IKEA Facts

  • Approximately 1 in 10 Europeans were conceived on an IKEA bed.
  • IKEA uses 530 million cubic feet of wood each year, about 1 percent of the entire world’s usage.
  • A Billy bookshelf is sold every 7 seconds.
  • The largest IKEA store is in South Korea. At 640,000 square feet, it’s almost 12 times larger than the White House.
  • There are more IKEA catalogs printed annually than copies of the Christian Bible. About 3 times as many copies.
  • IKEA’s first mainstream TV commercial in the US from 1994 featured a gay couple before it was commonplace. It was pulled shortly after due to bomb threats.
  • 75% of the IKEA catalog is not actually photos of the merchandise, but in fact just CGI renderings.
  • IKEA once let loose 100 cats in a store to see what would happen and turned it into¬†a cool ad.
  • In certain regions, IKEA sells flat-pack houses you build yourself for under $100k.
  • Before opening the first store in Bangkok, IKEA hired translators to ensure none of the product names would translate into sexual acts in the local language.
  • 54% of IKEA employees are women.
  • 1 billion meatballs are sold in IKEA stores worldwide every year.
  • IKEA sells $1.5 billion in food every year, making them the 10th largest food retailer in the world.
  • In 2009, IKEA changed the typeface in their catalog from Futura to Verdana, causing minor uproar among font and furniture fans.