The Meaning Behind All Your Favorite IKEA Products' Names

Did you know you can visit the place that inspired the popular HEMNES line?

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Some are cities, some are names, and some are just popular Swedish words.

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MALM

Just about everyone and their mother owns one of these dressers ($179, ikea.com), which is a proper Swedish word for "ore" (a kind of rock).

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DUKTIG

Appropriately, this children's line translates into "capable" in Swedish, which is probably what every little boy and girl feels like when they own the series' adorable play kitchen ($129, ikea.com).

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BEKVÄM

The BEKVAM series includes a handy step stool ($15, ikea.com) that we're convinced everyone needs to own. It's also a proper Swedish word for "comfortable." Maybe because it makes reaching high shelves way easier.

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BILLY

When it comes to the meaning behind the BILLY bookcase ($50, ikea.com), it's not that shocking: Just like in America, it's a popular boy's name in Sweden.

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HEMNES

The traditional bedroom collection at IKEA known as the HEMNES line (you probably know someone show owns the headboard, dresser, or nightstand) is actually named after a town in north Norway.

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ELLY

This adorable line of kitchen tea towels ($4, ikea.com) are named after a traditional Swedish girl's name.

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LACK

Many of us have rested a drink or two in our day on a LACK side table ($14, ikea.com) or coffee table, but the real meaning behind the four-letter word is "lacquer" in Swedish.

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STOCKHOLM

When it comes to IKEA rugs, most are named after places. This graphic black-and-white one in particular ($199 to $299, ikea.com) is named after the capital of Sweden.

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KOLDBY

And the name of these fake cowhide rugs ($199, ikea.com) translate to Cold Town, a place located in northwest Denmark.

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POÄNG

This birch armchair ($199, ikea.com) is a favorite, because it's super comfortable and has a high back that offers serious neck support, which might have something to do with why the name translates to "point" in Swedish.

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INGOLF

If you want a classic style and quality chair, look no further than these solid wood ones ($49, ikea.com), which are named after an ancient Scandinavian name for boys.

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TRILLING

When it comes to wall art, pieces sold in threes — like this poster collection ($12, ikea.com) — are part of the TRILLING series, which translates into "triplet" in Swedish. How clever?

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BEVARA

Where would our chips be without these sealing clips ($2, ikea.com)? (Stale, that's what.) They're appropriately named BEVARA, which translates to "preserve" in Swedish.

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KALAS

When it comes to plastic (read: non-breakable), colorful dinnerware, we only think of one thing: a party! And, apparently IKEA does too, which is why they named this line KALAS, which means "party" in Swedish.

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TRENSUM

This popular swivel mirror ($9, ikea.com) is a favorite for any bathroom and is named after a tiny village in south Sweden.

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