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5 Popular IKEA Names and What They Mean

The mystery behind the exotic furniture names revealed!

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Photography: IKEA

If you've ever shopped at an IKEA store abroad, I'm sure you've wondered at least once what those lengthy names mean (example: "Kejsarkrona" are a set of eating utensils, not some medieval monster).

The names are mostly Scandinavian words for actual things, places, and people. And even IKEA is an acronym—it stands for Ingvar Kamprad (the founder), Elmtaryd (his farm), and Agunnaryd (the town he grew up in). And the monikers given are organized into different categories. For example: dining furniture are names of towns, bookcases are occupations and professions, fabrics are women's names, and study desks are men's names.

There are a few exceptions to the rule, in ways only the Scandinavians seem to understand. A peek at the unofficial IKEA Dictionary would be helpful. Meanwhile, here are some of the more popular pieces and their meanings:

MAMMUT

This colorful line of children's furniture is named after the Mammoth, possibly because of the chunky legs that make it more stable.

LYKTA

This modern lamp becomes a glowing orb of glass once lit, maybe that's why it's named after the Scandi name for Lantern.

LACK

This means Varnish, and it is also the name of one of IKEA's cheapest tables made in a smooth laminate finish.

DALA

This is short for the Dalecarlian Horse, a traditional handpainted wooden horse. Its silhouette now decks this delightful fabric.

EXPEDIT

Means Shop Assistant, an apt name for one of their most famous, symmetrical and efficient pieces of storage.

PHOTOS: IKEA's official website | ebay (Dala) | Amazon (Expedit).

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