Ikea’s buy-back and pre-owned scheme launches today – here’s how to make money from old furniture

Tags have also been introduced, to show where an item has lived before (Picture: PA)

Ikea’s new buy-back scheme has launched today, so you can get money for old furniture or save on something that’s already been loved.

Originally scheduled to launch last year but delayed due to Covid, the new service aims to make circular consumption more affordable and accessible, with the furniture being resold by the retailer.

Customers will be able to earn up to £250 in vouchers for their items, all depending on the original price and the condition it’s in.

Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer, Ikea UK & Ireland, said: ‘Through Buy Back we hope to make circular consumption mainstream; making it easier for customers to acquire, care for and pass on products in circular ways.’

It’s all part of a ‘climate positive by 2030’ goal for the Swedish chain, which is great. But, how does it work?

If you’ve got a Malm or a Kallax sitting around gathering dust, this is how you recycle it (and bag some cash), as well as how to spot pre-owned piece in the store.

How to use Ikea Buy Back

Customers wanting to sell back their Ikea furniture can visit the website and submit items for consideration by filling out an online offer request.

The tool will automatically generate a preliminary offer. You then bring your item to the returns desk in your nearest store, where the condition will be checked and you’ll get an Ikea voucher.

The voucher will have no expiry date to encourage customers to only purchase new items when they really need something.

Get your hands on pre-loved items as well as selling your old bits (Picture: PA)

Items you can sell back to Ikea

  • dressers
  • office drawer cabinets
  • small structures with drawers
  • display storage and sideboards
  • bookcases and shelf units
  • small tables
  • multimedia furniture
  • cabinets
  • dining tables and desks
  • chairs and stools without upholstery
  • chests of drawers and children’s products (excluding baby items)

Items Ikea won’t buy back

  • products that have been used outside
  • non-assembled products
  • hacked or modified products
  • any leather or textile goods (including mattresses and sofas/armchairs)
  • items containing glass
  • kitchens
  • Pax wardrobes
  • appliances or electrical items
  • baby products eg cots and changing tables
  • non-furniture items
  • market hall products

How much could you get?

  • as new – no scratches: 50% of the original price
  • very good – minor scratches: 40% of original price
  • well-used – several scratches: 30% of original price
Staff will assess the condition then give you a voucher (Picture: PA)

How to buy pre-loved Ikea furniture

To coincide with the launch, Ikea is also introducing ‘Pre-Loved Labels’ to its second-hand items, allowing customers to learn about an item’s past before giving it a new home.

You can buy second-hand pieces in most Ikea stores, but these little tags tell a story about who owned them before.

At the moment, they’re being trialled in the Glasgow, Greenwich, Tottenham, and Warrington stores between now and May 15. Keep an eye out.

If IRL browsing isn’t your thing, you can search #CircularHub in Gumtree, who have partnered with Ikea to promote these pre-loved items. Easily reserve it with a click, and then collect it from the associated Ikea store.

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