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IKEA: Where You Can Buy A Bookcase And Now Insurance

A trip to IKEA could soon include a lot more than just buying shelves, bedding, and other home items. The retailers is reportedly rolling out trial sales of range of insurance policies. [More]

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IKEA Says You Won’t Lose Your Mind Assembling New Furniture That Takes Only 5 Minutes To Put Together

Many an epic ballad chronicling triumph and woe has been sung by IKEA customers struggling to put together a flat-pack bookshelf using only a little silver tool, a mallet, a bag of bits and bobs you’re bound to lose and a set of instructions written in pictograms. There may be some relief in sight (not from the hieroglyphics, those are probably here to stay) if IKEA’s newest furniture line is as easy to assemble as the company says it is. [More]

September Recall Roundup – Toppling Televisions And Lead-Painted Sunglasses

September Recall Roundup – Toppling Televisions And Lead-Painted Sunglasses

In the Recall Roundup for September, smoke alarms fail to go off, kids’ sunglasses are decorated with Disney characters rendered in lead paint, and a cooking thermometer adds a little something extra that you didn’t want to your food. [More]

Your Favorite Horror Icons — Now In IKEA Form

Your Favorite Horror Icons — Now In IKEA Form

While it might seem like Jason Voorhees — the silent, masked killer from the Friday the 13th movies — has a knack for being everywhere at once, you can’t have a mass-produced Jason in every home in America at a reasonable price. Yet. [More]

Ever Wanted To Sleep At IKEA? Thanks To Airbnb Now You Can, But Only If You Live In Australia

Ever Wanted To Sleep At IKEA? Thanks To Airbnb Now You Can, But Only If You Live In Australia

Are you Australian and in need of a new pair of sheets? Well, you can get a free set if you’re included in one of three groups picked to spend the night at an IKEA store as part of a promotion between the furniture company and Airbnb. [More]

IKEA Workers Tried To Get Birds Drunk So They’d Stop Flying Around Store

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Calling all avians with a thirst for the hard stuff — workers at an IKEA store in Florida are handing out rum to birds for free. Not because IKEA decided to open a bar for our feathered friends, but to try and get a couple bothersome birds drunk enough on rum that they’d slow down and be easier to catch. [More]

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Is IKEA Moving Out Of The ‘Burbs? Swedish Chain Opens Its First City-Center Store

You no doubt have visited a suburban landscape complete with a sprawling, blue-topped IKEA store, which is a completely natural sight by now. But an IKEA in the middle of a crowded, busy, city with its more expensive real estate? Weird. And it’s happening. [More]

IKEA To Hike Minimum Wage To $10.76/Hour

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About half of IKEA’s 13,651 U.S. employees are going to get a modest raise in the new year, with the world’s largest furniture retailer announcing that it will raise its starting hourly wage from $9.17 to $10.76 starting in January. [More]

It Took 8 Years For IKEA To Get Around To Being A-Holes To IKEAhackers

It Took 8 Years For IKEA To Get Around To Being A-Holes To IKEAhackers

One of the things that makes IKEA furniture appealing to people is that, with a bit of ingenuity and some tools, the not-terribly-expensive furnishing can be “hacked” into something different and cool. And since 2006, IKEAhackers.net has been a repository for a number of these DIY tricks. After nearly a decade of existing without hassle from the plywood-loving Swedes, the site now has to get rid of all its advertising or give up the IKEAhackers URL. [More]

Idle Away Your Lunch Hour Watching IKEA Stores Rain Down Upon The World

Idle Away Your Lunch Hour Watching IKEA Stores Rain Down Upon The World

For nearly three quarters of a century, IKEA has been spreading out around the globe to become the world’s largest home furnishings provider. Now you can watch the hundreds of IKEA locations rain down upon the map in the order in which they were opened. [More]

IKEA Recalling 3 Million Baby Bed Canopies Because Sleep Strangulation Is Far From Dreamy

IKEA Recalling 3 Million Baby Bed Canopies Because Sleep Strangulation Is Far From Dreamy

If you’ve purchased a baby bed canopy in the last 18 years from IKEA, the company says you should remove it and return it to the store, as it’s now recalling some three million of the products worldwide over a potential danger of strangulation. [More]

IKEA Now Denies Claims Of Breastfeeding Mom Who Says She Was Called “Disgusting”

IKEA Now Denies Claims Of Breastfeeding Mom Who Says She Was Called “Disgusting”

Last week, we told you about IKEA apologizing to a mom in Ottawa, Canada, who claimed that an employee at the store told her she was being “disgusting” while she nursed her daughter and allegedly told her to “take it to the bathroom.” But now, IKEA is saying that after reviewing in-store footage from the day in question, it found no evidence that the customer was even nursing. [More]

IKEA Apologizes After Manager Allegedly Calls Breastfeeding Mom “Disgusting”

IKEA Apologizes After Manager Allegedly Calls Breastfeeding Mom “Disgusting”

UPDATE: IKEA says it has reviewed footage from the day in question and says it has found no evidence that any such incident occurred.
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IKEA is having to do the apology song-and-dance after a mom in Ottawa claimed that she was treated rudely by a manager who told her she was “being disgusting” by nursing in the store and to “take it to the bathroom.” [More]

IKEA To Record Collectors: Don’t Freak Out About The Death Of Expedit Shelves

IKEA To Record Collectors: Don’t Freak Out About The Death Of Expedit Shelves

The LP has survived the 8-track, the cassette tape, the CDs, the MP3, and streaming audio. But will all that vinyl have a place to live now that IKEA is killing off collectors’ beloved Expedit shelving units? [More]

The SMILA lamps, available in 8 models, were primarily marketed for use in kids' rooms.

IKEA Recalls 23 Million Wall-Mounted Lamps Following Death Of Toddler

IKEA has issued a global recall of 23 million lamps (more than 3 million in the U.S. and Canada alone) after the death of a 16-month-old child who became entangled in the lamp’s cord while in their crib, and another incident involving a 15-month-old who nearly strangled on the lamp’s cord. [More]

IKEA Toy With Name That Translates Into Naughty Word Sells Out In Hong Kong

IKEA Toy With Name That Translates Into Naughty Word Sells Out In Hong Kong

He’s no Tickle Me Elmo, but another stuffed toy has been flying off the shelves at IKEA stores in Hong Kong. And not, it’s not because he’s the “it” toy this holiday season. Lufsig the wolf’s name translates into Cantonese with a very naughty meaning, apparently making him the perfect object for protestors to lob at Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong CY Leung, who some have nicknamed “the wolf.” [More]

15 Explanations For Company Name Mashups You Never Knew You Wanted Explained

15 Explanations For Company Name Mashups You Never Knew You Wanted Explained

You might know the backstory behind some brand names — like that BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke (or Bavarian Motor Works) or that CVS started as Consumer Value Stores. Look at you, smartypants. But what about LEGO? Or ASICS? LG, anyone? [More]

‘Gravity’ Spoof Accurately Recreates The Terror Of Being Separated In IKEA

‘Gravity’ Spoof Accurately Recreates The Terror Of Being Separated In IKEA

Sure, the Clooney-in-space movie Gravity presents a terrifying vision of what it may be like to be sent hurtling through the vast emptiness of space, but honestly how many of us are pushing through the mesosphere in our lives? A more relatable terror of drifting without direction can be found in the cluttered maze that is your local IKEA. [More]