This page advertises an IKEA demo kitchen. In the panel just below the main image, it quotes the following:

£3,060 without appliances

12 kvm

What does 'kvm' mean? Is this a Swedish name for a unit of measure that they didn't realise they should translate? I can't find any mention of it besides the adverts themselves, and googling a number of permutations of 'kvm ikea kitchen' doesn't yield anything that looks useful.

edit: As of July 2015; the linked page still exists, but has been updated to read 'sqm' which English-speakers would readily interpret the way it is intended - 'square metres'.


This is short for m^2 which stands for kvadratmeter. This is the total area the kitchen will cover. The two terms are user interchangeably in the Swedish language. Wikipedia article (in Swedish)

  • Thanks. I suspected it might be, but it'd really be helpful for them to say so (or else, translate their pages appropriately). – Tom W May 27 '14 at 10:09
  • They've made an advertising shtick out of not translating/transliterating; I'm not surprised they do so even when they shouldn't, – keshlam Jul 25 '15 at 17:16

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