Give Your Used, Unwanted IKEA Furniture a New Home

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Give Your Used, Unwanted Furniture a New Home With IKEA Thailand’s Buy-Back and Resell Service

More people are becoming conscious of the impact of their decisions, including their choice of furniture. They don’t only want a product that serves its purpose, but also want one that provides better value to themselves and the environment. IKEA understands this well, so they recently launched a Circular Shop and Recycling Centre in two of their branches in Thailand.

IKEA as a brand is aiming to become a 100% circular business by 2030, meaning all their products must be designed with circular economy principles in mind and must use renewable or recycled materials.



A circular economy, also known as circularity, is a system that aims to eliminate waste and recycle resources. When done right, manufacturers won’t need to always obtain new raw materials and can simply reuse existing resources and generate as little waste as possible.

Like fast fashion, fast furniture is also becoming an environmental problem around the world. If you have used and unwanted IKEA furniture, why not start decluttering and give them a new home? Here’s what you need to know about IKEA’s Buy-Back and Resell Service.

How does the Buy-Back and Resell Service work?

Step 1: Read the terms and conditions on IKEA’s website.

Step 2: Bring your assembled IKEA furniture to their store* and wait for a staff to assess your product. You’ll be given an estimate and must confirm the agreed amount.

Step 3: Claim your IKEA gift card, which is valid for two years.

*As of writing, the Circular Shop is only available at IKEA Bang Yai and IKEA Bang Na branches.

Does IKEA accept and buy back all products?

IKEA only accepts used personal household furniture that are structurally safe and sound and are in resalable condition. The furniture shouldn’t carry any hidden debt or security interest and must not be modified from their original state.

They don’t accept non-IKEA furniture and products purchased from the Circular Shop and As-Is. They also don’t accept home furnishing items from Market Hall, including lighting and textiles, and commercially used items.

A customer can only bring and resell up to 10 products per day. All accepted items will be fixed, cleaned, and resold in the Circular Shop at a bargain.

It’s such a hassle to bring my furniture; are there any other options?

Customers interested to resell must bring their used IKEA furniture to the store. All furniture assessment needs a physical inspection (to check for stains and hygiene condition) done by an IKEA staff. No online estimates and pick-up options are available. For bulky furniture, customers can disassemble and reassemble their furniture at the store. IKEA will provide the tools if necessary.

If IKEA doesn’t accept your furniture after inspection, you have the option to take it home or drop it off at the Recycling Centre so they can donate it to local communities.

What other sustainable initiatives does IKEA have?

Apart from accepting used and unwanted furniture, both IKEA Bang Yai and Bang Na branches have a waste collection service where customers can drop off materials that will otherwise go to landfills. These include aluminum, metal, paper, plastic, and transparent glass.

How it works: Visit the Recycling Centre from 11 AM to 7 PM. Drop off your recyclable waste and get IKEA Family points per one kilogram in each category — glass (150 points), plastic (200 points), paper (250 points), and aluminum or metal (500 points). The points will reflect on your IKEA Family card within 30 days.

The Recycling Centre doesn’t accept electronic equipment, electrical appliances, and packaging of chemicals and radioactive substances.

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