IKEA Sit/Stand Desk Review: I Can't Believe How Much I Like This

Standing desks are not cheap. Or at least, the extremely handy motorized ones aren't. That's why everyone—including this desk-agnostic blogger—freaked out when IKEA announced that it would sell a sit/stand desk powered by electricity for less than $500. Finally, a healthy desk option for the masses. Finally! » 10/30/14 3:02pm 10/30/14 3:02pm

This New Ikea Desk Goes From Sit To Stand With the Push of a Button

Sitting is comfy, but hours (and hours and hours) on your rear-end isn't great for your bod (even though it probably won't kill you). Standing is good, but tiresome after a while. Hybrid desks can be pricey but Ikea is betting on Bekant, a workspace that raises and lowers on two telescopic legs with a button push. » 10/22/14 8:45pm 10/22/14 8:45pm

This Creepy Halloween Ad From Ikea Is Just Perfect, Danny

Ikea, in general, is a frightening place, a bizarre isolated world unto itself filled with sad, desperate people. Sometimes I feel like I'll never make it out of that maze alive. That's what makes this ad from Ikea Singapore, promoting its late-night shopping hours, one of the best Halloween ads I've ever seen. » 10/21/14 4:30pm 10/21/14 4:30pm

Ikea's New Furniture Assembles in Minutes Without a Single Tool

Ikea has made buying furniture as easy as picking up milk at the corner store, but as convenient as the company's flat-pack approach to selling desks and shelving is, the assembly part can still be a pain. Its new living room line, though, uses specially-designed wedge dowels, allowing the pieces to be assembled using… » 10/02/14 1:42pm 10/02/14 1:42pm

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 9/12/14 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