What are some items IKEA has discontinued?


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Some items that Ikea has discontinued are the Expedit shelf and the Karlstad sofa. The Expedit shelf was discontinued in 2014, while the Karlstad sofa was discontinued in 2015. Known for simple, utilitarian yet elegantly designed furniture at affordable prices, Swedish furniture giant Ikea operates 328 big box stores in 28 countries with revenues of about €32 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company reportedly consumes 17.8 million cubic yards of wood or one percent of the world's supply.

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Especially popular among vinyl record collectors for more than a generation, the Expedit storage shelf was replaced by the Kallax shelf, which has the exact internal dimensions as the Expedit but has rounder edges for child safety and thinner outer edges. Tech and design blog Gizmodo speculated that the minuscule design change to the Kallax would save Ikea significant amounts in material costs, considering it sells millions of units, and contribute to its goal of sourcing at least 50 percent of its wood supplies from sources certified by the Forest Stewardship Council by 2019. The Kallax shelf went on sale in April 2014.

The Karlstad sofa series featured sofa, armchair and chaise lounge modular pieces that could be combined to create sectionals. The pieces have washable or dry-cleanable seat covers. The closest replacement is the Landskrona series which also feature similar pieces. However, as of 2015, Landskrona only comes in tufted leather upholstery.

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