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How to Pack an Octogon

I feel like most manufacturers of octogonal tables would just put them in square boxes and shim the sides.  But not IKEA.

octogonal box

I appreciate the elegance of this approach, but I wonder if this also yields benefits in production, shipping, and storage costs.


  1. Vince says:

    I guess they probably do save money on cardboard at least…

  2. Malke says:

    Yeah, but look what you get after you unpack the table! Think of all the things you can do with octagonal cardboard! 🙂

  3. Graeme McRae says:

    They probably save money on advertising because they get bloggers to write articles about their product.

  4. Maybe IKEA tessellates the boxes in a shipping container and fills the square openings with another product, and the sides and corners with right isosceles triangle-shaped products.

    While on the topic of octagons, exactly one floor of the new 1 World Trade Center will be a regular octagon. Maybe the floor’s occupant (a traffic sign manufacturer?) will want to use only those IKEA tables as desks.

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