Ikea Employees Revealed The Secrets The Company Doesn’t Want You To Know
IKEA is a Swedish furniture store that’s popular with everyone from college students furnishing their dorms, to designers looking to showcase homes. (Basically, they’re popular with all humans. We could have saved time by opening with that.) If you’ve never walked through an IKEA showroom, you don’t know what you’re missing. You feel like a kid in a candy shop, except you’re an adult oohing and aahing over light fixtures.
A little more expensive than being in a candy shop, sure, but when it comes to furnishing a home, IKEA is still crazy affordable. Now, real IKEA employees are pulling back the curtain on the Swedish furniture giant to let us know all sorts of secrets juicier than their meatballs.
IKEA: When You Need Meatballs and a Bookcase
IKEA is more than a furniture store. It’s just a fun place to hang out. What? You’ve never spent a full Friday night at IKEA? Because it can be a wild time, let me tell you. Anyways, we can all agree that IKEA is the best.
Now, IKEA employees are spilling the beans about the secret ins and outs of your favorite DIY furniture giant. Keep reading to learn the IKEA secrets you’ve been missing out on all this time.
There Are Secret Short Cuts
The stores are always laid out like mazes, bt they’re not as complicated to navigate as you might think. There are the shortcuts that are posted, and then there are “secret” shortcuts. Employees revealed that any door not marked “Employees Only” can be used by customers.
So whenever you see a random door that doesn’t say “Employees Only,” you should take it. It’ll be like a fun adventure through IKEA. You never know where you’re going to end up, and that’s half the fun.
The Bulla Bulla Method
The “Bulla Bulla Method” is when you display items that make them seem inexpensive, like overfilling a bin with stuffed animals. The amount of them gives the customer the illusion of making a smart purchase. So don’t be duped by IKEA’s smart marketing strategy!
They’re just banking on you to be too weak to resist a good price…Oh, wait. Only $2 for a stuffed rat? I don’t know what I’ll do with one, but I can’t pass up something at that good of a price!
You Can Sleep On The Furniture
Sleeping on the furniture is allowed… to an extent. This is a game changer. How many times have you fantasized about doing this? But hold on to those dreams, because employees warn that bedding is only changed when it’s visibly dirty.
Instead of taking a nap, take a cruise on over to the snack bar and get an “ice cream” cone to keep you awake. Plus it gives you something to eat on your way to the meatballs.
Employees See A Lot Of Couples Argue
“If you really wanna test your relationship, go through IKEA and buy something,” says Jana, a former employee. “I had a couple trying to make a decision on a rug and he was mad and she was on the verge of tears.Then we were out of the rug they wanted, which made it even worse.”
So the moral of the story is, if you’re in a rocky relationship, furniture isn’t the you need to fix
You Have to Ask For Help
“You were supposed to only help customers if they asked you for it,” says Rob, a former employee. “We were told that’s a very Scandinavian way of how stores work.”
The IKEA employee helps the customer who helps themselves. So don’t be afraid to ask questions. Look how much we’re learning already. Find them in the secret shortcuts, corner them and ask everything you can. Why is the sky blue? Where’s Waldo? Why is that couple fighting? Go nuts!
The 'Open Your Wallet' Section
When it comes to displays at IKEA, there is nothing accidental. The “open your wallet” section applies to cheap goods that are displayed in a way that make you want to buy them.
This explains why you have all those mugs. It isn’t that you lack impulse control and need to learn to be better with your money. It’s because IKEA’s are evil and brainwashed you and they need to be stopped.
JK, no they don’t. IKEA can do whatever they want to u
Employees Get Great Perks
Don’t condemn IKEA just yet, because they’re actually really nice, specifically to their employees. Besides health benefits and a family-friendly work environment, IKEA employees receive year-end gifts as well. What type of gifts exactly?
Past gifts have included vacations, Rokus and bikes. How do I apply again? These gifts don’t even include the joy of watching couples fight in public. Seriously, nothing is more satisfying, and no, you’re the one who’s bitter about love.
The Walls Move
One former employee of IKEA said, “At the end of the night we move all the walls out of the way so we have a straight shot to where the trash is. They have a lock on them so people can’t randomly move them.”
Oh, so you think people can’t move them, huh? Well, challenge accepted. Next time you go to IKEA, bring some bolt cutters and your imagination. Let’s all rearrange this monolith.
Display Books Are From Employees
Have you ever noticed that the displays often have books in them? Have you ever notice the book choices seem totally random, as if it’s the congealing of several different tastes all at once? There’s a reason for that.
Employees are asked to bring in books of their own to help give the displays an authentic touch. Sometimes they are even asked to bring in a certain color of book to use in a showroom.
IKEA is an Acronym
What the heck does “IKEA” even mean? Is it a Swedish word for something? Maybe “wood and meatballs?” Turns out IKEA is a totally made up word. It comes from an acronym. Here’s how they came up with it.
IKEA is named after its founder, Ingvar Kamprad, and the initial for the farm he grew up in, Elmtaryd, and the town the farm was located in, Agunnaryd. So put that all together, you have “I”, then “K”. then “E”, then “A.”
But you totally would have figured that t eventually, right?
Speaking of IKEA’s founder, it turns out that he is quite a character. And by “character,”we mean a tax-evading former Nazi sympathizer. Yikes, weren’t expecting that now, were you? Ingvar Kamprad has since apologized for his former ties to the New Swedish Movement, which he joined at age 16.
He is known as a spendthrift who reuses his tea bags and flies economy. His first business was selling matches as a young boy. He’s now worth around $40 billion.
Third Largest Wood Consumer
It turns out that IKEA isn’t exactly an environmentally friendly corporation. It is only behind Lowe’s and Home Depot in worldwide wood consumption. The furniture giant goes through nefarious channels to avoid regulations.
For example, it has been reported that they intentionally get their wood from Russian forests smuggled through China. But you can get an end table for $10, right? Right. So we guess that makes it worth it? Between this and the Nazi thing… yikes. Just yikes.
A Name Isn't Just a Name
Founder Kamprad is dyslexic, so he found it easier to make up names for his products rather than use confusing codes. Most items are named after a different place of origin. Carpets are named after locations in Denmark. Dining tables and chairs generally are named after places in Finland.
IKEA actually chooses product names based on themes. For instance, bathroom items are named after Scandinavian lakes, bays and rivers, while bookcases and shelves are named after occupations.
Opening Boxes Is Discouraged
IKEA wants to make you feel at home. After all, you’re allowed to sleep in the store (even though it’s gross to do so). But they do not want you to feel too much at home. There’s one particular big no-no of theirs.
They don’t want you opening any boxes, because then they can’t sell those products. So don’t go rummaging through the warehouse opening boxes willy-nilly. However, if you want to sleep on the boxes, go nuts. That’s apparently okay.