Happy 30th Birthday Ikea!

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  • To celebrate, we're taking a look at Ikea catalogues from the past three decades

    Ikea has been a household name and a homeware staple in the UK since the 1987, and today the Scandinavian store is celebrating 30 years since launching in the UK.

    To celebrate, we’re looking at Ikea catalogues from the past three decades. While style and trends have changed a lot over the years, you’ll be able to spot some pieces from the archive covers that are still sold today. Which cover is your favourite?

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    1987

    Ikea cover 1987

    Glass display cabinets went out of fashion for a while, but they have come full circle and are back in style again! For proof, check out Ikea’s Fabrikor range. We’re not sure that sofa will have the same fate…

    1988

    Ikea cover 1988

    Leather sofas were all the rage 20 years ago, and making a comeback now – particularly in that tan shade.

    1989

    Ikea cover 1989

    The print on that sofa is so Eighties! Didn’t Jason Donovan have a shirt in the same fabric?!

    1990

    Ikea cover 1990

    The Klippan sofa is still a staple in many British abodes.

    1991

    Ikea cover 1991

    Orange and pine furniture…it must be the 90s!

    1992

    Ikea cover 1992

    If it wasn’t for the branding, we never would have guessed that this granny-chic look was the work of Ikea. Although blousey florals have come back into fashion as of late….

    1993

    Ikea cover 1993

    1994

      Ikea cover 1994

    1995

    Ikea cover 1995

    Now the furniture is all starting to look more familiar, like the Ikea we know and love!

    1996

    Ikea cover 1996

    1997

    Ikea cover 1997

    Our first glimpse of the Tejn sheepskin rug on an Ikea catalogue cover! These have been popular in British households since the 90s, and they show no sign of disappearing anytime soon.

    Buy now: Tejn rug, £10, Ikea

    1998

    Ikea cover 1998

    The Antifoni floor lamp displayed here has been redesigned with nickel plating.

    Buy now: Antifoni floor lamp, £35, Ikea

    1999

    Ikea cover 1999

    2000

    Ikea cover 2000

    2001

    Ikea cover 2001

    The 2001 cover showcases a very classic Scandi look. It’s the first time we’ve seen part of the simple and classic Lack collection featured on a cover.

    Buy now: Lack wall shelf, £11, Ikea

    2002

    Ikea cover 2002

    2003

    Ikea cover 2003

    The next couple of years showcase Ikea design classics.

    2004

    Ikea cover 2004

    2005

    Ikea cover 2005

    Who didn’t know someone with this bed?!

    2006

    Ikea cover 2006

    Introducing the Malm collection!

    Buy now: Malm bed frame, £169, Ikea

    2007

    Ikea cover 2007

    The Tejn sheepskin rug is back on the scene! And the catalogue covers begin looking uber-modern.

    2008

    Ikea cover 2008

    2009

    Ikea cover 2009

    2010

    Ikea cover 2010

    This might just be our favourite cover of them all. There’s so much going on and so many beautiful rooms.

    Buy now: Billy bookcase, £35, Ikea

    2011

    Ikea cover 2011

    2012

    Ikea cover 2012

    Showcasing Ikea’s excellent foldable and stackable pieces.

    2013

    Ikea cover 2013

    2014

    Ikea cover 2014

    2015

    Ikea cover 2015

    2016

    Ikea cover 2016

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    There you have it – 30 years of historical Ikea catalogue covers. Here’s to 30 more!

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