Where it all starts
With what’s most important at heart
The new SLÄKT range
With a license to chill
When it comes to their own space, what children dream of and what their parents feel they need aren’t necessarily the same. That’s one of the reasons why our work with the new SLÄKT range, furniture designed for kids aged 8 and up, started out with a global survey into what children from 8 to 12 years old really want from their space. The answer proved to be nearly the same all over the world; kids want a place to relax and retreat, with potential for hanging out with friends while still being close to their parents. The chill out-part isn’t surprising, really. Even though it might not always seem like it when they are preoccupied with one screen or the other, the pre-teens are hectic years – on the inside as well as on the outside.
Furniture for change
With these findings behind us we continued the development process – aiming for a result that the kids would love (and one that would appeal to the parents too of course). The outcome, a range that includes a bed and furniture for storing, chilling and hanging out, can be adapted to different needs and so is great to interact with.
“Kids can change what they want to do in their room in a heartbeat, so we designed SLÄKT to be super modular and adaptable, as well as easy to move around if a bunch of friends come over.”
Nina Hughes, Children’s IKEA
The IKEA Life at Home Report 2016
What makes a home?
The IKEA Life at Home report explores the life at home of people all over the world. The aim of the report is to increase awareness of and spark conversation about what better everyday living actually means. This time we dig into what really makes a home for people. The report shows that among many factors, people primarily define their homes as where they have their most important relationships. People who are satisfied with their relationships at home are also happier with their living situation and feel better overall.
38% consider the neighbourhood in which they live a part of their home.
Findings from the IKEA Life At Home Report:
43% think the things that enable them to do what they love are the most important.
Almost 1 in 4 think it’s more important to have good Wi-Fi than to have social spaces in order to nurture their relationships at home.
As many as 40% say their homes have a particular smell.
3 life at home focus areas
Living with children
We understand that raising kids can sometimes feel like a juggling act. At IKEA, we love giving families a boost in any small way we can.
By 2030, 7 out of 10 will live in cities. As living space shrinks we’re raising our focus on smart, fun solutions that save both space and money.
Rising living standards means more things. By making storage functional, fun and affordable, we make it easier to enjoy a tidy home.