From the Frakta bag to the Billy bookcase, owning a piece (or five) from the Swedish furniture giant is almost a rite of passage in life.
With most IKEA locations stocking over 10,000 products, it would be an understatement to say it’s a challenge to unearth the perfect pieces for your abode.
Some items that have stood the test of time and are amongst the company’s most popular products, and seeking these out can absolutely make your visits to the village-like stores a little less overwhelming.
From practical pieces of furniture, statement items and everyday household goods, these are 10 of IKEA’s best-selling designs.
1. Billy bookcase
The Billy bookcase has cemented itself firmly as one of the most popular products in the IKEA family. It is estimated that every five seconds, one Billy bookcase is sold somewhere in the world.
The design can be built to fit a multitude of different room sizes, making it an ideal addition for any sized home.
2. Fratka shopping bag
The iconic Fratka shopping bag was released more than 30 years ago and is considered one of the most affordable and multifunctional bags in the world.
In fact, its design is so popular and respected that luxury fashion house Balenciaga released a look-alike version in 2017 worth a cool $2,695.
Not only that, but it also undertook a new design as part of IKEA’s designer collaboration with Danish design house, Hay.
3. Lovbacken coffee table
Fact: The Lovbacken coffee table is responsible for the flat-pack furniture trend. This design dates all the way back to 1956 when IKEA designer Gillis Lundgren would sell the three-legged coffee table out of his car boot.
To make it easier to transport around, Gillis unscrewed the legs and just like that, the flat-pack furniture trend was born.
4. Poang armchair
Celebrating 42 years in the IKEA range, the Poang armchair and its classic Scandinavian design was the creation of Japanese designer, Noboru Nakamura, who arrived in Sweden in 1970 to learn about Scandinavian design.
Not long after his arrival, he collaborated with designer Lars Engman who put it on the 1977 product roster. Since then, the classic design has become one of the most popular products of all time, selling a global average of 1.5 million models a year.
5. PS watering can
Watering cans have long been a feature of the IKEA range, but what makes this particular design a long-running success?
Designer Monika Mulder shared her inspiration to create the PS watering can which not only had a great design but combined the right mix of form, function, quality and sustainability at an affordable price.
The conical shape enables quick production and it is perfectly stackable meaning more can fit in a box, which in turn, reduces shipping costs and keeps the watering can incredibly affordable.
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6. Strandmon wing chair
In 1951, the wing chair — which was originally named MK after IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad’s wife, Margaretha — was introduced to the range and was on the cover of the first-ever catalogue.
It mysteriously disappeared from the range for 60 years, but in 2012, it made a comeback under the name Strandmon after Ingvar personally wished to see the return of his favourite chair.
7. Lack side table
Since joining the IKEA family in 1979, the Lack side table has become a staple in millions of homes around the world.
Its affordable price, versatility and easy construction has withstood the test of time and proves that simplicity and function never go out of style.
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8. Malm bed
The Malm bed has become renowned for its streamlined design and handy storage underneath to create a practical and aesthetically pleasing sleeping solution for any space.
Launched in 2002 as part of the Malm range, this bed swiftly become one of IKEA’s most popular designs.
9. Kallax shelving unit
The functionality, simplicity and practicality of the Kallax shelving unit makes its popularity predictable. On the floor, on a wall or as a room-divider, Kallax has the ability to completely transform any living area.
As its popularity began to grow, this versatile product has been made available in many different sizes and colours with a selection of doors, inserts, boxes and baskets for easy customisation.
10. 365+ Carafe
Taking three years and four designers to develop, it’s unsurprising that IKEA’s 365+ carafe is one of its best-selling designs.
The carafe’s classic glass design means it will be forever in style and the cork is made of renewable oak bark which is a lightweight, water-resistant material, which makes it practical for everyday use.
Article repurposed from These are the most popular IKEA products of all time by Lauren Powell.