IKEA Will Soon Sell Spare Parts So You Can Replace What’s Broken Without Buying New Furniture

published Feb 5, 2021
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Living room with white IKEA furniture
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Soon, your next purchase at IKEA might no longer be a couch or a desk, but instead, just an arm rest or a table leg.

In line with its commitment to more sustainable practices, the Swedish flatpack company has announced that it plans to sell furniture parts such as sofa legs and covers and arm rests, in addition to the replacement nuts and bolts it already offers for free.

The goal, according to IKEA’s chief sustainability officer Lena Pripp-Kovac, is to help extend the life of its products and encourage customers to re-use old possessions instead of discarding them. The program also hopes to dispel the misconception that IKEA makes disposable goods.

The company is still determining which specific products should be included in the program, so we might have to wait for a while before seeing spare parts in stores. Still, it’s an exciting development with big possibilities. Just think of how much money you’ll save, or how much money you can make by buying old IKEA furniture, repairing them, and reselling.

The initiative is one of many projects that IKEA has developed to become a “climate positive business by 2030.” Last year, the company announced that customers will be able to return second-hand furniture in exchange for vouchers worth up to 50 percent of the original price.