14 Swedish Words That Conflict With the Ikea Products They Name


The fun part of looking through the Ikea catalog is reading out the Swedish product names: EKTORP, TROMSÖ, BJÖRKUDDEN, JONSBO GRYBY… There is a system to Ikea product naming that matches word categories to product categories: occupations for bookcases, Swedish islands for garden furniture, etc. Beyond that, the word for a product will often be a simple description of some aspect of the product. For example, FRAKTA, “to carry,” is a bag; HUSET, “house,” is a set of dollhouse furniture; DISKA, “to wash dishes,” is a dishwashing brush.

There are other names, however, that do not seem to relate to their products in any way. In fact, these 14 Ikea product names almost directly contradict the products they’re attached to.

1. ÄRFTLIG – hereditary, inheritable

Son, these paper napkins have served us well. I hope you will one day pass them on to your grandchildren.

2. STRAPATS – hardship

Ugh! I can’t believe I have to step all the way down on this pedal just to throw something away!

3. EKORRE – squirrel


4. ENVIS – stubborn, headstrong

Who are you calling “spatula,” huh? I’m going to carve that Thanksgiving turkey myself. You’ll see.

5. FLÖRT – flirt

Could you lean back a bit? Yeah…let me just…reach over here…oops! Sorry…I…OK, got it. What should we watch next?

6. FNISS – giggles

Awwww! Look at this! Who’s a wittle, bittle, ball o’ trash? You are! You’re the cutie!

7. FÖRNUFT – reason, sense

Because the emotional silverware always feeds you too much.

8. IMPULS – impulse

Fill it with poppy seeds! No! rubber cement! Wait! No! Half honey, half bleach!

9. KOLON – colon

Twice the size of SEMIKOLON.

10. SENSUELL – sensual

Calphalon’s got nothing on those curves.

11. TYDA – Interpret, decipher

Yes, it’s a cabinet handle, but what does it mean?

12. UPPENBAR - obvious

Pssht! Everyone knows 20 ounces is equal to 5.914706 deciliters.

13. VILSE – lost

It was here a second ago…

14. SYRLIG – acidic, tart

They do all the work and the curtains get all the attention. You’d be sour too.

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Your Dresser Is a Serious Tipping Hazard. Here's How to Fix It

When it comes to household safety, we’re used to potentially hazardous items being clearly labeled. Hair dryers come with warnings not to use them in the shower; volatile cleaning products implore us not to drink them. But some of the most significant items carrying actual mortality rates are largely ignored: common living room or bedroom furniture.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 30,000 people were treated in emergency rooms from 2014 to 2016 as a result of furniture tipping over on them. Children are at particular risk of being injured or worse when they attempt to climb a dresser or TV stand. As Consumer Reports points out, these items do not have to conform to any universal manufacturing standard and can easily become unstable regardless of their weight, cost, the child’s weight, or other variables. Injuries are also seen when children tug on the furniture or attempt to climb inside the drawers. Since dressers are often in a child's bedroom where they can play unsupervised, the potential for an accident is high.

In testing performed by Consumer Reports, no one brand or style stood out as being inherently safer than the others. So what can consumers do?

An illustration of a child climbing a dresser

One easy solution is to avoid putting televisions on top of these dressers, since they pose a high risk of falling on top of a child when the dresser is moved. More importantly, child safety advocacy groups advise that adults use anchoring systems for furniture in danger of tipping over. These kits are available via mail order or in retail stores and come with straps that are connected between the furniture and two wall brackets. If weight is applied to the front of the dresser, the straps will keep it from falling over.

Some furniture comes with these kits, or with L-shaped angle brackets. Both are effective, but included straps can often be plastic that degrades over time—they should be nylon or steel. If not, you should opt for a third-party kit.

Advocacy groups have found that a lot of consumers are either unaware these kits exist or find them difficult to install. But it's a relatively easy procedure so long as you secure the anchor into a wall stud and not into drywall, where it will be too loose to stand up to a weight-bearing load. For brick or masonry walls, it’s best to hire a professional. If you’re renting and have been told not to drill into the wall, consult your landlord—it’s likely they’ll agree to waive any restrictions to make for a safer living space.

[h/t NPR]

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These Unique Benches Are Made From Yogurt Cups and Plastic Bags
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When sent to a landfill, some plastic waste will sit there for centuries before breaking down. The Belgian design firm Studio Segers has found an alternative use for the plastic containers some people throw away by re-purposing them into innovative outdoor seating. This modular bench spotted by design milk is made from used yogurt cups, butter tubs, and plastic bags and is 100 percent recyclable.

Commissioned by the recycling company ECO-oh!, the H-bench consists of slender, plastic components. They come with or without backrests and are available in dark gray, medium gray, light gray, pastel green, pastel blue, and beige. Snap three of them together and you have a chair. Keep adding pieces to build a snug love-seat or a bench long enough to fit a crowd.

Recycled bench.
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The seat is designed to be customized to suit the user’s taste. Chair backs can face one way or alternating directions; the bench can feature multi-colored stripes or a uniform shade; one side can have seat backs while the opposite end is built for laying down.

The makers didn’t skimp on quality to make their product sustainable: The H-bench is made from plastics called polyolefins, which means it's durable enough to stay strong and vibrant even in harsh outdoor conditions. Get a closer look at the smart design in the video below.

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