Take a Trip Down Memory Lane for IKEA’s 30th Anniversary

The super furniture retailer celebrates 30 years in the U.S this week.

Lack. Hemnes. Karlstad. Practically everyone has owed a piece of IKEA furniture at some point in their lives. And it’s hard to imagine what life would be like without these iconic, affordable products. So it’s no surprise that many pieces have withstood the test of time and are still around since IKEA opened its first U.S. store in 1985. Take a look at four classic items that remain popular in stores today.


BILLY Bookcase

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The classic bookcase debuted in 1979 around the world, and was part of IKEA’s first offerings when the company debuted in 1985. Its functional and simple design makes it such a popular product, that as of 2014 more than 60 million have been sold. And although it looks almost the same as it did 30 years ago, IKEA has made a few tweaks here and there, including making the edges more rounded and minimizing the size of the holes in the panels to hide them.


LACK Side Table

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The lightweight and sturdy table was introduced in 1980 and over the years the material of the legs had changed from solid wood to plastic to board-on-frame (which means that it’s made of wood-based framed filled with recycled, honeycombed paper). Now, it has screw-on, board-on-frame legs, which lowered the cost from $25 in 1985 to $10 in 2015.  


KLIPPAN Loveseat

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Known for its space-saving design, the sofa is easy to transport in tight spots like a walk-up. The loveseat was originally sold with a choice of two covers, but now the slipcover is sold separately and you can use the sofa without one, which lowered the price from $395 in 1985 to $299 in 2015.



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Originally called POEM, the chair was renamed POÄNG after a few design changes and additions, including new frame options and removable covers. Now IKEA offers a chair, rocking chair, and footstools in the series.