Ikea that will rent out beds overnight. » 8/21/14 10:10am 8/21/14 10:10am

Racing To Build Ikea Furniture Is a Guaranteed Relationship Destroyer

Need a quick way out of a relationship? The folks at Buzzfeed have come up with the most perfect weapon of mass destruction for marriages, friendships, and even family ties. It simply requires a pair of couples to go head-to-head in a race that has them assembling a single piece of Ikea furniture. » 8/15/14 4:45pm 8/15/14 4:45pm

Ikea used East German prison labor in the 1980s to keep prices low

If you purchased anything from Ikea back in the 1980s, you'll probably be horrified to learn about some of the company's business practices from that time. Because back in 2012, Ikea admitted that it had used East German prisoners as slave labor to make some of the company's products. » 7/25/14 11:48am 7/25/14 11:48am

Ikea's Most Iconic Bookcase Just Got a Whole Lot Better

If moving away to college involved finding a cheap apartment and filling it with even cheaper furniture, there's a strong chance you had at least one of Ikea's Billy bookcases filled with textbooks. The Billy has been one of Ikea's most iconic—and cheapest—pieces for over 30 years, and it's now getting some upgrades… » 7/02/14 4:30pm 7/02/14 4:30pm

The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See

Ikea biffed by going after IkeaHackers, the fan site that shares all kinds of new uses and smart mods for the Swedish superstore's affordable furniture—seriously, you can't buy this kind of devotion. Until founder Jules Yap sets up shop under a new name, let's have a look at a few of the projects that make her site so… » 6/18/14 11:00am 6/18/14 11:00am

Ikea's New Glowing Stool Lights a Safe LED Fire Under Your Butt

The summer isn't even here yet, but if you're leaving home and heading off to college in September, it's never too early to start planning and stockpiling what you'll need. And since you'll probably be crammed into a tiny dorm room, Ikea's new glowing LED stool does double duty as a lamp and place to sit/pile dirty… » 6/17/14 12:40pm 6/17/14 12:40pm

Why Ikea Shutting Down Its Most Popular Fan Site Is a Giant Mistake

If you're like me, you've spent countless hours surfing IkeaHackers, where Ikea fans send in their mods and hacks. You've also probably spent money at Ikea thanks to the site, which has inspired a DIY fervor among its fans. Which is why Ikea shutting down IkeaHackers this weekend over trademark claims is beyond… » 6/16/14 12:05pm 6/16/14 12:05pm

Ikea Knows All About Your City's Weird Sex Habits and Toilet Time

In a way, what you do in the privacy of your own home is literally Ikea's business. So it's no surprise that the Swedish company spends a ton of time and money studying how people live. What is surprising, though, is what its latest study found out. Including the fact that you're not the only one who reads their phone… » 6/04/14 2:00pm 6/04/14 2:00pm

Ikea's Selling an Electric Bike To Help Get All Those Boxes Home

As far as large corporations go, Ikea genuinely strives to be as environmentally responsible as it can. It stopped selling incandescent bulbs in its stores ages ago, there's not a plastic bag to be found, it's wholeheartedly embraced solar power for its buildings and many products, and soon it will be officially… » 5/21/14 2:00pm 5/21/14 2:00pm

Ikea Is Turning Its Very First Store Into a Museum

In addition to the obvious—meatballs, for most of us—there are many joys inherent in an afternoon pilgrimage to an Ikea showroom, not least of which is sitting on, reclining over, picking up, and/or putting down every damn thing you wander past in the cheery furniture labyrinth. Now the Swedish superstore wants to… » 5/12/14 5:40pm 5/12/14 5:40pm