All IKEA products have affordability as a key part of their design, but we create certain products from the beginning to be especially so. We call them "breath-taking items" or BTIs. "We'd tried to make a BTI sofa before," product developer Jerry Svensson explains, "but never got the price right.” So when creating KNOPPARP, the team had to try something completely different. Who would’ve thought that the inspiration would come from a trampoline?
So, where is the money spent when making a sofa? “The biggest expenses come in three parts,” says Jerry. “The wood needed to make a frame, the fixtures you need to put the sofa together, and the foam to make it comfortable."
Walking home one day, engineer Gerd Rodhe could see his neighbor's kids stretched out relaxing on a trampoline. He realized that stretching a fabric between a metal frame would make a comfortable seat without expensive materials. Jerry picks up the story. "We started breaking down what we needed to make a sofa without adding a high cost to the final price. We landed on using a metal frame, the trampoline-like seat, and to cut down on foam we developed a fabric cover that's quilted for comfort." Also, most of the screws were swapped for metal parts that can click together making the sofa easy to assemble.
KNOPPARP should be easy to transport, too. "It became almost like a competition to work out different ways to divide it so the packaging became smaller,” Jerry says. We ended up with a packaging light and small enough to make it easier to bring home. Jerry's proudest moment with KNOPPARP though is its sustainability. One part of this is that we’ve used as little material as possible, but the sofa is still strong and durable and will serve you for many years. "It’s almost completely recyclable, too, making it a real innovator for more sustainable sofas in the future."