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The Real Meanings Behind the Funniest IKEA Names

Updated November 6, 2017 7.8k views16 items

When you’re walking through IKEA, you’re probably thinking one of two things: “How do I get out of here?” or “What do all these super weird names mean?” Unfortunately, we don’t have a map for your local IKEA, but we did figure out the meaning of IKEA names.

According to IKEA, the odd names for their products come from Ingvar Kamprad (the store’s founder) being dyslexic and needing a code to classify all of the products. Which is a better reason than “It’s my store and I call beds what I want.” To help you impress your friends on your next trip to the Swedish retailer, we’ve put together this list of the real meanings behind the funniest IKEA names.

When you find out what IKEA names mean it's like a lightbulb, or SPARSAM, goes on over your head. The store’s naming template is so simple that it reinforces the Danish economic lifestyle in ways that you didn’t think possible. Some of the IKEA naming logic is totally on point: desks and bookcases are named after occupations, and curtains usually have women’s names. So far so good. But when you start breaking down the meaning of what a mirror, or UNG DRILL, is called, you begin to see a clarity within the way words are formed that never existed before. Or maybe you’ll just start screaming UNG DRILL every time you see a mirror. Vote up the IKEA name you’ll remember the next time you buy bookcases (or a coffee table or shelves or...), and leave us a comment with your favorite IKEA product name.
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    FLÄRDFULL

    Everyone's favorite scented candle, the FLÄRDFULL, actually means "frivolous"  and "vain" in Swedish. It seems like IKEA's trying to tell us something. 
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    SPARSAM

    Not only does IKEA's low energy, seven-watt light bulb have an economical name, it's also slang for "frugal." Even for IKEA, that's way too on the nose. 
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    UPPLEVA

    If you can't tell from the beautiful graphic, the UPPLEVA is a television bracket, meant to hold your flat screen on the family room wall. Uppleva means "experience," and what better way to have a genuine experience than sitting on your couch and binge-watching Netflix? 
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    CELEBER

    Upon seeing these very popular jars, what's the first thing that pops into your head? Is it that if you own enough of them you'll finally have the distinguished and famous aura that you always felt you deserved?