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CNN's Anne McDermott reports on inflatable furniture showing up in homes and hotels.
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Word leaks out about IKEA's inflatable furniture

July 26, 1999
Web posted at: 5:16 p.m. EDT (2116 GMT)

From Anne McDermott
CNN Correspondent

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Anyone into futuristic furniture might get pumped over IKEA's new line of inflatables: Couches, chairs and other items can be blown up with a hair dryer in just a couple of minutes.

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The furniture comes in vibrantly colored plastics as well as patterned fabrics. Straightforward plastic models usually cost less than $50. The upholstered pieces go for about $200. They're not just for dens or dorm rooms, either -- hotels like Los Angeles' Standard are buying inflatables.

To complement the funky furniture, there's an array of inflatable accessories on the market, including picture frames, clocks and flowers. The plastic is surprisingly durable, and -- as long as spiked clothing doesn't come into vogue -- the trend could stick around for some time.

CNN Correspondent Anne McDermott has this blow-by-blow report on the inflatable furniture craze.

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