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If You Own One of These Lounge Chairs, Don't Sit in It

True Living Sling Loungers sold by Dollar General recalled over amputation potential

(Newser) - If your eyes tend to glaze over when you read about product recalls, this one might get your attention. Fast Company reports the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for select True Living Sling Loungers following three confirmed cases of amputations or lacerations in connection with the...

Just Ordered a Sofa? You May Be Waiting Awhile

Shipping delays, material shortages, COVID overseas all contributing to furniture delivery lag

(Newser) - Kept at home due to the pandemic and spurred by recent stimulus checks, Americans have increasingly invested in sprucing up their homes, including by purchasing new furniture. But that rush on sofas, beds, and coffee tables has caused a backlog, leaving some consumers waiting for months to receive their shipments....

Ikea Wants to Buy Back Old Ikea Furniture

Just not in the US

(Newser) - Forget hawking your Ikea bookcase on Facebook Marketplace. As of November you'll be able to sell it back to Ikea—so long as you live in one of 27 countries. Spoiler: The US isn't on the list. "By making sustainable living more simple and accessible, Ikea hopes...

Guy Makes Incredible Find in Used Couch
Guy Buys Couch, Finds $43K

Guy Buys Couch, Finds $43K

But Howard Kirby didn't feel right about it

(Newser) - That ottoman seems kinda hard. Let's look inside. That's what a Michigan man thought before his daughter opened up a cushion in a used couch he'd just bought—and found over $43,000, MLive reports. Howard Kirby had paid only $70 for the couch at the Habitat...

They Were 'Surprised' by $31K HUD Buy. Email Says Otherwise

CNN has correspondence noting HUD furniture that 'the Secretary and Mrs. Carson picked out'

(Newser) - A HUD spokesman said Secretary Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, had "zero awareness" about an eyebrow-raising $31,000 order for a dining room set that came to light last month , and Carson even said he'd try to cancel the purchase . But thanks to a FOIA request, CNN...

Ben Carson 'Trying to Cancel' $31K Dining Set

House committee is investigating the furniture buy

(Newser) - Ben Carson has apparently decided that staying in President Trump's cabinet is more important than having a fancy table. After the House Oversight Committee announced that it's investigating the refurbishment of the Department of Housing and Urban Development chief's offices, a Carson spokesman said the agency is...

Critics: 'Ticking Land Mines' for Kids Due to Poor Ikea Recall

An 8th toddler died in May after a dresser fell on him; his parents say they didn't know about recall

(Newser) - A massive recall , followed by a $50 million wrongful-death settlement payment last year, seemed to mark the beginning of the end for an Ikea disaster that left several toddlers dead after they were crushed by dressers that fell on them. But NPR reports yet another toddler—said to be the...

Ikea Has a 'Hairy' New Furniture Collection

It's for your pets

(Newser) - Scratching posts from the pet store are so 2016. Instead, Ikea hopes to elevate animal accoutrements to a more contemporary status with its new line of furniture and accessories for cats, dogs, and whatever other domestic creatures might crave their own custom-made lounging areas. Mashable reports on the "Lurvig"...

Houston's Local Hero After Harvey: 'Mattress Mack'

Jim McIngvale has opened up 2 of his furniture warehouses for shelter, meals

(Newser) - Meals and comfortable places to lounge and sleep are among the most coveted amenities when holed up in a shelter after a natural disaster—but a Houston businessman has that covered in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. While Joel Osteen's megachurch is taking heat for delayed efforts to house...

Russia-Made Kids Bed Modeled on Launcher That Shot MH17

Furniture-maker doesn't see a problem

(Newser) - A Dutch probe into what and who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in July 2014 is now pointing the finger at a surface-to-air missile brought into play by Russia. Which is why, perhaps, some people are outraged that a Russian furniture company has opted to design a...

Another Child Crushed by Ikea Dresser: Lawyers

Theodore "Ted" McGee was just 22 months old

(Newser) - Another Ikea dresser has apparently toppled over and killed a young child. Theodore "Ted" McGee was 22 months old when the unstable dresser fell and crushed him while he was napping on Feb. 14 in Apple Valley, Minn., his family's lawyers tell the Philadelphia Inquirer . His parents "...

IKEA Furniture Is Tricky for Robots, Too
 IKEA Furniture Is 
 Tricky for Robots, Too 
study says

IKEA Furniture Is Tricky for Robots, Too

But researchers are determined to get a robot to put together an entire chair

(Newser) - Most humans find IKEA furniture assembly infuriatingly difficult ... and it turns out robots aren't much better at the task. In a new study out of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, researchers find that "fine robotic assembly, in which the parts to be assembled are small and fragile...

Cops: Man Swaps Furniture While Neighbors Are Gone

In his defense, they did have better stuff

(Newser) - A Washington state man is accused of swapping furniture with his neighbors while they were away. The News Tribune reports that the Lakewood man and a friend accused of helping him have pleaded not guilty to charges of residential burglary. Court papers say a couple who returned to their apartment...

1% of World's Commercial Wood Goes to ... IKEA

The total comes to 17.8 million cubic yards of wood

(Newser) - IKEA, the Swedish furniture chain so massive it employs 150,000 people in hundreds of stores in almost 30 countries, now eats up an incredible 1% of the world's entire commercial wood supply, reports Pacific Standard . That was 17.8 million cubic yards in 2012—an amount so unfathomable...

2 Children Dead After Getting Locked in Hope Chest

The tragedy unfolded in Massachusetts around family dinner

(Newser) - A family gathered yesterday for dinner in Franklin, Mass., only to discover that two young siblings had locked themselves in a hope chest and were unresponsive, the Boston Globe reports. The children—Lexi Munroe, 8, and her brother Sean, 7—were rushed to hospital and later pronounced dead, leaving family...

Furniture Store Out $600K on Ravens' Super Bowl Return

Baltimore store owner had taken out an insurance policy, fortunately

(Newser) - When Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens returned a kickoff 108 yards to score the first touchdown of the Super Bowl's second half, he probably didn't realize he was causing a local furniture store to give away $600,000 in free furniture. Gary Mullaney, co-owner of Gardiners Furniture,...

Ikea Building Its Own City District in Germany

Shops, apartments, and offices for thousands of people

(Newser) - Swedish furniture superpower Ikea will be assembling and delivering its very own city district, complete with shops, apartments, and office space for thousands of residents, in Hamburg, Germany. "We want to build a new city district for the benefit of Hamburg," says the head of Ikea's property...

20 Resolutions You Can Actually Achieve
 20 Resolutions You 
 Can Actually Achieve 
new year's do-over

20 Resolutions You Can Actually Achieve

Breaking down large goals makes them more realistic

(Newser) - New Year’s resolutions to lose 20 pounds, clean out all your closets, and cut your grocery budget in half not quite working out? That’s likely because your goals are too large. Here are 20 tasks you can accomplish, all of which are “no more challenging than reaching...

Merrill's Thain Rues Picking Pricey Office Decor Over Ikea

Former Merrill Lynch CEO denies accelerating bonuses

(Newser) - Merrill Lynch's former CEO issued an apology of sorts for spending $1.2 million—including $35,000 for a commode—to redecorate his office as the firm bottomed out, Bloomberg reports. “We decorated it in the style that Merrill Lynch offices were, which was very, very nice,” John...

For Chinese, Ikea a Great Place to Nap

In store, customers rest, eat rather than buy

(Newser) - In Beijing, people flock to the local Ikea—but for many, it’s not about picking up new housewares. Instead, they spend the day napping in display beds, eating at the cafeteria, enjoying free soda refills, and posing in front of in-store displays, the Los Angeles Times reports. it's become...

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