The IKEA catalogue contains over 300 pages and about 12,000 products, it is distributed both by mail and in stores. Each edition of the catalogue takes about 10 months to develop from concept to final product. Most of the catalogue is produced by IKEA Communications AB in Älmhult, Sweden, the site of the original IKEA store and where IKEA Communications operates the largest photo studio in northern Europe (8,000 square meters in size). As of 2012, the studio employs 285 photographers, carpenters, interior designers and other personnel working full time on photo shoots.

The IKEA catalogue contains over 300 pages and about 12,000 products, it is distributed both by mail and in stores. Each edition of the catalogue takes about 10 months to develop from concept to final product. Most of the catalogue is produced by IKEA Communications AB in Älmhult, Sweden, the site of the original IKEA store and where IKEA Communications operates the largest photo studio in northern Europe (8,000 square meters in size). As of 2012, the studio employs 285 photographers, carpenters, interior designers and other personnel working full time on photo shoots.

IKEA products are identified by one-word (rarely two-word) names. Most of the names are Scandinavian in origin. Although there are some notable exceptions, most product names are based on a special naming system developed by IKEA.Upholstered furniture, coffee tables, rattan furniture, bookshelves, media storage, doorknobs: Swedish placenames (for example: Klippan)Beds, wardrobes, hall furniture: Norwegian place namesDining tables and chairs: Finnish place namesBookcase ranges: OccupationsBathroom articles: Scandinavian lakes, rivers and baysKitchens: grammatical terms, sometimes also other namesChairs, desks: men’s namesFabrics, curtains: women’s namesGarden furniture: Swedish islandsCarpets: Danish place namesLighting: terms from music, chemistry, meteorology, measures, weights, seasons, months, days, boats, nautical termsBedlinen, bed covers, pillows/cushions: flowers, plants, precious stonesChildren’s items: mammals, birds, adjectivesCurtain accessories: mathematical and geometrical termsKitchen utensils: foreign words, spices, herbs, fish, mushrooms, fruits or berries, functional descriptionsBoxes, wall decoration, pictures and frames, clocks: colloquial expressions, also Swedish place names
 
IKEA products are identified by one-word (rarely two-word) names. Most of the names are Scandinavian in origin. Although there are some notable exceptions, most product names are based on a special naming system developed by IKEA.

Upholstered furniture, coffee tables, rattan furniture, bookshelves, media storage, doorknobs: Swedish placenames (for example: Klippan)

Beds, wardrobes, hall furniture: Norwegian place names

Dining tables and chairs: Finnish place names

Bookcase ranges: Occupations

Bathroom articles: Scandinavian lakes, rivers and bays

Kitchens: grammatical terms, sometimes also other names

Chairs, desks: men’s names

Fabrics, curtains: women’s names

Garden furniture: Swedish islands

Carpets: Danish place names

Lighting: terms from music, chemistry, meteorology, measures, weights, seasons, months, days, boats, nautical terms

Bedlinen, bed covers, pillows/cushions: flowers, plants, precious stones

Children’s items: mammals, birds, adjectives

Curtain accessories: mathematical and geometrical terms

Kitchen utensils: foreign words, spices, herbs, fish, mushrooms, fruits or berries, functional descriptions

Boxes, wall decoration, pictures and frames, clocks: colloquial expressions, also Swedish place names