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FIRA: A Love Story

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 6:39 am
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moppe mini chest of drawers

Want FIRA? You can’t have it.

Break my little wooden heart. FIRA – Those cute little mini wood chests of drawers; great for organizing craft supplies, sewing materials and desk necessities – even makeup, jewelery and soaps were discontinued in 2010. The loss of this product line was unexpected and saddened many a crafty and/or organized soul, which, if you love FIRA like I do, might leave you wondering (sniffle, sniffle), whatever could replace FIRA?

Get the latest news on the discontinued FIRA line of mini chests that will have you MOPPE-ing around…

FIRA: A Short History

According to Barry B who is both an IKEA Fan and an IKEA UK co-worker,

As a general history of FIRA, at first they were assembled, and not cost effective to ship, and then we made them flatpack and soooo many people complained about building them, or getting it wrong or breaking them that we listened.

Which led to IKEA discontinuing FIRA in 2010.

FIRA Replacement: MOPPE

We cried. We moaned. We mourned. We posted tributes to the little chest of drawers that could.

IKEA apparently listened again (yay!) and brought the FIRA back reborn as MOPPE. And the rejoicing was heard all the way to Sweden. (Learn more about discontinued IKEA products, including when ‘discontinued’ isn’t really discontinued)


Currently, MOPPE is listed on the IKEA UK site but is not showing up in searches of the IKEA US or IKEA Canada sites. We can hope that it’s just a matter of time.

As of today, there’s only the one MOPPE available – the six-drawer model pictured right and above with three drawers on the top, two in the middle and one large drawer across the bottom for £16.99 (currently about $27.50 in USD). The overall size is 42cm wide x 18cm deep x 32cm tall (~16 1/2″ wide x ~7″ deep x ~12 1/2″ tall) and per IKEA UK, the description is,

Untreated wood; can be treated with oil or glazing paint for a personal touch and a more durable surface.
Shell/ Drawer/ Divider: Birch plywood; Drawer bottom/ Back part: Fibreboard

So, what do you think? You like?


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32 Responses to “FIRA: A Love Story”

  1. Keter says:

    :( The FIRA I have are all plywood, and no dovetailing shows. I stained and varnished mine and they are lovely. The MOPPE contains fiberboard, which for heavy craft items like glass/metal beads and lead stained glass came will not be anywhere near as durable as the drawer bottoms likely will sag, as they have on my Malm dresser (and will be replaced with plywood soon). Fiberboard instead of plywood on the back means it will not be strong enough to hang on the wall, as I have seen some do with FIRA. I also don’t like the visible dovetailing as the finish will require more work (filling, sanding) and the end appearance will not be as nice.

    Yes, the FIRA was a pain to assemble, but the assembly technique could have been improved without cheapening the materials. I ended up gluing/air stapling mine, which worked perfectly. I haven’t assembled a MOPPE, but it looks like it snaps together, which may be more idiot-proof, but I’ll bet is unsnaps easily, too, and will require additional reinforcements to stand up to real world use. I think they may have traded one set of assembly complaints for another.

  2. lepidoptery says:

    Well, I don’t have much experience with lead-stained glass, but I’d think the drawers are so small it shouldn’t matter too much that the bottoms are fiberboard rather than plywood? A dresser bottom is way larger…..

  3. Agnes says:

    Hi, will this Moppe be in Singapore??? really love it and hope to have it..

  4. Hatii says:

    I brought one, and painted it in white. I stored my makeup in it and thought Id wait and see its strong enough to carry all without snapping. I put in on my Ikea chests and they are great but one advise is dont paint inside the drawer sides then it gets just a tiny tricky to get in and out. I now brought one more and store all my bits and bobs. I love them to bits. The quality is not bad thus Im very carefull with my things. If you want something to store your makeup and other junk this is great for it. Its been a couple of weeks now and they are going great, I might buy another one ”just in case” Ikea stops making them.

  5. Meghan says:

    I have five MOPPEs purchased near Seattle around 2001 or so. MOPPE was actually replaced by FIRA, and it also came in a 6-drawer, 2 across x 3 high version which had a different base dimension so they are not as wide across as the version pictured above. I actually prefer the drawer shape & depth to FIRA (don’t get me wrong, I have about 20 FIRAs too!) and they’ve held up just as well as FIRA over the years. I hope they come back!

  6. yvonne says:

    Is this going to be available in Singapore anytime soon ???

  7. Lianna says:

    I have been “pining” for some more Moppe chests for forever! If anyone at IKEA is listening – PLEASE bring them back to the US! I promise to buy many!

  8. karla says:

    All I can say is YAY! MOPPE IS BACK! They had these (in the UK, at least) a few years ago and discontinued them. I was heartbroken! I’ve just discovered they’re doing them again and am already planning my trip to IKEA to get a couple. Sadly, they don’t do them online and the nearest IKEA to me is a real pig to get to :(

    Still, Moppe mania knows no boundaries…

  9. Aileen says:

    i miss the entire line of FIRA and have been trolling the web to buy a used or new 2 drawer desk organizer which was made to hold 8.5×11 paper. I need one more to complete a kitchen project. The 6 drawer FIRA that was discontinued is my sewing storage for thread & notions – it is wonderful.

    Please bring back this product in all it’s configurations – everything at IKEA is a pain to build, but with a little effort & only a little frustration the end result is well worth it!! Speaking of… the Alex flat files (I have 2 stacked) are very time consuming to build, no kidding, it took me 6 hours to assemble them by myself, but they are SO beautiful, affordable and useful that it was totally worth the time spent.

    I look forward to the return of all the unfinished desk acessories – FIRA or MOPPE!!

  10. Evleen says:

    I’ve been looking hi & lo for this little treasure too!!! Just sent an email to Ikea Customer Service of my local Ikea (Emeryville, CA, US) begging them to bring it back. As of today (1/25) they still don’t have it. But thanks to this page, at least I know Ikea is making it again! Glimmer of hope on the horizon…

    So OK, no longer Fira, turned into a Moppe but what’s in a name, right ?!?

  11. liesbeth says:

    I want it in Belgium!!!!
    I’m searching for this model, but I can’t find it :-(
    So, please bring it back to Belgium to!!!

  12. bob staake says:

    come on, ikea. bring back fira! we’ll buy TONS!!!!!!

  13. Eve Novak says:

    I contacted Ikea to find out when the Fira line will resurface in the US, and they informed me that it WILL NOT! Boo Ikea!

    They further informed me that ” IKEA products are not discontinued based on sales or consumer demand, but on product availability. This process allows IKEA to open space to introduce new products to the range.”

    This sounds like a whole lot of hooey to me!

    If tons of people love it…then find a way to make it “available”!

    Am I right or am I right?

  14. Teresa says:

    Boo Ikea! Not making decisions based on consumer demand is extremely odd. Sooo……how does one purchase stuff from the UK Ikea online store???

  15. Holly says:

    I’m so happy that they might come back in some form or fashion! And as a little history tidbit…. they were originally called MOPPE back in the 80s. I still have mine from my childhood, with its 20 coats of paint and its warped drawers after all the paint, 25ish years later. :-) So glad they used the old name again!

    And if I remember right, the dovetailing was visible in the old ones. Just the flat packed kind didn’t have that look.

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  17. Charlotte says:

    Hmm…why not submit a petitiion via to ikea?

    Get enough signatures from fans here on the website and submit to them?

    Just a thought.

  18. eh says:

    Please bring these to the USA! I have 1 Fira drawer and would love more. Been waiting a long time. Come on, Ikea.

  19. Mary Heartline says:

    What is the deal with IKEA? They have a phone nuber to order but there is NO number for customer service. How can Europe be a bigger market for these then the USA ??????

  20. robin says:

    I have loved IKEA for almost 30 years. No more…Not only have they discountinued MANY of my favorite items (Fira boxes and fitted bed sheets NOT sold in sets) but the quality of workmanship isn’t what it used to be. I have furniture from 1986 that I am still using, yet the more recent furniture I have purchased isn’t holding up at all. Bummer IKEA, loved you more when you played “hard to get.”

  21. Elisa says:

    Loved the FIRA boxes. Would love for IKEA to bring them back to the USA!

  22. Chris says:

    I see these for sale on the UK web site and on ebay UK but nothing in America. I used to shop at Ikea but as they started offering cheaper and crappier products and discontinued the good ones (lamps, bookcases, desks) I gave up. I would love one of these but no go…

  23. Biancaneve81 says:

    Please bring them back to the USA!!!! I used them for my work bench and I still need a few more to complete my project…….so please Ikea bring them to America so I can finish my project!

  24. Gloria says:

    IKEA discontinued the Moppe in Australia as well. Sniff sniff sob sob. Please bring them back!!!

  25. Shelly says:

    I agree, Ikea PLEASE bring back Fira or Moppe or something like it! It’s perfect!

    BTW – I didn’t have ANY problems putting it together!

  26. Ann says:

    Just bought a Moppe with 12 drawers. It’s not as deep as the old ones. It’s not on the website, but I found it in the store in Norway by accident. While browsing the store, it seemed to me prices have gone up considerably in the “boxes” department. But at least Moppe is back!

  27. Livia R says:

    PLEASE bring back the FIRA or MOPPE storage drawers to canada!!!
    These little wooden drawer cabinets are what I have been searching for my craft room and are perfect for decorating!

  28. Chrissy says:

    I really need the Fira with the three single drawers back in the US, I need to make a tower for all my papers! My craft room is a mess!

  29. Hermione says:

    Has anybody found a substitute in the US?

    I found some Kaisercraft Beyond the Page products that have the right idea. The drawers are chipboard, but it’s better than the cardboard and plastic I’ve found:

    I want something deep enough to use the space in my bookcase.

    The deepest I found so far is the tower at 7″ x 7.5″ x 13.5″:

  30. Terrydarc says:

    I’ve got 3 Moppe/Fira’s and love them – they were born in the Palo Alto Ikea several years ago. Was looking and hoping that Ikea would STILL have them, but no!!! Oh noes!

    Bring ‘em back, Ikea. I’ve googled their little souls and found them still on UK Amazon and someone in Brooklyn had one for sale – sold! Please Ikea, have a heart!

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