Welcome to Textile Playground

A playful exhibition about textiles and patterns.

Here you can find everything from classic fabric patterns from IKEA to tomorrow's smart textiles. You can try out most things at the exhibition yourself. Create your own pattern. Play with our textile cubes. Sew a bag, apron or pillow case and take it home.

At the exhibition you can view a material library and learn how to make screen-printing for mass production. And don’t miss the videos about creative processes and textiles. Come along to one of our open tours. See you in Älmhult. The exhibition runs from 3 June – 2 April.

Create your own pattern.
And show it off at the exhibition.

Unlock your hidden designer in our digital "Pattern Machine". Create your pattern directly on our web or when you visit the museum. Choose a grid, click through the shape and colour and sign your name. We will show your pattern in the exhibition, and at least until next year in our web gallery.

Create a pattern

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Fifty years in fifty meters

Experience fifty years of pattern on fifty meters of fabric. A lot of IKEA designs from the past have become today's classics. Follow our textile history from the 1960s until today. Why not try it yourself? How many steps do you need to take before you recognize any of them?

Discover smart textiles

Fabrics are not only beautiful, warm and protective, but smart in every way. Textiles with new characteristics are currently being developed through exciting research. Get acquainted with some of tomorrow’s textiles today. See and feel installations with heat-sensitive fabrics and textiles that change colour or texture through the simple touch of a button.

Patterns in cubes – The children’s favorite

Jump into a pattern that’s a size larger. A whole room full of big fabric cubes that you can combine together into one or more patterns. Turn, twist and play your way. Sometimes creating nice patterns happens by chance.

Sweden's biggest sewing circle

“Syjunta” is an old Swedish word that means a group of people meeting for a sewing circle or to work with handicrafts. Exactly what you can do at our exhibition. There are sewing machines, needles, threads and lots of textiles for you to use. There are also DIY templates to make simple textile products.

Prefer to sew at home? Download the templates here:
apron (1.1 MB) , cushion cover (1.0 MB) , tote bag (1.1 MB)

Guided tour

Welcome to join a guided tour of the exhibitions. Tours in english starts 11:45 and 14:45 and are included in the entrance fee.

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The Exhibitions

The main exhibition at the IKEA Museum is divided into three themes: Our roots, IKEA through the ages and The many sides of Ingvar Kamprad. Also, enjoy our temporary exhibitions!

Stay at IKEA Hotell

The IKEA Museum’s closest neighbour is the IKEA Hotell. To make your stay even better, the hotel offers great package deals for museum visitors.

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