Ikea’s Furniture Naming System

It turns out that their is a method to the madness of naming furniture at IKEA.

Mystery solved: The IKEA naming system

IKEA products are identified by single word names. Most of the names are either Swedish, Danish, Finnish or Norwegian in origin. Although there are some notable exceptions, most product names are based on a special naming system developed by IKEA.

  • Upholstered furniture, coffee tables, rattan furniture, bookshelves, media storage, doorknobs: Swedish placenames (for example: Klippan)
  • Beds, wardrobes, hall furniture: Norwegian place names
  • Dining tables and chairs: Finnish place names

So don’t expect to find a Helsinki bed or an Oslo dining room table. Ain’t gonna happen.

Wikipedia has more examples. More info here.

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