Ikea just announced a huge change (it's going to alter everything you think about Ikea)

This is so clever, it's shocking.

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

Ikea is wonderful.

Ikea can also drive you mad.

It's not just the long trawl through the parking lot to see if you can find a space.

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It's not just dragging yourself around its vast stores, pushing past indecisive couples and unruly families.

It's that when you get home, you've got to put that wardrobe/chest of drawers/weird wine rack together.

Yes, there's an instruction leaflet. No, it's not always comprehensible. And, yes, you sometimes get a tiny screwdriver [it's called an Allen key] that's supposed to help but doesn't always work.

And, yes, you get mad.

I bring great news. Ikea has just whispered to Dezeen that it's started making furniture that doesn't need tools and says goodbye to bolts and screws.

Instead, welcome to Ikea furniture that simply snaps together.

The Swedish company is using a new type of joint. It's called a wedge dowel.

This allows you to simply slot, say, a table leg into the rest of the table.

You feel like it's brilliant because it looks so simple. It looks like nothing more than a jigsaw puzzle. And you're good at those, right?

The designers, though, say it wasn't quite so easy to create.

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12 most popular IKEA products of all time
12. Ribba frames make your photos and art pop.

Price: $1.99 — $19.99. 
Find it here.

Simplicity is a top design principle at IKEA, and the Ribba frame series proves it.

Ribba frames come in a variety of sizes and in black, white, and steely gray.

11. The Färgrik mug is the quintessential coffee cup.

Price: $0.99
Find it here. 

The white stoneware Färgrik mug goes with any kitchen color scheme — plain and simple.

Plus, you won't break the bank replacing it if one crashes on the floor.

10. The Klippan loveseat fits small budgets and smaller apartments.

Price: $399
Find it here.

Stretching just over 70 inches, the Klippan sofa squeezes into most shoebox apartments. It's available in white, gray, and caramel.

If you make a tough stain, you can buy a replacement cover for as little as $29.

9. The Docksta table completes a minimalist kitchen.

Price: $179
Find it here.

The Docksta table blends in with its soft edges and a simple silhouette. The white finish allows an eclectic assortment of chairs or decorations to stand out.

8. The Ektorp sofa is built to last.

Price: $499
Find it here.

Small details such as the strong seams, changeable covers, and reversible seat cushions toughen up the Ektorp sofa to withstand years of use.

Plus, the foam and polyester fiber-packed seat cushions give great support.

7. The Lack table series hardly lacks style.

Price: $7.99 – $49.99
Find it here.

"Basic" isn't a bad thing when it comes to IKEA's preeminent table series. 

Tables, ranging in size and proportions, come in a wide variety of colors and finishes. They're lightweight so you can move them easily and feng shui your living room over and over again.

6. The Stockholm rugs add a burst of color to any room.

Price: $99 – $349
Find them here.

Stockholm rugs are made by hand in textile centers in India that provide good working conditions and fair wages, according to IKEA.

They're also adorable and available in checkered and picnic-blanket-like patterns.

5. The Rens sheepskin rug brings warmth into your home.

Price: $29.99

Find it here.

IKEA's white sheepskin rug begs to be thrown in front of a fireplace and curled upon. It's irresistibly soft.

The wool is soil-repellent and durable, though not machine-washable.

4. The Kallax shelving series became an instant classic.

Price: $15 – $249
Find it here.

The internet freaked out when IKEA discontinued everyone's favorite shelf, the Expedit. But it's back with a new name (Kallax) and a sleek new design.

Kallax shelves, which come in multiple sizes, are durable thanks to a scratch-resistant surface and rounded corners that make them less painful to bump into.

3. The Malm bed frame series streamlines the bedroom.

Price: $149 – $559
Find it here.

A millennial's first apartment isn't complete without a Malm bed frame. The Malm come in two flavors: one that raises the mattress high off the floor and another that includes storage.

2. The Poäng chair sells 1.5 million units a year.

Price: $109 – $229
Find it here.

Created by famed Japanese designer Noboru Nakamura, the Poäng chair is one of the most iconic IKEA products of all time. It recently celebrated its 40th birthday with a limited-edition frame and six new covers.

Style, quality, and an affordable price point helped the Poäng chair stand the test of time.

1. The Billy bookcase is the most ubiquitous piece of IKEA furniture.

Price: $69.99 – $544.97
Find it here.

A Billy bookcase sells every 10 seconds, according to the New York Times. Why? It speaks directly to the IKEA ethos of simplicity that makes the company a global success.

The Billy bookcase can also grow with its owner over time. New shelves can be added when your library expands, and it's available in a variety of heights, widths, and finishes.


But you don't care about them. You care about bringing your flat-pack home and having it placed in your living room within moments.

There are people to show off to. And you're tired of, well, making an effort. Ikea says this could reduce a building process that used to take 24 minutes to just three.

Think of what you could do with those additional 21 minutes. Watch a whole episode of a sitcom. Or read a whole James Patterson book.

I did adore this quote from Ikea's range and supply manager Jesper Brodin: "There are more divorces. So if you get kicked out [of your house] in the morning, you can reassemble your table in the afternoon."

The mere thought that Ikea has brought together so many modern needs in one simple invention makes my heart melt. Think of the metal that you won't have to use.

Most of all, though, this creation will turn you into a nicer person.

You will become less frustrated and more prepared to accept some of the other difficulties in your life.

Such as dragging yourself around vast Ikea stores and pushing past indecisive couples and unruly families.

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