Two Designers Transforms The Billy IKEA Bookcase into Two Very Different Pieces of FurnitureAll it needs is just a little bit of DIY, right?The IKEA Billy bookcase is a popular choice for storage for its minimalistic look and feel. I mean, the item, which is priced at $49.99,  hosts 6 wide shelves for storage which is amazing. In addition, its streamlined aesthetic can adapt to any type of decor scheme cooking in your home. On the other hand, its simple look and feel leave it open for DIY upgrades to spice it up a little bit. Architectural Digest invited DIY YouTuber Drew Scott and furniture designer Leonard Bessemer to transform the Billy bookcase into something different. Each had their own take on upgrading the bookcase. Scott focused on attaching wooden details to the shelf itself while Bessemer cut some parts of the bookcase to give it a new look. Check the photos of their work below! Image credit: IKEA, Drew Scott, Chase Lewis via Architectural Digest #DIY #decor #home #IKEA #architecturaldigest #furniture #bookcase
Secondhand IKEA Furniture Can Bring in Big BucksWho knew that old IKEA furniture could be valuable? But let's be real. If you are in the process of replacing your starter furniture with something more substantial, you can go ahead and give it away to a new college student or someone who just got their first apartment.However, if you've hung on to your IKEA furniture for decades, or you've inherited some, you might just have a treasure hanging around. There are some pieces that are now quite rare and can fetch a hefty sum at auction. For example, an Impala easy chair, like the one on the left, recently sold for £6,210. The value of these IKEA pieces will depend on several things, like their age, rarity, condition, and who designed it. Check out some the more desirable items at The Guardian. And if you once owned these furniture items and gave them away long ago, don't cry too much because they would have probably worn out by now. At least you can tell yourself so.  -via Nag on the Lake(Image credit: IKEA/The Guardian) #IKEA #vintage #furniture
Stranded Overnight at IKEA: Inconvenience or Fantasy Come True? Have you ever wanted to live in an IKEA store? That way you wouldn't have to choose between all the furniture you want. Maybe you've thought how nice it would be to try out an IKEA bed before purchasing it.That scenario came true for customers who were forced to spend the night in an IKEA store in Aalborg, Denmark. While they were shopping, a sudden snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on the roads, and leaving was impossible for six customers and about two dozen employees. Workers from a toy shop next door also joined them for the night:“We slept in the furniture exhibitions and our showroom on the first floor, where we have beds, mattresses and sofa beds,” store manager Peter Elmose told the Ekstra Bladet tabloid.People could “pick the exact bed they always have wanted to try.”Elmose said they spent the evening watching television and eating, adding it went “super well. It’s been a good night. All fun.”The group made the most out of their situation, treating their predicament much like a slumber party. They chose the beds they wanted to try out, and didn't even have to put them together! They spent the evening watching TV and eating meatballs. Now compare this to, say, being stuck in a bar or a school overnight. Some places are nice for a short time, but a furniture store that also sells food is the handiest place to be stranded. A good time was had by all. -via Boing Boing #IKEA #snowstorm
IKEA Catalogues Through the Ages: Browse Every Issue of the IKEA Annual Catalog Ever PrintedMost of us would like to have a beautiful home with a well-thought-out design. IKEA has always been the go-to for ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances, and home accessories.The Sweden-based company was established in 1943 by 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad. IKEA operates 422 stores in more than 50 markets.The Ikea Museum shares with us their catalogues from 1951 to 2021. For over seven decades, the catalogs were printed in Älmhult. Over time these grew in number, print, scope, and distribution. It started in 1950 when the founder wrote most of the text himself. The very last one printed on paper is the 2021 IKEA Catalogue. Head over at ikeamuseum.com and experience time traveling with IKEA catalogues from 1951 to 2021.All Images: Ikea Museum#IKEA #HomeDesign #Catalogue
Ikea is Launching a Furniture Buyback ProgramIn an attempt to draw down its carbon footprint by the end of the decade, Ikea is starting to buy back furniture items from its customers who no longer need them, and either resell it at a discount or dispose of it. The program in the United States is limited to one location for now, in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, but is expected to expand gradually across the country.    Ikea has already started rolling out the service in other countries, from the U.K. to Singapore. When someone wants to sell an item, they fill out a form online and indicate the condition, and Ikea offers an estimate of how much it can pay. (The option is limited to certain types of furniture, including bookcases, desks, chairs without upholstery, and a handful of other categories.) When the customer brings the furniture to the store, an employee will verify the condition and then give a store credit. If the item doesn’t qualify for resale, the customer can either take it home or Ikea can help dispose of it in “the most responsible way the local infrastructure will allow,” Keesson says.Meanwhile, if you have a truck and are within driving distance of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, you can already pick up some bargains on previously-used Ikea furniture. Read more about the program at Fast Company. ​(Image: Ikea) #Ikea #furniture #furniturebuyback
This Candle Captures the Scent of IKEA’s Famous Swedish MeatballsIn celebration of the 10 year anniversary of their family membership program, IKEA US is releasing a candle that is sure to make every IKEA fan excited. HUVUDROL, as the candle is called, is a limited-edition candle IKEA has worked on in partnership with creative agency Ogilvy that features the scent of their iconic Swedish meatballs. Aside from its unique aroma, the candle is also meant to serve as a reminder of the unique feeling of shopping in IKEA, viewing their large showrooms, and enjoying a plate of their world-famous Swedish meatballs. Loyal customers may acquire the HUVUDROL candle by entering IKEA’s 10th Anniversary Family Sweepstakes, where they may be one of 900 lucky winners of what the company calls “a larger package filled with additional gifts that bring together the immersive sensory experience of visiting an IKEA store.” Image: IKEA | Ogilvy #ikea #swedish #meatballs #candles #aroma #ogilvy #huvudrol #promotions
STARKVIND: IKEA's New Air Purifier Doubles as a Side TableIKEA has just released a new smart air purifier called STARKVIND that doubles as a side table.The STARKVIND is an indoor air purifier with a 3-filter system. The pre-filter catches large particles such as hair and dust. The particle removal filter aims to remove 99.5% of dust, pollen and airborne PM2.5 particles (or fine inhalable particles with diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller - about 100 times smaller than the width of the human hair). Lastly, the gas filter absorbs various gaseous pollutants like formaldehyde and other VOCs (volatile organic compounds). It will also reduce unpleasant odors such as those from cooking and smoking.IKEA's new air purifier has 5 different fan speeds and can be used in rooms up to 20 square meter (215 square feet).While the technical aspect of the air purifier is quite adequate, IKEA improved the practical usability of the air filter up one notch by integrating it into a side table.This means that we no longer have to figure out where to put the air purifier, or shuffle between putting it out for use and then storing it in the closet when it's no longer needed. The IKEA STARKVIND air purifier is scheduled to be available in IKEA stores starting October 2021.Image: IKEA​#airpurifier #IKEA #table #sidetable
IKEA's Battery Charger Looks Like a BookRechargeable batteries are convenient to use and better for the environment as they can be used and recharged hundreds of times, thus keeping dozens of single charge AA and AAA batteries out of the landfill.But there's one big problem with rechargeable batteries, at least aesthetically speaking: their charging docks are quite plain and ugly.Enter IKEA to solve this problem: they've released the TJUGO battery charger that looks like a book when the lid is closed!#battery #batterycharger #IKEA #book