What started as a tiny mail order company in rural Sweden has now become a global home furnishing brand that brings affordability, design and comfort to people all over the world. We may have come a long way since our humble beginnings, but our vision remains the same: to create a better everyday life for the many people. Here you can explore the IKEA story and learn more about our heritage and the events that shaped us.
Most things still remain to be done. A glorious future!"
Ingvar KampradIKEA founder
A brief history of IKEA
The IKEA story began in the Swedish town of Älmhult in the 1940s, with an enterprising boy who hoped to improve the lives of people everywhere. Here you follow the development of IKEA, decade for decade.
The IKEA Foundation is a strategic philanthropy that works to help families around the world tackle two of the major challenges they face – poverty and climate change.