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Let's be honest, sometimes the only reason we go to IKEA is because of the meatballs – Well, them and a new flat-pack bed.

And apparently, the big IKEA bosses have copped onto our love for their dishes as they have just created an IKEA food truck.

Sounds amazing, right?

Well, sorry to burst your bubble but you might have to wait a while for it because it's hitting America first.

As a part of the company's #TogetherWeEat campaign, the truck will travel to some US hotspots to sell their beloved meatballs to anyone who fancies a bite.

And the best part, there will be three (quite fancy) types to choose from – the classic kottbullar with lingonberry, a new veggie with avocado and vegan mayo and a buffalo chicken meatball with hot sauce and blue cheese.

Now, we just have to wait until they bring the glorious idea over to our shores.

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Everyone knows that the easiest way to prove you're the adultiest adult on the block is to spend your Sunday afternoon making your way around Ikea, right?

And unlike other adult endeavours, an afternoon spent examining shower curtains, deliberating over door knobs and weighing up the pros and cons of different storage boxes can be inexplicably fun.

It can also, however, be fairly time-consuming which is why we are PUMPED to hear that the Republic's second outlet is set to offer the first Order and Collection Point!

The store, which will be located at The Park in Carrickmines, means that those on-the-go can place an order from the IKEA range which can then be either collected or delivered to your home.

Oh, and it gets better, ladies. Much better.

The new store is legit the holy grail for anyone who has yet to learn the difference between skirting boards and dado rails as you will have the chance to chat with staff and get the lowdown on anything from bedroom furnishing to kitchen cupboards.

And if you're the indecisive kind? The store actually has a selected range of unique products which you can test and take home. We know, it's a dreamland.

So if you've been only dying to up your interiors game, but didn't know where to start then this new outlet is exactly what you've been waiting for.

Our mothers will be so proud!

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Well, this is as good an excuse for a trip to Ikea as we’ve ever heard.

A recent study has suggested that rocky furniture may be the reason for your rocky relationship.

According to the study, which was published in the journal Psychological Science, unstable furniture may affect your perception of your relationship.

The study asked 54 college students that were all in serious relationships to use chairs and tables that were either wobbly or secure. The participants were then asked questions about the level of satisfaction that they felt in their relationships.

Those who were using the shaky, unstable furniture perceived their relationships to be less secure than those who were using solid equipment.

Another two experiments were conducted that showed similar results. 174 people were asked relationship questions while standing on either one or two legs. Those standing on two legs were perceived to be more comfortable in their relationships while those on one leg suggested that theirs were rockier.

And finally, just to really give you a reason to go out and buy a super comfy couch, 129 college students were asked to sit at desks that were either secure or wobbly and… You’ve guessed it! Those in the desks that didn’t move around appeared to believe they were in more stable relationships than those who weren’t.

So, if you’re trying to snuggle up on the couch for your date night but your other half is driving you absolutely nuts, take a breath and trying jamming some cardboard under the leg of the couch and you never know – all of a sudden they may stop being so annoying! 

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The company is already famed for its minimalist approach to brand awareness – but its latest advertising campaign goes one step further: using a sequence of 18 emjois on billboards erected in London.

Depicting a series of well-known traffic and roadworks symbols to reflect the city's notoriously congested roads, McDonalds even added in its own addition to represent drive-thru: it's enough to make a crying smiley face turn happy too.

An image of the billboard was this evening shared on Twitter by social media expert, Jennifer Hassan, who works in London for Viber. She spotted the ad at the Aldgate East tube stop, in the East End area of the city.

Ikea and Coca Cola are some of the other big names who have lately opted to embrace the use of the Japanese ideograms in adverts and promotional drives.

Ikeas's offering was released in February of this year, allowing customers to download images depicting the likes of its famed Swedish meatballs, sofas and bookcases, and the company's instantly-recognisable blue and yellow stores.

 

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We're all familiar with the Swedish furniture company IKEA, as it's always been our one-stop-shop for all our home-ware needs! But how much do we really know about this international mega-brand? Watch the video above to find out 10 surprising (and rather funny) facts about the company.

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