21 Reasons Ikea Is Heaven On Earth

I want to live there.

1. So Ikea’s basically the best place in the world.

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2. It sells this Daim cake.

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3. And this Toblerone-filled pain au chocolat.

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4. And these meatballs, which are like little bites of heaven.

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5. But Ikea’s not just about the food.

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6. It’s also about friendly and helpful instructions.

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7. It’s about brilliant staff uniforms.

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8. It’s about excellent hygiene.

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9. And it’s about gender equality.

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10. Also, it sells these bendy doll things.

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Which sometimes look like this on the shelf.

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11. But the best thing about IKEA is that there’s a system behind the products’ names.

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Sofas, coffee tables, bookshelves, media storage units, and doorknobs are named after Swedish places.


Like this Ektorp.

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Beds, wardrobes, and wall furniture are named after Norwegian places.


Like this Hemnes.

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Carpets are names after places in Denmark.


Like this Gislev.

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And dining tables and chairs are named after places in Finland.


Like this Lovas.

Click here to uncover the rest of the world’s best naming system.

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12. Ikea was the first company to feature a gay relationship in an advert, back in 1994.

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13. Its catalogue is read by three times more people than the Bible every year.

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14. There’s a Tumblr dedicated to identifying Ikea furniture in porn.

Click here to see it.

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15. And its photo frame photo is of a cat wearing glasses.

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16. Some people use Ikea to do difficult economics.

In 2009, Bloomberg’s Kristian Siedenburg used IKEA’s popular Billy bookshelf to compare prices across the globe.

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17. Others use it to cook.

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IKEA’s cookbook, Hembakat är Bäst (“Homemade is Best”), is the best.

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18. But most people use Ikea for its beds. Beds in which one-fifth of British kids are conceived every single year.

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19. Ikea is so good that it has a retrospective history museum in Älmhult.

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20. Sometimes people even get married in Ikea.

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21. Basically, IKEA IS GOD.

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Tabatha Leggett is commissioning editor at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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