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Why IKEA is a Real-Life Wonderland

Cover Photo by Daniil Silantev via Unsplash

I’ve always wondered why there’s no adult equivalent for the expression “like a kid in a candy store.” I suppose, though, that the proper analogy would be “like an adult in IKEA.” This Swedish furniture and decor retailer is the go-to for over-the-top light fixtures and shelving units galore. It’s the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon or grab a hot meal. In all honesty, how much more could we really ask of a furniture store?

IKEA is a lovable labyrinth with exciting finds at each and every corner. With kitchen displays and genius storage setups that beg to be replicated, walking through IKEA is an exercise in innovation and inspiration. Not to mention, the color-coordination is extraordinary. When you long to bring the imaginative designs of real estate television shows into your own space, IKEA demonstrates that our interior decor dreams might just be closer than we realize. 

The company has also made strides to give back to and protect the world that fuels it. IKEA offers several plant-based options in their restaurants and bistros, as well as organic tea and coffee. The retailer also proclaims that each of their shower heads are “water and energy-efficient,” such as through cold-start offerings to minimize unneeded heat. In a similar vein, IKEA sells numerous LED products, such as one model that uses just 15% of the energy used by a typical incandescent option. The company is also working to use only 100% Responsibly Sourced Wool by 2025. Further, IKEA is striving to promote good by using recycled or otherwise sustainable cotton and even contributed to the launch of the Better Cotton Initiative. 

The IKEA Foundation is another source of pride. The institution’s mission is to face the systems that generate inequality head-on, citing “poverty, the consequences of climate change, and lack of resources such as clean air, energy and fertile land” as major causes for concern. In 2018 alone, the Foundation made €175 million — over $200 million — in contributions to organizations with similar objectives. 

However, as a growing number of consumers swap out in-person shopping experiences for online ones (we see you, Amazon), IKEA’s trajectory might not be upwards. The company’s profits plummeted roughly 40% from 2017 to 2018, a statistic that doesn’t exactly bode well.

What are your thoughts on IKEA and its future? Let us know in the polls below. 

Cover Photo by Daniil Silantev via Unsplash

  • Do you love IKEA?

    • It’s pretty much the best place ever
    • I don’t understand the hype

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Written by Megan Pontin

Enthusiastic word-collector, avid pancake-consumer, and experienced hammock-lounger. Student at Cornell University.

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