In 1943, a young man named Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA in lmhult, Sweden, amazingly at the age of then 17. Actually, the name “IKEA” started out as an abbreviation for "Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd," the address where Ingvar Kamprad began his company.

Early on IKEA sold watches, pens, nylon stockings, picture frames and jewelry. Later IKEA began selling their line of furniture which has made them famous all over the world. Today, they sell a lot more than furniture; IKEA has various offerings that are efficiently designed, practical furnishing items for the home at very economical prices affordable for almost everyone. Their philosophy of functionality and economy is the key to everything IKEA produces.

Now, if you want to know when they have special sale events, you can go to the IKEA website and join their email list. Then you will be sent IKEA discounts for events and local sales. Small business owners can subscribe to their newsletter where they can get information and text messages about events from IKEA.

The Types of Furnishings Available

If you've never been to one of their stores, here are just a few IKEA products available from their wide variety of home furnishings:

  • Fabrics, curtains
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Rattan furniture
  • Beds, wardrobes, hall furniture
  • Bathroom articles
  • Chairs, desks
  • Dining tables and chairs
  • Garden furniture
  • Kitchens
  • Carpets
  • Lighting
  • Bed linens and coverings

They also offer a Furniture Assembly Service if you don't feel like tackling that job.

Other Services Available

Numerous stores have restaurants on site dishing out traditional Swedish fare such as potatoes and Swedish meatballs (what else?), and lingonberry jam and cream sauce. In addition to these everyday Swedish foods, you can also find hot dogs along with other locally available items on the menu.

How to Find IKEA Discounts

If you are looking for discounts you can request a catalog from their website. College students can usually get an IKEA discount of 20% on their purchases if they show their student ID. Many times you can find IKEA coupons in the “change of address” booklet found in the moving kit available from the USPS. You can pick up a moving kit from your local post office. It's also a good idea to check the free weekly newspaper in your area for IKEA coupons. They frequently insert coupons into the papers.

IKEA stores provide a unique and pleasing shopping experience. They have shown themselves to be the mark of excellence many times over, particularly in the area of offering a great customer experience. So what are you waiting for? Grab your IKEA pen, make a list, check the store map and get going!