Those of us who don’t speak Swedish or Danish are clearly at a disadvantage when it comes to IKEA. Sure, like any diehard fan I can rattle off a few dozen IKEA names. But what do they mean? And how do you pronounce the A balancing a little circle on it’s head and, and, and what about the horrified O (Ö)?
Well, I still can’t say the IKEA names right (or make puns about them like this guy) but I’ll know what they mean. Thanks for an IKEA Dictionary by Lars Petrus. He categorises the names into 4 main groups and 1 for mystery names he hasn’t figured out yet.
IKEA names fall under these 4 main groups:
Proper Swedish words
Made-up Swedish words
First names (mostly Swedish, some Scandinavian, occasional exotic names)
Geographical names (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or Finnish.)
Here’s a screen shot of the IKEA names dictionary. Geek out, alright.
Scrolling through the dictionary, I found out that the oft-mispronounced BESTÅ is a Swedish word which means “remain” or “consist of”. Nice!
And the ANSLUTA means to “join” or “connect”. That seems appropriate.
BILD posters. No prizes here for getting this right. BILD is a Swedish word for “picture”.
The lovely DOMSJÖ is named after a town in north Sweden. Home of Peter Forsberg and other ice hockey stars, it seems.
Another one where IKEA designers pondered really hard and came up with BLANDA. Which simply is “mix”.
And these cute cookie cutters, DRÖMMAR is literally a “dream”.
This should give you a bit of clarity on IKEA names — they are not as exotic as they seem. Find the meanings of your favourite IKEA pieces with the dictionary. Only thing is, I wish Lars would add the newer names to it, seeing hundreds of products get discontinued and new ones added every year.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.