Our low prices

Quality home furnishing products at affordable prices


Low prices are the cornerstone of the IKEA vision, business idea and concept. The basic thinking behind all IKEA products is that low prices make well-designed, functional home furnishings available to everyone. After all, our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people.
 
We are constantly trying to do everything a little better, a little simpler, more efficiently and always cost-effectively. All IKEA units play an important part in creating our low prices which we are then able to offer our customers.

Seeing things differently


One IKEA product developer decided to use a door as a tabletop when he toured a door factory that used board-on-frame construction - a layering of sheets of wood over a honeycomb core that gives a strong, lightweight structure with a minimal wood content. This type of construction is cost-effective and environmentally friendly and is used today in IKEA products such as the LACK table from 1980.

Developing and producing our product range


At IKEA we design the price tag first and then develop the product to suit that price. IKEA product developers and designers work directly with suppliers to ensure that creating the low prices starts on the factory floor. They consider maximising production equipment, using raw materials efficiently and applying technical innovations and the best possible design. It is all about making the most of our production process, keeping waste to an absolute minimum and considering flat-pack transportation and self-assembly. IKEA of Sweden in Älmhult, Sweden, develops the entire IKEA range.

Distribution and purchasing


IKEA has a large number of distribution centres in many countries, supplying goods to IKEA stores. There are about 45 trading service offices in 31 countries. This enables IKEA to develop close relationships with our 1,350 suppliers in 50 countries.

IKEA stores


IKEA stores display the product range in room settings, offering customers inspiring home furnishing solutions. To help keep prices low, IKEA stores buy and transport products in bulk, are located in less expensive areas and take advantage of the self-service and assembly concept.