IKEA buyback scheme: how much is your second-hand furniture worth?

Customers could receive vouchers of up to 50% of the original purchase in exchange for used furniture, which IKEA will resell at a discount

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IKEA has pushed back the UK launch date for its Buy Back scheme, which allows customers to sell their used furniture back to the company.


The initiative was set to kick in on 27th November – coinciding with Black Friday – but with IKEA stores closed due to coronavirus restrictions, it will now make its debut in early 2021.

‘Whilst we had hoped to launch our new BuyBack service on Black Friday, we’ve sadly had to delay it due to the current lockdown and the temporary closure of our stores,’ a spokesperson for the company said.

How will the IKEA Buy Back scheme work?

The Buy Back scheme will give sellers a voucher worth up to 50% of the original cost of their IKEA furniture, depending on its condition. The second-hand items will then be resold in a dedicated area of the Swedish homeware giant’s stores.

IKEA says the buyback program is designed to encourage re-use and recycling and ‘help its customers take a stand against excessive consumption this Black Friday and in the years to come’ by making sustainable living ‘more simple and accessible’.

Depending on the condition of the furniture traded in, the voucher could be worth as much as 50 percent of the original price:

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

Anything that does not meet the minimum standard for resale in the stores’ new ‘As-Is’ areas will be recycled.

Eligible items for Buy Back include: dressers, display storage and sideboards, bookcases and shelf units, tables, cabinets, desks, non-upholstered chairs and stools and chests of drawers.

Products containing glass or textiles will be excluded, as will furniture which has been modified or ‘hacked’.

To find out if your old IKEA furniture is eligible and how much you could receive in vouchers, visit IKEA.co.uk and submit items for consideration by filling out a simple online offer request. Not all stores are currently enrolled, but more will be added ahead of the 27th November launch.

The tool will automatically generate a preliminary offer and customers will then be invited to bring the fully assembled product and preliminary offer to the Returns & Exchanges desk in their nearest store, where they will then receive an IKEA refund card to spend in store.

The refund card will have no expiry date in order to encourage customers to only purchase new items when they really need something.

Peter Jelkeby, Country Retail Manager and Chief Sustainability Officer IKEA UK & Ireland, said: ‘Sustainability is the defining issue of our time and IKEA is committed to being part of the solution to promote sustainable consumption and combat climate change.

‘With the launch of Buy Back we are giving a second life to many more IKEA products and creating more easy and affordable solutions to help people live more sustainably. It is an exciting step forward in our journey towards becoming a fully circular and climate positive business by 2030.’


In the meantime, if you’re looking for sustainable ways to reuse your IKEA furniture yourself, why not upcycle it? Check out our IKEA hacks to give your tired furniture an eye-catching makeover!