About IKEA Life at Home

Going deeper into Life at Home

We’ve been studying Life at Home closely since 2014. This year, our research feels more important than ever. By speaking to people all over the world, we hope to get a clearer understanding of what life at home means today – and how we can help make it better.

Key insights for 2021

The last 12 months have had a significant impact on the home life and mental wellbeing of many people around the world. Learn more about what’s changed, for better or worse, in areas ranging from community life to sustainable living. Take a look at our global snapshot of life at home today.


Understanding life at home

Studying the most important place in the world

As our world continues to change and challenge us, having a place to feel at home has never been more important.

Data isn’t enough to understand what makes a good home, so we try to bring empathy and understanding into all our research. What we find helps us make business decisions that don’t just make sense for how people are living today, but challenge us to help everyone live better tomorrow. 

While everyone wants ­– and deserves – to thrive in their lives at home, we know that too many people struggle because their homes aren’t able to meet their needs. Through our Life at Home work, we’re on a mission to put this right.

Our methods

Our annual Life at Home Report is one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind, involving qualitative and quantitative research into the views, needs and dreams of people all over the world.

In 2021, we spoke to families in the UK, US, South Korea, China and France. We also ran a survey of over 34,000 people in 35 countries.

It’s not always easy to get people to open up, so we strive to create safe spaces for them – online and offline – and use various tools to encourage honest discussion and reflection.

Read our reports for more information about the research methodologies we use.


What makes a home

There are four dimensions to home

In 2016, we found that we can all describe where we live in terms of the space we have available, where our home is located, the things we own and the people we live with. These four dimensions help us explain the functional aspects of home.

The way people feel about these four dimensions also helps us understand what aspects of home are most important. We know that almost half of people say that home is where they have their most significant relationships, and 38% consider the neighbourhood they live in to be part of their home. Maybe you’re one of the 40% of those who say their home has a particular smell?

You can read more about what makes a home in our Life at Home Report 2016.


Home must meet five particular needs

Home is more than a place – it’s a feeling. To achieve our mission and help people to thrive in their lives at home, in 2018, we identified five emotional needs that our homes must offer: Comfort, Security, Belonging, Ownership and Privacy. 

This is what people mean when they talk about the ‘feeling of home’. These needs continue to shape how we think about life at home today. With every report, we’re working to raise awareness and understanding of these emotional needs, and to find and communicate practical ways that anyone can use to create a better life at home. 

You can read more about finding the feeling of home in our Life at Home Report 2018.