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How we work

Creating home furnishing that is well-designed, functional, affordable and sustainable, is a long journey with many stops along the way. Explore the thinking, processes and principles that turn our ideas into reality.

  • 18

    in-house designers

  • 2,000+

    new products per year

  • 1,000,000+

    product tests per year

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The one-euro challenge. Stopping at nothing to make LED bulbs truly affordable.

Find out how Product Design Developer Paulina Pajak at IKEA of Sweden AB and her team tackled the seemingly impossible task of creating an LED bulb that everyone could afford.

How we work with chemicals

On our journey towards becoming a fully circular business, minimising exposure to potentially harmful chemicals is vital.

A little boy is laying on a bed in his bedroom with an elephant soft toy in his arms. He is smiling.

In stubborn pursuit of speedy self-assembly

See how two self-taught prototype engineers doggedly refused to admit defeat, and ended up making self-assembly radically faster and easier for IKEA customers around the world.
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Designer collaborations

By collaborating with designers and brands that think differently from ourselves, we can develop and prepare for future challenges.

More than a crib – our commitment to child safety

We believe that every child has the right to a safe home environment. That’s why we are always looking to update our knowledge about children, their development, and their needs.

Two children are playing on swings in a playroom. A man and a toddler are sitting behind them on a green PLUFSIG gym mat.
A man’s hands are chopping herbs on a wooden board. Next to it is a black pan with vegetable sausages and its packaging.

How we work with food

Everyone should be able to enjoy well balanced and delicious meals at an affordable price. So we work to democratise healthy, natural and more sustainable eating.