IKEA Is Piloting a Furniture Buyback Program in the U.S.

published Sep 1, 2021
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On August 30, IKEA launched a program in the U.S. that asks IKEA shoppers to sell back their unwanted, gently-used IKEA furniture. This program is part of IKEA’s goal to become a more sustainable and circular company within this decade.

Dubbed “Buy Back & Resell,” the service allows IKEA Family members to sell their IKEA furniture back to the store where the furniture will be resold in the AS-IS section. Those who sell back their furniture will receive store credit.

“At IKEA, we are passionate about making sustainable living easy and affordable for the many, and want to be part of a future that’s better for both people and the planet,” Jennifer Keesson, Country Sustainability Manager, IKEA U.S., said in a press release. “We hope the Buy Back & Resell service inspires our customers to live a more sustainable life at home while giving their used furniture another life and a second home.”

The program will take back any fully-assembled and functional IKEA furniture pieces, and each item will be reviewed based on condition, age, and functionality. You can begin the process of selling your used IKEA furniture by filling out an online form over on the IKEA website. You’ll then receive a quote of your buy back value.

As of right now, IKEA is not accepting home furnishings, electronics, outdoor furniture, upholstered furniture, beds and mattresses, or items that have been recalled. You can see the full checklist over on IKEA’s website.

The program was previously piloted in the UK, and is just one of many new avenues IKEA is trying to become more sustainable, circular, and carbon-neutral. IKEA Sweden just announced that it will be selling renewable energy to Swedish homes and is on track to become net zero by 2050.

A trial run of the Buy Back & Resell service will run from August 30 through September 19 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The plan is to roll out the Buy Back & Resell program to more IKEA customers nationwide in the months to come.