IKEA Doll Beds Are Going To The Dogs & Cats

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Pet owners have discovered IKEA‘s DUKTIG wooden doll bed & linens sets make adorable dog & cat beds, turning a niche product into a viral hit in the process!

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The phenomenon began in Japan about one year ago and, thanks to the viral effects of social media, has gathered steam like a snowball (hairball, furball, whatever) rolling downhill.

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The serendipitous combination of the Internet’s non-border structure and IKEA’s international retail presence means pet owners around the world can set their pets up with this unintentionally appropriate little bed!

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Designed by IKEA of Sweden but offered in multiple markets worldwide ($19.99 at IKEA USA, $24.99 at IKEA Canada), the DUKTIG “doll bed with bedlinen set, pine, multicolor” is “recommended for children 18 months and older”… we’ll assume said children are using the bed as a toy, not sleeping in it. The doll bed is made from fiberboard and solid pine wood while the linen set is 75% polyester, 25% cotton with a hollow polyester fiber filled comforter. At 20″ x 15″ x 2″ (50cm x 38cm x 5cm) and weighing 5 pounds (2.2kg), the DUKTIG doll bed fits most standard-sized dolls… but it can look REALLY creepy when doing so!

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Contrast the previous creepiness with the above tableaux: a real, live, sleeping cat dreams peacefully in his or her “just right” sized bed (or beds), tiny futon pulled up to keep in warmth and held in place by a single paw. Is it any wonder pet owners are snapping similar scenes and posting them, provoking even more pet owners to do the same?

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As for IKEA, one can just imagine what employees charged with restocking inventory must be thinking when, once again, DUKTIG doll beds have sold out and need to be re-ordered. Who knows, maybe they’re pet owners too and have already got a DUKTIG of their own at home.

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