We think great design should be available to the many, not a luxury that only a few can afford. So together with our suppliers, we innovate new materials and technology to make our products even better and more affordable.
To lower costs, we always look for new ways to make our supply chain more efficient. Large orders make it possible for us to cut prices without compromising on working conditions, quality or sustainability. Our suppliers, like us, make profit from high volumes rather than high margins.
At IKEA, we constantly question existing solutions. By making our furniture easier to assemble, our production more efficient and by improving our packaging for easier transport, we save time and money for our customers.
Cutting down assembly time. Making the assembly process simpler is a long-term mission. A small ribbed fitting makes assembly easier than ever, minimizing the use of tools. It took several years to transform the idea behind this solution into a market-ready product.
We believe that all people have the right to good design at affordable prices. To achieve this, we use the right combination of form, function, quality, sustainability and a low price. We call it Democratic Design.
Great design at a great price. Our product developers, technicians and suppliers teamed up to make a complex manufacturing technique affordable. The result is FJÄLLBERGET, an office chair that combines comfort and quality withgreat design.
At IKEA, making more from less goes back to our roots. Together with our suppliers, we try new ways to make more out of the resources we use. We look for more sustainable solutions by improving production processes, avoiding waste and reinventing materials. And the best thing is, that using resources more efficiently is not only good for the planet, but for cutting costs as well.
Saving for a not so rainy day. Together with our biggest textile supplier, Hilong in China, we transformed the textile dyeing industry by introducing a new fibre dyeing technique that cuts water consumption by 80%.
Not just your ordinary rug. TÅNUM is a hand-woven rug made of recycled cotton from our own operations. More than 90% of the material used to make TÅNUM is leftover fabric from our bed linen production. The production is not only a way to turn waste into a resource, it’s also strengthening women’s position in the society in Bangladesh where skilled craftswomen weave them.
A material for the future. It’s something about the warmth and softness of solid wood that’s hard to beat. That’s why we’re happy to have found a way to create a material that still has those unique qualities, while being a much more sustainable choice.
The new material – a combination of particle board core, layer of solid wood as top surface and solid wood edges – was developed in partnership with our Romanian supplier Aviva, and means that IKEA can reduce wood consumption by more than 60%.
PINNARP is an all new example of the greatness of solid wood on a particle board core. The worktop, in ash and with a fine line pattern, has all the benefits of solid wood – such as a hardwearing surface that can be sanded and oiled – while effectively reducing wood consumption.
The same is true for MÖLLEKULLA, in oak, and BARKABODA, in walnut, two wooden worktops that can be custom-made for your kitchen solution. They are both made according to the same principle as PINNARP, with the same great result.