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IKEA’s sustainability offensive – The Swedes are now selling tiny houses

The Swedish furniture company IKEA reinvents itself and goes under the house sellers. In collaboration with Escape Home, the Swedes have developed a sustainable tiny house.

IKEA develops Tiny House

The Swedish furniture store IKEA stands for modern furniture that everyone can afford. There is hardly a household in Germany that is completely set up without IKEA products, as a YouGov study found. According to the study, around 64 percent of Germans now have at least one IKEA product.

But that is apparently not enough for the group, which is why the Swedes are now offering entire houses for sale in addition to furniture. The company is relying on a trend that is becoming more and more present: Tiny Houses, also known as microhouses.

Due to their construction, the small houses represent a sustainable lifestyle and are particularly suitable for single households. The Tiny Houses are so cleverly furnished that despite a small floor space, which is usually only 15 to 30 square meters, the resident doesn’t lack anything.

Sustainability is in the foreground

The tiny house developed by IKEA in collaboration with Escape Home has a floor space of 17 square meters and is based on the rolling model Vista Boho XL from Escape Home. The micro house is equipped with a living area, separate bedroom, kitchen and bathroom with toilet and shower – everything you need for a comfortable life.

The base price of the IKEA micro-house is 47,550 US dollars (around 40,000 euros). Fully equipped with smart TV, solar panels and induction stove as well as all pieces of furniture, the mobile tiny house costs 63,350 US dollars (approx. 53,400 euros).

When developing the micro-house, IKEA put the main focus on “sustainability and innovation”, as sustainability manager Jennifer Keesson told Curbed.com.

“We want to meet the needs of today’s generation without compromising the needs of future generations,” comments Keesson.

Even small changes in the household could have a positive impact on the planet, the manager appeals. The group aims to manufacture all products from either recycled or renewable materials by 2030 in order to optimize the company’s ecological footprint in the long term.

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