Buying your house from Ikea? Swedish furniture maker launches $86,000 flat-pack DIY home

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Buying your house from Ikea? Swedish furniture maker launches $86,000 flat-pack DIY home

The Swedish company hasn’t begun renting its showrooms just yet, but it has partnered with Oregon architectural firm Ideabox to launch a line of prefabricated homes. Dubbed “aktiv,” the one-bedroom home will be decked out entirely in hip Ikea decor. Expected to sell at $86,500, the home is Swedish-inspired and “full of personality,” according to Ideabox.

In efforts to help frustrated customers Ikea started its own ‘How to Build’ YouTube Channel. The first “How to Build” video remedies this by folding IKEA’s illustrated instructions into a demonstration with real people building a bed frame, complete with close-up bubbles and fun little animated arrows and building tips. There’s even a relaxed, upbeat soundtrack to calm you after you’ve ripped out your hair in frustration.

The video ends in typically subdued Swedish fashion, with no freeze-frame high-fives or friends sharing in the great American tradition of buying each other $5 worth of pizza for helping each other move. Still, we applaud IKEA for helping out the many confused customers who shop at its 287 stores.

Ideabox says there’s no wasted space, which makes sense, since there’s not much space to be wasted. A combination of corrugated metal, fiber-cement siding and a metal roof house the mini Ikea wonderland, which comes equipped with a dual-flush toilet and energy-efficient electronics, PSFK reports. And don’t forget Ikea staples like tundra maple flooring, Pax wardrobes and Abstrakt cabinets.

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