Happy 30th Birthday Ikea!

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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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…


Ikea cover 1988

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


Ikea cover 1989

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


Ikea cover 1990

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


Ikea cover 1991

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


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….


Ikea cover 1993


  Ikea cover 1994


Ikea cover 1995

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


Ikea cover 1996


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


Ikea cover 1998

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

Buy now: Antifoni floor lamp, £35, Ikea


Ikea cover 1999


Ikea cover 2000


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


Ikea cover 2002


Ikea cover 2003

The next couple of years showcase Ikea design classics.


Ikea cover 2004


Ikea cover 2005

Who didn’t know someone with this bed?!


Ikea cover 2006

Introducing the Malm collection!

Buy now: Malm bed frame, £169, Ikea


Ikea cover 2007

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


Ikea cover 2008


Ikea cover 2009


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


Ikea cover 2011


Ikea cover 2012

Showcasing Ikea’s excellent foldable and stackable pieces.


Ikea cover 2013


Ikea cover 2014


Ikea cover 2015


Ikea cover 2016

Read more: 12 things we want from the new Ikea catalogue

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

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